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Tampa City Council wants opinion on HCC/Ybor flap listen

03/26/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Earlier this month, the Tampa City Council realized that it had no power to control the design of new buildings being constructed by Hillsborough Community College in Ybor City.

That’s after the school decided it didn’t need approval from the government body responsible for preserving the historic fabric of Ybor, the Barrio Latino Commission (BLC); and Mayor Pam Iorio agreed.

But today, City Councilwoman Linda Saul-Sena brought up the idea of forwarding the question to Attorney Gen...

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Is Renewable Portfolio Standard in trouble in Tallahassee? listen

03/26/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In July 2007, Florida Governor Charlie Crist held the state’s first Climate Summit. In executive orders coming out of that meeting, Crist requested that the state’s Public Service Commission, or PSC, “adopt a 20 percent Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) by 2020, with a strong focus on solar and wind energy.”

The Legislature is considering whether to implement an RPS, but it may fall far short of Crist’s expectations.

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Is Florida closer to a vehicle emission standard? listen

03/25/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Florida Senate’s Environmental Preservation Committee unanimously passed a bill yesterday that would require Florida cars to meet strict greenhouse gas emission standards beginning in 2011. But it is uncertain whether the bill will proceed through additional necessary steps in the Senate or the House.

Jerry Karnas, Florida Climate Project Director with Environmental Defense Fund, says it’s important for the Legislature to pass strict vehicle emissions rules.

Karnas thinks the bi...

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Juan Cole on situation in North Iraq listen

03/25/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The premier of Iraq's Kurdish regional government today backed a call by the country's president for Turkish Kurdish rebels holed up in the region to lay down their arms.

That follows a comment earlier this week from Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, himself a Kurd, warning the rebels based in Iraq's northern mountains to lay down their guns or leave the country.

Talabani said during a visit by Turkish President Abdullah Gul that the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) "must become involved in...

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Proposed growth management changes draw criticism listen

03/25/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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There are a number of proposals floating through the Florida Legislature this session that environmentalists say would gut laws designed to slow growth in the state.

Today in Tallahassee, the House Council on Economic Development and Community Affairs Policy voted unanimously in support of a bill that would revise growth management laws.

Tom Pelham, secretary for the Florida Department of Community Affairs, objected to a part of the bill that he said would reduce citizens attempts to ch...

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Gainesville voters keep gay rights protections listen

03/25/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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An initiative in Gainesville that would have repealed the city's decade-old gay protections ordinance has failed. Fifty-eight percent of citizens in the college town rejected the measure.

Gay rights opponents proposed eliminating the city's protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in January 2008 when city leaders added “gender identity” to the list of classes protected under the law in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations.

The measure als...

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DACCO dedicates Center for Behavioral Health in East Tampa listen

03/24/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Since 1973, the Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office (DACCO), has provided treatment, intervention, and prevention services to people with substance abuse issues.

This morning in East Tampa, DACCO dedicated its new Center for Behavioral Health. Their services used to be geographically separated, DACCO CEO Mary Lynn Ulrey points out, but now everything can be done under one roof.

“For over three decades, almost four now, we’ve actually provided outst...

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Progressives vow to 'dog the blue dogs' listen

03/24/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last week, Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh announced that he was part of a new "practicality caucus" of Senate moderate Democrats who will be questioning President Barack Obama on his budget proposals and other parts of his agenda.

But today, a coalition of progressive groups say they’ll fight against those moderates, or as they billed their conference call, a new campaign to “Dog the Blue Dogs.”

William McNeary is president of U.S. Action. The group has already targeted some House Moder...

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Interview With MSNBC moderator Keith Olbermann

03/24/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Keith Olbermann began Countdown with Keith Olbermann on the cable channel MSNBC in 2003. He has gained prominence for being one of the few outspoken liberal voices on national television with his criticism of conservatives, right wing televsion hosts and especially for taking on the Bush administration for torture, for lying about the reasons for invading Iraq, for domestic spying and other abuses.

I spoke with him a few days ago in an interview for WEDU television. Here’s a portion ...

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Commissioners object to recycling program with municipalities listen

03/24/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Pinellas County intends to go with a curbside recycling program for the first time beginning next January.

But after learning how the plan would work with participating cities, the County Commission quashed a plan to share any revenues coming out of program with those cities. Currently, 21 cities in the county have their own recycling programs.

Bob Hauser, director of the Solid Waste Department for Pinellas County, says the plan will be for the unincorporated parts of the county; s...

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Law school dean hopes to prosecute Bush administration - Part 2 listen

03/24/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last week, we aired the first part of an interview with Larry Velvel, dean of the Massachusetts School of Law.

Velvel is chair of the Steering Committee of the Justice Robert H. Jackson Conference on Planning for the Prosecution of High Level American War Criminals, a group that is preparing a complaint they will give to the Department of Justice in the hopes of prosecuting more than thirty members...

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Kid Care advocates try to garner more clients listen

03/24/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This past Saturday the Florida Covering Kids And Families Initiative at USF partnered with the Hillsborough Youth Collaborative for Florida Kid Care Service Day in Ybor City’s Centennial Park.

It came in advance of what is being called Children’s Week in Tallahassee, which begins on March 29.

Jodie Ray is project director for Florida Covering Kids and Families Initiative.

To learn more about the Kidcare program, go to www.floridakidcare.org or call 1-888-540-kids.

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House Bill 1121 pits Clerks against Courts listen

03/23/09 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A bill currently making its way through the Florida Legislature has pit the court system against the state's 67 Clerks of Court. House Bill 1121 calls for a complete transfer of responsibilities from the clerks to the chief judges and court administrators within four years.

Legislators and judges say the bill would save the state millions and bring much needed budget accountability to the Clerks' offices. But the clerks see the bill as a money and power grab by an underfunded court syst...

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Iorio focuses on economy and transit in State of the City address listen

03/23/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio gave her annual State of the City address this morning to an overflow crowd made up mostly of city workers at the Tampa Convention Center.

Iorio focused on progress that has been made in the city since she was elected in 2003 in areas such as mass transit, infrastructure, and economic development.

Even though Tampa has been through economic downturns before, Iorio says that the current ...

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Obama canvass takes place in South Tampa listen

03/23/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Following appearances on The Tonight Show and 60 Minutes in recent days, President Barack Obama will address the American public tomorrow night in prime time in his second scheduled news conference.

Obama’s mission on achieving some of his major goals took a hit last week – first with the outrage over bonuses given to executives at A.I.G., followed by the Congressional Budget Office announcing on Friday that the president’s budget could create record deficits in the years to come...

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