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Deal will pump up Hillsborough River water level

08/28/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Relief is on the way for the lower Hillsborough River thanks to a series of actions taken by the Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board on Tuesday.

Swiftmud approved new minimum flows for the lower portion of the river, a recovery strategy to restore flows to the river, and a funding agreement with Tampa on a series of minimum flow-related projects.

John Ovink is a Tampa based attorney with the group Friends of the River. The organization has been instrumental in g...

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Blair settles lawsuit against restaurant

08/28/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The St. Petersburg Times reported today that Hillsborough County Commissioner Brian Blair has settled his negligence lawsuit against Carabba’s restaurant.

Blair, a former professional wrestler, claimed his career ended in June 2001 when he tripped over a tray of dirty dishes and fell, injuring his chin, right knee, right shoulder and his head.

The Times reports that attorneys for Carabba’s were ready to offer as evidence a videotape of Blair’s wrestling match in Japan and 2 ot...

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Castor tours Moffitt Cancer Center listen

08/28/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This morning U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor met with administrators and researchers at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute on the University of South Florida Tampa campus.

Castor represents parts of St. Petersburg, Tampa and nearby areas, including USF. She discussed the recent federal appropriations she helped secured for the Cancer Center. The Defense Authorization Bill included $10 million, and an additional $7.5 million were in the Defense Appropriations Bill.

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Website sorts fact from fiction in presidential campaign

08/28/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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During this segment we discussed PolitiFact, a new website that sifts truth from fiction in the presidential campaign. It is a joint project of the St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly.

The brain behind it is the Times' Washington Bureau Chief Bill Adair; he joined WMNF to discuss Politifact.com and its unique "Truth O Meter" which rates the statements made by candidates. Ratings range from Pants on Fire to False, Mostly True, Partly True and Tr...

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New law removes sinkhole coverage in Pasco, Hernando

08/28/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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In a few weeks, Hernando and Pasco customers of state-run Citizens Property Insurance will no longer have automatic standard sinkhole coverage. These consumers only will be guaranteed coverage in event of a "catastrophic ground cover collapse" that results in local governments condemning their property and ordering them to vacate.

Hernando and Pasco homeowners will have to pay extra if they want protection against partial sinkhole damage that doesn't make the home uninhabitable.

The ch...

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House Dems celebrate Gonzales resignation listen

08/27/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tampa Area Congresswoman Kathy Castor said today’s announcement that Alberto Gonzalez had resigned was "long overdue."

San Francisco Bay Area Democratic Congressman George Miller, in Tampa today to join Castor in an event , said ”hallejulah.”

Those comments seemed to reflect the sentiment of Democrats across the country. Among Republicans, the sentiment is more ambivalent – as it was among Florida’s GOP congressional delegation.

Sen. Mel Martinez said Gonzalez had always c...

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Politicos react to DNC sanctions over state primary listen

08/27/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Democratic leader in the Florida House is unleashing some very harsh criticism of national party leaders for their plan to punish Florida for holding an early primary.

Rep. Dan Gelber accuses the Democratic National Committee of staging a circular firing squad that will end up beating down Florida Democrats and disenfranchising their votes.

On Saturday, the Democratic Party’s Rules and Bylaws Committee said that Florida will lose all of its delegates to the Democratic National Co...

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No Child Left Behind could be overhauled

08/27/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 (NCLB), was supposed to improve the performance of the country’s students, teachers and schools. But many educators have found fault with aspects of that law.

Today at the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association, U.S. Representatives George Miller and Kathy Castor spoke with area teachers about the reauthorization of what they call an improved version of NCLB.

Rep. Miller of California is the chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor...

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Time short for Pinellas public access TV advocates listen

08/27/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Pinellas County public access television could be forced off the air next month, perhaps forever.

There are only two public hearings left for advocates for the channel to persuade Pinellas County Commissioners not to cut the entire $331,930 budget.

Producers and their supporters are putting everything on having as many people attend a public hearing on the budget on Sept. 4.

Candi Jovan hosts a show on political issues, called Democracy For America. She said she and others are lookin...

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William Cope Moyers discusses his addictions listen

08/27/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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William Cope Moyers is the son of legendary journalist Bill Moyers. He’s also the author of an intense memoir about his life as a crack addict and his recovery entitled, Broken: My story of Addiction and redemption. It was just published in paperback.

WMNF spoke with William Moyers this morning from his office at the Hazelden Foundation, the alcohol and drug treatment center in Minnesota, where he works as the vice president for external affairs.

Moyers, who’s been clean and sobe...

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Sustainable living

08/27/07
Alan Watts

Today's guest are John Gamble and Libbie Ellis with Hotwire Inc. in Tarpon Springs.

The topic is solar homes: PV installation, how, why, rebates, etc.

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Conscientious objector interview, Part 2 listen

08/24/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Aidan Delgado was a student in Sarasota when his Army Reserve unit was activated and sent to Iraq in 2003. He has written a book about his experience in the war and how he decided to become a conscientious objector, or CO.

The book, called The Sutras of Abu Ghraib – Notes from a Conscientious Objector in Iraq and has just been released in bookstores.

Delgado will speak in Sarasota on Sept. 4 and in Tampa on Sept. 6.

In the first part of our interview with Aidan Delgado last week,...

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State Democrats oppose party's plan to punish Florida listen

08/24/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida’s presidential primary will be held Jan. 29, but the national Democratic Party will vote tomorrow on whether to punish the state for holding the primary so early.

Members of Florida's Democratic congressional delegation sent a letter to National Party Chair Howard Dean on Wednesday threatening a voting rights probe if the party were to strip the state of its presidential primary delegates.

Today, three of those signatories held a conference call to describe their position. U.S...

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Groups decry anti-gay comments by Ft. Lauderdale mayor

08/23/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle is engaged in what some are calling a fierce campaign of hate against Broward County’s gay and lesbian residents and tourists.

Anthony Niedwiecki is the Vice President of Fight Out Loud; one of the organizations that helped organize recent rallies against Mayor Naugle. Niedwiecki described a July 4th article in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel with remarks from the mayor that started the recent controversy.

In that article, Naugle said he used the ter...

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Tennis advocate urges Tampa to save HCC tennis courts

08/23/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The majority of budget cuts Tampa officials are considering involve the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Those cuts, mandated by the state Legislature this year, originally included 28 tennis courts at Hillsborough Community College. However, after discussions between the city and the college, it was agreed that the courts would remain open until April.

However, the city may not be able to afford to continue paying for staff, maintenance and equipment after April.

Twenty ye...

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