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HARTLINE - Mitch Perry

03/17/04

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...

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PRE-K PLAN IN TROUBLE - Mitch Perry

03/17/04

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 ...

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HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAYS CORONET WATER IS SAFE-Andrew Stelzer

03/17/04

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...

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WMNF'S ANNUAL TAX CALL-IN SHOW - PART TWO

03/17/04

Our guests were Phil Scheidt, Sarah Wilhite and Andy Mason.

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HILLSBOROUGH NAACP CALLS FOR SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT SUMMIT-Andrew Stelzer

03/16/04

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...

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WMNF'S ANNUAL TAX CALL-IN SHOW - PART ONE

03/16/04

Our three CPA guests today (Phil Scheidt, Malcolm Hayes and Lee Hewitt) answered listeners' questions about filling out their 2003 federal income tax forms.

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SARASOTA LEFT WING JOCK CANNED - Mitch Perry

03/15/04

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...

Until today.

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...

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RULES TO AID MIGRANT WORKERS ADVANCE - Mitch Perry

03/15/04

Legislation that monitors working conditions for migrant farmworkers and toughens penalties against unethical farm labor contractors passed the House Agriculture Committee in its first -- and toughest - stop last week.

The measure that passed last Thursday gives state regulators more authority to investigate allegations of abuse and creates a commission to monitor the working conditions of farmworkers.

Last week, Governor Jeb Bush held a news conference to announce the legislation and t...

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COURT VICTORY FOR LOCAL ACTIVIST-Andrew Stelzer

03/15/04

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In a story we’ve been following here at WMNF, a local activist has had charges against him dismissed. It’s the end of a year and a half long legal struggle; WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer has more.

Anthony Lorenzo was arrested in October of 2002, for passing out flyers on the street in Ybor city. The main message of the flyers was for the legalization of marijuana, they also promoted the libertarian party, and had a small advertisement for...

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HOW TO PREVENT AND CURE CANCER WITH NATURAL MEDICINE

03/15/04

Joseph Pizzorno, naturopathic doctor. Pizzorno is the author of HOW TO PREVENT AND CURE CANCER WITH NATURAL MEDICINE (Riverhead Books).

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