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Will state universities require all students to purchase health insurance? listen

06/25/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This fall, Florida State University in Tallahassee will require that all incoming freshmen have health insurance. The Board of Governors, which makes policy for state universities, will study the results of the FSU pilot program to decide whether to require that all state university students purchase health insurance before enrolling. WMNF’s Seán Kinane has more.

Leslie Sacher is the director of Florida State University’s Thagard Student Health Center and (and president ...

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Interview with Mogtaba Maki, refugee from Sudan, World Refugee Day – Part 2 listen

06/22/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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On yesterday’s Evening News, we heard the first half of an interview with Tampa resident Mogtaba Maki, a refugee from Sudan living in Tampa. Maki’s Mother and some of his siblings are still living in a refugee camp outside of Cairo, Egypt. WMNF’s Seán Kinane begins the second half of this interview with Maki by asking if he is attempting to bring the rest of his family to the United States.



Outro: “ ... back almost in 2002.”

That was Mogtaba Maki, a...

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St Pete proposes cutting 70 jobs and almost $14Million from ‘08 budget listen

06/22/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This morning the St. Petersburg Mayor and City Council held their first public workshop to address proposed budget cuts. St. Pete Mayor Rick Baker proposed cutting seventy full time positions and eighteen part-time jobs as part of an effort to slice more than twelve million dollars from the city’s fiscal year 2008 budget.



“The impact of the rollbacks will be that we will have service impacts to the city. You cannot take 12.5 – 13 million dollars out of your budget a...

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New Survey on conservative dominance of talk radio listen

06/22/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Both Hilary Clinton and California Senator Barbara Boxer are denying comments made by Oklahoma Republican Senator James Inhofe earlier this week, that the 2 Democratic Senators want to ‘rein in’ conservative talk radio.

This was Inhofe speaking to Los Angeles Radio Station KFI’s John Ziegler earlier this week.(roll tape#1 o.q.”and it still counts”)

When questioned about Inhofe’s comments today, both Senators denied Inhofe’s account….A spokeswoman for Senator Boxer sa...

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Interview with Mogtaba Maki, refugee from Sudan - pt 1 listen

06/21/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Mogtaba Maki is a refugee from Sudan who is studying at the University of South Florida and plans to go to dental school. Yesterday, on World Refugee Day, WMNF’s Seán Kinane spoke with him about his experiences during the civil war in Sudan, in a refugee camp in Egypt, and his new life in the United States.

Mogtaba interview, part 1 (3 min 40 sec)

Outro: “ … they still live in Cairo in a refugee camp.”
That was Mogtaba Maki, a refugee from Sudan living in...

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World Refugee Day listen

06/21/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has designated yesterday, June 20th, as World Refugee Day. The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in South Tampa hosted a program called “25 Years of Refugee Treasures” featuring food, speakers, and entertainment by refugees who have resettled in the Tampa Bay area. WMNF’s Seán Kinane reports.

Joy Margolis is the Director of Communications and Public Policy for Lutheran Services Florida, a nonprofit that has a Refugee Reset...

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Central Park Village Proposal discussed at Tampa City Council listen

06/21/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Central Park

Last night on the Evening News, WMNF aired an interview with a member of the Tampa Bay Human Rights Coalition – James Evans, and his concerns about the proposed 28 acre project the Tampa Housing Authority is developing in conjunction with Bank of America.

The Housing Authority said earlier this week that Central Park Village , a public housing complex located just north of downtown Tampa, is set to be demolished next month.

The Housing authority is working on insur...

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Tax Commission Member Addresses Tampa City Council listen

06/21/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The first half of the biggest tax cut in Florida's history became law today with the governor's signature. . The bipartisan measure is expected to slash just over 15 and a half (b) billion dollars in local property taxes during the first five years. But those reductions will be spread across-the-board to all classes of property. The estimated average cut for a primary homeowner is 174 dollars, or seven percent, in the first year. Second homes and other residential properties...

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Howard Dean meets with Florida Dems on Primary Date listen

06/21/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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One of the top political analysts in Iowa wrote today that there is a growing possibility that Iowa will be forced to move the date of the caucuses, which traditionally has been the first in the nation to weigh in on the Presidential races.

The current plans call for the caucuses to be held January 14th. The new Nevada caucuses come Saturday, Jan. 19.

New Hampshire's primary comes Tuesday, Jan. 22, followed by South Carolina on January 29.

But with Florida moving up to January 29t...

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The ACLU Plans a Series of Events to Highlight the Importance of Habeus Corpus

06/21/07 Robert Lorei
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Becky Steele, the director of the West Central Florida office of the ACLU, joined us to talk about the upcoming "Find Habeas" event at Lykes Park next Tuesday in Tampa. It's designed to highlight what the group says is an infringement on a Western tradition that goes back to the Magna Carta.

From the ACLU web site: "The Military Commissions Act of 2006 (MCA) gives the president absolute power to decide who is an enemy of our country, to imprison some people indefinitely without charging ...

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Is the Florida Hometown Democracy Act the Answer to Florida's Sprawl Problem?

06/20/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity… I’m Rob Lorei…

Even with the uneven property tax burden and skyrocketing homeowner’s insurance rates, Florida’s population continues to grow. The Tampa Bay region’s population is expected to increase by 2 million residents between 2001 and 2030. 2050.

18 million people now live in Florida and that number is projected to grow by another 8 million people by the year 2030.

The increased population almost certainly means more des...

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Suspicious Activity? CAIR Reports on Muslim Civil Rights

06/20/07 Brandon Martin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Location in News Hour: 15-minute mark

Intro: The Tampa Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, released their 12th Annual Report on the Status of Muslim Civil Rights in the United States. This report, entitled "Presumption of Guilt," analyzes the increase in reported anti-Muslim incidents up to 2006. Representatives of the ACLU were also present. For WMNF Brandon Martin reports.

Story: CAIR began documenting the status of Muslim civil rights in its annual repo...

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County Commission complains about Property Tax Cut Process listen

06/20/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Hillsborough County Commission will soon have to contend with the 5% budget cut that has been imposed on them by Tallahassee regarding property tax reform.

As they prepare for that, today they heard from Attorney and former GOP State representative Carlos Lacasa. He’s serving currently on the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission.

Lacasa said that last week’s Special Session regarding property taxes bring the most relief to home owners who already enjoy a homestead exemption...

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Tampa Housing Authority's Critic on Central Park Village Plan listen

06/20/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Tampa Housing Authority says that there are just a few households located at Central Park Village still looking for new housing.

The longtime public housing project is slated be demolished next month, as a new 28 acre project the authority is developing with Bank of America is scheduled to begin construction.

The Tampa Tribune reported on Wednesday that Public Housing Director Wence Cunningham told the Housing Authority that the remaining 150 families in Central Park are in the proc...

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Workers rally for Employee Free Choice Act – pt 2 listen

06/20/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Yesterday, WMNF reported on a rally by labor unions and their supporters in front of a Verizon Wireless office in West Tampa. The workers were rallying support for the Employee Free Choice Act, which would make it easier for workers to form labor unions. WMNF’s Sean Kinane has more.



On Tuesday Senate Democratic leaders moved to force a vote on the bill later this week. But Senate Republicans are threatening a filibuster, which would continue debate rather than bringing ...

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