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AIR QUALITY - Mitch Perry

04/29/04

The American Lung Association released their Annual Clean Air Tests for Air Pollution today....And nearly every county in the Tampa Bay Region improved their grades from just a year ago....But in some cases, the improvement, as in the case of Hillsborough, manatee, and Sarasota counties, means only getting a "D" Grade...

Jolene Nixon is the Program Coordinator for the American Lung Association of Florida - Gulf Coast Area..... (roll tape#1 o.q."as strong as it is")

The American Lung As...

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PROTEST IN ZEPHYRHILLS. Mark Antokas

04/29/04

INTRO: In Zephyrhills today, protesters gathered at three sites surrounding City Hall. They held signs, some of which read, “What you did has nothing with the grid�, and, “Silent no more, our voices will be heard.� They protested Monday’s ruling to Un-Name Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. They say that they will be there every day. WMNF�S Mark Antokas was there.

Script. About thirty people gathered today on the corner of Martin Luther King Avenue, Uhhh, tha...

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EYEWITNESS TO EVENTS IN AFGHANISTAN - Radioactivity

04/29/04

Anne Richter is a nurse/midwife from Pinellas County. For the past five months she has worked with women in a maternity hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. Anne described the problems facing people in Afghanistan: poor health care, lack of security, high infant mortality, illiteracy, domestic violence, revival of the drug trade, and land mines. Richter will be speaking at the May 16th meeting of Pax Christi at Sacred Heart Church in Tampa.

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LEGAL AIDE PROGRAM FOR UNINSURED - Mitch Perry

04/28/04

There are approximately 44 million uninsured people in the U.S. and for many of them a trip to the emergency room for health care became a financial nightmare for years afterwards.....

In recent months, however, there has been more scrutiny at the price differential that Hospitals charge the uninsured, versus what they charge Insurance Companies.

In February, Health & Human Services Secretary Tommy Tompson wrote a letter to the 5,000 member American Hospital Association, urgi...

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EPA ISN'T ENFORCING MERCURY RULES-Andrew Stelzer

04/28/04

The environmental Protection Agency is holding a conference on the public health impacts of mercury in Tampa this week. Until several months ago, it was expected that the EPA would instate new mercury emissions standards for power plants. But now it appears that the EPA will delay the new regulations for 15 more years. Several doctors and a city council member gathered at the site of the conference today to educate the public about the dangers of Mercury, especially to women. -----------...

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THE RENAMING OF MLK AVE. IN ZEPHYRHILLS TO 6TH AVENUE. Mark Antokas

04/28/04

WMNF reporter Mark Antokas covered the contentious debate at the Zephyrhills City Council about whether to keep the name of an avenue honoring the slain civil rights leader. In this program we carried Mark's in-depth report about the debate and took listener calls commenting on the controversy.

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PRE-K AMENDMENT - Mitch Perry

04/27/04

One of the many issues the State Legislature will vote on in the last scheduled week of the 2004 Session is on the Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program that voters demanded 2 years ago....

However, the version that looks poised to pass is NOT what many of the advocates of the program envisioned when they campaigned for it as a Constitutional Amendment back in 2002.

The Senate Plan would allow parents to choose between a 540-hour program offered by public, private or religious schools duri...

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ZEPHYRHILLS RESCINDS MARTIN LUTHER KING STREET - Mark Antokas

04/27/04

INTRO: The City of Zephyrhills has voted three times on the name of one street. Sixth Avenue for a short time was known as Martin Luther King Boulevard. White residents who live on the street elected a woman, Gina King to the city council after she promised to petition the counsel to change the name back. WMNF’s Mark Antokas has the story.

Script:Now you see it, Now you don’t. Last night the Zephyrhills City Council voted Three to two, effectively removing Martin Lu...

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COMMUNITY FORUM ON GLOBALIZATION AND JOBS-Andrew Stelzer

04/27/04

Last night, over 100 people gathered at the University of South Florida’s St Petersburg campus to learn about globalization and discuss how to deal with some of its negative effects. After watching a video that touched on the loss of American jobs in the last 15 years, both in manufacturing and customer service, a panel of 6 people spoke to the crowd about their perspectives. The panel included and economist, a journalist, and Michael Kell and union organizer for operating engineers ...

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IRAQ INSIDERS HAVE DOUBTS ABOUT WAR

04/27/04

A new report by journalist Jason Vest suggests that some of the strongest criticism of the post-war situation is coming from inside the Coalition Provisional Authority. Vest got his hands on an internal memo and he joined WMNF to give us an insider's view of the Coalition's Iraq crisis. Jason Vest is a senior correspondent for the American Prospect. His book on the current Bush administration and national security will be published in 2005.

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