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Rice challenges Flowers in commission race listen

07/16/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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One of the most interesting local races taking place next month is the Democratic primary in Pinellas County’s District 3 County Commission race, between environmentalist Darden Rice and former St. Pete City Councilwoman Renee Flowers.

Over the weekend, WMNF spoke to both candidates about the race, beginning with Darden Rice. Rice, made an unsuccessful bid for St. Pete City Council back in 2005.

She’s running against Flowers, who in addition to her two terms on the St. Pete City C...

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PSC approves nuclear, solar power plants listen

07/15/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today, Florida’s utilities regulatory agency granted Progress Energy unanimous approval for two new nuclear power plants in Levy County. The Public Service Commission (PSC) also granted approval to Florida Power & Light to begin construction of three solar energy centers. If they’re built, the two nuclear plants would be located about 10 miles north of Crystal River.

Cherie Jacobs, spokesperson for Progress Energy Florida, said that the company has not yet made its final decision to b...

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Environmentalist responds to approval of nuclear plants

07/15/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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According to the Associated Press, St. Petersburg-based, Progress Energy, has won approval from a state regulatory agency to build two new nuclear power plants.

The Public Service Commission approved the request today for new reactors in Levy County along the Gulf Coast, about 10 miles north of Crystal River. They would be the first new nuclear generating plants built in Florida since 1983.

Progress Energy serves about 1.7 million customers in Florida, mostly in the Tampa Bay area, ...

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Does U.S. plan military domination of space?

07/15/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up: Is the United States planning to militarily dominate outer space?We’ll talk about that in a moment. Later we’ll talk about today’s decision by the Florida Public Service Commission to approve Progress Energy’s request to build two new nuclear power plants near Crystal River.

But first a song about our economy- phoned in by a listener.

In 1967, the U.S. agreed to be a signatory to the Outer Space Treaty, which...

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Max Linn: I can beat Bill Young this fall listen

07/15/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Seventy-seven-year-old Pinellas County Republican C.W. “Bill" Young is seekinng his 20th term in office this November.

Young has been an institution, even though rumors have surfaced for years that the white-haired representative would be stepping down. Not yet.

Young’s Democratic opponent won’t be known until the primary election on Aug. 26. In the running are Dunedin Mayor Bob Hackworth, anti-war activist Samm Simpson and former financial planner Max Linn.

Linn is a former ...

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Officials questioned on Raytheon toxic plume listen

07/14/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Groundwater contaminants exceeding target levels have been found in 13 irrigation wells in the Azalea neighborhood of St. Petersburg. But a growing plume of contamination from the Raytheon property poses “no health concerns” and a one-in-a-million excess cancer risk, according to University of Florida researchers.

This morning, dozens of concerned citizens questioned elected officials and government regulators at the Azalea Adult Community Center.

In a letter to the regional admini...

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Foreclosure workshop held in Tampa listen

07/14/08 Emily Reddy
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Foreclosures in Florida nearly doubled between June of last year and June of this year. One in every 211 Florida properties received a foreclosure filing last month. On Saturday, 600 Tampa Bay area residents flooded a foreclosure assistance workshop organized by U.S. Congresswoman Kathy Castor. The workshop brought together representatives from nine banks and 10 nonprofits to work directly with attendees on their mortgage issues.

Candi Lee schedules an appointment with Catholic Charities...

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Reaction to Fannie Mae-Freddie Mac bailout listen

07/14/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Members of Congress said today that a Treasury Department plan to bolster mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be added to a huge housing bill working its way through Congress.

The two company's stocks nosedived last week on concerns that they had insufficient funds to cover bad mortgage debts. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson announced a new plan yesterday, that would give federal officials the power to inject billions of dollars into the lenders through investments and loans, ...

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Bush lifts one drilling ban, targets another listen

07/14/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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President George Bush announced today that by executive order he was lifting a presidential moratorium on drilling for oil and natural gas on the Outer Continental Shelf, hoping to prod Congress to act to clear the way for exploration along the nation’s coastline in response to soaring energy prices.

However, the moratorium on offshore drilling imposed by Congress back in 1981 still exists. But Bush left no doubt that he wanted Congress to end its 27-year-old prohibition.

The questi...

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Castor to introduce legislation to expedite disability claims listen

07/14/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tampa area Congresswoman Kathy Castor announced today that she plans to introduce new legislation to expedite the Social Security Administration (SSA) disability claims process.

According to Castor’s office, over the past decade backlogged disability claims in the Social Security Administration’s processing system doubled to about 576,000 cases.

With the hiring of 175 additional judges, there are now approximately 1,100 magistrates scheduled to review disability claims; and the wai...

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Digital TV transition happens in 7 months listen

07/14/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Todd Sedmak is communications director for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which is located inside the Department of Commerce.

He came by WMNF’s studios today to discuss what people will need to do before February of next year to continue to watch their regular programs on television.

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Nelson defends new FISA law

07/14/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Many local and state politicians were in St. Petersburg Saturday night, at the Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee’s Jefferson Jackson dinner.

One of them was U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, who said that Barack Obama has told him he is determined to win Florida in November.

Before his speech, WMNF asked the senator a couple of questions – one was about energy and the louder calls for drilling off Florida’s coast, and about FISA – the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, whi...

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Sustainable Living: The conscious consumer

07/14/08 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Willow LaMonte, a local organic gardening avocate, is teaching classes on gardening. Willow gave a six-minute description of subjects covered and what's growing in her backyard. The special guest for the remainder of the program was Eric Haase, a local screenwritter, author, and creater of the Conscious Consumer Network. Eric talked about his near-death experience, which moved him to write the play Apocalypse Near, and the book with the same name.

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Scientists: Act now to save coral reefs listen

07/11/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) is a gathering of the world’s coral reef scientists and managers that happens only once every four years. This year, the conference was in the United States for the first time since 1977. Three-thousand researchers convened in Ft. Lauderdale on Monday for the meeting that wrapped up today.

ICRS participant Kent Carpenter warned that up to a third of the world’s coral species are in danger of extinction. Carpenter made that claim as lead au...

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Sarasota holds mock election listen

07/11/08 Virginia Hoffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent held a mock election was held this week. County Commissioners want to be sure their new $2.6-million optical scan voting system is working correctly. They asked Dent to test the new machines and software.

The County purchased this system to replace touch screen machines when a referendum calling for a “paper trail” passed in 2006. This is the same election where a controversial 18,000 undervotes occurred between two candidates vying f...

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