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Tampa Tiger Bay Club - Sen. Justice, Rep. Holman, Rep. Reed listen

06/29/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Three state lawmakers who represent the Tampa Bay region were the featured speakers at today’s Tiger Bay Club in downtown Tampa. Senator Charlie Justice, Representatives Ed Holman and Betty Reed spoke about the subject on everyone’s mind … the recent property tax cut passed by the state legislature. WMNF’s Sean Kinane has this report.

In a special session earlier this month, the Florida Legislature passed two measures to reduce property taxes. The first mandated that all cities and...

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Andrew Keen Part II - The Internet Emperor has no clothes listen

06/29/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Andrew Keen is the author of the provocative new book, "The Cult of the Amateur:How Today's Internet is Killing Our Culture". Here's the 2nd part of our interview.

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Cato Institute Author on health care

06/29/07 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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As Michael Moore’s film on Health care in America, “Sicko” opens tonight in Tampa and across the country, health care has never been a bigger issue.

Earlier this week we heard from Jonathan Cohn, who has written the book ,”Sick”- about how U.S.’ health care system has failed American citizens.

Now, a different perspective…Michael Cannon is the director of Health Care Studies at the Cato Institute…He co wrote the book, “Healthy Competition” with Michael Tanner.

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Michael Cannon Interview listen

06/29/07 by Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Michael Cannon, Director of Health Care Studies at The Cato Institute, co-wrote a book with Michael Tanner entitled Healthy Competition. The book argues that a healthy medical marketplace, grown from less government regulation, would open up the choices Americans have in health care options. And by paying less taxes to the government, Americans would be able to afford those choices. WMNF's Arielle Stevenson spoke with author Michael Cannon about his book, Health Competition.

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DCF says no mental patients waiting to get into hospitals now listen

06/29/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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DCF

Last fall, the then head of the Department of Children and Families, Lucy Hadi, was threatened with jail, by a Pinellas County Judge for allowing mentally ill inmates to stay in the Pinellas County jail longer than 15 days.

Judges in other Florida counties also weighed motions to do the same. But with few hospital beds available, the state was threatened also with stiff fines for breaking the law.

Governor Charlie Crist and his DCF Secretary, Bob Butterworth, promised when they ...

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Nahla Al-Arian says goodbye to Tampa

06/29/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Nahla Al-Arian

Another chapter in the decade plus long Sami Al-Arian saga ends tomorrow.

That’s when the former USF Professor’s wife and their 2 youngest children will be leaving Tampa , and moving to Egypt.

Speaking this morning on the WMNF public affairs show True Talk, Nahla Al-Arian says she is moving mainly because of her children (roll tape#1 o.q.”and go”)

Sami Al-Arian continues to be detained at a Virginia jail. Recently, a judge ordered him held until at least...

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Bill Heller says Florida GOP is lame in attacking him listen

06/29/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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As Sean Kinane just reported, Florida Democrats are fuming over fliers being sent to their constituents accusing them of voting against tax relief.

The Flier was sent to the districts of several freshman house Democrats, including Keith Fitzgerald in Sarasota, and Janet Long and Bill Heller in St. Petersburg.

Heller told WMNF this afternoon that he was surprised about the attacks, considering the next election isn’t for well over a year from now. And he said he and his fellow Demo...

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INTERVIEW WITH IRAQ COMBAT VETERAN PART TWO

06/28/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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WE OFTEN GET THE VIEWS OF REPORTERS AND GENERALS ABOUT THE IRAQ INVASION- BUT WHAT DO COMBAT SOLDIERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE WAR?

NEXT WE’LL HEAR THE SECOND PART OF AN INTERVIEW WITH A 22 YEAR OLD COMBAT VETERAN, CLIFTON HICKS. WE HEARD THE FIRST PART OF THIS INTERVIEW ON TUESDAY. IN THAT INTERVIEW HICKS TALKED ABOUT THE LIMITED BASIC TRAINING HE RECEIVED, ABOUT THE LACK OF SANITATION FOR THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ, THE KILLING OF CIVILIANS BY U.S. SOLDIERS, DRUG USE BY MILITARY CONTRACTORS, HIS...

