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Hudson man sentenced to prison for killing bald eagle listen

06/05/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In Tampa today, Jesse Barresse of Hudson was sentenced in U.S. District Court to six months in federal prison for intentionally shooting and killing a bald eagle while he was illegally duck hunting in Ruskin in January 2008.

Barresse was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Steven Merryday.

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Group: Crist is slacking off on pollution violators listen

06/05/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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According to an analysis of state enforcement statistics released earlier this week, the Charlie Crist’s administration’s touted 2007 pledge to toughen anti-pollution enforcement in Florida has been a failure. That’s according to the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

Doug Tobin, a spokesman for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, was dismissive of the new report.

Jerry Phillips with Florida PEER says that while enforcement records are available from the...

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Sarasota woman recalls encounter with slain doctor listen

06/05/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In Wichita, Kansas, police and federal marshals are preparing for the funeral tomorrow of late-term abortion provider George Tiller.

Tonight in Tallahassee, and tomorrow in Jacksonville vigils will be held for Tiller- they’re part of 50 such events held by pro-choice groups in the week since Tiller was gunned down in church last Sunday by 51-year-old Scott Roeder.

Much has been said, pro and con, about George Tiller this week. He was one of just a handful of doctors left in the U.S. ...

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St Pete City Council approves community gardens ordinance and moves toward design'g Al Lang a park listen

06/04/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today the St. Petersburg City Council passed an ordinance allowing community gardens on vacant private property in the city.

A community garden has already been developed in Bartlett Park. Andrea Hildebran is participating in that effort. Hildebran founded an organization, Green Florida, to help create community gardens and form a network to promote them. “They provide food for people.”

On Wednesday, the city’s development review commission unanimously recommended approval of the ordina...

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New homeless stats don't tell the whole story, advocates say listen

06/04/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The number of homeless men, women and children in Hillsborough County has remained steady during the past two years.

According to the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County, 9,566 people were counted by 200 volunteers spread out among Hillsborough County this past February. The count comes two years after the 2007 count, which reported 9,532 homeless people in the county.

The homeless count is required by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to be completed by ...

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Tampa City Council grilled on noise listen

06/04/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa City Council this morning heard complaints about loud music coming from cars.

Several residents came before the Board this morning to express their problems with noise in neighborhoods

City Attorney Chip Fletcher said currently the City is abiding by a state-wide law on noise violations.

Tampa Police Major Mark Hamlin then came before the Council to discuss what is known as the Soft Letter approach, currently used in St. Petersburg by the Police Department there.

He s...

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National Trails Day at Brooker Creek listen

06/04/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This Saturday is National Trails Day, and the event is being celebrated at the Brooker Creek Preserve. The preserve is an 8,500 acre wilderness area located in the northeastern corner of Pinellas County.

Bruce Rinker is with the Pinellas County’s environmental lands division. He says the County is everyone is welcome to attend the day’s activities on Saturday.

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Obama speaks in Cairo listen

06/04/09 Mitch E. Perry
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In perhaps his most anticipated address in his young presidency, Barack Obama spoke to a crowd of 3,000 invited guests at Cairo University in Egypt today. The President said he seeks a new beginning between the U.S. and Muslims around the world.

Admitting that no single speech can eradicate years of mistrust, Obama referenced his Kenyan father coming from a generation of Muslims, and acknowledged civilization's debt to Islam.

But he said that violent extremism must be confronted in all...

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City wants sex offenders living under Miami bridge to be removed listen

06/03/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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About seventy people live in a homeless camp underneath a Miami bridge. Many of them have been released from prison after serving time for sex offenses and have nowhere else to live because of residency restrictions. But Miami’s City Manager sent a letter this week asking Governor Charlie Crist to relocate the people who live under the Julia Tuttle Causeway.

Howard Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, blames both the Governor and local elected offici...

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Hillsborough Administrator: over 600 layoffs expected listen

06/03/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Administrator Pat Bean called the dire economic conditions the County faces for Fiscal year 2010 a ‘perfect storm’ today. The county may lose between 600 to 700 jobs.

Bean addressed the Commission after a draft proposal on possible budget cuts were leaked this morning to the St. Petersburg Times, a leak that she said angered her.

The Times report said Bean's 12 page list includes nearly $140 million in spending cuts, with very few programs in the County being spared...

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Controversy surrounds Cone Ranch Proposal listen

06/03/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Earlier this month, Hillsborough County Commissioners heard about a proposal by private developers to purchase much of county-owned Cone Ranch, north of Plant City.

The proposal comes from Florida Conservation and Environmental Group, or FCE&G. FCE&G is led by a former Chief of Staff to former Mississippi Senator Trent Lott.

The proposal has been supported by Commission Chair Ken Hagen. Many environmentalists are concerned, including Pam Clouston. At the County Commission meeting this...

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Commissioners discuss insurance plan for county staff listen

06/03/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Administrator Pat Bean declined to move forward today on accepting the recommendation from the County’s Insurance Company to sign up with CIGNA as health care provider for County employees.

CIGNA has apparently won out over AETNA and United Health Care to provide care for County personnel. Even though Bean said she would bring the issue back before the board in 2 weeks time, that didn’t prevent Commissioner Jim Norman from expressing his disappointment about how the pr...

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Inside Look At The Barack Obama Campaign

06/03/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up an interview with former Newsweek staffer Richard Wolffe about his new book on Barack Obama’s campaign for president called RENEGADE (Crown Press).

Veteran political reporter Richard Wolffe who is a former Newsweek staff writer and currently an analyst for MSNBC has had unrivalled access to Barack Obama and his inner circle. During the 2008 campaign, he routinely broke news about the candidate and the campaign. Now, Wolffe ...

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Hillsborough citizens sound off about SB 360 listen

06/03/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County residents blasted Governor Charlie Crist at today’s County Commission meeting, over his signing Senate Bill 360 earlier this week.

Among other things, the law allows developers in communities such as Hillsborough County to no longer have to pay if local roads could not handle the impact of their project. Critics say this effectively guts growth management in the state.

Vivian Baca argued for the County to hire outside counsel to challenge the legality of the legisla...

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Pinellas County greenlights further Toytown research listen

06/02/09 Amy Beeman
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Pinellas County Commission voted unanimously today to allow further study at the site of the former landfill called Toytown, a potential location for the possible new Tampa Bay Rays stadium. While there have been no official talks or proposals regarding the stadium, unofficially, there is buzz around the prospect of a new Rays stadium being built on the northeastern St. Petersburg site.

A partner with Bear Creek Capital, the development company who will continue the research, Bill Tip...

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