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Reporter: Iowa Democratic Caucus not democratic listen

01/03/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The polls show various different results coming out of tonight’s Caucus – but one former Iowa journalist says that those surveys are absolutely more of a guess than polling done for any other type of election in the U.S.

Herb Strentz is a former executive secretary of Iowa’s Freedom of Information Council. In an opinion piece he co-wrote in the New York Times last month, Strentz wrote that Iowa’s Democrats shun public disclosure of voter preferences at their caucuses – somethin...

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Hillsborough wants Tax Watch to review county spending listen

01/03/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Hillsborough County Commission today voted 6-1 to have Florida Tax Watch conduct a study to determine how to bring about cost-saving measures and practices to the county.

The measure was sponsored by Commissioner Brian Blair. Commissioner Jim Norman seconded the proposal, but said he hoped it would be different than a previously performed study from Florida Tax Watch done nearly a decade ago.

Blair said Tax Watch would provide the study for free, but Commissioner Rose Ferlita que...

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Anti-nuke activist to speak in Clearwater

01/03/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space will be speaking at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2470 Nursery Road in Clearwater.

Gagnon is an expert on the rise of the military industrial complex, the ongoing space weapons program and the urgent need to transition our "war economy" into a new paradigm of productivity and peace.

The event is free.

Bruce has been working on space issues for the past 20 years and...

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Neighbors fight plans for Big Bayou boat docks

01/02/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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The St. Petersburg Times recently reported: "Neighbors of Big Bayou are buttressing their environmental arguments with legal ones in fighting a developer's aim to build 60 new boat slips in the quiet backwater.

Attorney Dan Schuh, a resident of neighboring Driftwood, has filed a motion with the state's Division of Administrative Hearings contending developer Prospect-Marathon Coquina's application for the sl...

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Board of Governors opposes ban on research in Cuba listen

01/02/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In 2006, the Florida Legislature passed a law banning colleges and universities in the state from spending money to send professors to Cuba and other countries that are called state sponsors of terrorism. But the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida filed a lawsuit on behalf of university professors.

Last month the governing body of the state’s university system, the Board of Governors, filed a brief supporting the ACLU’s position. This afternoon, WMNF’s Seán Kinane spok...

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Sperm whale necropsy at Ft. DeSoto Beach listen

01/02/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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An aging sperm whale found floating in shallow waters off Pinellas County was euthanized yesterday. The body of the 15-ton whale was dragged ashore at Ft. DeSoto Park where biologists performed a necropsy.

This afternoon, WMNF spoke with one of the participants in the necropsy, Alex Costidis, who is a marine mammal biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and a student at the University of Florida.

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