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Interview With Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio

04/22/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Pam Iorio was re-elected to her second term as Tampa mayor last year. Previously she served as Hillsborough supervisor of elections and was a Hillsborough County commissioner.

Iorio is a strong advocate of the environment, neighborhoods and mass transit. But her tenure has been marked by budget cuts, tension between her and the City Council and problems getting major projects such as the new art museum and the Riverwalk under way.

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Rally against CSX rail deal in Lakeland listen

04/21/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Lakeland business and labor leaders rallied today against plans for a deal between CSX and the state of Florida for a commuter rail line in the Orlando area.

About 170 people held signs and chanted in downtown Lakeland’s Munn Park, next to the rail line shared by CSX and Amtrak. Julie Townsend, executive director of the Downtown Lakeland Partnership, said that the cost to Florida’s taxpayers of the CSX deal had “gotten out of control.”

Townsend thanked Sen. Paula Dockery and Re...

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Senator brings attention to sexual assaults listen

04/21/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Florida Sen. Bill Nelson says he will soon offer legislation that will require greater cooperation by military contractors and the Justice Department regarding sexual assaults.

Since last year, Nelson has been pressuring federal agencies about unpunished sexual assaults in the war zones. He became inspired to do so after learning about a report of a Tampa woman being attacked while working in Iraq for a defense contractor.

Nelson said the military generally does a good job if one of th...

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Castor introduces legislation banning offshore drilling listen

04/21/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tampa area Democrat Kathy Castor announced new legislation today to prevent oil drilling off the coast of Florida.

The eastern Gulf of Mexico is currently under a moratorium that expires in 2022, originally part of a compromise bill that opened part of the Gulf to drilling in exchange for a moratorium to 125 miles off the Florida Coast (with the exception of a small part of the Panhandle). Castor opposed that compromise and now says she will now file a bill to make the ban permanent and p...

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Land protection programs

04/21/08
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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USF St. Petersburg has self-published a new book, The Rivers of The Green Swamp, and we talked to one of the writers and a professor involved with the project.

Our main guests were Andy Mcleod, director of External Affairs, TNC Florida Chapter, involved with the Florida Forever land acquisition program in Tallahassee; and William Lorenzen, with the Trust for Public Lands (www.tpl.org) office in St. Petersburg.

William talked about Hillsbrough County's Environmental Lands Acquisition ...

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National Record Store Day observed in Tampa listen

04/21/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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With more and more music available to listen and purchase directly through the Internet, one casualty in recent years has been the neighborhood record store.

According to the Almighty Institute of Music Research, some 3,100 record stores around the country have closed since 2003. So a consortium of independent stores and trade groups organized and declared last Saturday Record Store Day across the country.

In the Tampa Bay area, several such stores still exist such as Daddy Kool’s i...

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Tampa Museum of Art breaks ground listen

04/18/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Construction of the new Tampa Museum of Art building officially began today with a groundbreaking ceremony at Curtis Hixon Park.

Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio acknowledged the role of the City Council in making the new Art Museum possible. Iorio gave a verbal tour of the attractions that will be along the proposed Riverwalk, including the Tampa Bay History Center, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, the new Tampa Museum of Art, Children’s Museum and Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

Students from ...

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9th District Democrats will debate listen

04/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In Florida’s Ninth Congressional District, there are three Democrats slated to run for the opportunity to face GOP incumbent Gus Bilirakis in November.

On Tuesday, those Democrats will face off in a debate in Carrollwood. They include former Plant City Mayor John Dicks, Attorney Bill Mitchell, nurse practioner Michael Van Hoek and Anita DePalma, the former State Director for LULAC, the League of United Latin American Citizens.

The debate takes place Tuesday night at 6:30 in Carrollwoo...

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Commissioner: MPO director needed to go listen

04/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe has been creating waves in recent weeks. Earlier this month, he declared in the pages of the Tampa Tribune that the County’s Transportation agency executive director, Lucie Ayres, needed to go.

A week ago, Ayres took the hint, leaving her $130,000 job at the county’s Metropolitian Planning Organization. Yesterday, Sharpe came by the WMNF studios to talk about the future of mass transit in the region.

But first we asked about cynicism th...

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Reporter discusses Pennsylvania primary listen

04/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last night on the Evening News, we spoke with Philadelphia Daily News reporter Will Bunch about Wednesday night’s Democratic Presidential Debate. Bunch blasted the moderators for the questions they asked of the candidates.

We mentioned that Bunch asked Barack Obama about high Bush Officials being accused of breaking laws, would he aggressively prosecute them? Here’s part of the Q&A that occurred at an editorial meeting at the Daily News earlier this week with Will Bunch and Barack...

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St. Johns River on most threatened list listen

04/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A conservation group yesterday included the St. Johns River on its annual list of the most threatened rivers in the nation.

American Rivers said the state’s longest river could be robbed of much of its water in a misguided attempt to quench “the unending thirst of out of control development “ in Florida.

Andrew Fahlund is vice president for Conservation at American Rivers. He told WMNF why taking the water out of the St. John’s would be so calamitous.

Read the report at [Ame...

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Vic DiMaio speaks at Tampa Tiger Bay listen

04/18/08 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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After a failed lawsuit in August 2007 against the Democratic National Committee, Attorney Mike Steinberg and political consultant Victor DiMaio filed an appeal to get Florida delegates seated at the DNC convention in August. They spoke today at the Hillsborough Tiger Bay Club in Tampa.

Steinberg says he and DiMaio have filed an amended complaint as part of their appeal.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 states that no federally funded organization can discriminate based on race. What Steinb...

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American newspaper crisis - Part II listen

04/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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More news of the newspaper industry’s financial crisis came yesterday, when the New York Times Co. and Media General, the parent of the Tampa Tribune, each reported a loss in the first quarter this year amid decreasing declines in advertising revenue.

The Tribune Company’s new chief executive, Sam Zell, said his company expects to post double-digit declines in print-ad revenue for the quarter as well.

It’s this environment what led an analyst for Goldman Sachs to tell todayâ€...

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Wal-mart on Anclote River draws opposition

04/17/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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On Saturday, April 19, 2008, from 2 to 8 p.m. there will be a Music Benefit to help local groups that are fighting plans by Wal-Mart to build a new superstore on the banks of the Anclote River in Tarpon Springs. It will be held at The Zone, 121 E. Tarpon Ave. in Tarpon Springs. For information, call (727) 367-3592.

Music by: TC Carr, Pete Merrigan, Julie Black, Tom Scudiero, The Donny Simonds Band, Bleu Gravy, Chris Brudy, the Local Yokuls, Keith Hope, Barney and The Tall Boys, Jay...

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Interview with a progressive populist

04/17/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Jim Hightower was twice elected Texas Commissioner of Agriculture. Although he's long been out of elected office, he's still a keen observer of national politics.

Hightower is a populist in the tradition of Sen. Ralph Yarborough, columnist Molly Ivins and the writers who've contributed to the Texas Observer. He's a radio commentator, newsletter publisher, columnist and a very funny public speaker. Hightower's latest book is called Swim Against the Current. He is today's guest.

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