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Alan Grayson on US role in Afghanistan listen

12/08/09 Virginia Hoffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Member of Congress Alan Grayson appeared in Sarasota on Sunday night at a fundraiser for the local Democratic Party.

WMNF asked if he agrees with President Obama’s timeline for withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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Ove Jacobsen interview from the climate bottom meeting in Copenhagen listen

12/08/09 Kelly Benjamin and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Former Tampa City Council candidate Kelly Benjamin is in Copenhagen attending the Climate Conference and participating in demonstrations. He will also be sending us reports throughout the conference.

Benjamin spoke today with Ove Jacobsen, a Professor at the Bode Graduate School in Norway. He spoke at what is being called the climate bottom meeting, an alternative to the climate summit, focusing on how ordinary people can take steps to halt climate change. ...

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Activist Lisa Fithian interview from Copenhagen listen

12/08/09 Kelly Benjamin and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Former Tampa City Council candidate Kelly Benjamin is in Copenhagen attending the Climate Conference and participating in demonstrations. He will also be sending us reports throughout the conference.

In this first installment, Kelly Benjamin interviews Lisa Fithian, an organizer from Austin, Texas.

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Osceola High School students go christmas caroling for the homeless. listen

12/08/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Dozens of St. Petersburg Community activists and students from Osceola High School get together each year to sing Christmas carols for the city's homeless. Sunday night the caroling stroll called “Still No Room at the Inn,” walked through downtown St. Petersburg to share songs, books, and food with the homeless.

John Stewart is an English teacher at Osceola High Sc who has worked with ASAP homeless service for over two decades. He organizes the car...

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Farm workers protest Publix in Lakeland listen

12/07/09 Glenn Pendergrass
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A group of Florida farm workers took their demand for a wage increase directly to the state’s biggest grocery chain on Sunday. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers marched to the Lakeland headquarters of Publix.

The tomato harvesters were asking for an additional penny per pound but so far have met with resistance from the grocery chain. That frustrates Maria who marched with 300 others the 2 miles from a Lakeland Publix to the corporate offices.

Publix spokesperson Shannon Patton says ...

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Pinellas County Talks Move for an Improved Transit System listen

12/07/09 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Pinellas County is on the move toward an improved transit system. A Pinellas County Transit and Land Use Workshop was held today in Pinellas Park to discuss the county’s plans for future transportation improvement.

The workshop today was headed by several Tampa Bay transit groups including TBARTA and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority or PSTA. Tim Garling is the executive director for PSTA. He said Pinellas County is currently in the beginning stages of mapping out a comprehensive ...

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Hillsborough Democrats confident in keeping seat being vacated by Scionti listen

12/07/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tampa-area state representative Michael Scionti has been appointed deputy assistant secretary of defense for intergovernmental affairs and homeland defense.

Scionti said today he will resign from the legislature on December 13th

WMNF attempted to contact Representative Scionti but he did not return our calls by deadline.

Patricia Kemp, chair of Hillsborough Democratic Party, is confident the Democrats will keep the seat in a special election. Kemp is the wife of WMNF program directo...

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World March for Peace and Nonviolence comes through St. Petersburg listen

12/07/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Almost a week has gone by since Obama announced an additional 30,000 troop increase in Afghanistan but many people around the world aren’t convinced that war will bring peace.

Since October, hundreds of thousands have joined in The World March for Peace and Nonviolence. The three month march involves people in 100 countries with the goal of promoting nuclear disarmament and a withdrawal of invading troops from occupied territories.

Last Saturday Florida peac...

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Castor hosts workshop on government contracts listen

12/04/09 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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About 80 local business owners gathered at the University of South Florida’s Small Business Development Center today for a workshop on how to obtain government contracts. The workshop was hosted by Congresswoman Kathy Castor, in an effort to help minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses acquire government contracts and thus improve the local economy.

Dinora Gonzalez is with the U.S. General Services Administration. She told local business owners that they must inform themselves on...

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Palestinians resist occupation with education listen

12/04/09 Doris Norrito
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In 1987, all university facilities in the Palestinian territories were closed by Israeli military order. They were reopened in 1991, but occupation continues to impact the education of Palestinian students.

Throughout its closure, the An-Najah University administration remained committed to provide students with an education. The school is located in the large ancient city of Nablus in the northern section of the occupied West Bank.

Acting director of Public Relations Ala Yousef talked...

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Congresswoman Kathy Castor on Healthcare listen

12/04/09 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In the final days of the health care debate in the House, Michigan Democratic representative Bart Stupak successfully added the so-called Stupak Amendment, which provides tighter restrictions on federal funding of abortions.

Today in Tampa, Congresswoman Kathy Castor spoke with WMNF on the overall status of health care reform and what she anticipates happening in the Senate.

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Kathy Castor on Afghanistan listen

12/04/09 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tuesday, President Obama revealed his plan to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan at a cost of $30 billion this year. Obama says the surge will begin to pull out in July of 2011.

Congresswoman Kathy Castor served on the Armed Services Committee during her first two years in congress. There, Castor says she saw a lack of resources available to forces fighting in Afghanistan.

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Arlene Engelhardt hired as Executive Director of Pacifica listen

12/04/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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WMNF Women’s Show co-host Arlene Engelhardt will host her final Saturday morning show on January 2nd. That’s because she was recently hired as executive director of Pacifica.

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Kathy Castor on high speed rail in Florida listen

12/04/09 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The fate of high speed rail in the state of Florida hinges upon federal financial support of the project. Congresswoman Kathy Castor was in Tampa this afternoon and spoke with WMNF on the issue.

”I think our chances are good. We should be at the head of the line because we already have the right away. We can begin construction on high speed rail connecting Tampa to Orlando right of way sooner than any other state in the country. I’m very hopeful. I sincerely hope the efforts of the...

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Job fair for veterans in downtown Tampa. listen

12/03/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Seeing combat oversees can be a challenge, but for many veterans, finding a job is a battle that is just as hard to wage. A group called Recruit Military held a job fair for veterans this morning at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts to help veterans get work.

About 300 unemployed veterans were expected to attend a job fair in downtown Tampa today. RecruitMilitary is veteran-owned-and-operated military-to-civilian recr...

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