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JOHNNIE BYRD RUNNING FOR US SENATE-Andrew Stelzer

05/03/04

The Florida Legislative session came to a close on Friday, and after a quick weekend break, state politics is moving on to the next phase---the campaign for Florida’s open congressional seats. This morning, outgoing Florida House speaker Jonnie Byrd came to Tampa to officially announce he is running for retiring US Senator Bob Grahams seat; WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

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During this year’s session, J...

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PROPOSAL WOULD SHIFT CARE OF MENTALLY ILL TO HMO's - Mitch Perry

04/30/04

Included in the Florida State Budget scheduled to be voted on later tonight includes a plan to transform the State's $14 Billion Dollar Medicaid Program....

As reported by several Florida newspapers today, a few sentences slipped into a budget-related bill with little discussion a study that would lead to turning over Medicaid long term care to HMO's in some counties including Hillsborough & Polk..

The 2nd Part of the bill would shift perhaps as many as half a million mentally...

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CRYSTAL RIVER FIGHTING WALMART-Andrew Stelzer

04/30/04

The citizens of Crystal River, about 90 miles North of Tampa, have been fighting to keep a Wal-Mart store out of their community for almost a year. Now one family may have found a way to stop the mega-chain—by moving into a strip mall and declaring them selves the only residents of a new annexed parcel of land. Problems began last year when Citrus county refused to give the Realticorp company a permit to build a Wal-Mart, along with several other stores and buildings, on land that wa...

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CITIES CALL FOR CHANGE IN PLAN FOR CELL TOWERS - Mitch Perry

04/29/04

As the legislature prepares to complete its work this Friday, local officials are fighting a proposal that would allow cellular telephone companies to build antenna towers nearly ANYWHERE they want to.

Mayors and other city officials say it would bring hundreds of ugly towers into residential neighborhoods, and bring down neighboring property values.

But The cellular industry argues it NEEDS to build 2,000 new towers across Florida to serve a fast-growing customer base and imp...

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AIR QUALITY - Mitch Perry

04/29/04

The American Lung Association released their Annual Clean Air Tests for Air Pollution today....And nearly every county in the Tampa Bay Region improved their grades from just a year ago....But in some cases, the improvement, as in the case of Hillsborough, manatee, and Sarasota counties, means only getting a "D" Grade...

Jolene Nixon is the Program Coordinator for the American Lung Association of Florida - Gulf Coast Area..... (roll tape#1 o.q."as strong as it is")

The American Lung As...

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PROTEST IN ZEPHYRHILLS. Mark Antokas

04/29/04

INTRO: In Zephyrhills today, protesters gathered at three sites surrounding City Hall. They held signs, some of which read, “What you did has nothing with the grid�, and, “Silent no more, our voices will be heard.� They protested Monday’s ruling to Un-Name Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. They say that they will be there every day. WMNF�S Mark Antokas was there.

Script. About thirty people gathered today on the corner of Martin Luther King Avenue, Uhhh, tha...

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EYEWITNESS TO EVENTS IN AFGHANISTAN - Radioactivity

04/29/04

Anne Richter is a nurse/midwife from Pinellas County. For the past five months she has worked with women in a maternity hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. Anne described the problems facing people in Afghanistan: poor health care, lack of security, high infant mortality, illiteracy, domestic violence, revival of the drug trade, and land mines. Richter will be speaking at the May 16th meeting of Pax Christi at Sacred Heart Church in Tampa.

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LEGAL AIDE PROGRAM FOR UNINSURED - Mitch Perry

04/28/04

There are approximately 44 million uninsured people in the U.S. and for many of them a trip to the emergency room for health care became a financial nightmare for years afterwards.....

In recent months, however, there has been more scrutiny at the price differential that Hospitals charge the uninsured, versus what they charge Insurance Companies.

In February, Health & Human Services Secretary Tommy Tompson wrote a letter to the 5,000 member American Hospital Association, urgi...

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EPA ISN'T ENFORCING MERCURY RULES-Andrew Stelzer

04/28/04

The environmental Protection Agency is holding a conference on the public health impacts of mercury in Tampa this week. Until several months ago, it was expected that the EPA would instate new mercury emissions standards for power plants. But now it appears that the EPA will delay the new regulations for 15 more years. Several doctors and a city council member gathered at the site of the conference today to educate the public about the dangers of Mercury, especially to women. -----------...

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THE RENAMING OF MLK AVE. IN ZEPHYRHILLS TO 6TH AVENUE. Mark Antokas

04/28/04

WMNF reporter Mark Antokas covered the contentious debate at the Zephyrhills City Council about whether to keep the name of an avenue honoring the slain civil rights leader. In this program we carried Mark's in-depth report about the debate and took listener calls commenting on the controversy.

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