News & Public Affairs04/26/05
INTRO: Florida is now the first and only State in the Nation to have completely privatized itÃ¢â¬â¢s child welfare services. FloridaÃ¢â¬â¢s Governor Jeb Bush has been working eight years to see the privatization of the States welfare system. FloridaÃ¢â¬â¢s Department of Children and Families, or the DCF, oversee private contractors who manage all foster care and adoption services. The department has been rocked in the past decade by a series of high profile scandals, prompting the priv...Be the first to comment
The Tampa Housing AuthorityÃ¢â¬â¢s lawsuit to try and evict Robles park resident and community activist Connie Burton continued today. A jury was chosen at the end of the day Monday, it consists of 3 women, and 4 men, none of whom are black. During opening arguments, BurtonÃ¢â¬â¢s attorney, Guy Burns warned the jury not to confuse the fact that BurtonÃ¢â¬â¢s son was convicted of selling drugs, with any inference that Burton her self was involved in illegal activity
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Last year, the Bush administration stepped up blockade against Cuba and instituted tighter travel restrictions of Cuban Americans who wanted to visit their families. They are now only allowed to travel to the island once every 3 years, where previously they could go once a year. This week there is a national mobilization in Washington DC of people protesting against the travel restrictions. WMNF spoke with Tampa area historian and activist Maura Barrios, one of a contingent on Tampa area r...Be the first to comment
Castor is the founder and president of The Committee For Fair Elections, a group tring to get a series of constitutional amendments on the Florida ballot to reduce the partisan politics in the redistricting process. Castor appeared with Committee staff member Kristin Pasicheck. They said that the redistricting process is really the "Incumbent Protection Act" because not a single incumbent state legislator or Congress member was defeated in 2004. They are hoping voters will pass amendments es...Be the first to comment
Tomorrow at the A La Carte Event Pavillion, the Tampa based Outback Steakhouse company will be conducting their annual meeting Ã¢â¬â and at the meeting, a member of the animal rights group PETA plan to ask Outback management how seriously they take Animal Welfare.
David Benjamin is Special Projects Coordinator for PETAÃ¢â¬Â¦ (roll tape#1 o.q. Ã¢â¬Åanswer a questionÃ¢â¬?)
Outback Steakhouse will conduct their Annual Shareholder Meeting at 10 AM tomorrow at the A...Be the first to comment
The House of Representatives is scheduled to debate and vote on the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act tomorrow, and pro-choice groups are hopping mad about that.
The Bill has 2 parts Ã¢â¬â the first has passed the House in past Congresses as the Child Custody Protection ActÃ¢â¬Â¦.That section makes it a federal crime for any person other than a parent to assist a young woman across state lines to access abortion services unless the woman has complied with the parental not...Be the first to comment
Yesterday in Okinawa Japan a benefit concert was held to call attention to opposition by Okinawans to the construction of a US military airbase on a living coral reef off the coast of their island. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s SeÃÂ¡n Kinane files this report.
The Seventh Annual Full Moon Festival was held at Henoko Bay, near the site of the proposed US military base. If construction is successful, the base will be 2.5 kilometers long and will be built by adding land infill on top of a l...Be the first to comment
Mounting problems with development in Florida has compelled Governor Jeb Bush to put Growth Management Reform at the top of his legislative agenda this year.
Legislators are considering a bill 360 - that could tighten development requirements for counties and put $10 billion into new roads, schools and water projects during the next 10 years. It could also make it easier for local governments to levy more than $4 billion in new sales and gas taxes each year by removing a public-refere...Be the first to comment
Since 1999, the Tampa Housing authority has spent over $260,000 trying to evict east Tampa resident Connie Burton from her apartment in the Robles Park housing complex. This morning, a new trial began In downtown Tampa. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Andrew Stelzer reports.
Connie Burton was first issued an eviction notice in 1999. BurtonÃ¢â¬â¢s son had been arrested in a drug raid on the housing projects and convicted for possession and intent to sell marijuan...Be the first to comment
This Saturday at Lowry Park over 30 organizations and hundreds of Hillsborough County citizens came together to celebrate Earth Day. The Sierra Club sponsored the event along with the City of Tampa, TECO, and others. WMNF's Emily Reddy reports.
Environmentally concerned citizens celebrated Earth Day Saturday in Lowry Park by spending the day listening to live music, talking wit...Be the first to comment