News & Public Affairs03/18/04
The argument as to whether Citizen Ballot Inititives in Florida are out of control was the subject of a debate (Thursday) this morning in downtown Tampa.
Governor Jeb Bush and other legislators who were against such Constitutional Amendments such as the Class Size Amendment and the High Speed Rail measure, have argued that such issues should NEVER be inserted into the State Constitution, while others - who invariably refer to the 2002 Pregnant Pigs initiative, also say that the proces...Be the first to comment
This morning in Tallahassee, a coalition of mental health advocates announced a plan to increase access to mental health treatment and services in the state, and to show the effects of untreated mental illness on every community.
Ken Duckworth is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School..... And the national Medical Director for NAMI- the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill...
He says the state of Florida has not provided an adequate needs assessm...Be the first to comment
Our gests were Matti Cohen, vice consul at the Israeli Consulate in Miami and Joshua Ruebner, Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator for the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a nonsectarian coalition of more than 110 grassroots organizations working for a just peace in the Middle East based on international law and human rights. He coordinates a Congressional District Coordinator network that covers more than 130 Congressional districts around the country. Ruebner is also the co-founder of ...Be the first to comment
Today the Hillsborough County Commission discussed an internal review recently completed regarding HARTLINE, the County's Regional Transit Authority.....
The review, released on Monday, focused on construction and operations of the TECO Line Streetcar System, which the transit authority developed along with the city of Tampa.
The Draft report found evidence that HARTLINE had diverted money allocated for bus service over to the Streetcar. County Auditor Kathleen Matthews al...Be the first to comment
A bill that both Republican Governor Jeb Bush and many Democratic legislators fear would water down standards for a constitutionally required prekindergarten program
is moving through the Legislature.
The House Education Committee approved the bill today. The Republican-dominated panel voted 21-8 to move the bill after
90 minutes of sometimes testy maneuvering that Democrats claimed
was designed to muzzle them.
Last week The St. Petersburg Times reported that ...Be the first to comment
When Citizens who live near the Coronet Industries phosphate mine in Plant City complained that they were getting sick and dying of cancer last year, an investigation was begun. Now results of tests on well water and citizens urine are in, and the county says there are not enough contaminants in the water to cause illness.
The Florida Department of health is holding several meetings to present to results of their study to the public. This afternoon, about 10 people showed up, and were t...Be the first to comment
Our guests were Phil Scheidt, Sarah Wilhite and Andy Mason.Be the first to comment
This fall will mark the two-year anniversary of the no child left behind act. Last year, on the first annual report card issued under the bush administration act, Florida had the highest percentage nationwide of schools not making adequate yearly progress, the benchmark for passing. An independent study of school children in Hillsborough County, found that it's black students who are getting the least education. The NAACP is calling for a countywide summit to address the problem to stop th...Be the first to comment
Our three CPA guests today (Phil Scheidt, Malcolm Hayes and Lee Hewitt) answered listeners' questions about filling out their 2003 federal income tax forms.Be the first to comment
For the last year, Bud Beck has been the host of a popular three hour morning talk show on WWPR, 1490 AM Manatee County......Unlike the majority of what's heard on the AM spectrum, Beck has been successful as a Liberal talk show host...
Shortly after Beck signed off from his morning shift, WWPR station owner Ray Green summarily fired the left leaning host (roll tape#2 o.q." roll tape#2 o.q.".programming changes")
Beck has hosted the program for nearly...Be the first to comment