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Energy company CEO speaks at Design Summit

11/07/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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James Rogers is chairman, president and CEO of Duke Energy, one of the largest energy producers in the United States. Rogers addressed the Sarasota International Design Summit hosted by the Ringling College of Art and Design this afternoon at the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota.

He said the United States needs to create the most energy-efficient economy in the world in order to compete.

Some of the incentives Rogers spoke about involve paying polluters to reduce their power generation. In addi...

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Naomi Klein discusses 'The Shock Doctrine'

11/07/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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In her new book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Captalism, Naomi Klein looks at the trend of corporations profiting from war and disaster.

Based on four years of on-the-ground reporting, Klein reveals that our world is increasingly enthralled by a little understood free market ideology that is taking over the planet by systematically exploiting moments of disaster and trauma. This is "the shock doctrine." It is a strategy that has been evolving over the past 35 years.

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No action on $40-million plan for parks listen

11/07/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners approved a motion today to conduct a public hearing early next on a proposal to steer up to $40-million to parks throughout the county.

The motion was spearheaded by Commissioner Brian Blair, who spoke of it in the immediate aftermath of the Board rejecting Commissioner Jim Norman’s dream of a sports complex called Championship Park.

Blair says a viable plan can be developed to reallocate some or all of the $40-million set aside for Norman’s park....

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Sarasota activist comments on election listen

11/07/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In Sarasota, a number of progressive initiatives won at the polls last night.

Voters rejected funding for a stadium project to keep the Cincinati Reds spring training home in Sarasota there for another 30 years. The $16-million referendum would have helped fund the $45-million plan to refurbish Ed Smith Stadium.

Originally, there were plans for a new $54-million park that would replace Ed Smith. But that quickly lost political support; ultimately, so did the scaled down plan to refurnis...

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St. Pete voters go to the polls today listen

11/06/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today is Election Day in several cities and counties around the bay area. St. Petersburg is holding elections for four of the City Council seats, Districts 1, 3, 5, and 7.

WMNF spoke about today’s election with St. Pete residents, including both candidates for City Council District 3, Bill Dudley and Ed Montanari. Montanari said he expected voter turnout to be low.

Montanari’s opponent, Bill Dudley said he would have handled recent budget cut differently than the city did. For exam...

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In-depth look at torture and treatment of Guantanamo detainees

11/06/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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First up today… tonight the PBS television program Frontline examines what’s euphemistically called "extraordinary rendition."

Frontline correspondent Stephen Grey looks into the United States government's controversial practice of kidnapping terror suspects for interrogation, often taking them to countries where torture is common. I spoke earlier with Stephen Grey, who is also author of the book Ghost Plane (St. Martin's Griffin) about the new information in tonight’s docum...

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Report slams Sarasota foster care agency listen

11/06/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In a damning report released by the State Department of Children and Families last week, the Sarasota Family YMCA was urged to have a management overhaul, or have its contract with the state as a private social service provider canceled.

Today the DCF and the Sarasota YMCA jointly announced that the state is not severing the relationship completely, but will remove the organization from providing services for Pinellas and Pasco counties. The announcement was made this morning in Tampa by D...

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Pinellas County approves $460,000 for tent city listen

11/06/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Less than a year after St. Petersburg Police sliced up homeless people’s tents, the city is of St. Pete back working on developing a new tent city.

This homeless encampment is a joint project, led by Catholic Charities, at the request of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg. It will be located at the end of 126th Avenue North and there are plans for it to hold up to 250 people.

The public/private project called Pinellas Hope is getting funding from a number of sources, includ...

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Hillsborough MPO discusses transportation plan listen

11/06/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization approved a report by the Citizens Advisory Committee on a transportation plan for 2050.

Alan Steinbeck, project manager for the MPO Transit Study, discussed what the total cost would be for a light rail system.

Steinbeck said he wanted to have the study given to TBARTA, the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority, and make it part of the transit discussions that have already begun.

Hillsborough County Commissio...

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Homeless panel kicks off Hunger and Homelessness Week at UT

11/05/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Beginning today, the University of Tampa is commemorating National Hunger and Homelessness Week. This afternoon, the student group P.E.A.C.E., or People Exploring Active Community Experiences, organized the Faces of Homelessness Panel where formerly homeless people from the Tampa area and from Washington, D.C., spoke about what it’s like to live on the street.

Molly Murphy is a student at University of Tampa and is one of the head coordinators of the P.E.A.C.E. Volunteer Center.

John...

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Big online fundraising day for Ron Paul listen

11/05/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul got a boost today as online activists promoted a one-day fund raising drive. The goal was to get 100,000 people to donate $100 each and raise $10-million in a single day.

Although that might be a bit too ambitious, Paul has all ready raised more than $5-million so far this quarter. Paul made headlines with more than $ 5.2-million in the third quarter and has more than $5.4-million in cash on hand.

Paul is the Texas congressman who ran as the Li...

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Several campaign finance issues on Sarasota ballot listen

11/05/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tomorrow there will be municipal elections throughout the bay area, including City Council races in St. Petersburg. In Sarasota, four separate amendments that all deal with elections and campaign reform will be decided.

Kelly Kirschner was part of a Charter Review Committee last year; the panel discussed several of these issues. But it didn’t appear as if the proposals were gaining any traction. Then Kirschner was elected to the Sarasota City Commission, and he used his new power to infl...

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McKay tries again to have sales tax exemptions reviewed listen

11/05/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Former Bradenton GOP state Sen. John McKay has tried a couple of times to have many of Florida’s sales tax exemptions reviewed as way of bringing fairness and equity into the tax structure. Now, as a member of the state’s Taxation and Budget Reform Commission, he’s trying again.

On Friday, McKay filed a proposed state constitutional amendment with the Commission that could cut property taxes up to 45 percent by eliminating some of those sales tax exemptions that mostly benefit bus...

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Bush vetoes Everglades restoration bill listen

11/02/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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President Bush today vetoed a bill authorizing hundreds of popular water projects – including more than $2-billion for Everglades restoration. But lawmakers say they have enough votes to override him.

Bush brushed aside significant objections from Capitol Hill, even from Republicans such as Florida Sen. Mel Martinez, in thwarting legislation that provides money for projects like repairing hurricane damage, restoring wetlands and preventing flooding in communities across the nation.

If...

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Report tracks suicide rate among war vets listen

11/02/07 Mitch E.Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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According to information obtained by the Associated Press from the Veterans Affairs Department, at least 283 combat veterans who left the military between the start of the war in Afghanistan on Oct. 7, 2001, and the end of 2005 took their own lives.

The AP reports that if you add the number of returning veterans and the finding is that at least 430 of the 1.5 million troops who have fought in the two wars have killed themselves over the past six years. And that doesn't include those who co...

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