News & Public Affairs09/01/04
For the past year consumer advocates have been trying to force TECO to admit they signed a contract with one of their on subsidiaries to transport coal to Florida across the gulf of Mexico, and paid them more than the market rate, resulting in higher electricity rates for consumers. The State Public Service Commission had hearings on TECOs business practices related to the contract earlier this summer, and last week, the PSC staff came back with a recommendation to reduce the amount that TEC...Be the first to comment
While the protests surrounding the republican national convention have brought together ordinary Americans from all 50 states, celebrities have also lent their names and faces to the crowds of people upset with the direction of the country. WMNF volunteer Bill Hamilton spoke with musician and activist Michael Franti, from Spearhead, about the importance of year's election.
That was Michael Franti, speaking with Spearhead singer Michael Franti in new York City.Be the first to comment
On Primary election day, WMNF went downtown to ask Tampa residents whether they were voting, and if they felt that Floridas election system was secure.Be the first to comment
One of the protest in ne York City yesterday was the Ã¢â¬Åpop peoples marchÃ¢â¬â¢, organized by the kensington Welfare Rights Union. While by all accounts the march was peaceful, when it approached amdison square garden, chaos temporarily broke out when police attempted to break up the crowd into two groups. WMNF volunteer Bill Hamilton was there, and filed this report.Be the first to comment
The Tampa Bay Water board met today to consider two proposals to fix and rebuild the disastrous desalination plant near Apollo beach. Built in 1997, the plant turns seawater into drinking water for much of Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco counties, but the first two companies who operated it went bankrupt, and the filters have been damaged by not being operated correctly. After a request for proposals was put out in February, two companies submitted proposals to operate the plant for the n...Be the first to comment
According to EPC and EPA data, the air quality in Hillsborough County meets state & federal standards. Yet in 2003, a report by the American Lung Association stated that 16 out of 21 Florida counties did NOT meet Clean Air standards. And Hillsborough was rated one of the worst of the 16. Driven by numerous health complaints by residents living near TECOÃ¢â¬â¢s coal-burning power plant in Apollo Beach, the environmental group Save Our Bay, Air & Canals or SOBAC petitioned the Hillsborough ...Be the first to comment
Today WMNF spoke with Betty Castor, the front runner for the Democratic race for US SenateÃ¢â¬Â¦Ã¢â¬Â¦We asked her when she contemplated running for office last year, did she ever think the Al-Arian controversy would become this big in her campaign (roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â¬? that weÃ¢â¬â¢ve lost in recent yearsÃ¢â¬?)
ThatÃ¢â¬â¢s Betty Castor, candidate for the Democratic nomination for SenateÃ¢â¬Â¦..Earlier this month, the Evening News conducted an interview with Peter Deutsch, as ...Be the first to comment
Tomorrow on the USF campus, a program designed on developing leaders in local communities begins its initial session.
The program is being produced by the USF Jim Walter Partnership Center. Jim Walter was a local pioneer in affordable housing in the Tampa Bay Area in the Post World War II era, and his family provided funding at the university to create an endowment to look at creating affordable housing..
Manny Rivero is the Executive Director at the Jim Walter Partnershi...Be the first to comment
The Scripps research institute, a biotechnology village, is planning on moving from California to the west palm beach area, it was lured to Florida with millions of dollars in tax subsidies. But the issue of where to build Scripps has been contentious from the start, and now the first lawsuits have been filed. The Palm Beach County Environmental Coalition filed a suit yesterday in protest of a drainage permit issued by the South Florida Water Management District. Steven bell represents the...Be the first to comment
Trying to rally to get the conservative voice in the GOP race for US Senate, today Florida State Senator Daniel Webster announced his endorsement for former Orlando area Congressman Bill McCollum (roll tape#1 o.q."and a social conservative")
Senator Webster was emphasizing the true conservatism of McCollum, in the wake of a teleconference held on Tuesday, in which a group of state and national conservatives blasted McCollum's conservative credentials. The issues that have turned off...Be the first to comment