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Tampa City Council approves $2 million purchase of surveillance cameras for RNC listen

03/01/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This morning Tampa City Council approved the purchase of $2 million worth of surveillance cameras and the contract to service them through August’s Republican National Convention. Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor says the closed circuit video cameras will help with crowd control.

“Our goal is to have a very safe, secure, enjoyable RNC. Our focus is obviously on the safety and security of that event. We also have the goal of being good stewards of the grant or federal tax dollar.”

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Criminal justice professionals want to curtail school-to-prison pipeline listen

02/03/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Some civil liberties advocates and legal experts are concerned about a national trend of criminalizing children because of infractions that occur while they’re in school. Thursday night at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, a panel of criminal justice experts shared ideas about how to prevent childhood arrests through education and intervention.

Florida youth charged with serious crimes are often tried in adult court. One panel member, Judge Pat...

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U.S. Senate field hearing in Tampa exposes flaws in Florida's new voting law listen

01/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida’s new voting law has received criticism from groups across the country who think it makes voting harder for minorities and people with low incomes. Today in Tampa, U.S. Senator Dick Durban, a Democrat from Illinois, held the first ever field meeting of the [Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights](http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/subcommittees/constit...

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Red-light cameras in Tampa: safety or intrusion? listen

10/31/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The private company American Traffic Solutions administers Tampa’s new red-light cameras. The warning period ends Monday; beginning Tuesday, the city will issue $158 citations for red-light violations caught on tape. According to the city, nearly 4,000 warnings have been issued this month from the 24 cameras in Tampa. But people differ on whether they’re a good or bad thing for drivers.

The intersection safety cameras were proposed to reduce red-light running and collisions. They were ...

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ACLU reaction to federal judge's ruling that drug testing of welfare applicants is unconstitutional listen

10/25/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Yesterday a federal judge in Orlando granted an injunction to stop the state from drug testing welfare recipients. The ACLU's lead attorney trying to get the Florida law ruled unconstitutional is Maria Kayanan. She said the ruling shows that Fourth Amendment rights should be held up, even for poor people.

“So it was both a reaffirmation of constitutional values and a strong critic of what the legislature had done and how it had done it without any foundation, any sound studies, and any...

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Six protesters from Occupy Tampa detained while laying or sitting on sidewalk during the day listen

10/21/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Six Occupy Tampa demonstrators were detained this morning by Tampa Police, beginning just before 9 a.m. They were handcuffed, frisked, placed in police cars and taken away. A police spokesperson says they would be arrested and read their Miranda rights later. The protesters were lying or sitting on the sidewalk. Before he was detained, Andrew Kovanis said he wants a judge to rule if his arrest is legal.

“They’re telling us that we have to get off the sidewalk; that we have to be awake...

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Interview with three of the Occupy Tampa protesters arrested earlier Friday

10/21/11 Beth Bell & Seán Kinane
Last Call Friday
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Six Occupy Tampa demonstrators were detained this morning by Tampa Police, beginning just before 9 a.m. They were handcuffed, frisked, placed in police cars and taken away.

They were taken to Orient Road Jail, arrested and booked.

The protesters were lying or sitting on the sidewalk.

Today on Last Call, listeners asked questions of ACLU lawyer John Dingfelder and three members of the "Tampa 6," who had just bailed out of jail: Gregory Priem, Skylar Winslow and Andrew Kovanis.

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Occupy Tampa complies with police order to remove their shade, but vows to stay listen

10/14/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Friday morning police told Occupy Tampa to take down parts of their sidewalk camp outside Curtis-Hixon Park. Tables and canopies have been removed, but the protesters are still allowed to stay and sleep.

Last Sunday night a police officer told Occupy Tampa that they could stay on the sidewalk. But two nights later [police told protesters they had to leave the sidewalk](http://www...

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ACLU awaits challenge of a Florida law that requires welfare applicants to take a drug test listen

09/30/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is awaiting ruling on whether or not drug testing welfare recipients is constitutional. The law that took effect in July is being challenged by a single father who refused to subject himself to an unwarranted drug test.

Louis Lebron is a 35-year-old UCF student and single father. He is also the sole caregiver to his mother who has a disability. And he’s a veteran of the Navy. When he was told he would have to tak...

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Preliminary welfare drug test results contrary to Governor Scott's claims

08/26/11 Lisa Marzilli, Beth Bell
Last Call Friday
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On today's Last Call we were joined by Baylor Johnson, Online Advocacy Coordinator for the ACLU of Florida who talked about the mandatory drug testing of welfare recipients in Florida, ordered by Governor Rick Scott. The program went into effect July 1.

This week the Tampa Tribune published preliminary findings ...

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