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President Obama signs Call to Service bill listen

04/21/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This afternoon President Barack Obama signed into law the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which will fund such service programs as AmeriCorps.

Melody Barnes, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, calls it “the most sweeping expansion of national service programs in many, many years” and says it was a “big bipartisan victory.”

“We think that that happened because there are so many people both members of Congress as well as around the country who believe in ...

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Florida Virtual School supporters worry about funding listen

04/21/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Not all students in Florida take all of their courses in a classroom. Many take some or all of their classes online through the Florida Virtual School. But some supporters gathered in Tallahassee today to ask state Legislature not to cut millions of dollars of funding from the online program.

Pam Birtolo, chief learning officer at Florida Virtual School, spoke with WMNF before the rally.

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ACLU: Megahed detention is vindictive listen

04/20/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Today the American Civil Liberties Union wrote to U.S. Homeland Security Administration Secretary Janet Napolitano asking her to release Youssef Megahed from the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Megahed was detained earlier this month, just days after a federal jury acquitted him of all criminal charges. He had been accused of possessing and transporting low-grade explosives after being arrested in South Carolina in 2007.

Becky Steele is West Central regional dire...

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Sustainable Living: Urban permaculture and velomobiles

04/20/09 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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We started the program with David Eggleston from Midland Texas; he is founder of Petal Yourself Healthy & Velomobile USA. David talked about his effort in Texas to get folks out of their cars and on bikes. He then gave our listeners a good description of a common pedal-power vehicle in Europe, the Velomobile.

Our special guest in the studio was Jim Kovaleski, a local permaculture expert. Jim described some of the tools he uses on his urban garden in New Port Richey. His bicycle wagon and...

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Alex Sink attorneys and lenders work to reduce foreclosures listen

04/20/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This morning, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink met in Tampa with mortgage lenders, nonprofits and lawyers to come up with a plan to help people in Florida who are facing foreclosure.

“Our goal here is the same. It’s to keep more Florida homeowner in their homes.”

The attorneys are part of the Florida Attorneys Saving Homes program. Sink called ...

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Youth Success Week runs through April 25 listen

04/20/09 Mark Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Florida’s Secretary of Juvenile Justice, Frank Peterson Jr., hosted a press conference today at the University Area Community Center in Tampa. The event was the kickoff for the 2009 Youth Success Week, which runs from April 19-25, and is focused on cutting juvenile crime across the state.

Youth Success Week’s theme is “part of the community, part of the solution,“ highlighting the Department’s role in reducing juvenile crime and delinquency through emphasis on prevention, divers...

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'Horse Boy,' a story of coping with autism

04/18/09 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Kristin Isaacson is the mother an autistic child; she talked with Mary about the documentary film Over the Hills and Far Away. They also discussed the book by her husband Rupert Isaacson, detailing their struggle with their son Rowan's autism and the search for healing with Mongolian shamans after realizing the positive impact of a neighbor's horse named Betsy.

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Author discusses 'Plea of Insanity'

04/18/09 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Jilliane Hoffman, author of Plea of Insanity, talked about her change of career from Assistant State's Attorney to full-time writer. Previously, she was the legal adviser for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. She talked about her latest book and the true story that led to the book, particularly dealing with schizophrenia. Too often, she says, the only times we deal with this disease is in the aftermath of a tragedy - namely a horrendous crime.

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Health care reform movement holds town hall meeting listen

04/17/09 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The town hall meeting organized by the grass-roots group Florida Health Care for America Now on Thursday in St. Petersburg was one of 90 taking place in 43 states nationwide over the Congressional recess.

About 50 community members, health care providers, and various organizations shared their stories and view points on health care on April 16 at the Muvico BayWalk Theatre and demanded affordable quality health care for all.

Resident Cindy McNulty is one of the faces of the uninsured...

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EPA: Greenhouse gases may endanger public health listen

04/17/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today the Environmental Protection Agency “issued a proposed finding that greenhouse gases contribute to air pollution that may endanger public health or welfare.”

Six of the gases that contribute to climate change were included in the EPA’s proposed endangerment finding: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perflurocarbons and sulfur hexafluoride.

The EPA said “the science clearly shows that concentrations of these gases are at unprecedented levels as a...

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Students pursue journalism at FSPA conference listen

04/17/09 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Many professionals in journalism are feeling the crunch of the weakened economy as well as the shift to producing more online content.

Longtime employees of the Tampa Tribune and St. Petersburg Times are opting for early retirement packages. In February, Colorado’s oldest newspaper, the Rocky Mountain News closed after 150 years in business.

But this weekend in Tampa, more than 800 high school students attended the Florida Scholastic Press Association’s State Conference to ...

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Grand jury indicts Sansom, college president listen

04/17/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Former Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom was indicted today, along with his former boss, Northwest Florida State College President Bob Richburg.

A state grand jury indicted the Sansom for official misconduct, a third-degree felony charge. Sansom is accused of misusing his legislative position to benefit Richburg’s Panhandle college that then hired Sansom for a six-figure job.

Richburg is also charged with perjury, according to State Attorney Willie Meggs.

Yesterday Sansom, a Republi...

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Florida's unemployment rate ties record high listen

04/17/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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More Floridians are losing their jobs, according to data released today. Rebecca Rust, the chief economist with the Agency for Workforce Innovation, says that seasonally adjusted March 2009 labor statistics for the state of Florida are even worse than the previous month.

“The unemployment rate for Florida is now 9.7 for March. … This represents 893,000 jobless Floridians.”

Rust says Florida’s unemployment rate is still higher than the country as a whole.

The last time Florida...

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Interview with leader of African Americans for Humanism

04/16/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Our guest for this segment was Norm Allen, president of African Americans for Humanism. He discussed faith, morality, doing good works, religious tolerance and his growing up in a deeply religious community in Pittsburgh.

For information, visit Secularhumanism.org.

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Interfaith group: Use stimulus money for green jobs in Tampa

04/16/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Our guests in this segment were Dr. Warren Clark, a retired minister, and Stuart Berger of the Pinellas Jewish Federation. They are part of a group called FUSE, Faiths United For A Sustainable Economy. They came to talk about two upcoming events. The first is an Earth Day Fair at Unity Church of Clearwater from 6 to 9 p.m. April 22 at 2465 Nursery Road in Clearwater. They will also make a presentation for green jobs at the Tampa City Council next Thursday at 9 a.m.

Dr. Clark writes: "Hi...

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