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NFL moms and Campbell’s donate food for hungry listen

01/28/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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As Tampa prepares for Sunday’s Super Bowl, a group of NFL players’ mothers announced that they have raised more than a half-million pounds of food for the country’s food banks.

This morning at America’s Second Harvest of Tampa Bay in east Tampa, four members of the Professional Football Player’s Mothers Association PFPMA teamed up with Campbell’s to donate 1,000 cans of soup.

Wilma Char McNabb, mother of Philadelphia Eagl...

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How the tax system benefits the super rich

01/28/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity program. I’m Rob Lorei. Our guest today, David Cay Johnston was for 14 years the tax reporter for the New York Times. He has been documenting the ways he says our tax code has been recalibrated to take from the poor, the middle class and even the relatively affluent and given to large corporations and the super rich. He calls it “socialism for the rich.”

In an article entitled Fiscal Therapy in this month’s Mother Jones magazine, he writes ho...

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Buckhorn speculates on Iorio entry into Senate race listen

01/28/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio said yesterday that she is considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Mel Martinez next year.

Her comments came on the same day Democratic state Sen. Dan Gelber joins Miami area Congressman Kendrick Meek as the only declared candidates at this early stage.

Iorio says several people have asked her to run after Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink declined to run earlier this month.

Bob Buckhorn is a former Tampa City Councilman wh...

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A look at the 6-foot rule a Super Bowl later listen

01/28/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tourism officials in Pinellas County said today that they are expecting below normal occupancy over the upcoming Super Bowl weekend.

Sheila Cole, executive director for the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce, tells today’s St. Petersburg Times that the area is not going to see the financial influx that was hoped for from the big game.

The question about how much the Super Bowl boosts the local economy has always been subject to debate. And with the recession, financial expectatio...

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Former Buc has brain damage from concussions listen

01/28/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In Tampa yesterday, medical researchers said that former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Tom McHale’s death last year at the age of 45 may be connected to concussions received during his playing days – making him the sixth deceased former NFL player 50 or younger to have such brain damage.

Doctors at Boston University’s School of Medicine found a condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in McHale’s brain.

The Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy studied six former...

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Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy schedules forum listen

01/28/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Many people think that a way to both jump-start the failing economy and to help the environment is to invest in renewable energy. This Thursday at St. Petersburg College, the Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy (FARE) will hold a panel discussion and town hall meeting on the future of renewable energy and green jobs in the state.

FARE organizer Jane Maxwell says some speakers will focus on how to “fund renewable energy to keep the c...

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HART proposes bus rapid transit line listen

01/27/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Light and commuter rail will be part of a regional transit solution for the Tampa Bay region, but so will expanded bus service, especially bus rapid transit (BRT).

City and county officials and community leaders met at the offices of HART, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority today.

Chad Luedtke is vice president of HDR engineering, a consulting group hired by HART for the BRT project. Leudtke says construction of bus stops along the proposed nort...

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Keith Olbermann on conservatives, Bush and Obama listen

01/27/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today was Media Day at Raymond James Stadium; thousands of credentialed reporters descended upon all of the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers for sound bites.

It was also Media Day with the top media who will be broadcasting Sunday night’s championship game – which this year, for the first time in a decade, is the NBC network.

WMNF had the opportunity to speak with Keith Olbermann, best known now as the host of the popular liberal prime time cable news show “Countdown.”...

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Radioactivity: Fighting Foreclosure; and, Fish Farming in the Gulf?

01/27/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon,

Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll talk about the home foreclosure crisis and we’ll have two experts in the studio to talk about how to deal with foreclosure.

But first: The Gulf Of Mexico Fishery Advisory Council is poised today to approve the first offshore Aquaculture or “fish farming” plan in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s an idea that has some environmentalists, scientists and commercial fisherman up in arms. One of those is Marian...

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Dan Gelber running for Senate seat listen

01/27/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Miami Beach state Sen. Dan Gelber announced this morning that he is running for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in 2010.

Gelber joins Miami area Congressman Kendrick Meek as the only major candidates to announce their participating in the Senate race for the seat being vacated by Mel Martinez.

Before being elected to the Senate for the first time last November, Gelber served as the House Democratic Leader in Tallahassee.

WMNF spoke with Gelber shortly after he made his decl...

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'The End of White America?' - Part 2 listen

01/27/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Inauguration of Barack Obama last week was filled with reports from Washington and around the country about the watershed moment in this country of election a black man.

Obama’s election has spurred perhaps more conversations about race than American have generally been comfortable about having. But those conversations may escalate with the changing face of America.

According to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau released last summer, groups currently categorized as minorities...

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Refugee settlement is subject of conference listen

01/26/09 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Florida receives the largest number of refugees in the country, about 25,000 every year, says Hiram Ruiz director of the state's Refugee Services Program in the Department of Children and Families.

The program assists refugees in the resettlement process. Refugees face barriers when they are arrive including the language barrier, Ruiz says. Another barrier is the different cultural context. Many of the refugees have lived in a rural setting in their home country or have lived in refugee ...

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Commission recommends improvements to Sunshine Laws listen

01/26/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine Law could soon receive a renovation following today’s approval of a final report by the state’s Commission on Open Government Reform.

In June 2007, Gov. Charlie Crist issued an executive order to create the nine-member commission. By teleconference on Monday, the Commission on Open Government Reform unanimously approved its 180-page final report called “Reform...

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Iorio: Tampa not forcing out the homeless listen

01/26/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio strongly refuted a claim today that the homeless are being forced out of Tampa as the Super Bowl approaches.

The question was raised after a report in the ST. Petersburg Times on Saturday quoted Rayme Nuckles, the chief executive officer of the Hillsborough County’s Homeless Coalition, as hearing of a plan to ‘aggressively jail homeless people’, coming directly from a captain’s mouth at a meeting.

But the Mayor used the occasion of the question to in make ...

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Book Fair Blitz held in St. Petersburg listen

01/26/09 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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At the 1st Annual Book Fair Blitz in St. Petersburg, local authors gathered on Sunday to sell their books and donate a portion of their proceeds to the Florida Literacy Coalition. The book fair drew a revolving crowd of visitors who came to browse the variety of books being sold and chat with the authors.

Theresa Murrow is the founder of Key Business Partners, an online promotion company for writers, and a partner in organizing the book fair. Murrow said, each of the authors will be donat...

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