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ST PETE'S POLICE CHIEF MEETS WITH ANGRY BLACK RESIDENTS-Andrew Stelzer

04/01/04

Last night, the police chief of St Petersburg came to a community meeting, to listen to the complaints of citizens about the Saint Petersburg police’s practices of unfairly targeting and harassing black people. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report --------------

About 50 people came to the Uhuru house in South St Petersburg to talk to police Chief Chuck Harmen about problems of racist behavior by police officers. Several members of the Uhuru organiza...

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A LIVING WAGE FOR GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND CONTRACTORS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

04/01/04

Pastor Willard Lee and Susan Ketterer of the Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality discussed why this inner-city group is calling for a living wage. They say that it would be a strong anti-povery program and reduce reliance on public assistance programs. For more information call Sharon Streater at HOPE at 813-221-4673. You can also go to HOPE's website for links to Living Wage research at www.freewebs.com/hopeinhillsborough Current Issues / Living Wage.

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YVONNE RIDLEY AT USF - Mitch Perry

03/31/04

Last night on the USF campus, British journalist and activist Yvonne Ridley spoke to an overflow crowd , estimated to be over 150 people ......

Ridley is a freelance reporter who made headlines when she was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan in September of 2001........She was released the day the U.S. began attacking Afghanistan in retaliation for the 9/11 attacks, on October 7th, 2001......

Since her release Ridley has written several books, including "In the Hands of the Taliban"...

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POSTPONED MEETING ON DADE CITY ANNEXATION - Mark Antokas

03/31/04

INTRO: Now that the “Penny For Pasco� has passed and new money will be coming in from the new tax, Dade City has been emboldened enough to try and annex hundreds of acres just outside the city. One such parcel of four hundred and ten acres has become the bone of contention. Mark Antokas has the story.

Script: Picture this: Rolling hills at an elevation of more than four hundred feet above sea level covered with pasture and trees, a few wetlands, deer and raccoon and nesting bald...

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ADULT EDUCATION FACING BUDGET CUTS-Andrew Stelzer

03/31/04

4 years of college education can cost up to 30 thousand dollars, and as anyone knows who’s been through it. A year of training one of Florida’s technical schools usually costs less than 3 thousand dollars, and jobs in the trades people learn there are almost always available—in fact, there is a shortage of able people to work in fields like nursing. But Adult education programs have seen budget cuts over the last several years, and are becoming less able to meet the nee...

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THE HILLSBOROUGH NAACP CALLS FOR A COUNTYWIDE SUMMIT MEETING ON EDUCATION DISPARITY

03/31/04

Our guests were Dr. Sam Horton, pres. of the Hillsborough chapter of the NAACP along with Brenda Jordan and Marilyn Williams of the group's education committee.

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DAVID COBB - GREEN PARTY CANDIDATE

03/31/04

DAVID COBB, A CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY RUNNING FOR THE GREEN PARTY NOMINATION FOR PRESIDENT. COBB ADDRESSED THE ISSUES OF THE WAR IN IRAQ, HEALTH CARE, RACISM, RALPH NADER AND THIRD PAR THIRD PARTY ACCESS TO THE BALLOT.

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MAYOR OF DADE CITY ON CRACKDOWN ON MEXICANS-Andrew Stelzer

03/30/04

Last week, we reported on the arrests of several dozen illegal Mexican immigrants in Dade City, Clearwater, and the general Tampa Bay area. The first arrest was made when a man who had been working for Florida Frame and Trim, doing construction, was injured on the job. He asked for medical attention, but instead, his boss called the authorities; that man and 16 others were arrested. Following the initial arrests, there were several unconfirmed reports of more arrests throughout the areas. ...

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FLORIDA COMPANIES IGNORING CLEAN WATER ACT-Andrew Stelzer

03/30/04

The Florida state Public interest research group has uncovered information that more than half of large industrial and municipal facilities in the state of Florida polluted the water beyond the legal limits allowed in the Clean Water act. On average polluting companies exceeding their clean water act permits did so by 546 percent. WMNF spoke with Mark Ferullo the director of the Florida PIRG.

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That was Mark Ferullo, with the Florida State Public Interest research gr...

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PENSION CONTROVERSY - Mitch Perry

03/30/04

Eight days ago, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio traveled to Tallahassee to persuade State Lawmakers to approve a proposal that would increase pension benefits for the City's

Police and Firefighters - an issue that is tearing up relations between current and former Police and Firemen..

That organized opposition has gotten the ear of Hillsborough State Legislators who must sign off on the plan....Last week, 2 days after Mayor Iorio addressed State Senator Victor Crist - the Tampa Legislator ...

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