News & Public Affairs04/01/05
Sue Girdler has been driving a School Bus in Hillsborough County for 20 years, and sheÃ¢â¬â¢d like a little respect from her employer, the Hillsborough County School Distric (roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â¬?paycheck to paycheckÃ¢â¬?)
Gridler was one of a couple of dozen Hillsborough County School Drivers taking a break between driving students to and from schools today to protest what she and others consider a paltry salary raise from the district (roll tape#2 o.q.Ã¢â¬? put up with Ã¢â¬Å)...Be the first to comment
The Labor Department said today that the nation's unemployment rate dipped slightly in March, but job creation was weaker than most analysts had expected.
Employers added about 110,000 jobs last month, about half what Wall Street analysts had predicted, but the unemployment rate declined to 5.2 percent from 5.4 percent the month before.
Over all, the Labor Department report offered a picture of modest but continuing improvement in the job market. It also dampened worries among investor...Be the first to comment
Tampa Bay area congressman Jim Davis, who is also running for governor in 2006, spent this morning at Middleton high School in east Tampa, working with the principal and talking to the faculty about problems with the no child left behind act and FloridaÃ¢â¬â¢s FCAT standardized achievement test.
ACT Ã¢â¬ÅWe are 47th in the country..Ã¢â¬?
Davis Gail George, who is an English teacher in charge of the FCAT at Middleton, Told Davis that. That FCAT could be a good tool if u...Be the first to comment
INTRO: Last night, in Dade City, about one hundred residents of North East Pasco County gathered to share thoughts and offer input on possible changes to the CountyÃ¢â¬â¢s Comprehensive plan, which determines future growth. The workshop was hosted by the county, and a county hired consultant, Glatting Jackson. Growth in Pasco County, especially the growth seen in northern and eastern parts of the county, have been of concern lately due to a burgeoning population. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Mark Antokas ...Be the first to comment
Harvard Professor Robert Putnam is the author of Bowling AloneÃ¢â¬âthe collapse and revival of American Community. This morning, Putnam spoke at the Tampa convention center about the decline of social capital and community engagement in a changing America. WMNF was not allowed to record his speech, but our reporter Andrew Stelzer was able to speak to Putnam afterwards, and filed this report.
PutnamÃ¢â¬â¢s research has found that social activ...Be the first to comment
Governor Jeb Bush is proposing legislation that would install a pay as you go system to ensure that cities, suburbs and rural areas are built with adequate roads, schools and water supplies.
To achieve that, The law would give the state's community affairs and transportation departments more power to enforce the rules linking development with adequate facilities.
The Governor is getting positive attention to his proposal from environmentalists and developers Ã¢â¬â but all sid...Be the first to comment
A community forum to assess the impacts of urban sprawl was held this morning at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Tampa. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s SeÃÂ¡n Kinane reports.
Urban sprawl is one of the most important issues facing the Tampa Bay region. In her state of the city address this week, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio said that the city must expand mass transit to ease congestion of roads.
Dr. Reid Ewing is a professor at the University of MarylandÃ¢â¬â¢s National Center for Smart Growth Research ...Be the first to comment
Hillsborough County's homeless population now tops 11,000, but most alarming to many advocates is the increase in the number of children among them. A grass-roots census released Tuesday by the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County shows the number of homeless children registered in Hillsborough schools jumped 48 percent in the past two years. Rayme Knuckles, executive director of the coalition and Christine Burdick of the Downtown Partnership discussed the Coalition's study and how it w...Be the first to comment
with Leonard Weinglass. In the 1990's five Cuban nationals were sent to the United States to infiltrate and disrupt the actions of Cuban exiles bent on attacking the Castro government. The five were arrested and tried on espionage charges and imprisoned. There is now an international effort to free the Cuban Five based on the argument that the five were not spying on the U.S. government but rather they were attempting to protect and defend Cuba from raids by private groups. Noted defense atto...Be the first to comment
President Bush insisted Wednesday that public opinion is leaning his way on his proposal for a Social Security overhaul and hinted at political problems for lawmakers who oppose him.
Notwithstanding a host of recent polls showing waning public support for his proposal, Bush cited only the part of the surveys that shows the public is -- as it long has been -- aware of the program's long-term fiscal problems. He only implicitly acknowledged the lingering skittishness among congressional Rep...Be the first to comment