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Ambler denounces charges against Ray Sansom listen

05/22/09 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida’s legislative session may have concluded two weeks ago. However major budget cuts and the indictment of former speaker of the house Ray Sansom left much to be discussed. Which is why the Tiger Bay Club of Tampa, hosted a panel discussion this afternoon, focusing specifically on the latest session.

Hillsborough Republican house representative Kevin Ambler was on that panel, and spoke to a question regarding Ray Sansom.

Sansom was indicted in April by a Tallahassee grand jury ...

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TBARTA adopts regional transportation master plan listen

05/22/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This morning the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority, or TBARTA, voted to adopt its master plan.

“All in favor? Aye. All opposed? There’s history.”

TBARTA board chair, Shelton Quarles announced the adoption of mid-term and long-term regional networks that are expected to be in place by 2035 and 2050 respectively. The plans include rail, bus, and managed highway routes throughout the seven-county r...

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Lawsuit claims St. Pete harasses the homeless listen

05/22/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty filed a lawsuit this week which claims that the city of St. Petersburg is using local ordinances to target and harass the homeless.

In the past few years, the city has passed several different ordinances that affect the homeless, such as where they can sleep and what they can keep with them

St. Petersburg activist G.W. Rolle has been collecting depositions on behalf of the homeless for the Southern Legal Counsel based in Gainesville ov...

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Florida's unemployment rate slightly better listen

05/22/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida's unemployment rate dropped to 9.6% last month. That's the first drop in 3 years. April's figures were down two-tenths of a percent from March’s revised figure of 9.8%, but it’s still 4 points higher than at this time of a year ago.

Rebecca Rust, chief economist with the Agency for Workforce Innovation, says the state’s unemployment rate has ‘stabilized’. But she said it was far too early to predict that it’s going to turn around.

Although the recession officially...

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Benefit for breast cancer research on May 30 listen

05/22/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Later this month, friends and supporters of Chamberlain High School alumnus Darby Steadman will participate in a golf tournament and reunion party in New Tampa that will benefit breast cancer research.

All proceeds will go to the Darby Foundation, named for the 40 year old Darby Steadman. Steadman has terminal breast cancer and has been undergoing an experimental treatment plan over the past year.

She is one of a few dozen women with terminal cancer in the Baltimore area undertaking th...

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CONA meets to stop neighborhood crime listen

05/21/09 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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City officials and neighborhood association presidents discussed economic, cultural and environmental problems at the Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA) meeting May 20.

The neighborhood association presidents said that they want to raise public awareness about the problems in their neighborhoods. One of the problems some neighborhoods face is crime.

Tom Tito is a crime watch coordinator at Bartlett Park and vice-president of the neighborhood association. He came to the meeting...

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Hillsborough EPC fertilizer rule temporarily stalled listen

05/21/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Earlier this year, St. Petersburg enacted a fertilizer ordinance that restricts the use of nitrogen fertilizers on lawns during the summer rainy season. The Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission EPC is also considering a fertilizer rule.

The Florida Legislature recently passed [SB 494](http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/index.cfm?Mode=Bills&SubMenu=1&Tab=session&BI_Mode=ViewBillInfo&BillNum=0494&Chamber=Senate&Year=2009&Title=-%3EBill%2520Info%3AS%252004...

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Local woman plans to take part in peace mission to Gaza Strip

05/21/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. A delegation of women from the U.S. is getting ready to travel to Gaza on a humanitarian mission. We’ll meet a local woman who is part of the delegation.

But first some listener comments about yesterday’s program. During the program we received a call from a man who said he was a combat veteran who served in both Afghanistan and Iraq. He said torture and the killing of civilians happened in both wars.

The peace group Code Pi...

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City Council asks: How much are temps saving the city? listen

05/21/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In recent years, Tampa has laid off more than 100 employees and eliminated hundreds of part time, seasonal or otherwise vacant positions to cope with diminishing revenues.

Because of those losses, several City Council members today objected to learn that a request for a million dollars to hire temporary staffing positions came before them.

Greg Spearman is Tampa’s director of purchasing. He said there was a compelling reason for the funding request.

Commission Chair Thomas Scott w...

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Tampa won't lift ban on lawn sprinkling listen

05/21/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Despite the recent rains and increased pressure from landscapers negatively affected by water restrictions, the Tampa City Council today voted to continue the ban on lawn sprinkling in the city.

Six weeks ago, the Council voted for the measures, the toughest water restrictions in the state. Then wo weeks ago, City Councilwoman Mary Mulhern proposed a motion to revisit the issue. But before the debate even began, Mulhern pre-emptively said she would continue to support the ban.

Council...

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Gourevitch on possibility of investigations into detainee abuse listen

05/21/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Calls for an investigation into what happened regarding enhanced interrogation techniques with the Bush Administration have only grown louder in recent weeks, with Republicans calling for an investigation into what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi knew about such techniques as well.

Philip Gourevitch is the author of We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families, a look at the 1994 Rwandan genocide. His new book, The Ballad of Abu Ghraib, along with Errol Morris, is...

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Discussion about torture, Iraq and Afghanistan

05/20/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)

Today we opened the program to phone calls from listeners. Host Rob Lorei started the program by playing a soundclip from CNN in which an attorney for a former detainee at Guantanamo said her client had been tortured at Guantanamo and that the extent of torture in U.S. secret prisons had not yet been revealed.

During the live call-in segment, a combat veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars described his experience. He affirmed that he witnessed cases of torture and...

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Latinos Unidos luncheon held in Tampa listen

05/20/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This afternoon in downtown Tampa, the Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Council hosted about 400 members of the community and elected officials for the 12th annual Latinos Unidos Luncheon.

Maritza Rovira-Forino, chair of the Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Council, says one goal is to raise funds for higher education. “This is going straight to [the University of Tampa].”

Tampa Mayor Pam Iori...

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Ferlita lobbies for anti-bullying campaign in Hillsborough listen

05/20/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In the wake of the outcry over charges that four Hillsborough County teenagers raped a 13-year-old classmate, County Commissioner Rose Ferlita today proposed that the county conduct an anti-bullying campaign.

Ferlita said she reviewed a state anti-bullying law but that legislation could do nothing to prevent the horror of the incident at Walker Middle School.

Ferlita said the plan should include creating Public Service Announcements to be aired on local broadcast media outlets, includin...

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Marco Rubio on American Socialism listen

05/20/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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When Marco Rubio declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate earlier this month, he said he didn’t want to run a negative campaign.

Yet on the same day, he told the Univision Television network in Spanish that one reason he was running was that he is "very interested in the kind of American socialism that they want to establish in the U.S."

In the final excerpt of our interview with Marco Rubio conducted last Friday night, we asked him to elaborate.

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