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Harvey Wasserman on Nuclear Power; and Michael Robbins Editor of the WHOLE GREEN CATALOG

12/22/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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In this program we'll hear two interviews about the environment. Harvey Wasserman is a long time proponent of safe energy and anti-nuclear activist. He is very concerned about plans to build four new nuclear power plants in Florida.

Harvey Wasserman’s latest book is SOLARTOPIA! OUR GREEN-POWERED EARTH which can be found at HarveyWasserman.com, along with *A GLIMPSE OF THE BIG LIGHT: LOSING PARENTS, FINDING SPIRIT, and HARVEY WASSERMAN’S HISTORY OF ...

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State Fire Marshall on holiday fire safety listen

12/22/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Whether you’re lighting up the Christmas tree or a menorah this holiday season, it’s important to remember safety when celebrating holiday traditions and celebrations. State Fire Marshal officials met in downtown Tampa today to talk about the ways people can prevent fire hazards from foiling family plans.

The weather outside is frightful for frigid Floridians, but keeping safe is just as important as keeping warm. This morning Florida’s Chief Financial Of...

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Alex Sink wants reform for the State Board of Administrators listen

12/22/09 Joshua Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Almost one million Floridians rely on the state’s $112 billion pension fund. It provides financial support to working and retired state employees such as fire fighters and school teachers. Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink is seeking to expand the board of trustees that is in charge of managing the fund.

According to Sink, the current board of trustees for the State Board of Administration (SBA), can not effectively manage the pension fund for the whole state with only thre...

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Physicians group opposes Senate reform bill listen

12/22/09 Mary Glenney
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today a national organization of 17,000 physicians who support a single-payer health care system called on the U.S. Senate to defeat health reform legislation. Physicians for a National Health Program called for Congress to instead pass an expanded and improved Medicare-for-All program.

WMNF’s Women’s Show host Mary Glenney spoke with Margaret Flowers, with Physicians for a National Health Program.

Today they called on the U.S. Senate to defeat the health care reform legislation up ...

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Digital billboards light up Tampa Bay listen

12/22/09 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Elected officials in the Tampa Bay area are struggling with safety and aesthetic issues as they consider proposals for digital billboards along main thoroughfares.

Digital billboards using the LED flat panel technology found in many homes are popping up all over the Tampa Bay area. Advertising companies like ClearChannel and CBS propose digital billboards with the ability to rotate scores of ads as often as every six seconds. Opponents ...

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Homeless persons' memorial service held in downtown Tampa listen

12/22/09 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last night, in honor of Homeless Persons' Memorial Day, a candlelight vigil and commemorative service was held at the Joe Chillura Courthouse Square in downtown Tampa.

Dozens of people gathered to remember the men and women who died in 2009. A large number of those in attendance were homeless. Lesa Weikel is with the Hillsborough County Homeless Coalition. She said an event like this is important to pay tribute to the homeless whose deaths might have otherwi...

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Homeless vigil in downtown Tampa listen

12/21/09 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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WMNF's Concetta DeLuco reports live from a homeless persons memorial going on in downtown Tampa.

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Obama encourages program for saving funds listen

12/21/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Today President Barack Obama said his administration has identified $17 billion in cost savings through scaling back or ending federal programs. He handed out the first SAVE Award to a Veterans Affairs Department employee from Colorado. SAVE stands for "Securing Americans Value and Efficiency."

Obama: *“We’ve already begun to implement a host of suggestions made through the SAVE contest. And while promoting electronic pay stubs or scheduling Social Security appointments online or...

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Hillsborough Democratic Chair Kemp to run for State seat listen

12/21/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Chair of the Democratic Party of Hillsborough County will be temporarily stepping down in order to run for State Legislature. Patricia Kemp announced today she will run for the seat held by Michael Scionti, who is stepping down to take a Department of Defense position in the Obama administration. According to the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections, three other candidates have filed to run for the special primary election on January 26th. WMNF spoke with Kemp this afternoon.

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Memorial honors deceased homeless in Pinellas listen

12/21/09 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The dirt road to Pinellas Hope is a dead end. In an industrial cul-de-sac in Pinellas Park, there are rows of tents and small houses. As the sun set on the makeshift community today, over a hundred people congregated to remember more than a dozen people who died as a result of homelessness in Pinellas County. Father Joe Diaz read the evening’s homily.

Among those being memorialized was Kimberlee Sue Good. Good was a resident at Pinellas Hope and was beaten to death by a Pasco drifter. A...

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Baywalk Gets Revitilization Help from City listen

12/18/09 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Baywalk owners may get more St Petersburg property in their struggle to revive the ailing retail complex.

A few months ago The City of St Petersburg gave struggling Baywalk owners control of a public sidewalk in hopes they could stop protesters from distracting paying patrons. But now the new owners want to expand their control to the Promenade that leads from the garage to Baywalk. The city may cut a deal with Baywalk’s former owner Fred Bullard to tear up his control agreement of the P...

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St. Pete delegation helps community projects in Sierra Leone listen

12/18/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A delegation of local activists recently returned from Sierra Leone in West Africa. They helped set up community projects there, and will talk about their trip on Sunday in St. Petersburg.

Aisha Fields is the director of the All-African People’s Development and Empowerment Project and Nyabinga Dzimbahwe is the director of Uhuru Radio and Uhuru News.

On Sunday at 4 pm they will talk more about their projects in Sierra Leone at the Uhuru House, 1245 18th Avenue...

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Hillsborough Legislative Delegation approves local bills listen

12/18/09 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today at USF members of the Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation considered whether they would support several local bills.

The Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation, comprised of 4 Senators and 12 House members, represents the county in the Florida Legislature. The delegation agreed on several local bills that they will support when the state legislature convenes for its regular session in March.

The Children’s Museum of Tampa requested a bill that would allow alcohol t...

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How will climate chage affect Bangladesh? listen

12/17/09 Kelly Benjamin & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Increased frequency and intensity of hurricanes, rising sea levels swallowing up low lying land, saltwater intrusion, intense rains and droughts: Florida faces some of the same effects of climate change as the south Asian country of Bangladesh.

WMNF’s reporter in Copenhagen, Kelly Benjamin spoke with Ferdosa Rohmahn with Network on Climate Change in Bangladesh.

Stay tuned for more reports throughout the climate change conference.

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City Council requires registration of foreclosed homes listen

12/17/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Home foreclosures are on the rise following the recent crash in the housing market. Today the Tampa City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that would define who has the responsibility to manage foreclosed properties.

Council Chair Thomas Scott proposed an ordinance that requires the owners of foreclosed homes to register the property with the City of Tampa. Scott said that the intent of the ordinance is require owners of foreclosed property to maintain foreclosed or abandoned proper...

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