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Thursday April 17, 2014

EARL BLACK ON THE RISE OF SOUTHERN REPUBLICANS - Mitch Perry

Earl Black is a Political Science Professor at Rice University, and the co-author of the book with his brother Merle, The Rise of the Southern Republicans &..Black spoke last Saturday on the USF-ST. Petersburg campus

He says that a newly competitive South politically, makes for more competitive Presidential elections nationwide- and he discusses how the Senate has changed in the House and Senate as well (roll tape#1 o.q. and it s not very attractive )

That s Rice University...

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STATE COULD EXPAND FINANCIAL AID TO GRADUATE STUDENTS - Mitch Perry

Earlier this year in Tallahasee, thousands protested in support of the state s Bright Futures Scholarship Program, fearing that state budget cuts threatens its viability.

The scholarship, created in 1997 by the Florida Legislature, funnels money collected by the Florida Lottery to a scholarship for students with good high school GPAs and high scores on tests such as the SAT. About 110,000 students received Bright Futures scholarships during the 2002-2003 school year, worth about $202 ...

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Women's Show-RIGHTS IS NOT A FOUR-LETTER WORD Ipas

ELIZABETH MAGUIRE, President, Ipas. Ipas, an international nonprofit organization based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, announced that it will discontinue underwriting support for WUNC, its local public radio station. At issue is the phrase “reproductive rights,� which the station removed from Ipas’s on-air underwriting announcement and has refused to restore, despite a groundswell of opposition to that stance from WUNC listeners and others locally and nationally.

The tex...

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Women's Show-PURA FE - Singing the Blues Native Style

PURA FE. Singer, Composer, Teacher, Poet, Dancer, Actress, and Lion Tamer - Pura Fé has studied with the American Ballet Theatre and sung with the Mercer Ellington Orchestra. She has appeared on Broadway in the "Me Nobody Knows," "Ari," and "Via Galactica." Pura Fé is a guest instructor at the Native Theatre School in Toronto, Canada. Pura Fé (Tuscarora),along with Soni (Mayan, Apache, Yaqui), and Jennifer (Tuscarora) comprise the group Ulali. Founded fifteen years ago, Ulali is...

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CYPRESS CREEK MALL GAINS APPROVAL DESPITE ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS. Mark Antokas

INTRO: About three hundred people, homeowners, concerned citizens, environmentalists and business people, crowded into the Historic Pasco County Courthouse in Dade City last night, to comment on plans to put a regional mall on five hundred and thirty three acres of wetlands. Despite environmental objections, Pasco County Commissioners approved the plan by a 5-0 vote. Denise Layne is spokesperson for the Sierra Club-Tampa Bay. Roll Tape:

For the past three years, developers have enticed t...

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AL-ARIAN ATTORNEYS CHALLENGE EVIDENCE - Mitch Perry

Defense Attorneys for former USF Professor Sami-Al-Arian are asking a Federal Judge to throw out nearly all the government’s evidence in his case, saying Al-Arian’s Constitutional Rights were violated by improper searches and inappropriate surveillance.

Al-Arian and 8 other men are charged in a 53 count indictment alleging that they provided material support to the Middle Eastern terrorist group, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

From the time he was arrested 21 mo...

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LOCK STREET IN TOMMYTOWN DESIGNATED. Mark Antokas

INTRO: Yesterday afternoon, at the County Courthouse, the Pasco County Commision added an “Honorary� designation to Lock Street, trying to Solve ethnic divides in the Tommytown neighborhood just north of Dade City. Marguerita Romo asked for a miracle, but all she got was a pat on the back. Romo, the Executive Director of Farmworkers Self Help, asked for Lock Street to be changed to “Calle di Milagros�, street of miracles. Commissioner Ted Shraeder led the other commissi...

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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY IN GHANA - Radioactivity

On December 10, ten HCC students from the Ybor Campus and three adult members of the faculty/administration, including club founder Kimberly Williams, a History professor, will travel to Ghana, Africa, to spend two weeks of their Christmas break building a Habitat for Humanity house for a family in need. All of the students who are going to Africa have spent their Saturdays during the past year volunteering at local Habitat projects. While they are in Ghana, the group will be delivering toys ...

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AN EFFORT TO SAVE MANGROVES ON LONGBOAT KEY RESULTS IN ARREST - Radioactivity

Our guest- Sky Muncaster has lived on Longboat Key since the 1950s. This week she objected to a neighbor's severe trimming of Mangroves and she spoke out. For that she was arrested by local police and faces several charges including criminal mischief. She is looking for help fighting the charges and in helping to preserve mangroves on the key.

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WMNF PROGRAMMER SUSPENDED - Mitch Perry

A music DJ's suspension at WMNF is causing some people to question the independence that the station boasts about.

Last week Tuesday morning DJ Norwood Orrick was suspended by WMNF programmer Randy Wynne last week, after Wynne received a call from an angry listener who heard Orrick play a song that contained the F word just before 6AM.

Orrick is certainly not the first DJ to air an obsenity on the air&.And the severity of his open ended suspension has surprised some at station.

But...

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