News & Public Affairs04/30/04
The citizens of Crystal River, about 90 miles North of Tampa, have been fighting to keep a Wal-Mart store out of their community for almost a year. Now one family may have found a way to stop the mega-chainÃ¢â¬âby moving into a strip mall and declaring them selves the only residents of a new annexed parcel of land. Problems began last year when Citrus county refused to give the Realticorp company a permit to build a Wal-Mart, along with several other stores and buildings, on land that wa...Be the first to comment
As the legislature prepares to complete its work this Friday, local officials are fighting a proposal that would allow cellular telephone companies to build antenna towers nearly ANYWHERE they want to.
Mayors and other city officials say it would bring hundreds of ugly towers into residential neighborhoods, and bring down neighboring property values.
But The cellular industry argues it NEEDS to build 2,000 new towers across Florida to serve a fast-growing customer base and imp...Be the first to comment
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...Be the first to comment
INTRO: In Zephyrhills today, protesters gathered at three sites surrounding City Hall. They held signs, some of which read, Ã¢â¬ÅWhat you did has nothing with the gridÃ¢â¬?, and, Ã¢â¬ÅSilent no more, our voices will be heard.Ã¢â¬? They protested MondayÃ¢â¬â¢s ruling to Un-Name Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. They say that they will be there every day. WMNFÃ¢â¬?S Mark Antokas was there.
Script. About thirty people gathered today on the corner of Martin Luther King Avenue, Uhhh, tha...Be the first to comment
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.1 comments
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...Be the first to comment
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. -----------...Be the first to comment
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.Be the first to comment
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...Be the first to comment
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. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Mark Antokas has the story.
Script:Now you see it, Now you donÃ¢â¬â¢t. Last night the Zephyrhills City Council voted Three to two, effectively removing Martin Lu...