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Jacob Hacker releases his plan on health care listen

04/08/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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With Congress preparing a sweeping overhaul to the nation’s health care system, health care expert Jacob Hacker today outlined details on how the nation can structure and implement a public health insurance option as part of the overall reforms.

Hacker is the faculty co-director at the U.C. Berkeley Center on Health, Economic and Family Security, and the author of several books on public policy.

Speaking in Washington and on a conference call to reporters, Hacker said it’s obvious t...

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An interview with National Review editor Rich Lowry

04/08/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up: an interview with the editor of one of this country’s leading conservative magazines -- Rich Lowry of the National Review will be along in just a few minutes. But first, a lot of listener comments about yesterday’s interview with University of Michigan Professor Juan Cole who’s latest book, Engaging the Muslim World. In it, he says the dangers of Islamic radicalism have been overblown in this country.

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Kevin Burns on immigration, Obama stimulus plan listen

04/08/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Kevin Burns is the mayor of North Miami, and a candidate for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate next year.

In the second part of a three-part interview, we began by asking him about immigration reform.

Tomorrow night, we’ll hear the final portion of our interview, where we ask the mayor, who is openly gay, his thoughts on same-sex marriage, now legal in four states.

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Journalist discusses Afghanistan-Pakistan situation listen

04/08/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Intelligence officials in Pakistan say two alleged militants and a civilian have been killed in a suspected U.S. missile strike.

It happened in the tribal region of northwestern Pakistan, according to officials citing informants and agents in the field. They say a drone came under fire from people in a car. The missile hit the car and also damaged some shops, wounding at least five villagers and killing one.

It comes a day after the New York Times reports that the U.S. Special Envoy t...

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Car companies wage turf war in Hillsborough listen

04/08/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Within the last year, people in Tampa could get free rides to take them to certain parts of town. Because those rides from Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) are free, they’re not regulated.

But local taxi cab owners are unhappy, because they say it is taking business away from their industry. They want the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission (PTC), which regulates cabs, limousines and towing companies, to regulate these cars.

Charles Smalling is a Yellow Cab dri...

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Juan Cole on engaging the Muslim world

04/07/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei.

Our guest is historian and blogger Juan Cole. He’s a professor at the University of Michigan and author of the blog Informed Comment, which has followed closely events in the Middle East and south Asia for most of the decade. He has lived in the region and speaks Arabic, Persian and Hindu.

In his latest book “Engaging the Muslim World” (Palgrave Press). Cole argues that western society i...

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Utility chief speaks to Tiger Bay Club listen

04/07/09 Amy Beeman
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The president and CEO of Progress Energy, Jeff Lyash, spoke to the Tiger Bay Club about the future of energy and where things stand with the controversial new Tampa Bay Rays stadium at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club today.

Lyash, a known proponent of building a new local nuclear power plant, told the crowd that nuclear power alone is not the solution to our future energy needs. He said with the depletion of fossil fuels, it is important to look at a variety of new sources of energy that can...

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Hillsborough rejects development in Little Manatee River listen

04/07/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners today rejected a developer’s request to build homes on a slice of land near the Little Manatee River in Ruskin, and instead said they would forward the issue to their environmental lands acquisition department for possible purchase.

Richard Davis, the attorney representing the developer Little Manatee Reserve, read off a lengthy brief from the county’s own staff praising the project.

Davis quoted a biologist as saying that no listed wildlife species...

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Supporters call for release of Youssef Megahed listen

04/07/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Council on American Islamic Relations and local human rights activists today called for the release of Youssef Megahed, who was arrested in Tampa yesterday, three days after he was acquitted in his federal trial.

The 23-year-old former college student was found not guilty on two charges of carrying explosive on Friday, but was detained yesterday by immigration officials while shopping with his father at a Walmart in North Tampa.

Samir Megahed says he was shocked at what has happened...

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tourism religious travel

04/07/09 Doris Norrito
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tours to Israel have always enjoyed popularity. But visits to the Israeli occupied Palestinian West Bank are discouraged by news of terrorist attacks and government warnings. Palestinian run tour groups offer a different view for travelers to the Holy Land.

Last November, the First World Religious Travel Expo and Educational Conference was held in Orlando. For the first time, Palestine tour trips were represented. Although both Israeli and Palestinian tours include visits to sacred Christi...

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Proposed law would get DNA samples of all felony arrest suspects listen

04/07/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This morning, a bill that would take the DNA of all people arrested for felonies in Florida won approval in committee, despite objections from the ACLU.

Currently, DNA is collected only of people convicted of felonies.

But Alachua County Republican Steve Oelrich, a retired sheriff, says his proposal would help protect Floridians from criminals who are repeat offenders.

And Oelrich said that his bill adds protections for the disclosures of DNA records and samples. Intentional disclo...

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South Florida mayor says he's viable in Senate race listen

04/06/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Kendrick Meek was in Tampa’s Ballast Point Park yesterday to gather signatures in his drive to qualify for the 2010 ballot.

One of his competitors in the race for the Democratic nomination for Senate is the very little known Kevin Burns, mayor of North Miami.

Burns was in Tampa this weekend to begin courting voters. He stopped by WMNF’s studios Saturday morning. We began by asking him how a little known mayor from South Florida thinks he can be the Democratic nominee next year. ...

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Juan Cole on U.S. dependence on Middle Eastern oil listen

04/06/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The first chapter of Juan Cole’s new Book, Engaging the Muslim World is called “The Struggle for Islamic Oil.” In it, he writes about U.S. foreign policy and oil.

He quotes John McCone, who said in the early 1970s that the relationship of the North Atlantic States to Islamic oil reached a momentous turning point when Arab oil exporters boycotted the U.S. and Netherlands in June 1967.

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HART delays request by developer to pay for new bus site listen

04/06/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Today the Board of Directors with Hillsborough County’s transit agency, HART, voted to delay until early next month a decision regarding a proposal to allow a private developer to fund a new transit site that needs to be built by the end of next month to receive state funding.

The developer, Atlantic Housing, wants and needs bus service to go to an affordable housing project that would be built on Falkenberg Road right near Progress Village in eastern Hillsborough County.

Today, HA...

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Fertile ground: Community gardens

04/06/09 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Our guests were Andrea Hildebran, with the Bartlett Park Community Garden in St Petersburg, and Robin Milcowitz, founder of the Seminole Heights Community Garden Project in Tampa.

Andrea has created the Green-Florida.org website that covers community gardens and other green issues. Robin joined the program to talk about the garden scene in Hillsbrough County. Callers to the program included Desiree Samon, who is involved with Ybor Heights Eden garden project.

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