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STEVE HENLEY IN VENEZUELA - Mitch Perry

08/11/04

Polls show voters in Venezuela are evenly split between supporters of populist President Yugo Chavez, and his opponents, who accuse the fiery leader of trying to impose a Cuban-style leftist dictatorship.

A late surge in support for Chavez has many observers betting he will squeeze out a victory.

There will be international observers at the Polls this Sunday to monitor election, and a local candidate for Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections will also be present.

That would be Steve ...

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MIDDLE CLASS TIGHTROPE - Mitch Perry

08/10/04

Jacob Hacker is an Assistant Professor of political science at Yale and a fellow at the New America Foundation. IN today's Washington Post, he writes about the "Middle Class Tightrope" that Americans live in economically, and says it's more dire than the numbers show.

In the first of a 2 part interview, WMNF spoke to Professor Hacker today. He says that the section of John Kerry's acceptance speech in Boston, where he said he represented

"the Middle Class who deserve a champion,...

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GOP CONVENTION TONIGHT - Mitch Perry

08/10/04

Tonight in Orlando beginning at 7pm, the first statewide televised debate amongst the major candidates for the Republican nomination will debate.....The forum will be broadcast by all of the NBC affiliate stations in Florida, which locally means WFLA, News channel 8.

One Republican candidate who will NOT be in the debate, and thinks he should be, is Larry Klayman....Klayman held a news conference in front of the NBC affililiate in Winter Park this morning, denouncing his exclusion fro...

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NEW STUDY ON OVER THE COUNTER DRUGS - Mitch Perry

08/10/04

According to a new study released today by the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Emergency Nurses Association, approximately one in every 2 residents in Tampa misuse common pain relievers, which may include ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin.

The survey also found that 3 quarters of respondents have NEVER SPOKEN with a doctor or nurse about any potential risks associated with these medications, many of which can be purchased without a prescription.

David Siegel is ...

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STATEWIDE RALLIES FOR MINIMUM WAGE AMENDMENT CAMPAIGN-Andrew Stelzer

08/10/04

This November, Floridians will vote on whether to raise the states minimum wage from 5.15 to 6.15 an hour. Last month, the amendment to the constitution officials collected enough signatures to be on the ballot, and today, Floridians for all, a coalition of community groups that’s pushing the ballot initiative, held rallies across the state to kickoff a campaign to educate the public about why its important to vote yes on amendment 5. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer was at one of those rallies in ...

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VERIFIED VOTING WITH MARTINE ZUMANIS - Mitch Perry

08/10/04

Today was the 2nd day of Logic and Accuracy tests in some of the 15 counties in Florida that will use electronic voting machines later this month and in November. Members of the public are allowed to test out the equipment...

Martine Zumanis is a member of Verified Voting, a national organization that advocates the use of reliable and publicly verifiable elections in the U.S.

As a part of their Tech Watch Program, Zumanis , along with 13 other members of the public, showed u...

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TARIFFS PROPOSED ON IMPORTED SHRIMP. Mark Antokas

08/09/04

INTRO: On Tuesday, the U.S. Dept of Commerce proposed, at George W. Bush’s wishes, tariffs up to 112 percent on shrimp imported from China and Vietnam. The commerce department is asking for public comment on the tariffs and they are expected to rule on July 28th on whether to also propose duties on shrimp exported from other countries such as Brazil, Equador, India and Tailand. The proposed tariffs mean that the commerce department and the administration believe that the countries affected ...

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VOTING RIGHTS EXPERTS DISCUSS BUREAUCRATIC BARRIERS KEEPING ELIGIBLE VOTERS FROM 2004 ELECTION POLLS - Mitch Perry

08/09/04

A Voting Advocacy group says there are nearly 5 million Americans who are NOT eligible to vote because they have been convicted of felonies. Florida is one of 6 states that refuses to give automatic restoration of Civil and Voting Rights to those people who have paid their debt to society. But in the 40 something states that DO restore Voting Rights automatically, a significant amount of that population is never informed that they do have that right.

Robin Templeton is the Executiv...

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CAFTA PROTEST - Mitch Perry

08/09/04

Today the City of Tampa began the first day as host of new Free Trade negotiations between the U.S. and Panama.

Tampa is the 4th site of such negotiations.....The city is considered an ideal location because it has the closest major U.S. port to the Central American nation, and because of its significance for business and politics in the U.S.

The 5 day Conference began with a Business Forum at the Tampa Waterside Marriot...But outside the Marrioit, activists who fear an imp...

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SHRIMP TARIFFS GO INTO EFFECT. Mark Antokas

08/09/04

INTRO: ON Wednesday, July 28th, the Commerce Department ruled, at George W. Bush's wishes, to impose tariffs on imported shrimp, six nations are affected. FSRN's Mark Antokas has the story: SCRIPT: The Tariffs go into effect immediatly on farm raised shrimp from the countries of Vietnam, China, Brazil, Equador, India, and Thailand. The Southern Shrimp alliance brought the issue up, claiming that the U.S. was a "Dumping Ground" for seafood. John Williams is a Florida shrimper and the...

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