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U.S. DRUG CZAR IN TAMPA -Andrew Stelzer

07/23/04

The United States Drug czar was in Tampa today, to announce the Tampa bay area’s participation in a new 25 cities initiative; This initiatives stated goal is to reduce drug use among Americans by 10 percent in the next 2 years and 25 percent in the next 5 years. Drug czar John Walters appeared at the sunshine youth services drug treatment facility where he spoke to law enforcement officials and community agency representatives about the need to reduce both the supply and demand for dr...

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NATL WILDLIFE HUNTERS & ANGLERS DISSATISFIED WITH BUSH'S POLICIES - Mitch Perry

07/23/04

Last week WMNF reported on a poll commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation - in which it asked its members - which skew heavily Republican - expressing their dissatisfaction with President Bush's policies on wildlife and conservation.

The President has favored market-based approaches to environmental protection and has sought to ease government regulation of business.....

He abandoned the Kyoto treaty on global warming because of concerns that it would damage the U.S. econo...

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KERRY STRATEGY IN FLORIDA - Mitch Perry

07/23/04

According to a statewide poll conducted this week, President Bush clings to a slim lead in Florida over John Kerry....

According to the survey, conducted by Mason Dixon Polling & Research, Bush draws 48 percent support, Kerry 46 percent, and Ralph Nader 2 percent, with 4 percent undecided.

There is a battle for independents - how many do you think as a percentage are up for grabs - is that all along the I-4 corridor, and here in Tampa Bay?

Black turnout is going to be ...

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EQUALITY FLORIDA - Mitch Perry

07/23/04

With the potential to tap as many as 350-thousand voters, Equality Florida is starting a voter mobilization effort aimed at bringing gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals to the polls for the fall elections.

 The Tampa-based human rights group is joining with thirty other

groups in taping the large pool of potential voters, hoping a

strong turnout among those communities could make the difference in

tight elections ranging from the presidential race to local

offices. ...

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QUESTIONS REMAIN ON CREATING ARTS DISTRICT IN YBOR CITY - Mitch Perry

07/22/04

This morning at the Tampa City Council, a proposal made by Mayor Pam Iorio earlier this year to create a so-called "Village of the Arts" in Ybor City was discussed.

The Plan calls for bringing artists backs into Ybor, by renting out 5 different homes and 4 apartments to artists, and developing the area north of Interstate 4 between 12th and 19th Streets.

Thom Snelling is the City of Tampa's Land Development Chief. He explained how different branches of City Government are ...

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CAMPAIGN TO SAVE THE ROADLESS RULE-Andrew Stelzer

07/22/04

When Bill Clinton signed the roadless rule in 2000, it was seen as a victory for the several million Americans who had written letters and come to public hearings in support of closing off over 58 million acres of national forest to development of any sort. But soon after taking office, President Bush began efforts to overturn the rule and open the nations forest for road building. His efforts paid off early this month, with the creation of a policy that lets individual state governors perm...

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PASCO COUNTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDANT RACE. Mark Antokas

07/22/04

INTRO: The Pasco County school system budget this year will be six hundred forty million dollars, will serve over fifty seven thousand students, being the largest employer in the county, and the largest county school district in the United States still electing their school superintendent. The hotly contested race currently between two active Republicans, one Republican write in candidate, and a last minute bid by a Democrat has become a battle ground pitting Republican against Republican, Re...

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ALEX PENELAS VISITS HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE-Andrew Stelzer

07/22/04

Miami Mayor Alex Penelas is one of three democratic candidates for Florida’s open senate seat, today he visited the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Tampa, where he spoke about issues ranging from the free trade area of the Americas to the need for affordable healthcare. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story.

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Penelas said he is in support of the FTAA and the concept of free trade, but something needs to be done to protect jobs in the United State...

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LAWYERS DROP DOCTOR FEE BALLOT ITEM - Mitch Perry

07/22/04

Florida trial lawyers have decided to scrap a proposal to require doctors to charge all patients alike, one of their three proposed constitutional amendments on the November ballot aimed at doctors.

The executive committee of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers decided over the weekend to drop the proposed amendment, after gathering more than 700,000 voter signatures and winning approval for the ballot language from the Florida Supreme Court.

The lawyers say instead they'll focus their...

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AN ANALYSIS OF THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT

07/22/04

Our guest during this hour was Phil Berg, an attorney in Philadelphia who has filed a lawsuit against President Bush on behalf of Ellen Mariani whose husband was killed in a plane that crashed into the World Trade Center on 9/11. Berg commented on today's release of the 9/11 report and what his client sees as the major unaswered questions about the attack.

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