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Friday April 25, 2014

VOTING GEAR CHECK REJECTED - Mitch Perry

Top election officials are dismissing a request from an election watchdog group to conduct an independent review of the state's touch-screen voting systems.

Yesterday The Miami Dade Election Reform Coalition urged the governor to conduct audits of the electronic touch-screen voting machines used in 15 Florida counties, and do random audits of the optical scan machines used in the other 52 counties, to determine if they are working correctly during the August 31st primary.

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COUNTY EXTENDS WATERING BAN AND BLAMES TAMPABAY WATER FOR PROBLEM-Andrew Stelzer

Today the Hillsborough county commission extended the restrictions on watering lawns and gardens only once-per-week until August 4th, but not without their customary disagreement and debate. Although all of the commissioners agreed that the ban should go into effect immediately, Commissioner Storms said she wanted a letter to be sent by the commission to Tampa bay water, blaming the company for the shortage of water.

ACT-Storms “The bottom line is that we are in this situatio...

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STATE SAYS THEY WANT TO HELP CANADIAN DRUG PROVIDERS-Andrew Stelzer

As we’ve been reporting here on WMNF, the last week the Florida Department of health sent warnings sent to a dozen Florida businesses that fax customers drug prescriptions to Canada, so that the customers can buy more affordable drugs. The cease and desist letters warned the store fronts, most of which have nothing but a counter and a fax machine, that they would be closed down if they did not comply with state laws and register to operate as pharmacies. The public, especially senior...

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INDEPENDENTS WEEK. - Radioactivity

Locally owned businesses around the country are celebrating July 1-7 As Independent's Week. Our guests were three owners of small businesses: Carla Jimenez of Inkwood Books, Gabe Echezabal of Vinyl Fever Records and CDs, and Georgette Diaz of Georgette's in Old Hyde Park Village. They are all members of the Tampa Independent Alliance. Our guests say that locally owned businesses ultimately are better for communities in terms of accountability, service, and impact on the local economy.

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CANADIAN DRUG PROVIDERS MEET TO RESPOND TO GOVT CEASE AND DESIST-Andrew Stelzer

There are hundreds of Canadian Drug Provider business across the United States; these stores do not keep any drugs on site, instead they will fax prescription orders to Canadian pharmacies, which sell prescriptions at a much lower price. Florida has a large population of senior citizens, because of this, there are a lot of Canadian drug providers located in Florida. Last week, the Florida Department of health sent a letter to 12 of these businesses, with a cease and desist order, warning th...

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MICHAEL MOORE TOWN HALL MEETING-Andrew Stelzer

Last night, a reported 55 thousand people in all 50 states gathered in living rooms, churches, restaurants and libraries and meeting halls all across the country for a national town hall meeting with Fahrenheit 9-11 director Michael Moore. Over 4600 meetings were organized by moveon.org’s members and political action committee, to try and gather political support against president bush from the momentum of Fahrenheit 9-11 the new film that paints Bush as a lying, uncaring war profitee...

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WUSF GOES DIGITAL - Mitch Perry

This morning, staff and supporters of WUSF TV and Radio announced that their public broadcasting programs will now be enhanced by Digital Television.

All Television broadcasters are required to offer both analog AND digital television channels until 2006, when they are being mandated by the government to go strictly digitial.

That is NOT the case in radio, but some stations are beginning to prepare to go that way...In fact, a little over a year ago, WUSF-FM became only the 6th...

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SIERRA CLUBS LAUNCHES NEW SPANISH ANTI-POLLUTION CAMPAIGN-Andrew Stelzer

Today is the last day of the public comment period for a potentially far-reaching Environmental Protection Agency proposal to limit mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. The long-awaited regulation has been delayed for a decade, and EPA is under court order to issue a final rule next year. Environmental and health advocates have been campaigning extensively in the Tampa Bay area and around the country to get citizens to wrote the EPA and ask them to install harsh pollution standa...

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IMPLICATIONS OF THE TURNOVER OF POWER IN IRAQ TO THE IRAQI GOVERNING COUNCIL - Radioactivity

Our guest was Flynt Leverett, former Senior Director for Near East Affairs, NSC; was on State Dept Policy Planning staff; Sr. Analyst at CIA for 8 years; now a Visiting Fellow at Brookings. Leverett discussed the degree of autonomy the IGC actually has, the prospects for civil war in Iraq, the impact of Iran on Iraqi politics and the prospects for the Kurds establishing their own, independent country.

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ST PETE PRIDE FESTIVAL-Andrew Stelzer

This weekend was a celebration of PRIDE all over the world, as gay, lesbian, bi and trans festivals took place in hundreds of cities. Over 350 thousand people marched in Chicago’s pride parade; 500 thousand danced through the streets of Rio, and up to one million people celebrated sexual diversity in Toronto. For the second year, St Petersburg’s pride festival featured a rainbow flag; this year it stretched over 4 blocks long. Over 20 thousand people came to St Pete pride over...

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