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Monday May 25, 2015

Hillsborough County Commissioners approve motion refusing to honor gays- Mitch Perry

Hillsborough County Commissioners voted 5-1 today to abstain from promoting and participating in Gay Pride Recognition and events…

The issue came out after County Commissioner Ronda Storms said last week that she was disturbed that there was a book display honoring Gay and Lesbian Pride Month at a Library in Town N Country.

The display itself was then removed, then brought back and put in a less prominent area of the West Gate Regional Library….

The issue about libraries...

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ST PETE HEARS ARGUMENTS FOR AND AGAINST GANDY WALMART-Andrew Stelzer

Today the city of St Petersburg’s Environmental Development Commission held a hearing regarding the approval of a proposed Wal-Mart super center on Gandy Boulevard at the corner of Brighton Bay road. Over 100 citizens opposed to Wal-Mart came to the hearing, ready to criticize the corporations record of treating employees poorly, the environmental impact it would have being built on wetlands, and the traffic it would create. John Hixenbaum the city of St Petersburg’s’ c...

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Funding for Road leading into Busch Gardens debated at MPO Meeting - Mitch Perry

Today at the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting, a proposal to agree to fund a request by the City of Tampa to improve conditions along Busch Boulevard met with objections from Commissioner Ronda Storms

The issue came up as the Board was asked to initially approve a requested list of application for funding from the Board…..In this case, it involves a request for a $4 million dollars to spruce up the opening into the theme park…

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Public Health Groups sue EPA over Mercury Law -Mitch Perry

Four U.S. Public health groups today said they have joined a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency by Attorneys General from 13 states challenging a new rule limiting mercury emissions from power plants.

The rules exempt coal-fired power plants from tough mercury pollution-control requirements, instituting an emissions trading program instead.

John Suttle is from the Southern Environmental Law Center – the lead counsel in the challenge against the EP...

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SIGNWAVING AGAINST PROPOSED GANDY WALMART-Andrew Stelzer

At this hour, Pinellas county citizens are gathered on Gandy Boulevard across from the dog track in St Petersburg, waving signs protesting the construction of a Wal-Mart super center on several acres of wetlands at that site. The National Marine Fisheries Services, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency already have recommended the US army corps of engineers deny Wal-Mart's permit because of wetlands on the property. The Pinellas county Environmental d...

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MATT COOPER KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALIST'S AWARDS BANQUET. Mark Antokas

INTRO: Matt Cooper, the Time Magazine reporter who could go to prison for refusing to reveal his sources in the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame, was the keynote speaker at the Society of Professional Journalist’s Sunshine State Awards, in Fort Lauderdale this past weekend. WMNF’s Mark Antokas files this report.

SCRIPT: While Robert Novak was the first to out Valerie Plame, wife of former ambassador Joseph Wilson, there have to date, been no reports that Novak has been s...

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JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION SCHEDULED FOR TAMPA

The 100 Black Men of Tampa Bay, Inc. will host its Juneteenth Celebration, at the Wyndham Harbour Island Hotel in Tampa on Sunday, June 19th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The occasion themed “Juneteenth: Emancipating the Mind� will educate and entertain attendees on the history of Juneteenth. Juneteenth represents a very important milestone in American history, when our nation attempted to live up to the creed “the land of the free.� It was June 19, 1865, when General G...

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Al-Arian trial, Sameeh Hammoudeh, IAF - Lance Robson

The bulk of today’s testimony dealt with Sami Al-Arian’s co-defendant Sa-me-eh Ha-mmou-deh.

Hammoudeh arrived in the US in the early nineties to continue his University studies at USF. He taught Math & Islamic Studies at the Islamic Academy of Florida. He later worked with the World Islam Studies Enterprise, a USF think-tank committed to brining Islamic issues to the West.

The Prosecution called David Austell, director of International Student & Scholar Services...

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HYPOTHYROIDISM: WHAT IT IS AND SOME NATURAL APPROACHES TO TREATING IT

On this edition of the Alternative Health Show with Dr. Carol Roberts, her guest Mary Shomon discussed hypothyroidism, a condition involving an under-performing thyroid. Shomon was diagnosed with the syndrome ten years ago and has made it her life's work. She's authored several books on the topic. She says the syndrome is much more common among women and may be missed by a doctor's standard tests. She offered some advice about how to recognize it (fatigue, weight gain, depression, joint pain,...

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ENVIRONMENTALISTS SAY IMPROVEMENT NEEDED ON SENATE ENERGY BILL- MITCH PERRY

Members of Congress say they may very well pass a national energy policy in the next two weeks, but they expect major battles over global warming, drilling royalties and nuclear production.

The top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, New Mexico’s Jeff Bingaman, is now giving the legislation his endorsement.

Bingaman said the bill contains sufficient criteria to qualify as good legislation – he says it will increase supply,, improve efficiency, r...

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