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Meek for Senate gathers signatures in St Pete on Sunday listen

05/15/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This week Governor Charlie Crist entered the race for the United States Senate seat being vacated next year by Mel Martinez. If Crist wins the Republican primary over foes including former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio, he will face the Democrat left standing after their primary. Dan Gelber, a state Senator from Miami Beach and U.S. Representative Kendrick Meek are among the l...

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Westshore Plaza hit by disability discrimination complaint listen

05/14/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today the Tampa/Hillsborough County Human Rights Council filed a disability discrimination complaint with the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, against the owners of Tampa’s WestShore Plaza. The complaint is on behalf of three people with disabilities who are fed up with potholes in a WestShore crosswalk.

“I feel that they just don’t care.” Charles Morrow, who is wheelchair bound, feels that something should be done about th...

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Author of 'Living Without God'

05/14/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll meet Ron Aronson, author of the new book Living Without God. Christopher Hitchens says: "Aronson demonstrates that atheism represents much more than what one does not believe: that it is the precondition for humanism."

Aronson is author or editor of nine books, including Jean-Paul Sartre Philosophy in the World and Camus and Sartre: Story of a Friendship and the Quarrel that Ended It. Distinguished Professor of the ...

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Tampa OKs funding to buy, refurbish foreclosed homes listen

05/14/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In January, the city of Tampa received more than $13 million from the federal government buy and restore foreclosed homes, mostly in the West Tampa and Sulpher Springs part of the city. It came from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, which Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed last year to deal with the foreclosure crises.

Today in Tampa, the City Council, acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, committed to spending $1.1 million to buy and refurbish homes in East...

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Columnist discusses how Obama might pay for health care reform listen

05/14/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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While standing alongside President Obama yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House of Representatives will have a health care reform bill to vote on by the end of July.

Details are few about what that bill will look like, and just as important, how it will be funded.

Yesterday WMNF spoke with New York Times Business Columnist David Leonhardt, who wrote about the issue on Wednesday. In addition to raising taxes, Leonhardt suggests cutting health care spending would also rais...

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Congressman Sam Gibbons honored at event listen

05/14/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Earlier this week, the Board of trustees for Medicare and Social Security said that those two major federal entitlement programs face insolvency quicker than previously documented.

The report illustrates what is being called the Graying of America, as the tens of millions of baby boomers get older and less healthy.

Former Tampa Congressman Sam Gibbons referenced these facts this morning while accepting an award from the group Seniors in Service.

Hundreds gathered at the Palma Ceia Co...

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Castor urged to support renewable energy bill listen

05/13/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Local business and environmental leaders are asking U.S. Representative Kathy Castor to help convince other members of Congress to support a major energy bill. They say it would increase renewable energy production, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create green jobs. More than a dozen people, including Phil Compton -- regional representative for the Sierra Club, met with members of Castor’s staff in Tampa this morning.

“The Waxman-Markey bill is the bill in the U.S. House of Repre...

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Health-care reform faces budget challenges listen

05/13/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today the White House emphasized health care reform, for the third straight day this week.

President Obama met with leaders in the House this morning, and said "the stars were aligned for health care legislation to happen this year."

Obama met with insurance executives and doctors on Monday, who have been some of the strongest critics of health care reform in the past.

Yesterday he met with business leaders who are finding ways to improve their health care costs.

In his brief co...

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Should The Embargo Against Cuba Be Lifted?

05/13/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today: two local residents who are critics of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba and who say that local government bodies should be doing more to establish relations with Cuba.

But first some listener comments about yesterday's program which featured two interviews- one with the author of a book that is critical of the libertarian philosophy and yesterday we also heard from representatives of the group Mothers Against Drunk Dri...

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Alex Sink is running for Governor - GOP immediately attacks listen

05/13/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink announced today that she will run for Governor next year.

Sink released a statement today saying she will seek the office Republican Charlie Crist is giving up to run for the U.S. Senate. She is seen as the Democrats' best hope of taking over the governor's mansion for the first time in more than a decade.

Sink is a former bank president and the only Democrat in the state Cabinet, elected in 2006. She's seen as conservative on financial issues, ...

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Bud Chiles launches advocacy group listen

05/13/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night on the Evening News, you heard Bud Chiles – the son of former Governor Lawton Chiles – trash Charlie Crist’s bid for U.S. Senate.

Chiles said he’s contemplating a run for Governor himself. One reason for his bitterness is the Governor’s draining of $700 million dollars from the Lawton Chiles Endowment, an annuity that funds programs for kids and seniors. In the 2nd part of our interview, Bud Chiles details what Crist and Florida lawmakers have done with the fund.

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USF St Pete students sign up to intern with Mayoral and City Council Candidates listen

05/12/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today students in a University of South Florida St. Petersburg political science course met with candidates for mayor and city council. Each student will intern with a campaign during the summer course in practical politics.

On their first day of class Tuesday, USF St. Pete students met with four candidates for city council, six candidates for mayor, or their campaign staffs to decide which one would be the best fit for an internship. Judithanne Scourfield McLau...

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Jamie Bennett defends alleged campaign wrongdoing listen

05/12/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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St. Petersburg City Council member Jamie Bennett, who is running for Mayor, fired his campaign manager last week. Peter Schorsch was let go by Bennett for distributing a solicitation for campaign contributions in the same folder with two tickets to the City’s suite for a Tampa Bay Rays game. The St. Petersburg Times reported over the weekend that [Schorsch alleges that he and Bennett conspired](http://www.tampabay.com/news/...

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Orlando Convention Center goes solar listen

05/12/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last week, Tampa City Council members discussed the possibility of putting a solar roof on the top of the Tampa Convention Center.

In Orlando, that will become a reality next week. That’s where the the Green Cities Florida Conference will take place. Organizers say the event’s purpose is to advance the business and science of sustainability for business and government.

One of those who will be at the event is Lori Cunniff, currently the Manager of the Orange County Environmental ...

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Dave Aronberg eyeing attorney general race listen

05/12/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Gov. Charlie Crist's decision to run for the U.S. Senate next year is expected to create a free for all in Florida politics, with five of the six elected statewide seats possibly becoming open in 2010.

South Florida Democratic Sen. Dave Aronberg is rumored to be considering a run for Attorney General. WMNF asked him today if he will do so. Aronberg says he will announce shortly whether he's running for Attorney General next year.

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