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Pete Gallagher remembers Bobby Hicks listen

12/19/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This morning, Bobby Hicks, the former co-host of WMNF’s Florida Folk Show, passed away after a battle with lung cancer.

Bobby Hicks was a singer, guitarist, and a prolific songwriter in addition to being a vocal advocate for Florida’s environment. This afternoon, WMNF spoke with the host of the Florida Folk Show, Pete Gallagher, about the music, activism, and legacy of Bobby Hicks.

You can tune in to Florida Folk Show every Thursday morning on WMNF. Tomorrow, the Florida Folk Show w...

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PSC allows net metering listen

12/19/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Yesterday the Florida Public Service Commission made it easier for people to produce their own power at home and feed it into the electricity grid. The commission approved rule changes for "net metering," which means the power company will give credit to customers with extra solar or wind generating capacity for the electricity they share.

Gwen Rose is the deputy director of Vote Solar; she told WMNF that Florida’s new net metering rules are among the best of any state.

We will bring...

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Fear and courage in Democratic Party, Part 1 listen

12/19/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Glenn Hurowitz is the author of a new book called Fear and Courage in the Democratic Party. He is also the president of the Democratic Courage Political Action Committee.

WMNF will air the second half of this interview during tomorrow’s evening newscast.

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Florida registration law thrown out

12/18/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A federal judge has ordered state election officials to stop enforcing a 2-year-old voter registration law, that had been challenged by a variety of groups, including the NAACP.

The law prevented voters from registering if their driver's license or Social Security information does not match what is on the registration form. About 14,000 people have not been able to register because of the No Match Law.

Justin Levitt is counsel with the Brennan Center for Justice and an attorney with the...

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Progress Energy to buy power from biomass plant listen

12/18/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today Progress Energy announced that it has signed another contract with a Georgia company to purchase electricity from a waste-wood biomass plant that will be built in Florida.

Progress Energy won’t own the small plant, but the company will purchase the energy output from the Georgia company.

This is the second agreement for Progress Energy to purchase waste-wood biomass energy from Biomass Gas & Electric.

Progress Energy spokesperson Cherie Jacobs said she did not know where the...

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Floridians have tough time paying for health care listen

12/18/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A new report released today says that nearly 3.9 million people in Florida are in families that spend more than 10 percent of their income on health care.

Kim Bailey is a senior policy analyst with Families USA, the Washington-based health care advocacy group that released the study.

The report, “Too Great a Burden: Florida Families at Risk,” is part of Families USA’s series of reports on every state in the country.

In addition to the large number of people spending more tha...

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Ferlita stands alone on some issues listen

12/18/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Rose Ferlita succeeded Kathy Castor on the Hillsborough County Commission a year ago. Although from different political parties, they’ve both been in the same position in being the loner in 6-1 votes on various issues.

Ferlita also serves as chairperson for the Rudy Guiliani campaign in Hillsborough County. WMNF spoke with her Saturday morning about her issues on the board. But first we asked her about a recent controversy involving Administrator Pat Bean.

Earlier this month, at ...

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Sustainable mind-set

12/17/07
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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We talked with Tom Caroll, a counselor, Jenny Freeman, a sociology professor at USF, and Paulette Bethel, a local yoga instructor, about living more sustainable lives. We started the show with a little bit of Al Gore's acceptance speech for the Noble Peace Prize.

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Desal plant fully functional - finally listen

12/17/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This morning in Clearwater, the Board of Tampa Bay Water received a positive report on the progress of the desalination plant and also moved forward with reclassifying the Alafia River as a source of drinking water.

Tampa Bay Water is responsible for the drinking water needs of residents of Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco Counties as well as the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg and New Port Richey.

The Tampa Bay Seawater Desalination Plant in Apollo Beach has been plagued with perform...

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Local senator proposes immigration legislation listen

12/17/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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New Port Richey Republican Sen. Mike Fasano, saying he is responding to the needs of his constituents, will offer two bills dealing with illegal immigration.

Fasano has drawn up two bills that he’s hoping to get passed when the legislature re-convenes next March.

One measure is called the Aliens/Unauthorized Employment Bill; it would strip businesses designated as agricultural, and would also fine them up to $25,000 for having undocumented workers on their payroll.

That’s not l...

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Environmentalists eager to hear Guiliani listen

12/17/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The crowd at Rudy Guiliani’s speech Saturday morning at the Tampa Convention Center was noticeably small, and not overly enthusiastic.

Not all of those in attendance were there to cheer on the presidential candidate, some came to press Guiliani on environment issues.

St Petersburg citizen Tim Yazel is with One Sky Campaign, a program sponsored by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. One of the goals of the program is to push Congress to cut carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050. ...

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Guiliani speaks in Tampa listen

12/17/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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With the first presidential caucuses and primaries less than three weeks away, Rudy Guiliani’s stature as the front runner for the Republican nomination is starting to slip.

Mike Huckabee continues to make dramatic gains in the polls; some of his support is coming at the expense of the former New York City mayor.

Trying to right his ship in his so-called "firewall" state, Guiliani spoke at the Tampa Convention Center Saturday morning. He touched on education, calling school choice th...

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Judge overturns Al-Arian contempt charge listen

12/14/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday, a federal judge in Virginia lifted the civil contempt charge that has kept former USF professor Sami Al-Arian in prison for months after he was supposed to be released.

Judge Gerald Lee has been holding status hearings every few months during the last year in Alexandria Virginia, to determine whether Al-Arian should continue to be held on civil contempt for not testifying before a grand jury. Today, WMNF spoke with Abdullah Al-Arian, the eldest son of Dr. Sami Al-Arian, who said...

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Guiliani makes campaign stop in Tampa listen

12/14/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In a sign that his campaign is now getting more serious, Mike Huckabee announced today that Ed Rollins will now become his national campaign chairman.

Huckabee made the announcement in New Hampshire today (roll tape#1o.q.”and movement”)

Ed Rollins has worked on a number of Republican campaigns over the years, including a short stint with Katherine Harris during her unsuccessful Senate run last year.

Rollins biggest claim to fame is his work managing Ronald Reagan’s crushing vic...

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Airport member: Ballpark could cause problems listen

12/14/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last night WMNF reported on a possible ballot measure that would ask that no public monies be allocated in the creation of the proposed downtown waterfront ballpark in St. Petersburg.

There are numerous questions about the proposed stadium, including environmental concerns, specifically about the part of the plan that calls for using dirt to fill in about a half-acre in Tampa Bay, in part to reroute Bayshore Drive around the stadium.

Environmentalists say the plan could threaten severa...

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