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EAST TAMPA REDEVELOPMENT--RESIDENTS WANT THEIR SAY--Andrew Stelzer

02/25/04

EAST TAMPA REDEVELOPMENT ANCHOR INTRO

East Tampa has been proposed as a community redevelopment Area, or CRA, and tax monies should soon be coming into the largely African-American neighborhood. The city of Portland and Hillsborough County have recently held several community meetings with the community for input on how to best use this new money. Last night was the latest one of these meetings; WMNF reporter Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report. ---------

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THE COMING CRISIS IN HEALTH CARE FOR THE WORKING POOR IN POLK COUNTY

02/25/04

The Polk County Commission is sun setting a fund that helps the county's working poor obtain health care. About 40% of Polk residents have no health insurance and more than half of these people are in families with at least one full-time wage-earner. Polk County residents will decide in a few weeks whether to raise the sales tax by a half cent to create an indigent health care fund. Our guests were Katherine Price of Citizen's for Quality Health Care (863-965-1439) and Dr. Rosemarie Santora-L...

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STATE REPRESENTATIVE ED JENNINGS OF GAINESVILLE

02/25/04

STATE REPRESENTATIVE ED JENNINGS OF GAINESVILLE, Chairman of the Black Legislative Caucus in Tallahassee. He's an organizer of the upcoming rally (March 2nd) in Tallahassee to promote improved health care, education and reform of the juvenile justice system.

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BUSH ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE - Mitch Perry

02/24/04

President Bush today urged Congress to send to the states a proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriages throughout the country.

His proposed amendment would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Bush backed said he wants to stop activist judges from changing the definition of the "most enduring human institution." (roll tape#1 o.q."other than marriage")

With the announcement, Bush is wading into a volatile social issue. The conservative w...

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BUBBA FIRED - Mitch Perry

02/24/04

The President of radio giant Clear Channel Communications said today that the decision fire popular radio talk show host Bubba the Love Sponge was made AFTER the company deciding his raunchy radio show didn't fit its standards.

In a statement, Hogan said Clear Channel Radio supported the decision of the local managers of WXTB-FM in Tampa in severing its contract with the talk show host, whose sexually explicit morning show prompted a proposed $755,000 fine from the Federal Communi...

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING ON THE RISE IN FLORIDA AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY--Andrew Stelzer

02/24/04

ANCHOR INTRO: Researchers at Florida State have released a report detailing the growth of the human trafficking industry in Florida and around the world. Andrew Stelzer has more

The Florida State study was largely based on interviews with 12 Mexican women and girls who were smuggled into the united states between 1996 and 1997; the women were brought to South Florida where they were forced to work as prostitutes to pay off their smuggling fees, and were freed after an FBI raid on...

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CITIZENS AGAINST PENNY FOR PASCO

02/24/04

Our guest this segment was Bill Bunting, chair of the Pasco County Republican Party. Bill heads a group which is opposed to raising the sales tax in the county to pay for land preservation and infrastructure needs. He appeared in response to a segment last week on WMNF's GREENWAVES program, which featured a supporter of PENNY FOR PASCO.

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QUOTATIONS FROM THE G.O.P

02/24/04

TAKE THEM AT THEIR WORDS co-author Bruce Miller.

Take Them at Their Words: Shocking, Amusing & Baffling Quotations from the G.O.P. and Their Friends 1994-2004 (a new book by Bruce J. Miller with Diana Maio, Introduction by Sidney Blumenthal, cartoons by Mike Luckovich) contains quotes culled from hundreds of newspapers, magazines, web sites, the Congressional Record, Talk Show hosts, television programs, etc--over the past ten years--which reveal a remarkable consensus amongst Republican p...

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PASCO COUNTY BEACH CLOSURES. Mark Antokas

02/24/04

INTRO: With more frequency, the beaches in Pasco County are being closed to the bathing public. Part of this is due to the methods which are being used to test the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and Florida's lakes and rivers. WMNF's Mark Antokas has the story.VOICE: Increasingly, the beaches in Pasco County are being closed due to high levels of fecal coliform bacteria and entrococcus. Captain Rick Hartley, a 25 year veteran of the crabbing industry, discussed the quality of the water while d...

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EARLY VOTING - Mitch Perry

02/23/04

INTRO: Although Florida's Presidential Primary Election isn't until March 9th,

Registered voters in Hillsborough County CAN vote - right now.

That's because the County is once again bringing back Early Voting in Hillsborough County, but this time at more locations than ever before.

In fact, every day leading up to the Primary, there will be a total of 6 locations where citizens registered can vote in the Democratic Presidential Primary....Speaking from one of those sites t...

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