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TAMPA INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES PLAN TO CELEBRATE INDEPENDENT'S WEEK

06/28/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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NEXT WEEK IS THE SIXTH ANNUAL INDEPENDENTS WEEK, A WEEKLONG, NATIONWIDE CELEBRATION OF LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESSES. WE’RE JOINED NOW BY THREE MEMBERS OF THE TAMPA INDEPENDENT BUSINESS ALLIANCE: TIBA (www.tibatampa.org) IS AN AFFILIATE OF THE AMERICAN INDEPENDENT BUSINESS ALLIANCE (AMIBA: WWW.AMIBA.NET), PART OF THE NATIONAL MOVEMENT TO REVERSE THE TREND OF NATIONAL CHAINS DISPLACING LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESSES.

MARY ANN FERENS- A CO-OWNER OF MIS EN PLACE RESTAURANT,

LEE WOLFSON OF V...

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Progress Energy listen

06/28/07 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This morning, Progress Energy celebrated the kickoff of its “Save The Watts” campaign. St. Petersburg mayor Rick Baker was among the speakers at the event, which was held on the front lawn of a South St. Petersburg Progress customer. Beneath a gazebo that could barely fend off the heat of the summer sun, Progress energy employees demonstrated various ways in which consumers can cut back their energy uses. And their energy costs.

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Senior energy delivery analyst Tom Artau stood nea...

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Iorio announces elimination of 369 City of Tampa jobs listen

06/28/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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One hundred twenty City of Tampa full-time employees were notified today that they would be out of a job in three months. Mayor Pam Iorio said this afternoon that an additional 99 vacant positions and 133 part-time and seasonal positions would be eliminated. As WMNF’s Seán Kinane reports, these lay-offs will save the city $14 million dollars from the property-tax-funded General Fund.



Iorio: “We are announcing today that we are laying of 219 positions from … 120 ...

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Tampa residents will soon see their water rates increase – but reclaimed rates might drop listen

06/28/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A proposal that will nearly double water rates for Tampa citizens over the next 5 years will go before the City Council in August. But today, Steve Dagnault, the City’s administrator for public works and utility services, said the city is considering lowering the price of reclaimed water, to encourage more residents and businesses to use it .(roll tape#1 o.q.”by using reclaimed”) Tampa's reclaimed water project , known as STAR 1, ,has seen far fewer participants than city officials ha...

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Tampa City Council holds off on Ordinance dealing with neighborhood groups listen

06/28/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last week Tampa City Councilman Charlie Miranda questioned the appropriateness of a developer giving money to a neighborhood association. Saying he was uneasy about such side deals, he introduced a resolution that added a provision to the City Ethics Code, prohibiting requests for "money, service or other thing of value" in exchange for support or opposition to a matter pending before the council. Miranda also directed the city legal staff to change the city code so that rezoning petitions...

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Tampa City Council weighs in on Wetlands controversy listen

06/28/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A week after the Hillsborough County Commission voted to eliminate their responsibility in regulating wetlands, the Tampa City Council intervened, because, as City Councilwoman Mary Mulhern said, “it’s our water too”.

Mulhern proposed having the Council send a letter to Governor Charlie Crist and the local legislative delegation expressing concern over the County’s vote. (roll tape#1 o.q.”….fair”)

The Board of County Commissioners voted 4-3 to eliminate the $2 million do...

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Author Jonathan Cohn talks about his book <EM>Sick</EM>

06/27/07 Dawn Morgan
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Jonathan Cohn's book Sick looks at the American health care system through the stories of a few people who could not access the medical care that they needed. Each of its eight chapters reflects a different part of the health care system, from Medicaid and Medicare to the self insured. WMNF's Dawn Morgan spoke with author Jonathan Cohn. http://sickthebook.com/ http://www.tnr.com/

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