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Friday July 3, 2015

POLK COUNTY WANTS TO RAISE SCHOOL IMPACT FEES-Andrew Stelzer

With the amount of elementary and high school students almost doubling in the last 20 years, Hillsborough county commissioners may soon propose a half cent sales tax, or a raise in school impact fees for homeowners. Facing similar conditions of unprecedented number of new residents and home construction, the Polk county school board is calling for an increase in school impact fees of over 400 percent. The recommendation was made to the board by the assistant superintendent of facilities and...

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GOVERNOR BUSH TURNS DOWN REQUEST TO HONOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS TO VOTE

A Women's equality group has asked Governor Jeb Bush to issue a proclamation honoring this Friday's anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment- granting women the right to vote. The Governor's staff replied by telling the group that such a proclamation does not meet the Bush administration's guidelines. Sandy Oestreich, founder and president of Equal Rights Alliance was our guest.

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GOVERNOR BUSH TURNS DOWN REQUEST TO HONOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS TO VOTE

A Women's equality group has asked Governor Jeb Bush to issue a proclamation honoring this Friday's anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment- granting women the right to vote. The Governor's staff replied by telling the group that such a proclamation does not meet the Bush administration's guidelines. Sandy Oestreich, founder and president of Equal Rights Alliance was our guest.

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Al-Arian trial, more Myers testimony - by Lance Robson

And now to the Al-Arian trial. ..

For nearly five weeks FBI Agent Kerry Myers explained, analyzed, and offered opinions on evidence the Prosecution team, that he is part of, has brought against Sami Al-Arian and his co-defendants.

Yesterday, Defense Attorney William Moffitt began his cross-examination by asking Agent Myers how many overt acts Al_arian has been charged with actually took place after January 1, 1995. In response Myers answered that none of the overt acts took place ...

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CONSUMERS FACE THE SPIRALING COST OF GASOLINE

Our guest Tyson Slocum is the research director at Public Citizen's Critical Mass Energy and Environment program. He says "Since Bush became president, the largest five oil companies operating in the U.S. -- ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco, ConocoPhillips, BP and Shell -- have enjoyed profits of $254 billion, with ExxonMobil leading the way with profits of $89 billion. "Clearly, there is a direct correlation between record prices paid by consumers and record profits enjoyed by oil companies. F...

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Drive To Re-District Legislative Districts in Doubt- By Mitch E. Perry

The drive to rid the state Legislature from having the authority to draw up political districts and give it to an independent commission has suffered perhaps a grievous blow. One of the 3 proposals that supporters have been trying to gain enough petitions for has too many words in it.

Under state law, ballot language for citizen initiatives to amend Florida's Constitution can NOT exceed 75 words. The petition in question, one of three the Campaign for Fair Elections is trying...

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WOMEN QUESTION JOHN ROBERTS RECORD-Andrew Stelzer

With senate hearings on supreme court nominee John Roberts only a few weeks away, widespread opposition to Roberts being appointed the next justice has not yet surfaced. What has been more apparent are groups calling for a thorough questioning of Roberts record, and his stances on some of the more controversial issues which he may face on the court. Today a coalition of women’s advocacy organization held a conference call with reporters to voice their concerns about John Roberts and ...

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BEST HOSTS PANEL DISCUSSION -by Mitch E. Perry

INTRO: Tomorrow (Tuesday) night, the group BEST – Built Environment for Sustainable Tampa, will be hosting a panel discussion on sustainable neighborhoods and affordable housing at the Tampa Convention Center.

BEST represents a community of individuals, organizations and busineses who work, live in and around the downtown Tampa area. Kimberly Finn is the co-founder of BEST. She says her group is looking at sustainability from an economic, social and environmental level (rol...

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SAMI AL ARIAN TRIAL-AUGUST 22ND 2005-Andrew Stelzer

At the trial of Sami Al Arian and 3 co-defendants accused of aiding Palestinian terrorist groups, jurors sat through yet another day of government prosecutors reading off transcriptions of secretly taped phone conversations. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was at the federal courthouse in Downtown Tampa, and filed this report.

The transcripts of the phone calls had already been entered into evidence, but today prosecutors read many of them aloud, and FBI agent Kerry Myers was asked the occasio...

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BRUCE LIPTON ON THE BIOLOGY OF BELIEF

Author of the BIOLOGY OF BELIEF. A groundbreaking work in the field of New Biology. Author Dr. Bruce Lipton is a former medical school professor (University of Wisconsin) and research scientist (Stanford University School of Medicine).His experiments, examining in great detail the molecular mechanisms by which cells process information, have revealed that genes do not in fact control our behavior, instead, genes are turned on and off by influences outside the cell.

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