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Democrats mostly indifferent to re-vote by mail listen

03/11/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Top Florida Democrats are looking into hiring a private accounting firm and a direct mail house to send ballots to four million Democratic voters so they can choose between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama as their presidential nominee, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

The campaign is being pushed by Florida’s senior Democrat, Sen. Bill Nelson, a superdelegate who supports Hillary Clinton.

But another Clinton superdelegate from Florida, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Sch...

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Update on higher education budget cuts

03/10/08 Ryan Iacovacci
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Good Evening and welcome to the University Update, a new weekly segment providing a diverse perspective on the rather convoluted world of higher education here in the state of Florida and the Tampa Bay area.

Florida is currently dealing with a major budget deficit, and lawmakers plan to make drastic cuts soon. The 11 public universities have been requested to take a $350-million cut, calling into question the priority and quality of higher education.

Administrators at USF are taking...

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Activist discusses possible anti-gay amendment

03/10/08 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Rev. Barry Lynn, a reverend in the United Church of Christ and longtime advocate of the separation of church and state spoke Saturday in Tampa about the possible amendment banning gay marriage in the state of Florida. Lynn is also the executive director of Americans United, a non-sectarian, non-partisan group devoted to the separation of church and state. He says this is really a campaign to make some Floridians invisible.

Lynn is a television and radio regular, having many of his own pro...

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Castor says no to a Florida re-vote

03/10/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Yesterday, Hillsborough area Congresswoman Kathy Castor, a Barack Obama superdelegate, said she was against any type of re-vote in the state. Castor said the leader in pledged delegates in the race (currently Obama), will resolve the dispute over the delegates before the convention, avoiding a convention battle over the nomination. WMNF spoke with Rep. Castor from her office in Washington a short time ago.

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Sustainable Living: Grow more vegetables

03/10/08 Robert Lorei and Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Today's interview is with Steve Moore of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems at North Carolina State University. He discussed "bio-intensive" farming practices.

For more information, email cefs@ncsu.edu.

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Incidents prompt review of Orient Road Jail listen

03/10/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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During the last month, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has faced allegations of abuse of jail inmates by detention deputies. In response, Sheriff David Gee has formed an 11-member panel to investigate the Sheriff’s Office and conditions within the county’s jails. Today was the first meeting of the Independent Review Commission on Jails.

The most famous case of abuse is the first that came to light, in a video published on the internet in early February. Silent surveillance v...

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Women's studies program turns 35

03/07/08 Doris Norrito
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The University of Florida celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Department of Women’s Studies on Thursday evening at the USF Embassy Suites in Tampa.

Hosted by the University of South Florida Women’s Studies Advisory Board, the prospect of severe budget cuts was addressed in talks by faculty and students. In addition, the Women’s Studies program faces the potential of losing its status as an autonomous department.

Philosophy teacher and founding faculty member Dr. Marilyn Myer...

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Sex offenders allowed back into mobile park home

03/07/08
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last night WMNF aired a report on how residents in Palm River had complained to Hillsborough County Commissioners about sex predators living in their community.

Commissioners said they would do what they could to shut down the mobile home park run by Florida Justice Transitions, a Pinellas county based nonprofit that provides counseling and housing for sex offenders. Commissioners reacted after hearing comments from the public.

Hours after residents spoke out, the county gave the men 2...

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Farmworkers rally in Lake Opopka

03/07/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Former Farmworkers in Lake Apopka today discussed a new United Nations report that examines the U.S. government’s record on human rights and race in regards to health problems with the farm worker community.

Jeannie Economos is the pesticide projects coordinator at the Farmworkers Association in Florida. She said she had not yet seen the report scheduled to be released today by the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

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Al-Arian on hunger strike without water listen

03/07/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian has been on a hunger strike for five days. He began it after learning on Monday that the government is requiring him to testify before a grand jury in Virginia, a month before he was supposed to be released and deported. Al-Arian family and lawyers say this is just a way for the government to keep him in jail.

In 2005, a Tampa jury found Sami Al-Arian not guilty of eight of the terrorism charges against him. The jury was deadlocked...

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E.J. Dionne on religion in politics

03/07/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Washington Post syndicated columnist E. J. Dionne has just written a new book, Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith & Politics After the Religious Right. In it, he details why the era of the Religious Right – and the crude exploitation of faith for political advantage – is now over. But he writes that the end of the Christian right doesn’t signal the decline of evangelical Christianity, but is rather its disentanglement from a political machine that sold out to a narrow agenda such as opp...

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Gloria Steinem speaks at Eckerd College listen

03/06/08 Dawn Morgan & Emily Reddy
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last night at Eckerd College, three generations of feminists came together for a panel discussion on the women’s movement.

Gloria Steinem led a conversation with Dorothy Pitman Hughes, Jennifer Baumgardner, Amy Richards and an audience of 1,200 students and community members.

Steinem caused a stir over the weekend with a comment that being a prisoner of war didn’t qualify John McCain to be president.

In a press conference before the event, Steinem said many reporters misinterpr...

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Cameras in Hillsborough will see red listen

03/06/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners today approved an ordinance to mount cameras at 10 major intersections in the county to catch red light violators.

Commissioner Mark Sharpe said he would prefer the county not do anything that would attempt to enhance the revenue potential with the cameras, such as adjusting the length of yellow light.

The length of yellow lights is crucial in the discussion because of the concern among many people, including Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, that cameras at int...

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State Democrats plans for a "mail only" primary listen

03/06/08 Mitch E.Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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One possibility for getting around the fact that a new primary in Florida could cost as much as $25-million is to hold a vote-by-mail primary.

The Florida Democratic Party has said it has a "very detailed proposal" on how to do that, although when asked today party spokesman Alejandro Miyar admitted he wasn’t that familiar with the details.

Meanwhile, the Miami Herald reported today that if Florida were to hold another vote between May 1 and June 10, national party rules award 30 pe...

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Mosaic Phosphate responds to mine protesters

03/06/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Today we welcome David Townsend and Dee Allen of Mosaic Phosphate; they are here to respond to several neighbors who are opposed to expansion of Mosaic’s mining operation near the four corners area where Hillsborough, Polk, Hardee and Manatee counties meet. We heard from those neighbors last Thursday on this program.

The Hillsborough County Commission will discuss the expansion next Tuesday.

For more information, visit www.fipr.org.

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