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Reaction to Sonia Sotomayor from a woman's perspective

05/30/09 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Erica Gonzalez, opinion page editor of El Diario/La Prensa, the third largest Spanish-language daily newspaper in the country and the largest in New York, will discuss the qualifications of Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court, particularly as seen by the Hispanic community.

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"Birth"

05/30/09 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

How could one of the most important events in all of our lives – necessarily involving women – be made more friendly to women? Hear women’s attempts to demedicalize and give women some insights into birth.

In the spirit of Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues, Karen Brody’s play, Birth, gives women a chance to see and discuss real birth experiences. Karen Brody, playwright and founder of BOLD and director and cast of “Birth” in Gainesville.

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Conference on future business with Cuba held in Tampa listen

05/29/09 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Tampa Bay Council on World Affairs and Commerce held a panel discussion this afternoon in at the University Club in Tampa. On the table, the implications of lifting the trade embargo with Cuba. The issue has been continually battled politically and economically. However the embargo has received additional attention recently because both Cuba and the U.S. have new heads of state.

Terry McCoy is director of the University of Florida’s Latin American Business Environment Program. He s...

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Indictments pile up against Sansom; House colleagues react listen

05/29/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This week, ousted Speaker of the Florida House Ray Sansom had more charges added to his indictment. A grand jury charged Sansom and his developer friend Jay Odom with perjury.

The St. Petersburg Times and Miami Herald reported on emails between Odom, Sansom, and the president of Northwest Florida State College about using state funding to construct an aircraft hanger. On the day he became House Speaker, Sansom took a position with the College, whose president, Bob Richburg, was also i...

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Iorio touts high speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando listen

05/29/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood is in Spain today to speak with companies involved in high-speed rail construction. LaHood traveled to other European countries this week and rode on France’s 200 mph bullet train because President Barack Obama has allocated $13 billion in stimulus funds to improve existing rail lines and construct new high-speed lines.

Last week in Orlando, the Florida Department of Transportation met with officials from the U.S. Department of Transportation a...

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New endorsements: St. Pete mayor's race heats up listen

05/29/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In the crowded race for mayor of St. Petersburg, two potential frontrunners picked up endorsements this week.

Yesterday former City Council member Bill Foster announced that he received the endorsement of the Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association. In a letter, Sun Coast PBA President Mark Marland said, “Bill Foster has the experience, leadership and motivation to lead St. Petersburg in a bright and prosperous direction.”

Another candidate,...

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Union touts green jobs apprenticeship program listen

05/28/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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As hundreds of thousands of American workers lose their jobs every month, demand is increasing for programs that train workers in high tech fields. This is especially true for jobs in environmentally sustainable industries.

Today in east Tampa, a local union showed off its green job apprenticeship program to elected officials and members of the business, labor, and environmental communities.

The Joint Apprenticeship Program is a partnership between the Interna...

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Critics picket single payer health care rally in Tampa listen

05/28/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Rallies on behalf of having the government sponsor a single payer form of health care are being held throughout the week across the country.

In Tampa this afternoon, approximately two dozen supporters of such a health care system stood outside the federal building on Florida Avenue.

Chris Clement lives in Ozona. He said he wants a health care plan that shouldn’t be linked to an employer.

Although there is a bill in the House sponsored by Ohio’s Dennis Kucinich and Michigan’s J...

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Eric Draper to run for Agricultural Secretary listen

05/28/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida Audubon lobbyist Eric Draper is running for agriculture commissioner.

Draper, a Democrat, entered the race today for the seat Commissioner Charles Bronson is leaving because of term limits. As a conservationist, Draper has pushed for land preservation, clean energy and clean water.

Among the issues he wants to address if elected are stronger efforts to control invasive species and cooperation between farmers, urban interests and environmentalists on water sharing.

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Study: Uninsured are costly for those with insurance listen

05/28/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The average U.S. family and their employers paid an extra $1,017 in health care premiums last year to compensate for the uninsured, according to a study released today by an advocacy group for health care consumers.

Families USA, which supports expanded health care coverage, found that about 37 percent of health care costs for people without insurance — or a total of $42.7 billion — went unpaid last year. That cost eventually was shifted to the insured through higher premiums, accordin...

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Tampa City Council considers expanding reclaimed water program listen

05/28/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa City Council today gave approval for the Iorio administration to go forward on a plan to expand its reclaimed water system to residential and business customers at a cost of $341 million. But Council members did not want to address when the plan would become mandatory in South Tampa.

Mike Smith is a vice president with CDM, a consulting group that the city paid $135,000 to provide a report on how to expand the reclaimed water system. He said some plans, such as building a wastew...

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Tampa lifts ban on lawn watering listen

05/28/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Following Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio’s recommendation, the Tampa City Council today voted 5-2 to rescind the nearly two-month-long ban on lawn watering.

Beginning Monday, those with sprinkling systems will be able to water their lawns once a week from midnight to 4 a.m. Those who do not have a sprinkling system can water from 6 to 8 a.m. or 6 to 10 p.m.

Councilmembers Charlie Miranda and Mary Mulhern voted no. Miranda said the Council was setting a bad precedent by reversing themselves....

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Hunger strike called to protest treatment of minorities listen

05/27/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Unemployment, home foreclosures and economic uncertainty are aspects of the current recession that affect people from all walks of life. One Floridian is putting his life on the line to try to make a difference among the hardest hit segments of society.

Al Piña is chair of the Florida Minority Community Reinvestment Coalition (FMCRC). On June 15th, Piña will begin a water-only hunger strike protesting the lending practices of Bank of America tow...

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New report says America is a center-left nation listen

05/27/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A new report released today by two liberal groups says a majority of Americans hold progressive positions on a broad range of controversial issues and key constituencies that favor progressives are growing larger.

Media Matters and the Campaign For America’s Future says it has come up with the conclusions based on looking closely at polls conducted by respected organizations from CNN/Opinion Research, Gallup, the Los Angeles Times as well population demographics.

Media Matters Eri...

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Adam Putnam speaks in Tampa listen

05/27/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Polk County Republican Adam Putnam is in his ninth year representing Florida’s 12th Congressional District in Washington. But the hard charging lawmaker, who in 2006 became the third highest-ranking Republican in the House, is now going through a career change. He’s still a politician, but after the 2008 elections, he resigned his post as Conference Chairman, and announced shortly afterward he would not run for re-election in 2010, but instead would become a candidate for Agriculture Co...

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