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Tampa Tribune and WFLA staffers offered buyouts listen

04/14/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Florida Communications Group said today it is offering voluntary separations, including severance packages, to about half its 1,326 employees, including those with the Tampa Tribune and WFLA, News Channel 8.

John Schueler is president of Florida Communications Group, which oversees the operation of the TBO.com, the Tribune, News Channel 8 and other daily and weekly publications such as the Spanish language Centro.

Late this afternoon, WMNF spoke with John Schueler about what t...

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Green Expo yields climate commitment listen

04/14/08 Jessica Glenza
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Saturday, the University of South Florida held it’s first ever Green Expo, during which University President Judy Genshaft signed the American College’s and Universities Climate Commitment.

The American Colleges and University Climate commitment pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by mid century, and include sustainability education in the curriculum for all students. More than 515 Universities and Colleges have already signed the Climate Commitment, including Ste...

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Critics try to stop "Academic Freedom" bill listen

04/14/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A group formed to stop creationism from being taught in public school science classes spoke out in Tallahassee today.

The Florida Citizens for Science criticized the Evolution Academic Freedom Act bills pending in both houses in the state legislature.

The bill is being sponsored in the Senate by Eastern Hillsborough Republican Ronda Storms, and in the House by Lake County Republican D. Alan Hays.

In a bid to reduce criticism that the bill paves the way for creationism to be taught...

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Hillsborough transportation agency head quits listen

04/12/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

A week after a Hillsborough County Commissioner said she needed to go, the director of Hillsborough's transportation agency has stepped down.

Lucie Ayre has been the executive director of the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the past 13 years. She will now transfer to the position of programs administrator.

Ayre's world was rocked 10 days ago, when Commissioner Mark Sharpe told the Tampa Tribune that he thought Ayre needed to move on. That didn't go over well with his colleague...

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Tret Fure, Singer/Songwriter

04/12/08 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Tret Fure, Singer/Songwriter. We had a legend last week – Joan Baez; another legend this week -- Tret Fure. singer, songwriter, engineer, producer. Tret can do it all and has been doing it all for more than 30 years. Her music and her life continue to be an inspiration. Concert, Wed., April 16, 8 p.m., UU Dome, Tampa.

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Planned Parenthood on ultrasound bill

04/12/08 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Adrienne Lazeroff Kimmell, Executive Director, Florida Association of Planned Parenthood Affiliates. Update on the proposed legislation requiring that women seeking an abortion must have an ultrasound.

www.floridaplannedparenthood.org.

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"Ashes" - Sarasota Film Festival

04/12/08 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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“Ashes” at Sarasota Film Festival, Magda Segal, Director. Very engaging and funny film in which the final resting site of some loved one’s ashes might surprise you. Screening as part of the Shorts 3: “Place to Place,” Sunday, April 13, 6:45 pm. Hollywood 20, Sarasota. Mary spoke with Magda at her "retreat property" in Scotland. www.sarasotafilmfestival.com.

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'Sweetheart Deal' author

04/12/08 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Sweetheart Deal, a sweetheart of a mystery by Claire Matturro. Lilly Belle Cleary, lawyer extraordinaire -- can a Florida lawyer go up to Bugfest, Georgia and save her agoraphobic mother from accusations of murder? Mom might be a little strange, but a murderer? Tune in to learn more… Sweetheart Deal is winner of the Toby Bromberg Award for Most Humorous Mystery. Sarasota County libraries popular program "One Book, One Community" will feature former Sarasota attorney Claire Hamner Mattur...

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DiMaio re-files political lawsuit listen

04/10/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A federal lawsuit asking that Florida’s delegates to the Democratic National Convention be seated was amended and re-filed yesterday.

Previously a Tampa judge had said that Tampa Democrat Victor DiMaio did not show that he had standing to file the lawsuit against the national party, the DNC. But in a press conference today, DiMaio’s attorney, Michael Steinberg said the new lawsuit proves DiMaio’s standing.

Steinberg said the lawsuit also adds a count claiming that the DNC violated the...

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Susan Jacoby interview - Part III

04/10/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tonight, we bring to you our last part of our interview with Susan Jacoby, author of The Age of American Unreason.

In the book, Jacoby writes that Americans have grown increasingly passive and uninformed amid a video-driven culture that prizes "infotainment," celebrates ignorance and devalues critical thinking. The net result, she says, is a "crisis of memory and knowledge" that poses a serious threat to the two pillars of American intellectual life, reading and conversation, and carrie...

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St. Pete neighborhood group against proposed ballpark listen

04/10/08 Mitch E.Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tonight the St. Petersburg City Council is holding another Public Hearing on the proposed waterfront ballpark for the Tampa Bay Rays. And they will be receiving some unpleasant news.

That’s because C.O.N.A, the Council of Neighborhood Associations, last night issued a report recommending AGAINST a November referendum on approving the site of the current Al Lang field for re-development.

Barbara Heck is the President of C.O.N.A. She said that after the Rays announced their plans for ...

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USF proposes cuts in three departments

04/10/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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A task force of USF faculty, students and staff released a report last month that calls for major cuts in Women’s tudies, Africana studies and Latin American studies.

The committee said that the undergraduate major could be cut in Africana studies and Women’s studies, and that the graduate degree could be eliminated in the Women's studies department. These changes would result in some faculty budget lines being removed.

Joining us now to talk about this issue are:

Kim Vaz, Associa...

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House votes to expand Medicaid reform listen

04/10/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In Tallahassee, the House passed a controversial bill that will expand Medicaid reform in 2010 to nine additional counties, including Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk.

The Medicaid reform pilot was launched in Broward and Duval counties in 2006 and later expanded to Baker, Clay and Nassau, the more rural areas just outside metropolitan Jacksonville.

The initiative aims to make Medicaid more closely resemble private health insurance, where costs are predictable because the benefits can b...

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Tampal endorses Legislative funding proposal for TBARTA listen

04/10/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa City Council today passed a motion supporting a compromise bill in the Florida Legislature that would divert funding from the state’s transportation department into three regional transit authorities in the state, including TBARTA, the agency for the Tampa Bay Area.

Darrell Smith, Mayor Pam Iorio’s chief of staff, spoke about a bill in the Florida House sponsored by Bradenton Republican Bill Galvano. Smith said the rental tax surcharge would apply to each of the counties within ...

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Conservative case for environmentalism

04/09/08 Robert Lorei
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Coming up today we’ll hear about a new book by conservative icon Newt Gingrich about his support for a variety of environmental initiatives.

Later we’ll open up the phone lines.

First up, a listener comment about yesterday’s interview with Bernard Lafayette a civil rights pioneer who worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Newt Gingrich, the conservative former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, has co-written a book called A Contract with the Earth. It aims to convince f...

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