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Wednesday April 16, 2014

REPUBLICANS WANT APOLOGY FOR LABOR PROTEST OF BUSH OVERTIME RULES-Andrew Stelzer

As we reported yesterday on WMNF, yesterday the AFL-CIO held simultaneous protests at Bush Cheney headquarters around the country. Union members are upset at a new overtime rule, which went into effect on Aug. 23. The Economic Policy Institute said the rule strips up to 6 million workers of overtime pay under what’s been titled the Fair Labor Standards Act. In Minnesota, New Hampshire, Alabama and other places around the country, Union members tried to get into the campaign offices, ...

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SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS BUDDY JOHNSON - Mitch Perry

Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Buddy Johnson came before the County Commission today to discuss problems in his office eminating from the August 31st Primary election. Last month, Johnson’s office discovered that 245 votes cast during early primary voting were recorded but not added to the election results. Johnson said an elections worker left the machine in "test" mode, keeping the votes from being tabulated. Johnson said the lapse did not alter any election. Missing v...

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NATIONAL SUMMIT ON CUBA - Mitch Perry

The University of Tampa will be hosting a national conference on Cuba starting this Friday.

Government and business leaders from around the country are due in town. They'll talk about the evolving relationship between the U-S and Cuba and discuss the implications of opening Cuban markets to U-S business. It begins at 8:45 AM on Friday, and will take place all day….Members of the public can attend for a $150 fee…

Lissa Weinman is a Senior fellow at the World Policy Insti...

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SICKLE CELL AWARENESS MONTH - Mitch Perry

Last Wednesday, the U.S. Post Office unveiled a new stamp to increase awareness of Sickle Cell Anemia, the disease that affects 1 in 12 African Americans.

The disease damages blood cells by changing smooth, round cells into sickle shapes, which makes them hard and sticky. As a result, blood flow is blocked and organs are damaged. The disease can cause intense pain, stroke and death. Dr. Willarda V. Edwards is the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Sickle Cell Disease Association...

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FORMER INDEPENDENT PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE JOHN B. ANDERSON - Mitch Perry

In Coral Gables last week, Last week Presidential candidate Ralph Nader made a half-hearted attempt to get into the 1st Presidential Debate………Nader sued the Presidential Commission on Debates after he was excluded from the debates back in 2000.

The last time - and perhaps only time in recent memory - there have been 3 candidates present for a Presidential Debate was back in 1992, when Independent Ross Perot joined up with Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush.

In 1980, the...

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NEW INDICTMENT FOR SAMI AL-ARIAN-Andrew Stelzer

Federal prosecutors laid out new charges against former USF professor Sami Al-Arian this morning. Lawyers for Al-Arian say that the new indictment is a strategy by the government to cover up their past mistakes, and make it harder for the defense to prepare before the trial is scheduled to begin on January 5th. Bill Moffitt, Al –Arians attorney said after this mornings hearing that to review all the charges and prepare a proper defense, will take longer than 3 months.

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CONFERENCE ON HOMELESSNESS-Andrew Stelzer

This week, advocates for the homeless gathered at the Doubletree hotel on Westshore Boulevard for the 9th annual Statewide conference on Homelessness. This morning, people living in and fighting poverty detailed what people can do on a local and notional level to try and stop the rising numbers of homeless people in Florida and around the country.

ACT ‘This week marks on year since I was sleeping o the street in st Pete.

Fox Cunningham, works with ACORN, he talked to a...

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UNION MEMBERS PROTEST BUSH'S PROPOSED OVERTIME RULES - Mitch Perry

Between 35 to 40 union members and supporters marched in front of the Bush/Cheney Headquarters in Tampa this afternoon, protesting the implementation in August of new rules they say will cause millions of American workers to lose their overtime pay. (roll tape#1 o.q.� protestors chanting�)

3 weeks ago , The Senate Appropriations Committee voted to block the controversial new overtime pay rules…that followed a vote in the House, which attached a similar provision to its...

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SOCIALIST WORKERS PARTY VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE-PART 2-Andrew Stelzer

Arrin Hawkins is the vice presidential candidate for the socialist workers party. She’s been campaigning in Florida over the past week. Last week, WMNF news spoke to Ms Hawkins in our studios. In the second part of this interview, we began by asking Hawkins about a recent incident where the Socialist Workers party office in Pennsylvania was set on fire.

ARRIN HAKINS

That was Arrin Hawkins, Vice presidential candidate for the socialist workers party. For more info...

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LOCAL CHEMICAL STORAGE FACILITIES ARE AT RISK FOR ATTACK-Andrew Stelzer

After the September 11th terrorist attacks, the Chemical security act looked like a piece of legislation that would surely be passed into law—it would force the chemical storage facilities to adopt strict safety regulations to protect against terrorist attacks. But the chemical companies, led by the American Chemistry Council, an industry lobbying group, has spent tens of millions of dollars fighting for looser regulations—they wrote another less stringent bill, and today congr...

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