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Lakshman Yapa on an end to poverty listen

03/06/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A Penn State geography professor told people at the University of South Florida this afternoon that poverty cannot be eradicated through economic development projects.

As part of USF’s Geography Colloquium Series, Lakshman Yapa told 30 students, professors, and members of the public that because economic development created poverty, poverty cannot be solved by economic development.

Some elements of a different discourse on poverty, Yapa says, involve quality-of-life issues rather than ...

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Michael Lind on Obama listen

03/06/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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As the stock market continues its downward spiral, some conservative critics are blaming President Obama, not yet in office 6 weeks yet.

In an opinion piece in today’s Wall Street Journal called “Obama’s radicalism is Killing the Dow,” Stanford University Economics Professor Michael J. Boskin writes that the Wall Street sell-off is a product in part of the realization that our new president’s policies are designed to radically re-engineer the market-based U.S. economy, not just mitigate ...

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Florida unemployment rate continue to rise listen

03/06/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The number of unemployed people rose in the Tampa bay area to nearly 10 percent in January. Officially, the number was 9.7 percent, while in Florida, unemployment is now at 8.6 percent. That’s 3½ percent higher than a year ago.

Nationally, the unemployment rate is now at 8.1 percent.

Rebecca Rust is an economist with the state agency for Workforce Innovation. She says Florida has nearly 356,000 jobs, a negative job growth rate at 4 ½ percent, larger than the national 2 ½ percent n...

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Joe Redner documentary to screen at Gasparilla Film Fest listen

03/06/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tonight the Gasparilla Film Festival will screen the Florida premiere of a documentary on Joe Redner, one of Tampa’s most controversial public figures.

The film is called, Strip Club King: The Story of Joe Redner, and it’s directed by Shelby McIntyre. McIntyre spoke with WMNF today about the film.

Strip Club King: The Story of Joe Redner will be screened tonight at the Gasparilla Film Festival at Channelside Cinemas at 10:40.

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St. Pete passes rules for convenience store security listen

03/05/09 Seán Kinane and Ann Tihansky
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Because of a rash of robberies, the St. Pete City Council passed two ordinances this morning requiring convenience stores to increase security measures.

The ordinances apply both to small mom-and-pop convenience stores as well as chain convenience stores. They are now required to have an illuminated parking lot, a silent alarm and other measures listed by City Council member Karl Nurse.

Nurse says a second level of security would be triggered if a store is robbed once the ordinances are...

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Tampa water officials stress conservation during drought listen

03/05/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The drought in Florida is only getting worse, and today in Tampa, the city’s Water Department’s Director, Brad Baird, came before the City Council to discuss the situation.

Baird said the reservoir operated by the regional water utility, Tampa Bay Water, has less than a week’s supply contained in it right now.

With the rainy season still months away, conditions aren’t any better with other sources, such as the Hillsborough and Alafia rivers.

Last week, all eyes were on the meeti...

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St. Pete fertilizer ordinance clears first hurdle listen

03/05/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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St. Petersburg is one step closer to passing ordinances to cut down on fertilizer pollution that runs off into Tampa Bay and other bodies of water.

This morning City Council passed on first reading a modified form of a fertilizer ordinance created as a model that can be adopted by all local governments.

Because nitrogen and phosphorous in lawn fertilizers run off into the Bay and cause algae blooms, fish kills, and other environmental disasters, the [Tampa Bay Estuary Program](http://w...

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What can the U.S. learn from Canadian health insurance system?

03/05/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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This morning we learned that General Motors may need to file for bankruptcy if it can't pull off a massive restructuring plan. That's according to the automaker's auditors, who raised their concerns in an annual report filed today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. By most accounts the cost of providing health care for the auto workers in the U.S. adds between $1,000 and $2,000 to the price of every car.

President Obama invited a broad group of doctors, patients, business ...

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Ybor activists battle HCC over construction listen

03/05/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Ybor City representatives angry about the construction of a new facility for the Ybor branch of Hillsborough Community College that they say violates the standards of the historic district received no satisfaction after pleading their case before the Tampa City Council today.

HCC constructed the building without getting approval from the BLC- the Barrio Latino Commission – which has the responsibility of preserving the historic fabric of Ybor City.

Patrick Mantiega is the editor and pub...

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Sarasota voters to consider reshaping government listen

03/05/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Next Tuesday, citizens who live in the city of Sarasota will go to the polls to decide whether to vote for an elected mayor. They also will vote on whether to add two at-large commissioners to the current five-member board.

Currently, City Commissioners name a mayor and vice mayor through a simple rotational system. The measure would make the mayor a directly elected official.

Michael Saunders runs a real estate company bearing her name in Sarasota. Saunders, and her son Drayton, have ...

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A new approach to poverty?

03/05/09 Robert Lorei
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNFs Radioactivity program. I’m Rob Lorei.

Coming up: We’ll hear about a novel project in Philadelphia to fight poverty. And later, in light of the president’s summit meeting on health care and the word that General Motors is on the brink of collapse, we’ll talk about health care reform with one of the country’s leading experts on Canadian style single payer health care.

But first some listener comments about yesterday’s program. A lot of people wanted to com...

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Clearwater bait shop in court over mural listen

03/04/09 Seán Kinane and Melody Dietsch
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A bait and tackle shop in Clearwater has been cited for violating the city’s sign ordinance because of a mural on an outside wall that depicts game fish. The owners of the Complete Angler say the mural is art and is exempted from the city’s sign ordinance, and they say it is protected under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

With legal representation from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the bait shop has filed a [complaint](http://www.a...

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Human rights activist speaks at Eckerd College listen

03/04/09 Amy Beeman
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Human rights activist John Pendergast spoke last night at Eckerd College about the continuing genocide in Darfur.

John Pendergast is co-author of the New York Times best seller, Not on Our Watch, and co-founder of the Enough organization, a project to end genocide and crimes against humanity. He shared the story of a woman named Amena he met in Darfur; she was living under a tree shortly after two of her four children were brutally killed by the Janjaweed.

She told him how the Dar...

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Hillsborough Commissioner: Let's talk about the budget now listen

03/04/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tuesday night, the Pinellas County Commission held a public hearing where local citizens could weigh in on how the county should deal with spending cuts that will have to be made as they prepare next fiscal year’s budget.

In Hillsborough, County Commissioner Al Higgenbotham says its incumbent for the government to be vigilant and do whatever it can to help the local citizenry in these challenging economic times.

So Higgenbotham today was able to cajole other board members to get a budge...

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Hillsborough to study ways to register foreclosed properties listen

03/04/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Florida has been hit nearly as bad as anyplace in the country in terms of the number of foreclosures. In Hillsborough County alone, there were more than 20,000 foreclosures in 2008, a 52 percent increase from the previous year.

As a way to address the problems that abandoned homes can create in neighborhoods, the Hillsborough County Commission today directed its legal staff to research putting together what Commission Chair Ken Hagen calls a mortgage registration program.

Hagen said the...

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