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Fossil Fuel lobbyist Charlie Stenholm pushes drilling off Florida coast listen

07/31/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last year Congress gave states the option of whether to allow drilling for oil and natural gas off their coasts. The Florida Legislature is expected to again take up the issue in their 2010 session. Today in Tampa, a former Democratic member of Congress from Texas spoke in favor of opening up Florida to offshore drilling.

Charlie Stenholm - a member of the House of Representatives from 1979 to 2005 – predicts that drilling off the coast of Florida “will happen someday.” Stenholm sugg...

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Blue Dog Democrat founder Charlie Stenholm on their influence in health care reform debate listen

07/31/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A small group of fiscally conservative Democrats known as the Blue Dogs are having an effect on the health care reform debate that may be disproportionate to their numbers in Congress.

This afternoon in Tampa, WMNF spoke with a co-founder of the Blue Dogs, Charlie Stenholm, who represented parts of central Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1979 until 2005.

The Blue Dog Democrats, formed in 1995, share some fiscal ideolo...

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Danny Goldberg on the music industry in 2009 listen

07/31/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Danny Goldberg has been in the music business for 40 years, and currently manages Steve Earle. In the past he’s worked with Led Zeppelin, Stevie Nicks, and Warren Zevon, among others. His memoir on his life in the music business, called Bumping Into Geniuses, has just been published in paperback. WMNF spoke with earlier this week, and asked him about the state of the music industry in 2009.

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Author defends his new work on the Kennedys listen

07/31/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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  1. David Heymann alleges in his new book that Robert F. Kennedy and his brother’s widow, Jackie, had a chemistry that evolved into a relationship after the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

The accuracy of that claim has been thoroughly disputed in some quarters.

The backlash began in 1994, when he first alluded to the affair in an updated edition of his book A Woman Named Jackie. He repeated the claim in 1998's RFK: A Candid Biography.

WMNF asked Heymann about his sources – ...

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Attorney fights to stave off evictions listen

07/31/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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At a mobile home park in east Tampa, residents are getting an eviction notice on Wednesday that they needed to depart their homes by today.

We heard from some of the residents of the Tampa Sun Mobile Home Park, located on North 47th Street in Tampa. Approximately 60 people live in the mobile park lot, and many will have no place to go, if evicted in the next week.

That’s why earlier today a St. Petersburg attorney who specializes in real estate law went to court to file an emergency ...

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Despite massive deficit Hillsborough County Commission lowers property tax rate listen

07/30/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Despite facing huge budget cuts, the Hillsborough County Commission today voted to slightly reduce the property tax rate. The reduction will lower a typical homeowner’s bill by about twenty-four cents, resulting in a further $100,000 decline in county revenue.

The commissioners approved a combined general revenue operating fund and environmentally sensitive lands debt service tax rate of about $5.80 per $1,000 of a property’s taxable value. So...

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Eric Draper on off-shore drilling listen

07/30/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Eric Draper from the Florida Audubon Society is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Agriculture Secretary next year. WMNF spoke with Draper today from Orlando, the site of the Farm to Fuel Summit, and asked him to further elaborate about Commissioner Bronson’s comments on oil drilling off of Florida’s coasts.

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Tampa newspaper vendors worry about their future listen

07/30/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa City Council clarified their law today on solicitations from city roadways, a law that a local newspaper and its vendors feared could hurt their ability to sell papers on street corners.

1st Amendment attorney James Lake represents the Tampa Tribune. He said of the two proposals before the Council, he disliked one that would require that all vendors to check in with the police two weeks in advance.

The Council then heard from a series of people who sell papers on Sundays, w...

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Tampa raises fees on recreation services listen

07/30/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa City Council today voted to increase fees for many of its services, charged by the city’s parks and recreation department.

But they changed a provision so that if the Mayor wants to increase those fees in the future up to 5%, it must come back before the City Council and the public.

Karen Paulus is the director of the Tampa’s Parks and Recreation Department She repeated comments made earlier this week by Mayor Pam Iorio, who said that some fees needed to be raised be...

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Safeguard Our Seniors program offers tips for protection from financial fraud listen

07/29/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Senior citizens should be wary of scams involving annuities and other types of financial fraud. About sixty people heard that message this afternoon at the Gulfport Senior Center during a discussion hosted by the Florida Department of Financial Services. Their outreach and education coordinator, Karin Bolin, helped organize the seminar called “Safeguard Our Seniors,” or SOS “which is an initiative that the [state’s] Chief Financial Officer, [Alex Sink](http://...

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GOP State lawmaker wants to block health care plan listen

07/29/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Two Republican lawmakers have filed a proposed state constitutional amendment aimed at blocking a federal health care plan in Florida.

Sen. Carey Baker of Eustis, also a GOP candidate for Agriculture Commissioner, says that legislation pending in Congress amounts to "socialization" and would let the federal government choose a person's doctor and ration treatment.

The House sponsor, Rep. Scott Plakon of Longwood, called it a "power-grab" by President Barack Obama and the Democratic Con...

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PETA offers help for Friendship Trail Bridge, if fishing is banned listen

07/29/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The animal rights activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), today wrote a letter to Friendship Trail Bridge Chair Frank Miller. The group says they will help pay for the restoration of the now closed off bridge, if officials agree to ban fishing off of it.

The bridge that runs between Hillsborough & Pinellas Counties, next to Gandy Bridge, has been closed since last Christmas.

The park has been used for years by runners, cyclists, in-line skaters, fishermen, ...

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Hillsborough Commissioners want to cut property taxes again listen

07/29/09 MItch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Despite a $140 million dollar shortfall, Hillsborough County Commissioners today indicated that they’d like to cut their millage rate, if for no other reason than that they’ve done it every year for the past decade.

County Budget Director Eric Johnson, recently caught in the middle of a feud between Commissioners and Administrator Pat Bean after Bean gave raises to top assistants like Johnson, suggested that they could avoid being attacked by the media if his staff could construct a bu...

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Bradley case heard at Pinellas County school board meeting listen

07/29/09 Lindsey Kratochwill
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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During the Pinellas County school board meeting last night, a memorandum regarding the Bradley Case, a 45 year-old lawsuit was heard.

The proposed memorandum on the Bradley case has seen criticism from the St Petersburg NAACP. The agreement includes equitable allocation of funding for instructional strategies and intervention to improve black student achievement. St Petersburg NAACP President Ray Tampa worries that it is not enough and that it needs to be more specific.

Charles McKinsey...

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Time To Lift The US Embargo On Cuba?

07/29/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good afternoon. I’m Rob Lorei. Welcome to Radioactivity. Coming up we’ll look at the question of whether it's time to re-open trade between the US and Cuba. We’ll hear from a Tampa City Council member and a Tampa Port Authority member who travelled to Cuba last week.

But first some listener comments about yesterday’s program. On the open phones portion of yesterday’s program several listeners wanted to talk about the recent arrest of Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates...

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