News & Public Affairs03/18/05
About 30 Hillsborough county school district employees held a protest in front of the county school board building this morning; to call for a wage increase they say is long overdue. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.
On January 1st, Hillsborough county school bus drivers, along with custodial, food service, and maintenance workers were due to receive their standard 2 percent raise. But this year they decided that a so-called Ã¢â¬Åcost of livingÃ...Be the first to comment
Wal-Mart has agreed to pay $11 million dollars to settle Federal allegations it used illegal immigrants to clean its stores.
Since 1998, federal authorities have uncovered the cases of at least 250 illegal immigrants who were employed by janitor contracting services and hired by the giant retailing chain in 21 states. Many of the janitors -- from Mexico, Russia, Mongolia, Poland and a host of other nations -- worked seven days or nights a week without overtime pay or injury compensati...Be the first to comment
Tomorrow morning, Pinellas county citizens will be holding their second set of public hearings on voting issues. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has more.
The citizens voting verification group was formed in the wake of the 2004 election; the support from the community has helped transform a handful of citizens into the election reform coalition; which includes more than a dozen groups including the NAACP, the local green and democratic parties, ACORN, the national organization for women...Be the first to comment
Last week Tampa business Attorney Scott Farrell announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Congress, running to succeed Jim Davis, now running for Governor.
Farrell is not a complete political noviceÃ¢â¬Â¦He ran and lost for a state legislative seat back in 2002Ã¢â¬Â¦Ã¢â¬Â¦
WMNF spoke with Farrell yesterdayÃ¢â¬Â¦We began our interview by asking him what he learned from his first campaign for office? (roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â¬? to talk about itÃ¢â¬?)
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As weÃ¢â¬â¢ve been reporting this week here on WMNF, the increased enforcement of code violations in many Tampa neighborhoods has some residents upset about being targeted for heavy fines. Today The Tampa city council approved 50 thousand dollars for judicial enforcement of code violations, to increase the number of foreclosures on properties throughout the city. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has more.
COUNCIL ON FORCLOSURE
. Stevie Manski, a land use development attorney, warned the counci...Be the first to comment
The looming deadline for financing the new Tampa Museum of Art was discussed at this morningÃ¢â¬â¢s city council meeting, along with an expected increase in using code violations to foreclose on homes throughout the city. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Andrew Stelzer was at city hall and filed this report.
Problems raising enough money to pay for the proposed 76 million dollar expanded museum of art have repeatedly delayed the finalization of plans to actually bui...Be the first to comment
INTRO: As was reported yesterday, the Florida Consumer action Network has, in cooperation with various labor and retirement groups, banded together to form the group, Floridians United to Protect Social Security, and is endeavoring to hear as many voices throughout Florida concerning the Presidents proposal to change Social Security. In Port Richey today, the group met with about forty retired members of UNITE textile workers, and others, to hear stories and ideas relating to the Presidents p...Be the first to comment
The recent birth of 3 babies with birth defects to South Florida farm workers has brought on an investigation by state officials.
The farm workers town of Immokalee, In Collier County, is home to up to 15,000 farm workers, depending on the time of year. But as Brian Bennett is the director of Guadeloupe social services a branch of catholic charities in Immokalee explains, the last few months has brought tragedy to the community.
ACT-Bennett Ã¢â¬ÅOver the course of a mont...Be the first to comment
1:05-2PM: PEACE ACTIVISTS MARK THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF Lynn Lague and Marianne Huber of St. Pete for Peace are organizers of a peace rally this Saturday (March 19th) in Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg from noon 'til 5PM. They discussed their opposition to the war, the toll the war has taken on American soldiers and Iraqi civilians, lack of press coverage of their twice weekly peace vigils and what the group plans in the future.Be the first to comment
At last weeks St. Petersburg City Council meeting, the African PeopleÃ¢â¬â¢s Education and Defense Fund requested some non-monetary changes to a Community Development Block Grant they received in 2000.
The Block Grant issued by the city funds the All PeopleÃ¢â¬â¢s TyRon Lewis Community Gym and Wellness Center on 9th Street South.
Development Block Grants are given out by cities around the country to benefit citizens in the community.
St Petersburg has given passed Block Grants to...Be the first to comment