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Discussing the latest U.S.-Iran confrontation

01/08/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Here to discuss it is Trita Parsi, author of the new book Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States. Parsi is also head of the National Iranian American Council.

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Learn more about Pinellas assignment plan listen

01/08/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This fall, Pinellas County Schools plans to implement its new Student Assignment Plan with the goal of assigning students to close to home schools. This morning, the Pinellas County School Board met for the first time since the winter break.

There are alternatives to attending close to home schools: parents can chose to send their children to special schools, such as magnet, fundamental or career academy programs. The signup period for those special programs is Feb. 11-22.

Pinellas Sch...

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Rays back down on state funding for park

01/08/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Officials with the Tampa Bay Rays announced yesterday that they will not attempt to seek $60-million in state subsidies to help pay for their proposed waterfront ballpark in St. Petersburg.

That announcement from senior vice president Michael Kalt came two days after the St. Petersburg Times reported that a majority of legislators representing Pinellas County had expressed no interest in helping the Rays get the financing. Public subsidies for sports franchises has always been controvers...

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Sen. Justice: Change campaign finance law listen

01/08/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Individuals in Florida can give a maximum of $500 to a candidate of their choice in an election.

However, there are absolutely no limits as to how much a citizen can give to third-party groups, groups that can that raise thousands, even millions of dollars within days and often used in campaigns for hit pieces.

Currently those groups – called electioneering communication organizations- have to report the money to state and list how it was spent – but often don't until after an elect...

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Legislation targets teen drivers with cellphones

01/07/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A recent survey by Nationwide Mutual Insurance said that 73 percent of drives say they speak on a cell phone while they drive; 19 percent of those drivers said they also send text messages behind a wheel.

Meanwhile, a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report says that 80 percent of crashes are caused by inattentive drivers, with cell phones listed as the most common distraction.

Several states have some form of legislation regulating cell phone use in cars, but Flori...

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ACLU responds to FBI biometric database listen

01/07/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last month the Washington Post reported on an FBI program to build a $1-billion database containing the biometric information of Americans. The FBI will also keep fingerprints of workers on file so that employers can be notified if employees are arrested.

But civil liberties advocates oppose such a biometric database. Last week, WMNF’s Seán Kinane spoke with Barry Steinhardt, director of the Technology and Liberty Program with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) about the FBI’...

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Tampa gets federal grant for job training

01/07/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This afternoon in East Tampa, Congresswoman Kathy Castor, Mayor Pam Iorio and other officials announced a new program aimed at increasing skills and opportunities for low-income families.

The program comes in the way of a $500,000 federal grant that will go toward providing new jobs through a public private partnership between the Corporative to Develop Communities (CDC) of Tampa, Abe Brown Ministries and Able Body Training U.

Speaking at the CDC headquarters in East Tampa, Castor rec...

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Ruthie Foster comes to Tampa

01/05/08 Mary Glenney/Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View
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Blues musician in concert for WMNF. Talked about the many issues faced by African Americans and women.

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Iowa Caucus party at Beach Theater

01/04/08 Reif Russell Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The historic Beach Theater in St. Pete Beach was the gathering place last night for an excited crowd of more than 200 adults who came to watch the giant screen live broadcast of Iowa’s presidential caucus results. WMNF’s Reif Russell Anderson was there to capture reactions after Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee were projected the winners.

A talkative and happy crowd of mainly progressive Democratic voters sat and stood in bunches around the inside of the old movie theater, the latest CNN...

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Bestiality law introduced in Florida Legislature listen

01/04/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A gruesome event last January in the Panhandle may give momentum to a bill making its way though the Florida Legislature this spring. Near the town of Crestview, a family’s pregnant pet goat was sexually assaulted and murdered. Since then, a bill prohibiting bestiality has been introduced to the Florida Senate and House of Representatives.

Dee Thompson-Poirrier is director of Animal Services for Okaloosa County, at PAWS, the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society. Thompson-Poirrier said she s...

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Palm Harbor activists win step toward incorporation vote listen

01/04/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday the Pinellas County legislative delegation unanimously approved getting a referendum bill on the agenda at the spring Legislative session that would ultimately allow the city of Palm Harbor to incorporate.

The proposal would give the residents of not only Palm Harbor, but also Crystal Beach, Ozona and East Lake the chance to vote on whether or not to become a city.

Jim Kleyman with the Greater Palm Harbor Community Coalition says he’s hoping for a win-win situation in which ...

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Local Obama organizers feel jolt from Iowa listen

01/04/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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One of the big stories in Barack Obama’s smashing victory in Iowa last night was the number of new people who ended up participating in the Caucus – approximately 72 percent of his support came from those who had never previously caucused. Many of those new voters were young people.

Patrick Cannon is a co-chair of the Tampa Bay O-Train, a local activist group that has been knocking on doors in the area for Obama since last spring. He worked on Howard Dean’s campaign four years ago, ...

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Cable deal wins BOCC approval listen

01/03/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This morning, the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners voted 6-1 to approve an agreement with Bright House Networks, the county’s main cable television provider. Under the deal, the county would get $150,000 in free advertising plus $5,000 to “re-brand” the county’s television station because Bright House moved it from channel 22 to 622 on Dec. 11th.

With the move, many Bright House customers were forced to rent a digital converter box for $1 per month to continue viewing the...

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Democratic leader explains why he quit the Party listen

01/03/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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As was reported earlier this week by WMNF, the top leaders of the Hillsborough County Democratic Party have resigned, after what has been described as incorrect handling of party money by the treasurer.

Michael Suarez and Deborah Cope were elected together just over a year ago to take over the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee. Indications had been that the party, riven by dissent under the leadership of previous chair Janee Murphy, was getting its act together. But in det...

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Out-of-state students vote in Iowa Caucus listen

01/03/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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One of the big questions that could affect tonight’s Democratic Caucus is how many students from out of the state of Iowa will participate.

Iowa election law allows out-of-state students who attend schools in Iowa to vote tonight, as long as they are not registered elsewhere.

This could affect Barack Obama, whose theme of "change" has drawn many college students and other young people to his candidacy. Obama's camp has been openly encouraging out-of-state students in Iowa to come back...

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