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Free shots for pets this Saturday listen

01/08/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Humane Society of Tampa Bay’s Sherri Silk told the Tampa City Council this morning that they will give out free shots to pets of city residents this Saturday.

“It’s going to be at Sulphur Springs Park from 10 until 2.” The first 500 residents can get free rabies, distemper and parvo immunizations.

Silk said last year the Humane Society of Tampa Bay facilitated nearly 5,000 adoptions and more than 10,000 low-cost spays and neuters. Silk s...

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Local Democrat files second ethics charge against Sansom listen

01/07/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The St. Petersburg Times is reporting tonight that North Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs says he will turn over complaints he has received about House Speaker Ray Samson to a Leon County Grand Jury later this month.

Also today, a second ethics complaint has been filed against House Speaker Ray Sansom, and again it’s somebody from the Tampa Bay area. Hillsborough County Democratic Party activist Susan Smith filed the complaint.

On Monday, Sanson resigned from his controversial ne...

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Swamp standoff between environmental activists and law enforcement listen

01/07/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Since Monday morning, a group of environmentalists has been engaged in a peaceful standoff with law enforcement outside a swamp in east central Florida. The Barley Barber Swamp is on the property of a huge Florida Power and Light (FPL) fossil fuel plant in Martin County.

An activist with Everglades Earth First!, who goes by the name Milo, is one of four activists holding vigil outside the swamp Wednesday afternoon. “[The ancient cypress trees are...

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Correspondent describes conditions in Mideast listen

01/07/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Yesterday, Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said the military campaign in Gaza would continue until Israel had completely wiped out Hamas’ ability to fire rockets into Israel.

WMNF asked Free Speech Radio News reporter Aya Batrawy, if she thought that was even a possibility. Batrawy spoke to WMNF yesterday from, Rafah, Egypt.

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Hillsborough proposes creating economic stimulus task force listen

01/07/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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As all indications are that the local economy will get worse before it gets better, the Hillsborough County Commission today voted to create an economic stimulus task force to try to bring new jobs to the county. The idea was proposed by Board Chairman Ken Hagen.

Hagen said ideally the task force would be made up of no more than 10 to 20 people that would come back before the board in two to three months.

Earlier this week, Gov. Charlie Crist announced his Economic Stimulus Plan that ...

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Supervisor of Elections gets $336,000 in transition costs listen

01/07/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Although Buddy Johnson is no longer Hillsborough County’s Supervisor of Elections, his negative legacy continues.

Today the County Commission voted unanimously to provide Johnson’s successor, Phyllis Busasnky, $336,000 for transition costs to clean up a financial mess left in Johnson’s wake.

That’s the only amount that the County’s Audit Director, Dan Pohto, suggested be given to the office in a report released earlier this week. It’s far shy of the $2.3 million that Johnso...

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A call for more federal aid to college students

01/07/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good afternoon,

Welcome to WMNF ‘s Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up: we’ll hear from a student group that is advocating more help for college students from the incoming Barack Obama administration. Later we’ll hear a debate about the Israeli invasion of Gaza this week.

But first some listener comments about yesterday’s program. A lot of topics cam up yesterday, but the one that most people wanted to comment about was the Israeli actions in the Gaza Strip.

We’ll tak...

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Tampa City Councilman bothered by I-4 connector project delay listen

01/07/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday

The Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization today passed a plan for road improvements that will be funded in part by the the Florida Department of Transportation over the next five years.

But Tampa City Councilman John Dingfelder initially expressed unhappiness with the plan, because it will delay construction of a long-awaited link between the Interstate 4 and the Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway for three more years.

The connector will be a mile-long series of eleva...

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Task Force urges Citizens to raise rates listen

01/06/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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If you have Citizens homeowners insurance, your rates may be going up beginning next year. That was among the recommendations for changes to Citizens Property Insurance Corp. -- the state-supported insurer of last resort -- that will be made to the Florida Legislature by a committee that met today in Tampa.

Bruce Douglas, chair of the Citizens’ Mission Review Task Force, said: “I will make a motion that we r...

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Jeb Bush will not run for U.S. Senate in 2010 listen

01/06/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Democrats and Republicans throughout Florida who fantasize about becoming a U.S. senator will now seriously contemplate a run after Jeb Bush announced today that he will not run for Senate in 2010 to replace the retiring Mel Martinez.

Bush made the announcement today, saying "now is not the right time to return to elected office."

After the former governor said he was considering running for the seat last month, most political analysts said the seat was his for the taking, despite criti...

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A financial insider's view of the mortgage crisis

01/06/09 Robert Lorei
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Good afternoon. I'm Rob Lorei. On the first part of Radioactivity we'll hear from the author of a new book called The Foreclosure of America: The Inside Story of the Rise and Fall of Countrywide Home Loans, the Mortgage Crisis, and the Default of the American Dream by Adam Michaelson. It's an insider account about the mortgage crisis.

Michaelson, a former senior vice president at Countrywide Home Loans, offers a glimpse inside the real estate bubble, answering the question everybody ha...

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DCA secretary critical of some of Century Commission proposals listen

01/06/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida’s Secretary of the Department of Community Affairs Thomas Pelham today questioned some recommendations recently made by the Century Commission for Sustainable Florida today.

The Century Commission is tasked with envisioning the state’s future 25 and 50 years from now, by making recommendations to the governor and the Legislature on how they should address the impact of population growth.

Speaking for the first time to the Commission, Secretary Pelham reviewed some of the re...

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Castor previews economic stimulus package listen

01/05/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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One of the most pressing priorities of the new Congress after it begins session tomorrow is to pass the largest economic stimulus bill in history.

Tampa Democrat U.S. Representative Kathy Castor held a press conference in South Tampa this morning to announce how the state and the Tampa Bay area might benefit from the recovery package.

Castor predicted the U.S. government will send Florida $2 billion for Medicaid. Castor called the funding for Medicaid “th...

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Sansom steps down from controversial college post

01/05/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom today announced that he is stepping down from a $110,000 job at Northwest Florida State College.

Sansom took the job at the school the same day he was sworn in as speaker in November. He was offered the position after he put $25.5 million into last year's state budget for the school.

He has been repeatedly criticized for taking the job amid questions of whether he was rewarded for helping the school during tough budget times.

In a statement to House m...

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Representative Castor on Gaza Attacks listen

01/05/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Much of Israel’s military hardware, including the Apache helicopters and F-16 fighter jets used in the aerial bombardment of the Gaza Strip, is built in the United States and is included as part of several billion dollars per year in military aid from this country to Israel. This morning WMNF asked U.S. Representative Kathy Castor, a Democrat from Tampa, whether she will take action in Congress to cut off military aid or to condemn Israel’s attacks on Gaza.

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