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CITY OF TARPON SPRINGS GIVES FINAL GO-AHEAD TO WALMART. Mark Antokas

01/19/05

INTRO: Since 1997, after a zoning change which left a 74 acre parcel along the Anclote River as it passes through the City of Tarpon Springs, zoned General Business, the corporate giant Walmart has been methodically positioning itself to place a Big Box super center on wetlands adjacent to U.S. 19, and the river. Despite environmental concerns and a highly mobilized community, attorneys for the giant retailer have cleared what seems to be the last hurdle. Last night, about four hundred people...

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NO MORE FUNDING FOR STREET CAR?-Andrew Stelzer

01/19/05

Yesterday it was announced that The federal program that would have paid for nearly one-third of a 3/8-mile extension to tampa’s downtown streetcar will be canceled after this year. According to the tampa tribune, Hillsborough County could lose $25 million in federal transportation funding during the next five years. A big part of the pot was money from the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program, and Florida's air quality has improved to the point that it no longer qu...

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COUNTY COMMISSION ON FOLDING TSA, AND HIRING MORE AUDITORS-Andrew Stelzer

01/19/05

The Hillsborough county commission discussed whether to abolish the Tampa sports authority, today. Commissioner Brian Blair brought the resolution after The St Pete times reported last month that commissioners that were members of the TSAs board were getting free tickets to Bucs football games, and eating and drinking thousands of dollars worth of food and liquor in luxury boxes. Commissioner castor floated a resolution earlier this month to limit the commission from receiving gifts of more...

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HEADLINE: WALMART EXPECTED TO GAIN APPROVAL TONIGHT. Mark Antokas

01/18/05

ROLL TAPE: “I’m concerned about the future of Tarpon Springs…Um, I think the traffic on U.S. 19 is already horrendous, the environment, I just cant imagine, you know, putting it the size of nine football fields right on the banks of a river, have you ever heard of a waterfront Walmart?� 15sec. SCRIPT: Citizens concerned about traffic, environmentalists arguing to keep a sensitive wetland area pristine and natural, big-box super center haters, and lawyers for Walmart. ...

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GOV. BUSH PROPOSES $61.6 BILLION BUDGET - Mitch Perry

01/18/05

Governor Jeb Bush today proposed a $61.6 billion budget, one that cuts taxes by $285 million dollars, and increases spending on public schools by $1.1 billion for the fiscal year beginning July 1st. (roll tape# 1 o.q. “intangibles tax�)

The governor also asked to repeal the per-drink alcohol tax

Democrats criticized the Bush budget for providing tax breaks that they contend benefit only a small number of people at the expense of programs that help the needy take care of th...

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THE SHAH AND THE COMING OF MILITANT ISLAM - Radioactivity

01/18/05

Mitch Perry talks to David Harris, author of "The Crises: the President, the Prophet and the Shah. . . 1979 and the Coming of Militant Islam."

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TAMPA ART MUSEUM - Mitch Perry

01/18/05

After years of plans and discussions, the Tampa City Council is poised to approve a plan that will soon allow for the beginning of construction of a new Art Museum that, once completed, would make it one of the largest of its types in the country.

February 10th is the sign –off date on the Construction agreement with the City of Tampa.

Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio has been riding roughshod on the public portion of the financing of the now estimated $72 million dollar cost f...

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STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETS IN TAMPA-Andrew Stelzer

01/18/05

The Florida state board of education held their monthly meeting today in Tampa; school board chairman Phil handy said that some of the challenges facing the board in 2005 will be hiring 30 thousand new teachers needed by august, trying to stop social promotion, work to meet the demands of the classsize amendment, and wait for the results of a lawsuit against school choice that is currently before the US supreme court.

In a report from the career education task force, Bonnie Murm...

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GITA DESAI, producer, YOGA UNVEILED Mary Glenney Women's Show

01/15/05

GITA DESAI, film producer, “YOGA UNVEILED.� Yoga Unveiled is a breathtaking journey of sight and sound that illuminates the essence of yoga as its creators understood it thousands of years ago. Harnessing the colorful commentary of the most prominent yoga scholars, teachers, and medical experts, Yoga Unveiled reveals how yoga began, tells the story of yoga's passage to the West, describes its numerous branches, recounts the fascinating biographies of the foremost yoga masters, an...

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, jr. TRIBUTE Mary Glenney Women's Show

01/15/05

A brief trbute to Martin Luther King, jr. using his words and music.

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