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Tampa City Council: Need for reclaimed water is great listen

11/15/07 Mitch E. Perry
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The Tampa City Council today approved a $53-million bond issue, with a third of that money being spent on replacing dilapidated pipes that are leaking billions of gallons of water a year.

The proposal was introduced by Director of Public Works Steve Dagnault.

Council members approved the measure without much comment. However, New Tampa Councilman Joseph Cataeno asked if the city could begin laying reclaimed water lines at the same time it does pipe repair work.

Dagnault said building...

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EPC reports on Riverview ammonia leak listen

11/15/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Also at this morning’s EPC meeting, the Environmental Protection Commission received a report on this week’s ammonia leak from first responders and EPC scientists.

On Monday, three teenage boys drilled into an ammonia pipeline in Riverview, releasing a high-pressure stream of liquid ammonia.

Ron Rogers, assistant chief of Hillsborough County Fire and Rescue. said that as many as 70 emergency responders at a time used 5.4-million gallons of water to control the leak that was finally ...

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What's Fair Trade mean? listen

11/15/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Fair Trade Certification allows farmers and farm workers around the world to lift themselves out of poverty by investing in their farms and communities, protecting the environment and developing business skills necessary to compete in the global marketplace.

Michael Conroy is chairman of the Trans Fair USA, the leading independent third party certifier of Fair Trade products. WMNF spoke with him this morning but because of an unfortunate sound connection, my questions were recorded.

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Richard Perle: Part of America's permanent government?

11/14/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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According to Alan Weisman's publisher: "At nearly every pivotal moment in international affairs over the past 25 years, if you dug deeply you would find a figure just behind the scenes influencing the action: Richard Perle.

In Prince of Darkness, Alan Weisman reveals Perle’s controversial dealings and describes how he helped fuel an explosion of terrorism worldwide. Perle submitted to interviews and granted the author access to current and former colleagues, primary materials, photogra...

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Mayor Iorio announces more cuts, layoffs listen

11/14/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This afternoon at City Hall, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio unveiled a new plan she called “Changing the Business of Government” in which she announced the partial privatization of some city government services.

The changes will result in the layoffs of 100 additional city employees over the next six to seven months.

The areas of city government to be hit hardest are Janitorial Services, where 38 employees will be laid off; and Security Services, where a minimum of 50 employees will be fired...

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Riverview residents back home after ammonia leak listen

11/14/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In Riverview, life is becoming back to normal for the residents who were told to evacuate Monday evening after a teenager drilled into an ammonia line, unleashing a gas cloud that seriously burned him and created a potential environmental hazard.

At a noontime news conference, state Sen. Ronda Storms today ripped into Tampa Pipeline Corp., the company that owns the line. Storms referenced a similar incident 4 years ago, after which the company promised to ensure such an incident would ne...

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Unions to lobby against property tax amendment listen

11/14/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Gov. Charlie Crist signed a bill yesterday that will put property tax changes into place if voters approve a constitutional amendment placed on the Jan. 29 ballot by lawmakers.

That amendment would, among other things, double the current $25,000 homestead exemption for local government but not school taxes; allow homeowners to take their Save Our Homes property assessment cap savings, up to $50,000, with them if they move; and create a similar assessment cap of 10 percent each year for non...

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Pentagon spokesman discusses Iraq

11/13/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Air Force Col. Tim Carey, is currently serving with Multi National Force Iraq in Baghdad. He works directly with the government of Iraq and is assisting with their “dynamic communications issues.”

He knows about the inner workings of the reconstruction efforts under way in Iraq. He’s also a graduate of Clearwater High School.

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Ammonia leak threatens Alafia River listen

11/13/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A day after the ammonia leak began in Riverview in southeastern Hillsborough County, emergency personnel are still trying to contain it.

Tony D’Aquilia is director of environmental resources management for the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission. WMNF this afternoon asked him to assess what environmental damage if any has occurred.

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St. Pete Police haven't talked to Muslim girl

11/13/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last night WMNF aired a story about a Muslim girl named Hannah who said she was threatened at Azalea Middle School in St. Petersburg.

Today, St.Pete Police said they are questioning her side of the story. But they also admit they haven’t spoken with her yet.

The police say a report filed yesterday by St. Pete Police Officer William Stone says that an assistant principal at Azalea interviewed the girl after she reported that a boy in her science class threatened to bring a gun to sch...

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Hillsborough willing to give Tampa seat at EPC table listen

11/13/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Hillsborough County Commission voted today to support allowing the city of Tampa to have some representation on the County’s Environmental Protection Commission - but not to the extent that the Tampa City Council was hoping for.

The board gathered today to gauge their support for seven bills the Hillsborough County Legislative delegation will consider bringing up next year in Tallahassee.

The Commission opted to support Tampa Rep. Kevin Ambler’s bill, that would give Tampa two r...

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Pinellas moves ahead with assignment plan listen

11/13/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today the Pinellas County School Board presented a first reading of the school assignment plan for the 2008-2009 school year at a meeting in Largo.

Nineteen of the 22 members of the public who spoke at the meeting appealed to the board to delay their decision for six months. But those pleas fell on deaf ears as the board decided to move forward with the plan.

Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said the plan to determine which schools students could attend was created...

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House leader discusses education, taxes

11/13/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Ever since the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) began being used by the state as the main assessment instrument to measure public schools and students, a debate has raged on whether the test is a legitimate way of measuring students progress.

But after 10 years and troubling indicators, like drop out and graduation rates, there are indications that even some Republican legislators are looking at a different way to asses students.

Tonight, a bipartisan group of legislators a...

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Muslim sixth-grader gets death threat school listen

11/12/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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An Azalea Middle School sixth-grader says another student assaulted her last week and threatened her life.

Eleven-year-old Hannah says she is the only Muslim in her school that wears a hijab, or headscarf. The Tampa Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) held a press conference this afternoon across from the middle school.

CAIR Executive Director Ahmed Bedier, who is also a programmer on WMNF, said that beginning on Nov. 2, Hannah had been verbally threatened and ...

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Rays to play on the bay? listen

11/12/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Friday night, Matt Silverman, president of the Tampa Bay Rays, confirmed a rumor that the Rays have developed a plan to build a $450-million downtown stadium off the waterfront in St. Pete, on the site of where Al Lang field now resides.

That was virtually all Silverman said. It was obvious the St. Petersburg Times, who reported on the story earlier in the day, had scooped the Rays, who were not yet prepared to discuss details. They say they will hold a full fledged news conference in...

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