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EMS contract extension considered by Pinellas Commission listen

06/30/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Pinellas County is considering extending its contract with the private company that provides Emergency Medical Services, or EMS. In a workshop today, the Board of County Commissioners debated the contract that would save Pinellas some money, but could result in greater response times.

The county’s division manager of Public Safety Services, Craig Hare, says the extension requires the EMS contractor to meet a 10-minute response time...

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Potential Democratic rival calls for SEC investigation of Brown-Waite trades

06/30/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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GOP Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite is downplaying reports that some stock purchases she made last year have created a conflict of interest problem.

A Cleveland Plain Dealer story published last Friday showed that Brown-Waite, along with several other members on the House Financial Services Committees, bought or sold stocks at the same time the federal government was spending billions of dollars into financial markets.

Brown-Waite says she lost money on her trades, and voted against the...

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St Pete Pride Festival hits its stride listen

06/29/09 Carson Frame
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Saturday, the 2009 St. Pete Gay Pride Parade hit the streets in order to celebrate sexuality, community, and acceptance.

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Cone Ranch Environmental Advisory Panel meets for first time listen

06/29/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Earlier this month, the Hillsborough County Commission set up a task force to consider a proposal to sell most of county-owned Cone Ranch north of Plant City. This morning at the County Center in downtown Tampa, the Cone Ranch Environmental Advisory Panel met for the first time.

The proposal to purchase Cone Ranch comes from a private entity called FCEG -- the Florida Conservation and Environmental Group. Ken Jones is a principal with FCEG. ...

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Community outrage at paid program on WFLA listen

06/29/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Members of the Tampa Bay Area’s LGBT community are outraged at WFLA, Newschannel 8, for their airing a paid program Saturday night that critics say contained open hate speech against gays and lesbians.

“Speechless: Silencing Christians” is produced by the American Family Association, and is related to a similar titled book written by that group’s leader, the Reverend Don Wildmon. The hour-long show is narrated by conservative talk show host Janet Parshall.

WFLA reportedly recei...

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Conference on possible Tampa-Cuba business relationships listen

06/29/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Saturday, approximately 130 people packed into the historic Italian Club in Ybor City to hear a day-long discussion on improving Tampa’s trade and travel relations with Cuba.

Three Tampa City Council members, all possible Mayoral candidates in 2011, were at the event. Three members of Congress working on legislation to lift the travel ban to the communist island called in.

The event was put together by Al Fox, a 2006 Congressional candidate from Tampa, who runs the anti-embargo gro...

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Phyllis Busansky remembered

06/27/09 Mary Glenney and Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View

We remembered Phyllis Busansky's last visit to The Women's Show in October 2008 when she was running for Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections. She will be sorely missed!

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Phyllis Busansky honored by hundreds at memorial service listen

06/26/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A memorial service was held today for Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Phyllis Busansky. She passed away in St. Augustine earlier this week while attending a statewide convention of elections supervisors.

About nine-hundred fifty people packed into South Tampa’s Congregation Schaarai Zedek Friday morning while a thunderstorm raged outside. Cantor Riselle Bain sang a Hebrew prayer asking for peace for the decease...

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UN Day in Support of Victims of Torture listen

06/26/09 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Florida Center for Survivors of Torture observed UN Day in Support of Victims of Torture in Clearwater.

“This 26th of June, we honor the countless women, men and children who have suffered this terrible crime against humanity - those who paid with their lives as well as those who have survived,” said Ann Marie Winter, Administrator of Refugee Services. “We pay tribute to their strength and courage. And with our collective voice, we stand together against torture.“

The organ...

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Deggans on media coverage of Michael Jackson's death listen

06/26/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday

The news that Michael Jackson had died broke on the entertainment news website TMZ.com, nearly an hour before other, more traditional news organizations, like CNN and the Los Angeles Times, reported the story.

Joining us to speak about the media coverage and about the performer is Eric Deggans, the media critic for the St. Petersburg Times. Eric Deggans also comes from the same city as Michael Jackson – Gary, Indiana. To read about his feelings about that, go to Eric’s blog called...

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Historic Climate Change bill comes before the House listen

06/26/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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At some point in the next hour, The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a historic climate change bill, and its passage remains uncertain at this time.

Politico.com reported today that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the bill’s sponsors are working the floor furiously, twisting arms to squeeze ‘some last minute yes votes out of undecided members’.

The goal of the bill, sponsored by Democrats Ed Markey and Henry Waxman, is to limit pollution by capping greenhouse g...

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Tampa City Council debates toughening code enforcement listen

06/26/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday

The Tampa City Council today voted to delay for 90 more days a new plan that would expand the ability to enforce code violations in the city.

Neighborhood activists said the new ordinance does appear to be stronger than current law, but expressed concerns about how several other city departments will be able to issue citations and impose fines.

Councilman Charlie Miranda said he didn’t think it was fair for the city to crack down on citizens who live in homes that could be out of com...

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Labor unions hold health care roundtable and say real reform is needed listen

06/25/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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As Congress considers reforming the nation’s health care system, it’s difficult to get a sense of what that transformation might look like. President Barack Obama has expressed interest in a “public option,” where a government-funded program can compete with private insurers. Many conservatives oppose any public option in favor of only private health insurance companies, while some progressives say the best option is single-payer universal health care.

During a roundtable discussi...

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Major Energy Bill Moving Toward A Vote In The House

06/25/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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On May 21, the House Energy & Commerce Committee passed the latest version of the American Clean Energy & Security Act (H.R. 2454) (also known as ACES, or the Waxman-Markey Bill). Right now, the bill is moving through the U.S. House of Representatives.

On today's Radioactivity we heard from Phil Compton with the Florida regional office of the Sierra Club and Robert Armstead, the Climate Change Coordinator for the Florida Conservation Alliance Institute.

H.R. 2454 puts the U.S. on the ...

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Miranda proposes penalizing Council members who run for another office listen

06/25/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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No fewer than 4 members of the Tampa City Council have announced plans for running for higher office in the next couple of years.

Thomas Scott has already officially declared for Mayor, while Linda Saul-Sena says she will do the same soon.

John Dingfelder has announced his run for Hillsborough County Commissioner in 2010, while Mary Mulhern has said she is still mulling a run for either County Commission or Mayor.

With that as possible motivation, Councilman Charlie Miranda, who has...

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