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Naomi Klein speaks in Miami

12/10/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last week, WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer reported on the Coalition of Immokalee Workers protest at the headquarters of Burger King in Miami. The Farmworkers and their supporters are protesting the Florida Growers Exchange decision to refuse to honor deals the group cut with McDonalds and Taco Bell to pay pickers a penny a pound more for the tomatoes they pick.

The same weekend of that march, journalist Naomi Klein was in the Miami, where she spoke at “Our World, Our Rights” Conference a...

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New report, same old story on race and drug sentences listen

12/10/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last week a report came out showing that blacks are far more likely to be locked up for drug offenses than whites.

Robert Batey is a professor of criminal law at Stetson University College of Law. He’s reacting to the report from the Washington-based Justice Policy Institute, which after examining nearly 200 of the nation's largest counties, found that 97 percent had racial disparities in drug incarceration rates.

Overall, African Americans were 10 times more likely than whites to be...

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Meeting tonight on marine fish farming listen

12/10/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tonight in St. Petersburg there will be a public hearing to discuss offshore marine fish farming.

The meetings has been called by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. Tentative plans are to allow open water aquaculture off the gulf – growing fish in nets or cages between 3 and 200 miles from shore.

But there are environmental concerns.

Currently, the U.S. imports around 80 percent of its seafood. Although there has been discussion by the federal government to allow fi...

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Audobon Society weighs in on energy bill listen

12/07/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Less than 24 hours after the House of Representatives brushed aside a veto threat from the White House by approving a ground-breaking energy bill, the legislation bogged down in the Senate over a requirement for electric utilities to use renewable energy for 15 percent of their generation.

The Senate voted 53-42 to close debate, falling short of the 60 votes needed to permit a vote on passage even though the leading presidential candidates returned from the campaign trail to bolster the...

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Survey: Latinos heavily skewing Democratic listen

12/07/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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On Sunday, the Repubican candidates for president will hold their third televised debate in six weeks in Florida. But unlike the event in Orlando in October or last week’s slug fest in St. Petersburg, the main audience for Sunday night’s forum at the University of Miami will be Spanish language speakers.

The debate will be nationally televised by Univision, and immigration is sure to be one of the dominant issues. It comes on the heels of a newly released report that says that 57 perce...

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Nutritionist examines link between diet and cancer listen

12/07/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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According to a major report released earlier this fall, being overweight increases an individual's risk of getting cancer.

The American Institute of Cancer Research issued a stark warning about the clear links between lifestyle, diet and exercise and the risk of developing the often fatal disease.

It states that there is a direct relation between the extent of excessive weight and alcohol intake and the likelihood of falling victim to cancer.

Sally Scroggs is a nutrition counselor...

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Chinese ambassador addresses Tampa chamber listen

12/06/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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China’s Deputy Ambassador to the United States spoke at a meeting about doing business with his country at the University of Tampa today.

Zheng Zeguang spoke about China’s economy and environment to an audience of 40 from the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

Zheng, whose official title is Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the U.S., said his country faces three major challenges.

“Number one is the environment. We’re confronted wit...

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Voting rights groups provide aid to felons listen

12/06/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In April, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist persuaded two of the three other Cabinet members that make up the state’s Clemency Board to let most felons easily regain their voting rights after prison. At the time, the governor said it was time to leave the “offensive minority” of states that uniformly deny ex-offenders such rights.

But according to Leon County Supervisor of Elections Leon Sancho, more needs to be done to ensure all eligible voters can register and actually vote.

Today thr...

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Part 2: Brownstein on Partisanship in politics listen

12/06/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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There has been much speculation about who will win the Iowa Caucuses, which take place four weeks from tonight. But the nation’s first Primary Election in New Hampshire occurs just five days later, on Jan. 8.

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows on the Democratic side Hillary Clinton still leads in the granite state, but it is closer there now than it has been for a long time.

The survey shows Clinton with 35 percent of the vote, but Barack Obama is closing fast with 29 percent. ...

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Tampa hopes to woo citizens to reclaimed water listen

12/06/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Southeast is going through a historic drought right now. Although the Tampa Bay is suffering, it is not as ominous as conditions in South Florida or in Atlanta.

Nevertheless, conservation is becoming the mantra throughout the country; in Tampa, one way to do that is to improve the distribution of reclaimed water for irrigation and other non-potable uses.

The city of Tampa introduced a reclaimed water project years ago, but its paltry compliance rate has been a minor source of em...

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Report: Pinellas Hope off to a good start listen

12/06/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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On Saturday, a new Tent City opened in mid-Pinellas County. After five days of operation, there are 180 people on site, living in 171 tents.

The camp is a joint project between Catholic Charities, Pinellas County, and the city of St. Petersburg.

This morning the St. Pete City Council heard a progress report on the status of the camp from the city’s Housing & Community Department head Tom De Yampert.

City Councilman Bill Foster visited the encampment, called Pinelllas Hope, last ...

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Polk County ponders intelligent design listen

12/05/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Beginning next fall, the Florida Department of Education (DOE) will have a new set of Sunshine State Standards, with benchmarks for teaching science in kindergarten through the 12th grade. The DOE has set up a website for public comment on its proposed science standards.

Lawrence Lerner is a professor emeritus from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at California State University, Long Beach. He read and critiqued the proposed Florida Science Standards for the National Center ...

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Judge: DNC has right to penalize Florida listen

12/05/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A federal judge ruled today that the Democratic National Committee can penalize Florida Democrats by stripping the state of its convention delegates because it is holding an early presidential primary.

District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled in favor of the DNC in a lawsuit brought by Florida congressmen Bill Nelson and Alycee Hastings. Nelson and Hastings arguing that state Democrats were being illegally penalized scheduling a primary earlier than national rules allow.

But Hinkle said the p...

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Hillsborough hearing master under fire listen

12/05/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today Hillsborough County Commissioners listened to citizen complaints about a hearing process that may not have been handled appropriately.

Commissioners received angry e-mails from citizens after a land use hearing last month about the behavior of hearing officer Harold Youmans regarding a proposed borrow pit in northwest Hillsborough County.

The County Attorney’s office has said it will review transcripts of that meeting, but citizen Denise Layne told the board today that would no...

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Israeli Consul discusses recent peace talks

12/05/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Ofer Bavly is the Consul General of Israel. He's one of nine Israeli Consuls stationed in the U.S.; his office is in Miami. Today on WMNF he discussed the Annapolis conference, the reported expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Palestinian attacks on Israel, the fence/wall, whether the Palestinians are being subjected to "collective punishment," the degree of Israeli controls over Gaza, whether Israel is abiding by the Geneva Convention, the ways to connect the West Bank and Gaza...

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