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Labor reacts to bid to kill Employee Free Choice Act in Florida listen

02/19/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Hoping to head off a controversial organized-labor bill in Congress, two Republican legislators today introduced a constitutional amendment that would require secret ballots in union elections.

Naples Sen. Garrett Richter and House Majority Leader Adam Hasner announced their proposal in Tallahassee, where they said that without the amendment, employees could be pressured by their bosses or union organizers to vote for or against representation.

But organized Labor strongly disagrees. ...

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Is radical Islam the dominant force in the religion?

02/19/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity. In a moment- a debate about whether a radical, fanatic brand of Islam is taking over mainstream Islam and the billion people around the world who hold that religious belief.

But first: we’re still getting comments about Tuesday’s debate on the Employee Free Choice Act. And we had several calls yesterday about the interview with Aaron Glantz and his new book, The War Comes Home, about the government’s mistreatment of veterans as they return from I...

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Alexandra Harney on 'The China Price' listen

02/19/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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No country has a greater impact on America’s economy today than China. And at a time when many say is our greatest fiscal crisis since the Great Depression, a new book goes behind the scenes in China and into its world-beating factories.

The book, The China Price: The True Cost of Chinese Competitive Advantage, was written by Alexandra Harney, a former editor of the Financial Times.

WMNF spoke with Harney today.

We’ll hear the second part of this interview on tomorrow nightâ...

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Tampa Councilman: Target excessive water consumers listen

02/19/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

Tampa City Councilman Charlie Miranda said today that if people don’t start restricting their use of water, the city should publicize the top 100 users in the city.

Miranda made his comments days after Tampa Bay Water, said it would ask the Southwest Florida Water Management District to tighten watering restrictions later this month. The change could further restrict the hours for outdoor watering, already limited to one day per week.

Miranda said he’d bring the issue up again in 30...

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Moffitt director: Hike cigarette tax to fund cancer research listen

02/19/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Yesterday state Sen. Ted Deutch filed a bill in Tallahassee to raise the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1.

Deutch, a Democrat from Boca Raton, hopes the tax increase will discourage people from smoking, reduce the number of smoking-related illnesses, and raise an estimated half-billion dollars a year to help balance the state’s...

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Tampa Police face more abuse allegations listen

02/19/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

Members of the Tampa City Council today spoke out after once again hearing complaints by a few public housing residents of abuse by a member of the Tampa Police Department.

For months, there has been criticism of police officer Dusty Rhodes, who works at North Boulevard Homes – but there has been seemingly no action taken, either by angry residents or other authorities in following up on such allegations.

Mark Newton said that everytime he’s on certain streets in West Tampa, Rhodes ...

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Economic intervention forum organized by GOP donor listen

02/18/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A major donor to Republican causes organized a panel discussion today at a Cruise Terminal at the Port of Tampa. The forum focused on the federal government’s recent interventions into the economy, including last year’s bailout of financial institutions, labeled the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

Former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco was among those invited to speak.

A panel made up of bankers, business owners, economists, and others disagreed about whether one of the main goals of ...

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Washington's battle against America's veterans

02/18/09 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 look at the way returning veterans from Iraq are being treated by our government.

But first several listener comments about yesterday’s debate over the Employee Free Choice Act between a spokesperson for the Florida AFL-CIO and the President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Our guest today is Aaron Glantz, he is the author of the new book *The War Comes Home: Washington's Battle Against America...

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Hillsborough weighs in again on cell phone towers at schools listen

02/18/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday

The continuing saga of what to do about cell phone towers located on Hillsborough County School campuses came back before the Hillsborough County Commission today.

Last week, the School Board rejected a request sent in a letter by County Commission Chair Ken Hagen to delay approving any further towers until the issue could be dealt with. Hagen asked County Attorney Adam Gormly today if a change could be made in the County’s Land Development Code to require that a community meeting be he...

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Martin Indyk on Middle East Peace possibilities listen

02/18/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In the Middle East today, Hamas vehemently rejected the Israeli Cabinet's decision not to open its border crossings with the Gaza Strip until Hamas agrees to release abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit.

Shalit was abducted by Gaza militants in a cross-border raid in June 2006. Hamas has demanded the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the soldier's freedom.

According to the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, Israel’s Welfare Minister told the Cabine...

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Poll: Iorio gains traction in Senate bid listen

02/18/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A new poll released today shows that Floridians by a 19 percent margin want Charlie Crist to run for re-election, but will give their support if he chooses to run for U.S. Senate next year.

More than two-thirds of all Florida voters polled, 67 percent, say they approve of Crist’s performance the past two years as governor.

The Quinnipiac Poll also shows that Crist would easily win the GOP nomination for Senate if he ran next year for Mel Martinez soon to be vacated seat.

Crist le...

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Debating the Employee Free Choice Act

02/17/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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There’s a battle looming in Congress between organized labor and big business- it’s over the proposed Employee Free Choice Act. The bill was passed by the House back in 2007- but it’s been filibustered in the Senate since 2007.

President Barack Obama says he supports EFCA. Labor unions say it would make it easier for employees to form unions. They say that over the past 30 years the balance of power has shifted and that companies have gained too much power to fight union organizin...

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Building cooperative relationships between parents, children

02/17/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Our next guest is Betty lou bettner, phD.

Dr. Bettner is an educator, counselor, author, international lecturer, mother, foster parent, and wife to Walt Bettner.

She's a psychotherapist in private practice in Media, Pa; and faculty member of Holy Family University in Philadelphia, Pa.

She is also author of Raising Kids Who Can.

Bettner says her goals for raising children are to instill honesty; responsibility; courage; respect; confidence; productivity; sef-esteem; self-disc...

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Five local TV stations convert to digital tonight

02/17/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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At midnight, five Tampa Bay area TV stations will end their analog broadcasts and switch to digital signals -- despite federal legislation authorizing stations to delay the transition to digital by four months.

The station’s planning the switch tonight include WEDU, PBS channel three, Sarasota’s ABC affiliate- WWSB, WCLF- the Christian television station, Univision’s WVEA and WTTA-Channel 38.

WTTA’s chief engineer, Bob Hardie joins us now. He’s been active in the local broadc...

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Water taxis proposed for Hillsborough River listen

02/17/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Even though the Hillsborough River runs directly through downtown Tampa and surrounding residential communities, it is rarely used as a transportation corridor. But that may soon change if groups pushing for a water transit service can turn their vision into reality.

Tampa’s Urban Charrette is a group of architects, planners, and community designers that, according to its website is “a design collaborative dedicated to research, education, and advocacy th...

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