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TECO to raise rates 30% by next year listen

07/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The increasing costs of fuel is about to hit Tampa area electricity customers in a major way.

Tampa Electric Co. (TECO) announced this afternoon that electric bills for its customers could jump more than 30 percent beginning next year. The utility said fuel costs alone could rise as much as 22 percent next year. And as previously announced, next month TECO will be seeking a 9 percent increase in its base electric rates.

But just last month, when TECO announced base rates would increa...

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10 judicial candidates speak at Tampa Tiger Bay Club listen

07/18/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The primary is just over a month away. In addition to voting for candidates of the same party running against each other on Aug. 26, all registered voters can weigh in on contested judicial seats.

Today, the Tiger Bay Club of Tampa held a forum for all 10 candidates in the five contested races for Hillsborough County Circuit Court Judge.

All five of these judicial races are countywide and nonpartisan. Three of the races are for open seats and two feature a judicial hopeful running agai...

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Crist hints at legal action to allow offshore drilling listen

07/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Gov. Charlie Crist says he would consider going to court to guarantee his right to permit offshore oil exploration around Florida’s coasts.

The governor made those comments in an interview published in today’s Financial Times, as he continues his 12-day state trip through Europe. Crist told the London-based newspaper that it would be "more productive" for Congress to overturn its ban on offshore drilling.

Crist stunned some of his supporters last month by saying he supports John M...

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Mystery candidates frustrate Green Party officials listen

07/18/08 Mitch E.Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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There are five candidates listed with the Green Party in Florida who have filed to run in legislative races this year, but state Greens have no idea who they are.

One candidate is listed as living in Riverview, though she is running for a Senate seat far outside of Hillsborough County.

Aniana Robas, 28, of Riverview is registered as a Green Party member in late May, and is running against Democrat State Sen. Dave Aronberg, whose wide District 27 seat occupies both coats of South Florida...

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McKenzie says he'll beat Rouson in primary listen

07/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In a special election last March, St. Petersburg based attorney and former NAACP leader Daryl Rouson defeated Ernest Williams and Charles McKenzie for state House District 55.

The special election was held after the incumbent, Frank Peterman, resigned to become lead the state’s Department of Juvenile Justice.

Rouson won the somewhat bruising contest – but he faces one of his opponents, the Reverend Charles McKenzie, once again in the Democratic Primary next month.

According to re...

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Former POW says Iraq is like Vietnam listen

07/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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As Barack Obama prepares for his trip overseas, which is now becoming a major event in campaign 2008, the GOP continues to criticize him about it.

Today, the Republican Party of Florida held a conference call with Col. Bud Day, a member of the Swift Boat Vets for Truth campaign that attacked John Kerry during the 2004 campaign for his Vietnam record.

Day resides in Pensacola, home to many military veterans. He was asked how John McCain’s consistently strong support for the Iraq war ha...

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EPC adopts wetlands hybrid solution listen

07/17/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thirteen months ago, Hillsborough County Commissioners voted to eliminate the wetlands division of the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC). But environmental activists fought to save the wetlands regulatory arm of the EPC against some developers and agricultural interests who wanted it gutted.

Today, in their role as the EPC board, the County Commissioners unanimously approved a hybrid plan that was suggested last August to save the wetlands division but streamline permitting in wha...

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Freedman: City shouldn't pay for long commutes listen

07/17/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa City Council today authorized spending an extra $800,000 for fuel for the Tampa Police Department. With record high gas prices, the request appears to be the part of doing business.

But the Council did not discuss the idea of having officers who live as far away as Manatee County, pay for their own gas once they leave Hillsborough County and park their police cars at home.

As reported earlier this week by the St. Petersburg Times, Tampa’s policy on this issue is much more ...

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How organized crime controlled Cuba

07/17/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Welcome to Radioactivity… I’m Rob Lorei…. Coming up, a look at Cuba before the revolution and how deeply the country was controlled by organized crime.

But first, some listener comments about yesterday’s program. Yesterday, there was a lot of discussion about the upcoming presidential election.

Our guest today is T.J. English; he has written a book describing how members of organized crime from the U.S. controlled Havana in the 1950s, fueling the revolution that ultimately over...

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Hillsborough commissioners say no to slight tax hike listen

07/17/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Some Hillsborough County Commissioners expressed alarm today that their current budget for the next fiscal year calls for a tax increase. So they vowed to their constituents that would not happen.

Eric Johnson, the management and budget director for the county, said the millage rate is going up slightly because the taxable property values have declined. That means the millage is going up enough to actually lead to a slight tax increase. He said that the Commission would need to cut more...

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Bill Mitchell climbing in the polls listen

07/17/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Increasingly, Democrats in Washington are expressing confidence that one congressional district seat that they can move from red to blue is Florida’s 9th District, where GOP freshman Gus Bilirakis of Palm Harbor is seeking re-election.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign committee has called the contest one of the top 20 emerging in the country, and have said that former Plant City Mayor John Dicks was among Democratic candidates nationally who "have generated excitement in their dis...

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ELAPP will be on November’s ballot listen

07/16/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners today approved placing a referendum on November’s ballot asking residents whether the county should continue to purchase environmentally sensitive lands.

If approved by more than 50 percent of voters on Nov. 4, Hillsborough’s Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP) will allow the county to spend up to $200 million to purchase and preserve sensitive lands.

Environmental activist Mariella Smith, a member of the ELAPP general c...

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Hillsborough OKs $6 million to lure company to USF listen

07/16/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Hillsborough County Commission voted unanimously today to spend $6 million to help lure a Massachusetts weapons and biotechnology company to open a research lab the University of South Florida. Draper Laboratories is also considering starting a manufacturing facility in Pinellas County.

Gene Gray, director of Hillsborough County’s Economic Development Department, told the Commission that the company, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, should receive $6 million from the county because...

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McCain surrogate: Drug use disqualifies Obama listen

07/16/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A campaign surrogate for John McCain told WMNF today that Barack Obama should be "disqualified" to run for president because of his admitted past drug use.

More on that in a moment.

But first, John McCain received a polite reception in front of the NAACP at the group's annual meeting in Cincinati today. Whether that will transfer to any votes coming from those in attendance is a different story.

The GOP nominee spoke to the nation's oldest civil rights organization, spotlighting h...

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Former congressman discusses Social Security listen

07/16/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last week Democrats and Labor union officials pounced on John McCain after he was quoted as saying the system for funding Social Security is "a disgrace" because it forces young workers to pay into a program that is unlikely to benefit them in its current form.”

He added, young people "are paying into a system that they won't receive benefits from on the present track that it's on. That's the point. I don't think it's fair. I think it's terrible."

Clay Shaw served as the Republican Co...

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