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Economist: Going green pays dividends listen

10/23/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This afternoon at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Tampa, economist Joseph Cortright of Portland, Oregon, spoke about the economic benefits the residents of his city have seen because of land-use decisions and mass transit.

Creative Tampa Bay, Tampa Downtown Partnership and CEOs for Cities hosted the lunchtime lecture for more than 200 residents of Tampa Bay.

Cortright said that contrary to what some say, it is possible to have economic benefits when a city makes environmentally wise decis...

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Communications scholar reports on state of media listen

10/23/07 Dawn Morgan
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Robert McChesney is a communications professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also co-founder of the media reform group Free Press, and has written many books on media issues over the past 15 years.

McChesney’s latest book, Communication Revolution, released this month, explains the critical juncture that media scholars, consumers and policy makers face in the midst of a digital media revolution.

WMNF’s Dawn Morgan spoke with Bob McChesney earlier this w...

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Democrats unveil prescription drug plan listen

10/23/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Democrats in Congress have been critical of the prescription drug plan passed in 2003 and in effect since 2006. Today, two House Democrats discussed proposed legislation that would allow those on Medicare the option of choosing a drug plan that would be operated by the government agency, and not by private insurers.

Rep. Marion Berry hails from Arkansas, and says that the new law he is sponsoring, the "Medicare Prescription Drug Savings And Choice Act,” would reverse the provision allow...

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Howard Kurtz on Olberman and O'Reilly listen

10/23/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tonight, WMNF finishes up its three-part interview with Howard Kurtz, media critic for the Washington Post and CNN.

Kurtz is the author of the new book, Reality Show: The Last Great Television News War.

WMNF asked Kurtz about the future of network news programs and the cable wars.

Kurtz also shared his thoughts on MSNBC’s Keith Olberman, the host of “Countdown” which airs at 8 p.m. (EST) , and contains one of the most progressive newscasts on television.

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Sustainable Living: Electric Cars

10/22/07
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Our discussion today centers on Electric Cars.

In studio we have Bill Young with the Florida Solar Energy Center, young@fsec.ucf.edu; and joining us by phone is Chelsea Sexton, chelsea@pluginamerica.com, she had a part in the Who Killed the Electric Car video.

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Orlando Weekly workers charged with aiding prostitution listen

10/22/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last Friday, three employees of the alternative newspaper, Orlando Weekly, were arrested on charges of promoting prostitution by selling classified advertisements to escort services.

Vice agents for the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation, or MBI, arrested the three and charged the newspaper with racketeering and 17 counts of aiding in the commission of prostitution.

Paul Zambouros is the commander of the Vice and Organized Crime Section of the MBI. He said that in 1996 when MBI appr...

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Expert discusses China's leadership, environment listen

10/22/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Communist Party announced a new leadership lineup today that anoints two future leaders of the country and slightly increases the authority of President Hu Jintao.

The announcements were made at the close of the party’s 17th National Congress.

Elizabeth Economy is director of Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and an expert on China-U.S. relations. She’s also a contributor to a new book published by National Geographic called Inside China.

She has written ab...

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GOP candidates slug it out in Orlando

10/22/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last night in Orlando, the eight contenders for the nomination for presidency convened for a nationally televised debate on the Fox News Channel.

The event was part of the Florida GOP’s presidency 4 convention, and came a day after the candidates had tried to win the support of Evangelical Christians at the Values Voters Conference in Washington.

The candidates came out swinging – particularly Fred Thompson - who has been lambasted by the press in recent weeks as barely showing th...

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Media critic Howard Kurtz on network news

10/19/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Howard Kurtz is the media critic for the Washington Post, and the host of CNN’s weekly media watchdog review, Reliable Sources. He’s just written a new book on the network newscasts, called, Reality Show: Inside the last Great Television News War.

WMNF spoke with Kurtz yesterday. We began by asking him why cover television network news when Kurtz has admitted it’s somewhat of a dying medium; why not just focus on the new media that Kurtz covers for the Post and CNN.

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Values Voters Summit convenes in D.C.

10/19/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A forum with social conservatives began this morning in Washington.

The “Values Voters Summit” as it’s being called called, is bringing together the social conservatives power elite and the presidential candidates this weekend.

Receiving wild support from the thousands in attendance this morning was longshot presidential candidate Tom Tancredo, infamous for his tough stands on undocumented immigrants.

At one point, John McCain was considered the frontrunner for the 2008 preside...

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Fair offers help for ex-offenders

10/19/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today at the Pinellas Technical Education Center (PTEC), the Pinellas Ex-Offender Re-Entry Coalition held a showcase of services to help former felons start over and get re-acclimated to society. About 40 social services agencies and companies set up information tables or provided on-the-spot services or referrals. One of those social service agencies is Passport To Success. The director, Dennise Miller, described the types of services offered to the ex-offenders who visited their table.

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NAACP to protest boot camp death verdict

10/19/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Members of the NAACP from around Florida will march from the Capitol to the U.S. Attorney's office Tuesday in an attempt to bring pressure for federal charges to be filed against those cleared in the boot-camp trial in Panama City last week.

The Florida NAACP put out a call to its branches throughout the state to participate. There are 59 units statewide, including college and youth groups.

Chuck Hobbs is legal adviser to the state branch of the NAACP and the chair of the Legal Redress...

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Legislators will come back at tax dilemma on Monday

10/19/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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State lawmakers are enjoying a long weekend away from discussing property taxes; their goal of getting a constitutional amendment signed by the governor this week didn't happen.

The House will come back to deal with the issue on Monday, the Senate on Tuesday.

Democrat Keith Fitzgerald represents Sarasota in the state House in Tallahassee. He says House Democrats and Republicans have worked well this week – although perhaps for different reasons.

So now a cooling off period is in...

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FCC chairman wants to ease media ownership restrictions listen

10/18/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The New York Times reported today that the head of the FCC has circulated a plan to relax some decades-old media ownership rules and repeal others.

One rule that could go away is the rule forbidding a company from owning both a newspaper and a television or radio station in the same media market. That topic was discussed for more than six hours during a hearing in Tampa earlier this year.

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin says he’s collected enough data to make his case on changing the ow...

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Activists talk about damage caused coal mining

10/18/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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This afternoon at 6:30 at the John Germany Library in downtown Tampa the Florida Consumer Action Network and Appalachian Voices will present a free slide show on the affects of mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia. The process involves blowing off the tops of mountains in four Appalachain states and removing the coal that is exposed. The blasts cause damage and injuries not to mention the negative impact on streams and water quality.

Our guests were Rully Urias a former coal miner...

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