News & Public Affairs

Wednesday April 23, 2014

SHIPMENTS TO CUBA - Mitch Perry

Yesterday, a caravan of vehicles carrying 100 tons of goods crossed into Mexico from Texas, ultimately bound for Cuba in a show of civil disobedience toward the U.S. embargo of the communist-run island. It is the 15th year the Pastors for Peace humanitarian organization has delivered food, medicine and equipment to Cuba, but this year's trip comes as the Bush administration has toughened travel restrictions to put pressure on Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Pastors for Peace is an arm of the...

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PINELLAS COUNTY OFFICIALS REFUSE TO ATTEND THE GREAT FLUORIDE DEBATE--Andrew Stelzer

Tonight at 7pm, the great Fluoride debate will be held in Clearwater. The event is the latest in a year of controversy surrounding the introduction of Fluoride into the county’s water supply. Until last month, Pinellas was the largest county in the U.S. that did not put fluoride in their water—most public health officials claim that fluoride helps prevent tooth decay. But a concerned group of citizens have been fighting the decision throughout the process, and have generated ...

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1,600 EX-FELONS NOT FORCED TO REREGISTER TO VOTE -Andrew Stelzer

A small victory has been won in the fight to have voting rights restored to ex-felons in Florida. As WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer reports, over 1600 ex felons almost had their names taken off the voting rolls, but pressure by citizens rights groups forced the secretary of state to back off on her plans.

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After a lawsuit filed by CNN last week forced the state to publish its list of 47 thousand people who are registered to vote but should be removed from the roll...

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WILL ST PETE POLICE CARRY AN EXTRA GUN?-Andrew Stelzer

The St Petersburg Fraternal order of police has sent a letter to Chief Chuck Harmon, asking for officers to be allowed to carry a second gun. According to the St Petersburg times, the officers organization wrote in a letter to the chief, quote, “police officers around the nation have recognized this problem and in more and more numbers are carrying backup weapons.�

But many in St Petersburg say that an extra gun can only do further damage to the level of trust between cit...

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MEMBERS OF STATE BAR WANT TO END GAY ADOPTION BAN-Andrew Stelzer

3 sections of the Florida state bar have voted to lobby for an end to the state ban on gay adoption. But first they must receive permission from the state bar association to do so. Since 1977, Florida law has prevented same-sex couples, or single homosexuals from adopting children. Carolyn Salsbury is the chair for the bars public interest section. Her section has supported exchanging the law for many years.

ACT “We believe it to be a law that’s an illegal one and an ...

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PATRICK BERGEY, SUP. OF ELECTIONS CANDIDATE - Mitch Perry

Patrick Bergey is running as an Independent against incumbent Kurt Browning for Supervisor of Elections in Pasco County.

Bergey has been quite vocal about problems that he says are ever present in the Ivotronic Touch Screen Voting Machines that will be used in Pasco County later this year.

But first, we asked Bergey about the Court Ruling yesterday that allowed the release of the state list of Purported Felons, that the state was NOT willing to make public

(roll tape#1 O.Q....

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THE ARAB MIND - Mitch Perry

In the midst of his stunning, startling series of articles in the New Yorker about the Abu Grahib Prison abuse scandal, journalist Seymour Hersh wrote that Arabs were particularly vulnerable to sexual humiliation because of a frequently cited book, entitled, "The Arab Mind", written by Raphael Patai, a cultural anthropologist, in the early 1970's....Patai died back in 1996.....

But Patai's daughter, Daphne is angry about what she says have been mischarachterizations about the book sin...

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FELONS LIST - Mitch Perry

Less than 24 hours after the release a of a database listing of more than 47,000 people that the State's Divisions of Elections says may be ineligible to vote because of felony records, the Miami Herald reported this morning that more than 2,100 such voters- many of them Black Democrats - were incorrectly listed.

The Herald reported that at least 2,119 of those names shouldn't be on the list because their rights to vote were formally restored through the state's clemency process. ...

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KIDCARE STOPS ENROLLMENT/PARENTS REACT-Andrew Stelzer

Kidcare, the state run health care program that provides free medical insurance for more than 350 thousand children low-income parents, eliminated its open enrollment process yesterday, and changed the rules so that no one can put their children on the waiting list until January of 2005. The program serves people who do not qualify for Medicare, but still have incomes of less than 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. For parents like Jeff, the announcement came as a big surprise, ...

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TOUGH ADS TARGET BACKERS OF SLOWED GLADES CLEANUP - Mitch Perry

Starting today in South Florida - but soon to spread throughout the state, including the bay Area - an environmental group is targeted state legislators who voted last year for a law that delays cleanup requirements for the Florida Everglades.

That bill changed the 1994 Everglades Forever Act, which was the basis for a settlement that ended a lawsuit between the state and federal governments. In 1988, the Justice Department sued Florida, saying the state allowed too much pollution i...

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