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DR.ROONGNAPA KORPRADITSKUL, Thailand Agriculture-Mary Glenney-Women's Show

12/18/04

Dr. Roongnapa Korpraditskul. She is visiting Rick Martinez at Sweetwater Organic Farm and participated in classes that he taught in Thailand. Roongnapa is from Thailand, where she is Head of Environmental Science Laboratory, R&D Institute of Kasetsart University, Thailand and the Project Leader of the Implementation of Environmental Management System on Organic Farms at the Community Level. She talked about funeral customs in Thailand (her father died last month) and her work with sustaina...

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WINTER SOLSTICE - Mary Glenney - Women's Show

12/18/04

Music and spoken word related to the winter solstice. See play list for music.

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INITIATIVE COULD OPEN STATE FUNDS FOR RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS - Mitch Perry

12/17/04

A sentence in Florida’s Constitution that forbids the state to use public money to “directly or indirectly� help religious institutions has been mentioned this week as a possible thorn in blocking the Pre-Kindergarten program approved by the Legislature yesterday.

The same line has been used to thwart the state’s school voucher law….

So Florida State Senator Daniel Webster is saying the state should get rid of that line in the Constitution.

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MAYOR CORBINO EXPANSION PLANS FOR ST PETE CLEARWATER AIRPORT-Andrew Stelzer

12/17/04

As we reported earlier this week, the St Pete County commission voted to move forward with a master plan to invest over 220 million dollars for improvements to the St Pete Clearwater airport, despite the complaints of many citizens that they didn’t want the increased noise of more airplanes, and the environmental damage that expanding the airport could have. There was also a consultants report which warned the commission that air traffic is likely to decrease next year, and in the pas...

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PINELLAS CITIZENS FIND DUPLICATE BALLOTS IN TRASH-Andrew Stelzer

12/17/04

The skepticism towards the nations voting systems has been most clearly shown by a group of citizens in Pinellas county. They have been investigating that county’s voting systems, found shredded ballots in the garbage behind an elections supervisor’s office on November 18th. Leonard Schmiege is a spokesman for the citizens voting verification group.

ACT “We went up to the supervisor of election office

The group didn’t contact the Pinellas supervis...

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TAMPA CITY COUNCIL - Mitch Perry

12/16/04

Today the Tampa City Council joined with earlier votes this week by the Hillsborough County Commission, and the Tampa Sports Authority in approving a deal that will allow the Tampa Bay Lightning from paying more than $600,000 in annual property taxes at the St. Pete Times Forum.

The deal shifts ownership of the major arena in Tampa from the Lightning to Hillsborough County. The reason that this shift occurs goes back to the original deal when the Lightning came to Tampa a decade ago....

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CONDO WORKERS AND SUPPORTERS FIGHTING TO UNIONIZE PROTEST IN MIAMI - Mitch Perry

12/16/04

At this hour in Miami, condominium workers who are trying to form a union are holding a Candlelight Vigil and march, bringing attention to their attempts to organize without intimidation.

Workers claim that the Continental Group – one of Miami’s most prestigious condominium management companies – is refusing to pledge NOT to intimidate and threaten workers who want to speak out.

Last week, the City of Miami Beach Commission passed a resolution supporting w...

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PARENTS WILL SUE PINELLAS SCHOOLS OVER DEATH OF DAUGHTER HIT AT SCHOOL BUS STOP-Andrew Stelzer

12/16/04

The parents of Rebecca McKinney, the 16 year old girl who was hit and killed by a pickup truck on McMullen-Booth Road in Clearwater after getting off a school bus, have announced that they intend to sue the Pinellas school district twice; once for Rebecca's death and a second time for the trauma her 17-year-old sister, Mary, suffered while watching the accident. The incident, which took place on October 8th, led to the discovery that children had been crossing four or more lanes at nearly 3...

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BOB GRAHAM AT TIGER BAY-Andrew Stelzer

12/16/04

Retiring Florida Senator Bob graham was at the Suncoast tiger bay club in St Pete this afternoon, to promote his new book, Intelligence matters and speak to Floridians for one of the last times as an elected official. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

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Graham, who was on the senate Intelligence committee for 10 years and also was a member of the 9/11 commission, told the almost 200 people gathered to hear him speak that he sees ...

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WORKERS' RIGHTS AT WAL-MART - Radioactivity

12/16/04

Author Liza Featherstone on "SELLING WOMEN SHORT, The Landmark Battle for Workers' Rights at Wal-Mart". Featherstone's book describes an atmosphere of discrimination and sexism at one of the world's largest corporations. In June 2004 a sex-discrimination lawsuit against a titan in American retail, Wal-Mart, was certified as a class action suit. The largest private civil action in history, covering 1.6 million female employees, this suit could potentially change the face of Wal-Mart, and fo...

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