News & Public Affairs03/24/05
Last summer the U.S. Senate killed funding for the controversial Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System Ã¢â¬â better known as CAPPS IIÃ¢â¬Â¦
Later this year, The Transportation Security Administration is scheduled to unveil a successor to CAPPS II, called Secure FlightÃ¢â¬Â¦.But it must first pass scrutiny thru the Government Accountability OfficeÃ¢â¬Â¦
But there are critics who fear that some of the problems with CAPPS II regarding privacy rights will be transferred o...Be the first to comment
Meanwhile, New Jersey Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg has written a letter to
Misissippi Republican Senator Trent Lott and Connecticut Democrat Chris Dodd, the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Rules Committee, demanding an investigation into who distributed the Ã¢â¬Åtalking pointsÃ¢â¬? memo to Republicans regarding the relief legislation for Terri Schiavo last week.
That unspecified one page memo, distributed to Republican senators,called it an Ã¢â¬Å an import...Be the first to comment
The issue of public access to wireless internet access came to national attention in 2004 in the state of Pennsylvania, when city of Philadelphia was launching their initiative to make the entire city a wireless hotspot, and the telecommunications industry tried to stop it from happening. Now Florida state legislators are considering several bills that would prevent towns and cities from setting up free public wireless internet hotspotsÃ¢â¬âthe laws are being pushed by giant telecommunica...Be the first to comment
Details of the proposed Tampa Museum of Art was discussed at today's Tampa City Council Meeting. WMNF's SeÃÂ¡n Kinane files this report.
In one week the Tampa City Council will vote on whether to go ahead with the Museum of Art. Bonnie Wise, the director of Tampa's Revenue and Finance Department describes progress that has occurred since last week's meeting.
ACT Bonnie Wise, director of Tampa's Revenue and Finance Department
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Accountants from the city of Tampa presented the city's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report at this morning's City Council meeting. WMNF's SeÃÂ¡n Kinane reports.
TampaÃ¢â¬â¢s annual financial report for the fiscal year ending Sept 30 2004, was completed without major problems. Chip Jones, accountant for the City of Tampa describes some of the city's most expensive programs and that a surprisingly small amount of the city's revenue comes from property taxes.
Two supporters of President Bush's concept to privatize part of Social Security (Kevin Wright a local activist with the group Generations Together -http://www.generationstogether.net/.- and Derrick Max, who runs two business groups: the Alliance for Worker Retirement Security and the Coalition for the Modernization and Protection of America's Social Security, or Compass) debated Bernard Wassow of the Century Foundation. "Scare Tactics: Why Social Security Is Not In Crisis" was written by Was...Be the first to comment
Last month the Attorney General in Kansas, a staunch opponent of abortion, demanded the medical records of nearly 90 woman and girls who had late-term abortions, saying he needs the material to investigate crimes.
The two abortion clinics involved in the case say the state has no right to such personal information and are fighting the request in the Kansas Supreme Court.
But Attorney General Phil Kline insists he needs the records because he has "the duty to investigate and p...Be the first to comment
Floridians may soon have a greater ability to shoot people on the street without legal repercussions. A bill introduced in the state legislature, which seems likely to pass, strengthens the ability of people to shoot intruders on their property, and gives them the ability to use a gun if they are threatened in a public space. The bill was authored by State Senator Durrell Peadon; his legislative assistant Roger Robinson, says current state law does not go far enough in protecting people who...Be the first to comment
ANNUAL TAX CALL-IN SHOW Part II w/ CPAs Phil Scheidt, Andy Mason, Sara Wilhite.Be the first to comment
INTRO: Democratic State Senator Rod smith, a relatively unknown quantity in South Florida, announced last month his intentions of running for the GovernorÃ¢â¬â¢s office in 2006. Smith, of Alachua County, came to prominence as a prosecutor who brought to trial the case against Gainesville student killer Danny Rolling. Smith says he expects the high profile case to win him votes across Florida, a feat no Democratic candidate for Governor has done since Lawton Chiles was re-elected in 1994. Sm...Be the first to comment