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Castor sponsors breast cancer bill listen

05/12/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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U.S. Representative Kathy Castor filed new legislation today called the Eliminating Disparities in Breast Cancer Treatment Act of 2008. This morning at Kate Jackson Park in South Tampa, Castor said the bill will help to eliminate inequities based on race, education, income and health insurance status.

Castor, a Democrat from Tampa, said that because of its diversity, the Tampa Bay region should be especially concerned about breast cancer. She said her bill contains provisions that will enc...

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Paul Hawken Interview - Blessed Unrest Part 1 listen

05/12/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Paul Hawken is an activist and the author of Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Social Movement in History Is Restoring Grace, Justice and Beauty to the World. The book was released in paperback in March.

Today WMNF spoke with Hawken and began by asking why he wrote the book. We will air the second half of this interview on tomorrow’s Evening News, beginning at 6 p.m.

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Castor won't vote for Iraq War funding listen

05/12/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Congress may vote this week on supplemental spending for the wars -in Iraq and Afghanistan.

WMNF spoke today with Tampa area Democratic Rep. Kathy Castor about the three different parts of the supplemental spending bill. Castor said that she would not vote for funding to continue the war on Iraq.

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WMNF to air Afganada radio drama listen

05/09/08 Mary Glenney and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Afganada is a radio drama airing on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. It’s about Canadian soldiers serving in Afghanistan. WMNF will air all 22 episodes of the first season of Afganada beginning Monday night at 10:30 on the Soundstage program. WMNF may be the only radio station in the United States that is broadcasting Afganada.

WMNF Women’s Show, co-host Mary Glenney Spoke with the show’s producer, Beverly Cooper, this morning and asked how the radio drama began.

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Hispanic Republicans outnumbered in Florida listen

05/09/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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For the first time on record, Hispanic Democrats in Florida now outnumber Hispanic Republicans, according to the Miami Herald.

Today, WMNF spoke about this landmark with the Communications Director for the Florida Democratic Party, Mark Bubriski.

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Michigan rules on same-sex partner benefits listen

05/08/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In addition to voting for president in November, Floridians will decide whether a ban on same-sex marriage should be enshrined in the state’s constitution. Supporters of Amendment 2 say it only forbids same-sex marriage and does not affect health insurance or other benefits afforded to domestic partnerships. But the Michigan Supreme Court decided yesterday that their amendment prohibits governments from offering benefits to same-sex couples.

Florida Red and Blue, is a group that opposes Am...

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Controversial pastors and their candidates

05/08/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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The controversy over Rev. Jeremiah Wright's controversial soundbites has raged for months. Today WMNF played soundbites from two conservative Christian ministers, both of whom back Sen. John McCain for president.

Are their comments also worthy of national debate? Read and watch the comments and then comment.

Rod Parsley

[John Hagee](http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/04/opinion/04rich.h...

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Services for the disabled cut again listen

05/08/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Services for people with developmental disabilities were among the many social programs that took a blow during the just concluded Florida legislation session.

Approximately $50 million in funding was cut in the new budget.

Debra Dowds, executive director for the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, said these cuts come after similar ones last year, where a new system in distributing care was created.

The new tier system now creates a financial cap, broken down into four c...

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Drew Weston on Democratic race for president, Part I

05/08/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Drew Weston is the author of The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation, just published in paperback

In the first of a two-part interview, WMNF spoke with the Emory University professor of psychology and psychiatry about his thoughts on the Democratic race for president.

Please tune into tomorrow to hear the second part of this interview.

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Sparks fly over new power lines listen

05/07/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Among the items the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners considered today, was concern by Commissioners about the routing of new electric lines by Progress Energy.

Commissioner Jim Norman is worried that the electric lines could be routed through Hillsborough neighborhoods, even though much of the energy would be provided to Pasco County.

But Commissioner Rose Ferlita said that since the electric line route was not known, it is too early to get upset about what it could be.

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County to share emergency services at stadium

05/07/08 Mitch E.Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Hillsborough County Commission today changed an ordinance that will now allow Hillsborough firefighters to provide emergency medical services at Raymond James Stadium.

Since the stadium opened a decade ago, only Tampa EMS workers have provided emergency services. But the Hillsborough Firefighters union has been chomping at the bit to get a piece of the action, and county attorneys said it was within their charter to change the ordinance to allow the county to share the work.

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Co-op nurtures Tampa bike community listen

05/07/08
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The second meeting of the Tampa Bike Co-op was held Monday at Transitions Art gallery on Columbus Avenue E. Green gearheads with a passion for cycling came together to share skills, tools and parts.

Dave Shapango is a bike courier in downtown Tampa. He dreamt of a cooperative that brought together experienced cyclists with those who wanted more experience.

Lilly Richardson is a co-founder of the co-op. She first started hanging out at Transitions Gallery with her band four years ago. ...

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Ex-substitute teacher accused of wizardry

05/07/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A former substitute teacher in Land O' Lakes claims he was fired by the school district because he was "accused of wizardry."

Jim Piculas had been teaching as a substitute for the past year. He was working at Charles Rushe Middle School in late January when he performed a magic trick in class. That trick cost Piculas his job and maybe his livelihood, he says.

Piculas told WMNF today about the trick that led to his being fired by the Pasco County School District.

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Brian Moore, Socialist for president

05/07/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Spring Hill resident Brian Moore is running for president under the Socialist Party USA ticket. He's a former health care consultant and has run for U.S. Congress twice and the U.S. Senate in 2006.

This is his first run as a socialist. In this interview with WMNF, he discussed socialism, capitalism, health care reform, the invasion of Iraq, tensions between the U.S. and Iran, the impact of military spending on the economy, the other presidential candidates and how he would transform socie...

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Pinellas schools look at budget cuts listen

05/06/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Due to budget cuts, Pinellas County schools must find a way to trim $43 million. Making this more difficult is the fact that providing medical insurance benefits to employees will increase by $11.5 million next year. Because employee salaries and benefits make up one of the largest budget items, the controversial idea of decreasing teacher salaries was considered in a workshop this morning.

Outgoing Superintendent of Pinellas County Schools Clayton Wilcox said the school district is no lo...

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