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Tampa City Council discusses reclaimed water listen

09/04/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Earlier this year, Mayor Pam Iorio's administration indicated that the city was interested in making some of its reclaimed water available to a private company that would then sell it to other local governments and businesses.

But shortly after that news was made public, Iorio pulled back, saying she wants to keep most of that water in Tampa.

Today the issue resurfaced. Councilmember Mary Mulhern said she wanted to know what the city’s plans actually were with the valuable resource....

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Poll: Women unimpressed by Palin listen

09/03/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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New polls today show women voters leaning more toward Barack Obama and away from John McCain.

A Gallup poll of former supporters of Hillary Clinton now show that 81 percent of them plan to vote for Barack Obama in November. Before last week’s Democratic Convention, 70 percent said they would. And a new survey conducted on behalf of the women’s political action group, Emily’s List, shows that a majority of those polled say John McCain chose Gov. Sarah Palin out of political conside...

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'The End of Food' author interview: Part 1 listen

09/03/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The United Nations World Food Program said today that North Korea needs $503 million in food aid between now and November 2009 to avoid famine, an effort which could be hampered by China's unwillingness to grant food export licences.

North Korea, with a population of about 23 million, lost around 1 million people in a famine in the mid to late 1990s brought about by a mismanaged farm sector and floods. Even with a good harvest, North Korea falls about 1 million tons, or 20 percent, short o...

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Brother of slain teen says police harassed him listen

09/03/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In June, teenager Javon Dawson was shot twice in the back and killed by a St. Petersburg Police officer. Yesterday at school, his younger brother, Keon, was pulled out of class and his belongings were searched because the school received a tip that he had a gun.

Dawson’s family and supporters are calling it another example of the St. Pete Police harassing and intimidating people who witnessed his brother’s shooting.

At a press conference Wednesday morning at the Uhuru House in St....

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Florida Supreme Court rejects three amendments listen

09/03/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Florida Supreme Court today threw out three amendments that were on the November ballot, including the controversial Amendment 5, the tax swap amendment.

The justices also rejected Amendments 7 and 9, two measures involving school vouchers that were placed there by the Tax and Budget Reform Commission.

The Justices were unanimous on all three, saying they were improperly placed on the November ballot and were misleading to voters.

Democrat Steven Geller, the outgoing Senate Minor...

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Rev. Bruce Wright discusses political protests listen

09/03/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Protests are continuing in St. Paul today, at the site of the Republican National Convention.

Last night, local police estimated about 2,000 people took part in an anti-poverty march. It ended near the convention arena with police using tear gas and flash-bang grenades to disperse protesters, who a St. Paul Police spokesman said were trying to get past security fences.

Ten people were arrested.

On Monday, violence erupted following a largely peaceful anti-war march by some 10,000 p...

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Palin gets her chance to shine tonight listen

09/03/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tonight the Republican National Convention continues in St. Paul, and the focus of attention will be on Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin. She will give her speech accepting the Vice Presidential nomination at 10:30 p.m.

According to McCain chief strategist Steve Schmidt, Palin will talk about her reform and change message about energy and its links to national security, as well as communicating to the American people who she is.

The Washington Post reports that the original speech that was pr...

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Al-Arian released from prison listen

09/03/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Yesterday Dr. Sami Al-Arian was released from custody for the first time in more than five years. Even though his criminal sentence ended 16 months ago, Al-Arian had been held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody since a federal judge ordered him released on bail in July.

WMNF spoke with Al-Arian’s daughter, freelance journalist Laila Al-Arian Tuesday night.

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Don't Rig Florida Coalition holds rally listen

09/02/08 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The term “offshore drilling” was the ticket to free admission into the Clearwater Marine Aquarium Saturday evening. The tiny aquarium, known for its sizeable rehabilitative work with marine animals, invited visitors to attend a discussion about the upcoming vote in Congress on Sept. 12 that will determine whether drilling will be allowed within 50 miles of the Florida coastline.

Despite inclement weather, hundreds attended the public event sponsored by the Don’t Rig Florida Campaig...

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Former GOP senator campaigns for Obama listen

09/02/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Former Rhode Island Republican Sen. Lincoln Chaffee was in Sarasota this afternoon to campaign for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

Chafee, who is now an independent, is on a two-day tour of Florida to meet with Republicans and independents who support Obama. He told a room full of volunteer phone bankers and people who showed up to get tickets to vice presidential candidate Joe Biden’s Wednesday appearance that he is supporting Democratic candidate Barack Obama.

Chafee ...

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Florida republican defends Palin listen

09/02/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Republican National Convention is back to regular programming tonight after yesterday’s opening night was significantly scaled back in the wake of Hurricane Gustov.

Tonight, President Bush will speak to the delegates via a satellite hookup. Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson will give a speech entitled "The Courage and Service of John McCain." The evening's featured speaker is Sen. Joe Lieberman, whose speech is titled "The Original Maverick."

Rudy Giuliani is getting bumped from...

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Convention give Obama a bounce in polls listen

09/02/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Democratic National Convention has given Barack Obama a bounce in his race against John McCain.

A USA Today/Gallup poll conducted over the weekend shows Obama up by a margin of 50 percent to 43 percent over McCain. The survey also showed that McCain's advantage in handling terrorism was dramatically reduced, and his "unfavorable" rating ticked up to its highest level this year.

Asked if the candidate "shares your values," Obama holds a 13 percent advantage over McCain. That’s a...

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Unions celebrate Labor Day in Tampa listen

09/02/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Yesterday was Labor Day, and in Tampa, thousands celebrated the holiday honoring the American worker by attending a barbecue at the Florida Fairgrounds.

The event was put on by a coalition of local labor groups. It drew the attention of a vast array of local public officials as well as a few candidates vying for office this November.

In addition to the hot dogs, chicken and pork 'n beans, there were carnival rides, games and a car and motorcycle show that drew lots of families to the ev...

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