News & Public Affairs04/20/05
The Hillsborough county school board has decided that they do not have the space and resources to offer the state mandated pre-kindergarten program beginning August. The county is among several who have opted out because of money and space concerns, and its unclear if the state will be able to meet its legal obligations. Susan Morris is the school readiness supervisor for the Hillsborough county school district. She says when the school year begins I august; there may not be enough space f...Be the first to comment
Late last year, Hillsborough county Commissioner Rhonda Storms asked county attorneys to find out whether the county could permanently sterilize child abusers.
Today the Hillsborough county commission heard a report back from the assistant county attorney, Deborah Cromartie Mincey. She told the commission that many states used sterilization in the early 1900Ã¢â¬â¢s but most of those policies had been overturned or taken off the books because they were illegal or cruel.
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INTRO: The election might be over, but the arguments seem to continue. PascoÃ¢â¬â¢s Republican Supervisor of Elections, Kurt Browning won re-election by a whopping eighty-three percent of the vote to Patrick BergyÃ¢â¬â¢s seventeen percent. The first time candidate Bergy, ran as a non-partisan. Five months after the Election, Bergy has not closed out his account with the Supervisors office, which has prompted Browning to file a complaint with the State, and impose a fine. Bergy has respond...Be the first to comment
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Three days before Earth Day, St. Petersburg City Council member Jamie Bennett announced an introduction of a Green Cities resolution today, which calls for a citizen task force to work with the city to conduct an inventory and implement environmentally friendly policies(roll tape#1 o.q. Ã¢â¬ÅchildrenÃ¢â¬â¢s futureÃ¢â¬?)
The initiative to be introduced later this week in the Council calls for using energy efficient technology and practices to save money, creating Ã¢â¬ËgreenÃ¢â¬...Be the first to comment
As reported last week on the Evening News, activist Terry Neal - who was arrested by Tampa Police after being ruled out of order at a City Council Meeting last December Ã¢â¬â went to court yesterday after the City charged him with trespassing at that meeting.
But before jurors were to be selected for his Court trial, the state offered him a deal.
What was curious about Neal being charged with trespassing is that he was originally charged with that misdemeanor AND dist...Be the first to comment
The newly formed Commission On Safety and Abuse in Americas Prisons will be holding 4 sets of hearings around the country over the next 8 months. Today, they held the first of two days of hearings in Tampa, at the studios of WEDU-TV. The commission is made up of current and retired government officials, prisons rights advocates, ex prisoners, and corrections employees; the goal of the hearings is to hear testimony about problems of abuse in the prisons. This morning, the commission heard te...Be the first to comment
ELAINE CHAO, SECRETARY OF LABOR, ON PRESIDENT BUSH'S PLAN TO CREATE VOLUNTARY PRIVATE INVESTMENT ACCOUNTS AS A SUPPLEMENT TO SOCIAL SECURITY - Radioactivity04/19/05
SECRETARY OF LABOR ELAINE CHAO SAYS EVERONE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO SPEAK AT SOCIAL SECURITY FORUMS, DENIES KNOWING WHETHER OPPONENTS OF PRIVATIZATION ARE BEING KEPT OUT.
Labor Secretary Elaine Chao appeared on Rob Lorei's call-in program to talk about the administration's plans to allow partial privatization of Social Security. Chao described the social security system as "unsustainable" and she talked about the President's outline for a plan to reform the nation's retirement sys...
Beiro is a local broadcaster who has several part time jobs, makes a moderate income, and has no health insurance. He also has diabetes. In the last few months he's reduced the amount of insulin he's purchased so he can pay for food and shelter. This decision almost cost him his life. He began to get sick a week ago Friday and went to the emergency room at St. Joseph's Hospital. 20 hours later he was admitted to a hospital room. Doctor's treated him for a diabetes-related infection. He's d...Be the first to comment
INRTO: This past weekend, Philip E. Walker of the African American Drama Company, presented a one-man play in New Port Richey. The play is called Ã¢â¬ÅCan I speak for you brother,Ã¢â¬? and is a series of short works about black leaders throughout history. Walker was invited for a day of outreach events, and the play on Saturday hosted by the New Port Richey Library was part of their continuing diversity program. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Mark Antokas files this report. ROLL TAPE: Ã¢â¬Åa black warrio...Be the first to comment