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Senator Bill Nelson's prescription amendment stalled listen

12/10/09 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today, Senator Bill Nelson’s office said the Democratic and Republican leaders on both sides of the aisle are unlikely to let his amendment to the health care reform bill come up for a vote.

Florida’s Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson has co-authored with North Dakota Democratic Senator Byron Dorgan an amendment to the health reform bill that would make it legal for Americans to buy low-cost prescription drugs from countries like Canada.

A few years ago, Senator Nelson’s offic...

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County passes 25 year transportation plan for 2035. listen

12/10/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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After several years of planning, the Hillborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization passed a $12 billion long-range transportation plan yesterday. The 25-year plan includes highway, transit, and pedestrian improvements county-wide, and passed unanimously. Some South Hillsborough residents are concerned that they didn’t get equal attention for their transportation needs.

With concerns about curbing greenhouse gas emissions and pedestrian deaths in Tamp...

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Despite Afghanistan and Iraq wars Obama accepts Nobel Peace Prize listen

12/10/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today in Oslo, Norway, President Barack Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize.

He became the first sitting U.S. president in 90 years to do so, and only the third ever

In a speech accepting the award, Obama stressed the importance of working toward peace. But at the same time he attempted to justify the escalation of war he recently ordered in Afghanistan.

*So yes, the instruments of war do have a role to play in preserving the peace. And yet this truth must coexist with another -- ...

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In Copenhagen Indian waste picker objects to producing energy from burning waste listen

12/10/09 Kelly Benjamin and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today in Copenhagen, WMNF’s Kelly Benjamin spoke with Baby Popit Moheetay, a waste picker in India. Through a translator, she spoke about the climate summit and her objection to burning waste to produce energy.

Please stay tuned to the Evening News throughout the Climate Change summit for more of his reports from Copenhagen.

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How to deal with the recession

12/10/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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The U.S. is in the midst of what some are calling "The Great Recession". Unemployment is at a thirty year high. Benefits are being cut and the end is not in sight. Today on Radioactivity we'll talk about the recession with three people who have insight into what American workers are experiencing. Our first guest is a worker at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa. He wishes to remain anonymous because he fears he'll be fired for speaking out. This worker has a pre-existing medical condition...

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Alan Grayson says it is time for a Democrat with guts listen

12/10/09 Virginia Hoffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Orlando-area member of Congress Alan Grayson appeared in Sarasota on Sunday for a Democratic Party fundraiser. Grayson's outspoken comments have turned him into a celebrity and the recipient of Republican distain. A dozen people demonstrated against him at the event. He spoke with WMNF’s Virginia Hoffman about his newfound attention.

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Music in Indian Rocks Beach Won't Be Unplugged listen

12/09/09 Caroline Cziesla
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The best way to get residents to attend your next city government meeting might be to put an ordinance on the agenda that will ban amplified music at all commercial establishments. It worked last night for the city of Indian Rocks Beach.

Over 200 people showed up to take a stand on a proposed ordinance that would prohibit outdoor amplified music for commercial purposes. Those opposed to the ban waved their “Save the Music” signs and expressed their emotions loudly. Mayor R.B. John...

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Nigerian activist in Copenhagen is sceptical of climate progress listen

12/09/09 Kelly Benjamin and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Former Tampa City Council candidate Kelly Benjamin is in Copenhagen attending the official Climate Conference and side meetings. He will also be sending us reports throughout the conference. Today, Benjamin spoke with Olawale Salami, from Nigeria, who can’t believe there are Americans who are skeptical of climate change.

Stay tuned to the WMNF Evening News throughout the climate conference for more of his reports from Copenhagen.

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U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson on health care reform listen

12/09/09 Virginia Hoffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Member of Congress Alan Grayson appeared in Sarasota on Sunday for a Democratic Party fundraiser.

He told WMNF that when health care bill emerges from the Senate, it will be a plan Americans can look forward to.

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Rail deal passes in legislature

12/09/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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A bill that would clear the way for commuter and high-speed rail systems is heading to Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's desk.

Final passage came yesterday in the Florida Senate on a bipartisan 27-10 vote to close out a 6-day special legislative session. It easily passed in the House on Monday.

Crist is a strong supporter of the bill (HB 1B) and is expected to sign it into law.

The measure includes liability protection for the giant CSX corporation, which backers said was needed to...

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Hillsborough EPC considers summer fertilizer ban listen

12/09/09 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission heard from more than thirty speakers this afternoon on a proposed county-wide ban on nitrogen fertilizers.

Twenty-three residents spoke for the ban, while ten spoke against it. Supporters of the ban say that runoff from nitrogen fertilizers is causing deadly algal blooms that hurt numerous Tampa Bay area industries. Opponents, like Stephanie Shateela, a pest control company employee says that education is key, and that a total ban...

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Two members of Cuban Five resentenced listen

12/09/09 Lauren Martinez
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Yesterday two members of the Cuban Five had their sentences reduced. WMNF spoke with Gloria LaRiva, coordinator of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, who attended their hearings.

"The Cuban Five are five men who've been in prison in the United States since September 1998. They were Cuban agents who came into the United States, specifically Miami and Tampa, in order to infiltrate terrorist organizations. These terrorist organizations have been financed, armed, given the green l...

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PETA Demonstration listen

12/08/09 Mark Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) held a protest today at Mitchell Elementary school in South Tampa. PETA was on site to ask students and their parents to boycott the Ringling Brothers Circus, which is in Tampa in early January.

Elephants are huge wild animals, up to 4500 pounds. The training and controlling of these huge beasts is not a simple task. PETA alleges that Ringling Brothers systemically abuses elephants, using sharp training tools known as Bullhooks.

The ...

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Tea Party: The Movie

12/08/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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There’s a new documentary film out about the Tea Party movement: the movement that developed over the past year to challenge the bank bailouts, health care reform and stimulus spending. Here’s some sound from that film. And in a moment we’ll talk with Adele Stans of Alternet who attended the film’s premier in Washington last week.

Adele Stan is AlterNet’s Bureau chief in Washington, DC

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Environmentalists seek summer ban on lawn fertilizer

12/08/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Some local governments are trying to ban lawn fertilizing in the summer months. Runoff from lawns pollutes the bays, rivers , streams and lakes. Tomorrow, the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission will discuss the issue in a workshop.

Joining us now, Phil Compton, Regional Representative in the Sierra Club Florida Regional Office and Cathy Harrelson, chair of the Sierra Club’s Coastal Task Force.

Tampa Bay Estuary Program’s model recommendations went to all lo...

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