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Obama's first year listen

11/04/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Barack Obama was elected as the 44th president of the United States one year ago today. Residents in the Tampa Bay area shared their thoughts on Obama’s performance over his first year.

Last November 4, Obama beat McCain by 52 percent to 46 percent with nearly two-thirds of the Electoral College. Even with a Democratic congressional majority, Obama’s performance has met with mixed reviews. Marcy Goss from Tarpon springs expressed dissatisfaction with Obama’s performance thus far.

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Kornell becomes first openly gay Council member in St Petersburg listen

11/04/09 Seán Kinane and Caroline Cziesla
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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St. Petersburg voters elected all four incumbent City Council members yesterday: Leslie Curran, Jim Kennedy, Jeff Danner, and Karl Nurse.

In the only race without an incumbent, Steve Kornell beat Angela Rouson by a margin of 59 to 41 percent. Kornell celebrated his victory at Shackleton’s Folly last night.

Kornell: "I am very exited and very happy. What I said in my speech was that, although some people framed this as a race about making history. I see this as about race for the fu...

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The 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

11/04/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Next Monday marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It marked the end of the long Cold War and the beginning of the end of tensions that had lasted for almost 40 years.

Our guest is Friedemann Bushbeck, who grew up in Dresden, East Germany. As a 27 year old he experienced the opening of the East German borders and the fall of that country's Soviet-allied government. Bushbeck now lives and works in the US, although he still has family in Germany.

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SWFWMD plans Get Outside event in Pasco County listen

11/04/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Southwest Florida Water Management District, commonly known as SWFWMD, has produced a new Recreation Guide to more than fifty properties it owns.

As part of the promotion of that guide, this Saturday SWFWMD is hosting a “Get Outside” gathering at one of those properties. It’s at Pasco County’s Starkey Wilderness Pres...

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St. Petersburg Election Day listen

11/03/09 Mark Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today voters in St. Petersburg will decide on 6 races, 5 for City Council and one for mayor. Current mayor Rick Baker is term-limited, and can’t run for reelection. The mayor’s race is between two ex-City Council members.

The mayoral race is expected to be very close, with Kathleen Ford and Bill Foster running a virtual tie in the polls. Ford is running as a change candidate, while Foster is positioned more as the candidate that would continue along the lines of outgoing mayor Baker. For...

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Charlotte Mayor McCrory talks rail system at transit forum listen

11/03/09 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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On Monday, Charlotte, NC Mayor Pat McCrory spoke at the 2009 Regional Transportation Forum in Brandon. He shared his city’s success with the improved transportation system he achieved during his tenure, and encouraged Tampa Bay leaders and residents to push for the same.

During McCrory’s 14 year tenure as Mayor, he championed a sales tax referendum that funded the city’s transit system. At the transit forum in Brandon, McCrory drew a positive reaction from the audience of over 300 people...

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Is the US spending too much on the military?

11/03/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll talk about federal spending, the budget deficit and how it's impacted by the Pentagon budget.

Our guest today says that soon the combined costs of the wars in Afghanistan will reach one trillion dollars and that in the last few years US military spending has risen sharply. How does that spending impact the national debt? Could the money be better spent?

Our guest is Jo Comerford, the Executive Director of the [National Priorities ...

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Anything but cars

11/02/09 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Today’s Sustainable Living Program was about alternatives to the car.

First, we talked to Rob Mears, a Light Electric Vehicles (LEV) dealer in the suburbs of San Francisco. He’s created a great website with everything you’d want to know about the topic of LEV’s: http://www.electric-bikes.com.

Next up we had Karen Kress, with the Tampa Downtown Partnership and a local bicycle advocate. Also, Alan Snel, the Director of South West Florida Bicycle United Dealers (SWFBUD) joined us to t...

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Will Kathleen Ford become next Mayor of St Pete? listen

11/02/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tomorrow, St. Petersburg voters will choose either Kathleen Ford or Bill Foster to be the next Mayor, replacing Rick Baker who is term-limited. According to the St. Petersburg Times, over 20,000 voters have already mailed in ballots in the city.

Today, WMNF spoke with both candidates for Mayor. Kathleen Ford says she has a range of emotions the day before election day.

Kathleen Ford: “Oh, we’re excited and nervous and anticipating what the results will be.”

WMNF: “And th...

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Bill Foster on the last day of campaigning listen

11/02/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This afternoon, WMNF spoke with St. Pete Mayoral candidate Bill Foster. We began by asking how he feels going into tomorrow’s election.

Bill Foster: “Ah, relief. We’re fighting to the end, but we’re glad that the finish line is in sight.”

WMNF: "Some of the polls I’ve seen recently have shown that it’s a close race, but that your opponent actually has a slight lead, just outside the margin of error. What do you think about that?"

Foster: “I’m only concerned with one p...

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HART board considers economic development around transit lines listen

11/02/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Wednesday, Hillsborough County Commissioners will begin considering if they should let voters decide to raise the sales tax to pay for transportation. Light rail lines linking downtown Tampa with USF and Westshore would be the first mass transit projects to be constructed if citizens approve a one-cent sales tax increase.

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), would also use some of the funds to enhance bus service in the county. This morning, th...

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Geothermal research in Florida receives federal funding listen

11/02/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last week the U.S. Department of Energy announced that up to $338 million in Recovery Act funds would be used for exploration and development of geothermal energy. Late Friday, WMNF spoke with Matt Rogers, the senior advisor to the Secretary of Energy for the Recovery Act.

Matt Rogers: “So geothermal is the heat that is under the ground all the time in the earth. People often think about geothermal energy as coming from geysers. And that’s sort of the traditional way of thinking abo...

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