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THE GROWING INCARCERATION OF THE MENTALLY ILL

05/31/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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In this hour we featured an interview with the author of the new book: Crazy In America: The Hidden Tragedy of Criminalized Mentally ILL by investigative reporter Mary Beth Pfeiffer. In the book she tells the stories of six people whose mental illness thrust them into the arms of police and into jails, prisons and juvenile facilities that were ill prepared to care for them. The shocking results were, suicide, self-mutilation, death at the hands of frightened poorly trained police.

Two st...

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AIDS Healthcare Foundation Protest

05/31/07 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Protestors gathered this morning at today’s Florida Disease Management Summit to rally against changes in the way the state cares for HIV/AIDS patients on Medicaid. As part of recent Medicaid reform, the state got rid of its contract with the non-profit AIDS Healthcare Foundation and awarded the right to provide statewide care for HIV/AIDS patients to a for-profit organization.

(“Well there are profound changes going on…”)

AIDS Healthcare Foundation president Michael Weinstein ...

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Tampa braces for budget cuts

05/31/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Property Tax Reductions

As local city and county governments brace for budget cuts, the Tampa City Council today was given a quick primer on what the damage could be to Tampa.

The state legislature meets for a special session next month in Tallahassee on how to reduce property taxes for Florida property owners. Depending on the size of those reductions could have a dramatic effect on an assortment of local services.

City Finance Director Bonnie Wise said currently, the city takes in...

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Transfer Waste Station not welcomed by Seminole Heights residents

05/31/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The City of Tampa has plans for a site in the Seminole Heights District

The City of Tampa has already approved funding for a new Waste Transfer Station in the Seminole Heights/East Tampa area of town. But apparently some local citizens don’t want it.

According to David McCary, the City’s Director of Solid Waste, the facility will duplicate the services that are currently only available to city residents at McKay Bay, South of Ybor City (roll tape#1 o.q.”as well”)

The facil...

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The Fiscal Wake-up Tour Comes to Tampa

05/31/07 Brandon Martin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Intro: Yesterday the Concord Coalition in conjunction with the University of South Florida and Senator Mel Martinez hosted the Tampa stop of The Fiscal Wake-up Tour, a traveling panel discussion on the future effects of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid spending on the economy. The discussion featured the U.S. Controller General as well as public thinkers and figures of diverse perspectives. For WMNF Brandon Martin reports.

Story: The Fiscal Wake-up Tour is exactly what it soun...

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Tampa's plans for a Waste Transfer station in Seminole Heights not popular

05/31/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The City of Tampa has already approved funding for a new Waste Transfer Station in the Seminole Heights/East Tampa area of town. But apparently some local citizens don’t want it.

According to David McCary, the City’s Director of Solid Waste, the facility will duplicate the services that are currently only available to city residents at McKay Bay, South of Ybor City (roll tape#1 o.q.”as well”)

The facility property would be at 22nd Street and Sligh, and would be open 7 days a ...

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FLORIDA'S LOOMING WATER CRISIS

05/30/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good afternoon,

Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lore. Thanks to Mitch Perry for filling in for me the past few days while I was away.

As wildfires continue to burn in South Georgia and north Florida, water levels in Florida's dried-out Lake Okeechobee dropped today to match a historic low set in 2001. The South Florida Water Management District expects the record low of 8.97 feet from May 24, 2001, to evaporate later in the day as the region's worst known drought continues. Exper...

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Thompson now running for GOP nomination?

05/30/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Various news organizations reported today that Fred Thompson is planning to enter the presidential race over the Fourth of July holiday, announcing that week that he has already raised several million dollars and is being backed by insiders from the past three Republican administrations. Thompson, a movie and television actor currently seen on NBC’s “Law And Order”, and a Senator from Tennessee for 8 years, told supporters in a conference call yesterday that he’s definitely in the ra...

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Castor and local pharmacists call out HMO's on tardy reimbursements

05/30/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In recent months the problem with independent pharmacies getting reimbursed from health insurers as part of the Medicare Part D plan has continued to grow.

Today in the Town N Country section of Hillsborough County, Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor and 3 local pharmacists discussed the problem, and proposed legislation in Washington to remedy the situation. (roll tape#1 o.q.”like they should “)

Specifically, Castor says that the Medicare Prescription Drug Program, passed by...

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Environmentalists decry House Bill 7203

05/29/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Community Activists up in arms about HB 2703

 

A Growth Management   bill soon to go to Governor Charlie Crist has environmentalists and local neighborhood advocates concerned.

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Water Atlas - online water quality information

05/29/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This week the Patel Center for Global Solutions at USF along with the Florida Earth Foundation are hosting twenty students from the UNESCO-IHE Water Institute in The Netherlands that grants advanced degrees in water related issues. The students are water managers from various developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. This morning at USF the stu...

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Kucinich campaigns in Tampa

05/29/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Kucinich  Democratic Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich was in Tampa on Saturday. 

 

The Ohio Congressman, in his 2nd run for the nomination, made 3 stops in Tampa during the day,...

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Lisa Margonelli on High Gas Prices

05/25/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Accoring to an AP-Ipsos poll just released, nearly y half of those surveyed said near-record gasoline prices are causing ``serious hardship,'' prompting a surging number of people to say they're considering buying a more fuel-efficient car.
Yet there are signs that more people also are clinging to their driving and vacation habits while grudgingly accepting...

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Florida Growers say they won't abide by historic McDonalds, Farm workers agreement

05/25/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The largest group of Florida tomato growers yesterday rejected a recent deal between McDonalds and the Coalition for Immokalee Workers that would pay field workers more for the fruit they pick. The Florida Tomato Growers Exchange says participating in the highly-publicized labor deals may be unlawfu...

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Kucinich in Tampa

05/25/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Although Democrats and some Republicans promise the results will be different in September, for now, many anti-war activists are depressed after yesterday’s vote in Congress that continues funding for the Iraq war, without any timetables for a withdrawal of troops.

 

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