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06/25/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa City Council today to look at changing the appeals process for contract bids. The issue came up after members of a local security firm complained before the Council today about having lost a bid.

Chris Castillo is a private investigator with Sable One Investigations. He said he had reviewed all of the proposals up for contracts this year, and said Tampa is shunning local businesses.

Michael Hadley is the President of Sable One The company was recently denied a bid to provide...

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Why Bush administration officials should be prosecuted

06/25/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today, we’ll talk about a campaign to bring those responsible for torture and other war crimes to justice. And we’ll talk about the state of Florida’s public schools with the head of Florida’s teacher’s union. But first a listener comment about yesterday’s program on the mortgage crisis. We had three housing counselors on the program who work for local non-profits, helping people deal with possible foreclosure on their homes....

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Empowerment Tour offers career advice, chance at scholarships listen

06/24/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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People thinking about going back to school or looking for a change in career got some free advice today in downtown Tampa. Career coaches traveling in an event calling itself “the Empowerment Tour” offered counseling under the dome in Joe Chillura Courthouse Square.

Luis Rivera, from Town 'N Country, sought out advice because it has been tough to find work in his field lately.

“I was planning to go back to school because right now the job I do is a little bit slow because they have to ...

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Crist veto of insurance bill makes consumer advocates happy listen

06/24/09 Mitch Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Gov. Charlie Crist has vetoed a bill that would have deregulated rates for some residential property insurance policies. The bill (HB 1171) would have let homeowners pay higher, unregulated rates for insurance covering hurricanes, fires and other hazards from highly capitalized national companies.

In his veto message today, Crist wrote that the "Consumer Choice" bill "actually gives the choice to a select group of property insurance companies." He wrote that “It would have let them choose ...

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Immigration advocates psyched for action this year listen

06/24/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In anticipation of a meeting on immigration between members of Congress and President Barack Obama tomorrow, advocates for getting immigration reform spoke today on a conference call.

Tamar Jacoby is president & CEO of Immigration Works, a business oriented organization.

Mark Lauritsen is vice president of the United Food and Commercial Workers. He spoke angrily of some high profile immigration raids made last year by the Immigration & Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE). Frank Sharry, ...

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Florida education head discusses school layoffs listen

06/24/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night in Fort Lauderdale, the Broward School Board voted unanimously to lay off almost 400 teachers.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that board members said they had little choice but to lay off the teachers, citing three years of state budget cuts and declining student enrollment. But they were angry and defiant, urging the audience to call and write state leaders to protest.

Andy Ford is president of the Florida Education Association (FEA). He said that the recession is ...

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FCAN advocates for public option health plan listen

06/24/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A new ABC/Washington Post survey shows that a majority of Americans support health care reform, yet are suspicious of its impact.

The poll shows that 62 percent support a government funded entity to offer health insurance to those who don’t get it elsewhere- but if that were to cause private insurers to go out of business, as critics charge, support plummets to 37 percent.

Jessica Pemble is with FCAN, the Florida Consumer Action Network based in Tampa. She was headed to Washington th...

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Daryl Rouson on using props in the state legislature listen

06/24/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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St. Petersburg House Democratic Representative Daryl Rouson is an admitted former drug addict. Since he beat his addiction, he’s been at times zealous in trying to ensure that others don’t make his mistakes.

In 2005, he stood trial on a charge of misdemeanor trespassing for a 2004 incident in a St. Pete head shop called the Purple Haze. He claimed that he had gone to the store to protest the selling of drug paraphernalia, which he called "death utensils."

And on one of the last days of...

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SWFWMD extends water restrictions for only one month though staff recommended longer listen

06/23/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Water-use restrictions will remain in place for at least another month. This morning in Brooksville, the board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) voted unanimously to extend the water restrictions until the end of July. But they did that despite a SWFWMD staff recommendation to extend the restrictions until the end of September.

Despite May’s above-average rainfall, the region remains mired in a long-term drought. Rainfall this month has been well below average for...

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Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Phyllis Busansky dead at 72 listen

06/23/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Phyllis Busansky was discovered dead today in a St. Augustine hotel room this morning. She was 72.

She was found unresponsive in her room at a hotel where she was staying for a statewide convention of Florida elections supervisors.

For many in Tampa, the news was first broadcast this morning by Tampa City Council Chairman Thomas Scott.

Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio has been a friend and colleague of Phyllis Busansky since they both served on the H...

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Facing the mortgage crisis together

06/23/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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GOOD AFTERNOON,

WELCOME TO WMNF’S ONE O’CLOCK CALL-IN PROGRAM. I’m Rob Lorei. IN A FEW MINUTES WE’LL HEAR FROM LOCAL EXPERTS ABOUT THE FORECLOSURE CRISIS…

BUT FIRST SOME LISTENER COMMENTS ABOUT LAST THURSDAY’S DEBATE BETWEEN DR. DAVID MCKALIP AND FORMER CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE JOHN RUSSELL OVER HEALTH CARE REFORM. HERE’S WHAT SOME LISTENERS HAD TO SAY.

WMNF IN PARTNERSHIP WITH WEDU, THE COMMUNITY PUBLIC TELEVISION STATION HERE IN WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA ARE WORKING WITH SEVERAL LOCAL NO...

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Tampa City Council to have voters weigh in on drinking treated wastewater listen

06/23/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Tampa City Council today voted to put on the 2010 ballot a measure that would put in motion the process to treat reclaimed water for drinking.

The process is known as groundwater replenishment, or reverse osmosis, where wastewater can be treated into the ground and then processed to become suitable for human consumption.

City Council member Charlie Miranda is a strong supporter of the concept. He attempted to allay any squeamish concerns by comparing the process to where the City ...

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Fighting beach erosion naturally in St Pete listen

06/22/09 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On June 20, 2009, approximately 200 people volunteered their time to plant 10,000 sea oat seedlings on St. Pete Beach as part of a multi-faceted beach preservation project initiated by the city’s Beach Stewardship Committee. The sea oats plants were provided by Pinellas County to help the city deal with its severe beach erosion problems, says committee chair, Kevin Hing.

“Planting sea oats is a natural solution that helps to prevent erosion. When they grow, these sea oats trap sand on th...

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Hagan literature drop in South Tampa elicits concern of wrongdoing listen

06/22/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan represents the northwestern section of the county. So, why did Hagan and his staff pass out county literature with his photograph outside of his district? Some critics claim that it’s a way for Hagan, who is running for a countywide seat, to skirt campaign finance requirements while gaining name recognition, but Hagan refutes that suggestion.

Ken Hagan [has filed to run for the county-w...

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Supreme Court rules on Voting Rights Act listen

06/22/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Supreme Court today reached a compromise on the Voting Rights Act that allowed it to sidestep the question of whether a key provision of the landmark civil rights legislation remains constitutional at a time when the nation's racial politics have changed forever.

The court decided that all political subdivisions covered by the provision have the right to prove that they do not discriminate, and thus would not need to have federal authorities approve election law changes. The provision,...

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