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LGBT Scholarship Fundraiser held at USF listen

12/09/08 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As the cost of college education continues to soar, lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgendered youth are particularly vulnerable. As a result, more organizations are establishing scholarship programs aimed specifically at helping LGBT students.

One of those groups is the University of South Florida Alumni Association’s LGBT Society. It held its first fundraising event at USF’s Marshall Center on Friday night (Dec. 5th).

Dr. Karen Berkman is director of the USF Center for Autism and R...

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Mayor proposes budget revisions to address parking debt listen

12/09/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Because of declining property tax revenues fueled by depreciating home values, the city of Tampa is projected to bring in $12 million less in property taxes in fiscal year 2010 than the current year. That same year the city’s contribution to its employees’ pension account must increase by $10 million due to declining pension balances caused by the weak stock market.

Today Mayor Pam Iorio proposed meeting those fiscal challenges by refinancing debt on parking structures, limiting emplo...

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How big should Obama's stimulus plan be? listen

12/09/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Over the weekend, President-elect Barack Obama discussed a major economic stimulus proposal he plans to unveil once he takes office.

Today members of the progressive left announced their own stimulus plan, which they say closely tracks what Obama says he’s planning.

Called “The Main Street Recovery Plan,” it has been endorsed by dozens of liberal economists and union officials. It was produced by the progressive group, the Campaign For America’s Future.

Dr. Jamie Galbreath is...

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What's the real civilian casualty count from the Vietnam War?

12/09/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity program. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today: new revelations about atrocities against civilians during the Vietnam War.

But first some listener comments about last Thursday’s program which featured an interview with social activist and self-described mystic Andrew Harvey. We also received some comments about the possibility that Jeb Bush will run for U.S. Senate.

The most infamous case of civilians being killed during the Vietnam War was the My Lai mas...

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Former WMNF Station Manager Vicki Santa passes away listen

12/09/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Vicki Santa, the Station Manager at WMNF for the past 8 years until earlier this year, passed away this morning at St. Joseph’s hospital in Tampa.

She had been in poor health for the last couple of years, and developments this year led her to leave the station in June. She had contracted pneumonia and was suffering from renal failure in recent weeks. She was 56 years old.

Santa originally began her career at the radio station in the 1980’s as a volunteer, and then was hired as ...

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ACLU to celebrate Universal Declaration of Human Rights listen

12/09/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This week, the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota have issued proclamations honoring human rights in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaratin of Human Rights.

On Wednesday, the ACLU of Florida and Studio@620 will commemorate the event with a Poetry Slam at The Globe Coffee House in downtown St. Petersburg at 7 p.m. That’s at 532 First Ave. N.

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Castor holds foreclosure workshop in Tampa

12/08/08 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, hosted a foreclosure assistance workshop at Hillsborough Community College in Ybor City on Saturday. Housing experts, loan counselors and banking representatives provided panel discussions and one-on-one counseling for Tampa Bay residents.

Hundreds of Tampa Bay residents lined up early outside of the HCC Performing Arts building to wait for the doors to open. With more than 4,000 foreclosure cases filed in Hillsborough County in September and October, Casto...

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18 interview for Florida Supreme Court vacancy listen

12/08/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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During his first two years in office, Gov. Charlie Crist has already appointed two members of the Florida Supreme Court. Within the next several months, he will appoint two more justices to the seven-member court.

The first position belongs to Justice Harry Lee Anstead, who is forced to retire due to the Court’s mandatory retirement age of 70.

All 18 candidates for the position were int...

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Progress Energy urged to withhold rate increase listen

12/08/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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State Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, today called on Progress Energy to suspend rate increases that will drive power bills up 25 percent starting in January.

Fasano, along with Republican Rep. Peter Nehr of Tarpon Springs, wrote asking the power company to withdraw plans to begin charging customers more to cover the cost of building a nuclear power plant.

The state Legislature passed a law two years go that allows state utilities to begin charging customers for nuclear power plan...

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Local nutritionist talks about food and health

12/08/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Today we heard an interview with Eve Prang Plews, a nutritionist who practices in Sarasota; she also hosts a radio program on WSLR-FM, the community station in Sarasota.

For more information, visit FullSpectrumHealth.com.

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Success of Medicaid reform questioned listen

12/08/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last week Jeb Bush shook up the political world with news he is thinking about running for the U.S. Senate seat Republican Mel Martinez will vacant in 2010.

If Bush runs, his record may get a closer vetting than when he left office two years ago with high approval ratings.

One policy that might be examined is Medicaid reform. In 2005, Bush signed legislation aimed at reforming Medicaid, the health insurance program for more than two million low-income families and individuals. Origin...

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Sarasota DEC elects new slate of officers

12/08/08 Virginia Hoffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Sarasota County DEC members gathered Friday night to elect new officers. This occurs every four years during the presidential election cycle. The current chair was re-elected but not without some controversy.

In the only contested race, current Vice Chair Jim Keeney defeated his challenger by two votes.

When current chair Rita Ferrandino presented her slate of officers for re-election to the DEC, only one challenger step forward to run for vice chair. Earlier in the week mailers went...

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Amendment 2 critics to protest Crist nuptials listen

12/08/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Florida Gov. Charlie Crist will no longer be a bachelor after Friday night.

Crist is marrying girlfriend Carole Rome at the First United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg. The reception will follow at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort.

According to the Palm Beach Post, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, and Mel Martinez, R-South Florida, are among those on the guest list.

Some uninvited guests also will be making their voices heard. Those would be protestors, unhappy about the governor’s s...

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California Nurses Association supports single payer health care

12/06/08 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Martha Kuhl, treasurer of the California Nurses Association, talked about the group's support for Universal Health Care with a single payer system.

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Eyes on SOA Watch

12/06/08 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Activist Terri Binder talked about her participation in the SOA Watch at Fort Benning, Georgia.

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