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Activist hails move to give states control over auto emissions listen

01/26/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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President Barack Obama directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today to reconsider a Bush-era decision that stopped California and more than a dozen other states from setting their own stricter limits on auto emissions.

Thirteen states have adopted California's rules, and four others are considering them. Florida is one of those four.

Jerry Karnas is the Florida Climate Project Director with the Environmental Defense Fund. He says Gov. Charlie Crist has been a very vocal lea...

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Women's show-UNIFEM FILM FESTIVAL, Part 2 listen

01/24/09 Mary Glennie
From A Woman's Point of View

An interview with Jan Holmes and Diane Mason of the UNIFEM Film Festival - Through Women's Eyes - in Sarasota, now in its 10th year. Embedded in this interview is a phone interview with one of the filmmakers, Dr. Fiona Cochran of Australia. This is part 2 of the interview.

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Women's Show-UNIFEM FILM FESTIVAL, Part 1 listen

01/24/09 Mary Glennie
From A Woman's Point of View

An interview with Jan Holmes and Diane Mason of the UNIFEM Film Festival - Through Women's Eyes - in Sarasota, now in its 10th year. Embedded in this interview is a phone interview with one of the filmmakers, Dr. Fiona Cochran of Australia. This is part 1 of the interview.

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Women's Show-ARNE ARNESON on Abortion listen

01/24/09 Mary Glennie
From A Woman's Point of View

An interview with Arne Arneson on abortion rights

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Florida unemployment rate highest in 16 years listen

01/23/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida's unemployment rate in December jumped to 8.1 percent, the highest it’s been September 1992. The Tampa Bay Area’s unemployment rate is now 8.3 percent.

Rebecca Rust with the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation says specific industries have been devastated in this downturn.

State legislators just completed a special session where they cut $2.8 billion in government spending to deal with a deficit. But they refused to consider raising taxes on cigarettes, despite a poll p...

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Scott Wagman on candidacy for St. Pete mayor listen

01/22/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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St. Petersburg will elect a new mayor in November and the race is already becoming crowded. City Council Chair Jamie Bennett, former City Councilman Bill Foster, Amscot Vice President Deveron Gibbons, activist Sharon Russ and retired builder Paul Congemi have already announced their candidacies.

Also in the running is businessman and investor Scott Wagman, the previous owner of Scott Paint.

Wagman has hired political consultant Mitch Kates, who managed the victorious campaigns of thre...

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Did commissioner's aide interfere in domestic partner vote? listen

01/22/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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One of the five people who spoke against lifting the County Commission’s ban on asking county staff to research domestic partner benefits was Terry Kemple, president of Community Issues Council (CIC). Yesterday, Kemple sent an email to CIC members congratulating them on putting pressure on the Commission to reject Kevin Beckner’s proposal to lift the ban.

Kemple had some assistance from another Commissioner’s office. Kemple’s email quotes two emails from what he called “the aide...

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Hillsborough Commission won't explore domestic partner benefits listen

01/22/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In a 5-2 vote today by the Hillsborough County Commission, county staff continues to be forbidden from researching the option of offering domestic partner benefits to county employees – a measure originally championed by former Commissioner Ronda Storms.

Recently elected Commissioner Kevin Beckner said he made the motion to get rid of the 2004 rule against discussing domestic partnership benefits because it was the only way for the conversation on equal healthcare rights for county emplo...

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Tampa councilwoman wants more input on executive decisions listen

01/22/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last month, a coalition of activist groups in Tampa struck out in forcing Mayor Pam Iorio to push Tampa Electric Co. to include more renewable energy programs force it to reduce its reliance on coal.

That was despite a long and emotional debate before the City Council. But ultimately, only Council members John Dingfelder and Linda Saul-Sena voted with the activists and against the 25-year agreement.

As the Public Service Commission weighed a rate increase for TECO customers today in Ta...

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It's official: Guantanamo to close in a year listen

01/22/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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President Barack Obama signed executive orders today effectively ending the CIA’s secret interrogation program, directing the closing of the Guatanamo Bay detention camp within a year and setting up a sweeping, high-level review of the best way to hold and question terrorist suspects in the future.

The order to close the controversial detention camp where terrorism suspects have been detained for years without trial, fulfills a promise Obama made during his presidential election campaig...

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TBARTA official briefs Council on transit plans listen

01/22/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Bob Clifford, the recently hired executive director for TBARTA, the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority, gave an update about the agency to the Tampa City Council this morning. It’s part of his mission to visit all of the local governments within the authority’s region early this year, to keep momentum going for a regional transit system.

Plans currently call for the Hillsborough County Commission to place a referendum on the 2010 ballot to allow citizens to vote on raisin...

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Pinellas Democrats hold inaguration party in Gulfport listen

01/21/09 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night at the Gulfport Casino, the Pinellas County Democrats celebrated the historic election of Barack Obama. Complete with hors d’oeuvres, live music and a cash bar, the event drew a large crowd of Democrats from across the bay area.

The Gulfport Casino was the location for the celebration of Obama’s historic victory. Hosted by the Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee, tickets were $20. Shortly after doors opened, tickets were sold out and people were turned away at th...

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FPL proposes thermal solar array at Manatee power plant listen

01/21/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The state’s largest energy producer, Florida Power & Light, may build a solar thermal array at their Parrish power plant.

Doing this would destroy wetlands; for that, FPL must first receive a zoning change from the Manatee County Commission.

FPL currently has a power plant in Parrish that generates electricity using oil and natural gas. On Tuesday, the company presented to the Manatee County Commission its idea of a solar thermal a...

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Hillsborough to count homeless population next month listen

01/21/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Next month, the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County will be conducting its annual count of the homeless.

From 4 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Feb. 26, the Coalition will be going through the county. According to Lesa Weikel, community relations manager for the Coalition, they’re going to need lots of volunteers.

Additionally, at least 10,000 pairs of new socks and ponchos are needed to be handed out to the homeless during the count.

Last week, the Homelessness Research Institute of the...

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Interview with Michael Kinsley on his new book

01/21/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity program. I'm Rob Lorei.

From the book's press release: "Capitalism is facing its biggest crisis since the Great Depression, it time for a clear-eyed reconsideration of capitalism’s strengths and weaknesses. Since the fall of Communism two decades ago, capitalism has been (almost) unchallenged as the world’s reigning ideology, and in Creative Capitalism: A Conversation with Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Other Economic Leaders. Edited ...

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