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Panel on solar energy and job creation meets in St. Pete

01/30/09 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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While many are focusing on the Super Bowl, many in St. Petersburg made their way through the rain to attend a panel on Florida's Renewable Energy and Green Jobs Future sponsored by Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy at St. Petersburg College.

On the table: Solar Power potential in the Sunshine state. Wayne Wallace is president of Solar Source, a company that has been developing solar technologies in Florida since 1984. He says, Florida is primed for solar as a renewable energy.

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Nanotechnology the topic of global technology roundtable listen

01/30/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This morning at St. Petersburg’s Mahaffey Theater, executives from five weapons and technology companies, some with connections to the Tampa Bay area, discussed the future of nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology involves engineering on a very small scale. Most nanotech products are on the order of about 100 nanometers.

But just because a technology is small doesn’t make it nanotech. The properties or functions of the system must change at those small scales.

James Burns, senior vice pre...

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Progress Florida pleased about Sansom resignation listen

01/30/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The liberal activist group Progress Florida is celebrating the news today that Ray Sansom is stepping down as House Speaker.

Last month, Progress Florida launched the website Sacksansom.com, after an online poll found 96 percent of the respondents wanted Sansom to go after reports surfaced about his activities in acquiring his job at his alma matter, now called Northwest Florida State College.

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Hillsborough activist hails Sansom's fall

01/30/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Although news about Ray Sansom’s actions became known last fall, it seemingly took ethics complaints by two Tampa bay area citizens for anything to be done about it.

Clearwater resident David Plyer filed a complaint to the Florida Commission on Ethics. That led to Leon County State Attorney Willie Meggs to convene a Grand Jury, which earlier this week ruled that there was sufficient evidence to investigate Sansom.

And earlier this month, Hillsborough County Democratic Party activist Sus...

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NFL Commissioner: Recession is hard on football fans listen

01/30/09 Mitch E. Perry
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today addressed how the troubling economy is affecting what is considered America’s most popular sport.

Although there has been talk about how the recession is affecting the atmosphere around the big game this year, it’s hard for most bay area citizens to detect.

Prices to some of the biggest publicized Super Bowl parties this weekend still cost hundreds of dollars, and tickets for the game don’t appear to be dropping below face value, which are $800 and...

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Bob Costas rips Barry Bonds, again listen

01/30/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The New York Times reported yesterday that federal prosecutors preparing for baseball star Barry Bonds’ perjury trail have evidence that links Bonds to the use of a variety of performance enhancing drugs.

The Times reports that the evidence could be significant in Bonds trial, scheduled to begin in March. That’s because there have been question about whether two substances -- the "cream" and the "clear" -- were technically classified as steroids by the federal government when Bonds we...

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Springsteen ready for Super Bowl performance listen

01/29/09 Mitch E.Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Rock superstar Bruce Springsteen gave his first formal press conference in 20 years this afternoon.

The New Jersey rocker is in Tampa, where he’ll be performing in front of a huge worldwide television audience this Sunday night at halftime of the Super Bowl.

Speaking to more than a thousand reporters at the Tampa Convention Center, the media center for the Super Bowl this week, Springsteen warned reporters that he wasn’t exactly a football fanatic.

Springsteen is on a particular high...

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Attorney comments on Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

01/29/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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While supporters of equal pay are hailing the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, there are those who think it doesn’t go far enough. There is another piece of legislation, called the Paycheck Fairness Act, pending in the Congress.

Jonathan Zaifert with the Tampa office of national employment law firm Fisher & Phillips discusses the legislation.

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Temple Terrace ballots finally counted listen

01/29/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Even though the results of the 2008 election have been known for nearly three months, hundreds of completed ballots were looked at for the first time today.

Former Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Buddy Johnson was defeated by more than 15,000 votes in the election, but the 431 ballots that his office did not include in the certified election results could have affected a close race for the Temple Terrace City Council. An unofficial examination of those ballots this morning di...

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What's the best kind of economic stimulus?

01/29/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Yesterday, in a 244-to-188 vote, the House approved an $819 billion economic recovery plan written by House Democrats and supported by President Barack Obama.

The entire Republican Caucus, along with 11 Democrats, voted against the plan.

Conservatives have said they are enthusiastic to work with the new President. House Minority Leader John Boehner said "We've made it clear that we will continue to work with the president to develop a plan that will work."

Boehner is a Republican ...

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Hillsborough Homeless Coalition doing more with less listen

01/29/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The head of the Coalition for the Homeless in Hillsborough County says his organization is trying to do more with less this year.

Rayme Nuckles told the Tampa City Council that when the Coalition does its annual count of the homeless next month, he expects to have a higher count than a year ago. And, he says the organization will be doing the count with fewer dollars.

Nuckles said he has great hopes for the economic stimulus package that passed the House of Representatives Wednesday nig...

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Claim: Double standard still exists for female sports reporters listen

01/29/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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NBC Sports will be broadcasting the Super Bowl this Sunday from Tampa.

Along with the familiar voices of Al Michaels, John Madden, and Bob Costas will be sideline reporter Andrea Kremer.

Earlier this week, WMNF spoke with Kremer, who worked at ESPN for 17 years before becoming part of NBC’s Sunday Night telecasts in 2006. We asked if she enjoys her job, which sometimes doesn’t get a whole lot of respect from viewers and critics.

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Fibromyalgia support group to meet in Pasco listen

01/29/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Fibromyalgia is often called an “invisible” illness because the people who have it typically do not look sick. But for them, something as simple as a hug or a handshake can be excruciatingly painful.

It’s the most common chronic widespread pain condition in the U.S., affecting more than six million Americans. It can have devastating effects on a sufferer’s life, impacting people’s ability to work and engage in everyday activities, as well as their relationships with family, friends and ...

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Reward offered for information on slain bald eagle listen

01/28/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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On Monday, the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary rescued a bald eagle in the Seminole area. By Tuesday, the Eagle had passed away.

Now the Clearwater Audubon Society is offering an award for more information on how it was killed.

Barbara Walker is a volunteer for Audubon of Florida Eagle Watch and serves on the Clearwater Audubon Committee Chair. Anyone with information or who wants to contribute to the reward fund should should call Walker at (727) 431-2856.

The eagle was found on 113th an...

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Latino advocates say GOP still doesn't get it listen

01/28/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Latino vote went overwhelmingly for Barack Obama in the 2008 election, a big difference than what happened between John Kerry and George W. Bush in 2004.

Tomorrow, a group of conservatives are expected to present a report in Washington that will show in detail that every single House Republican who lost last year was because they either supported amnesty, or the Democrat supported tough border security.

The event is called “Immigration and the Future of the Republican Party”, and w...

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