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Charlie Crist holds business roundtable on Florida economy listen

07/14/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Governor Charlie Crist toured a printing factory in Clearwater today before holding a roundtable discussion with business leaders. Crist, who is competing for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, promised businesses that government would “stay out of their way.”

Governor Crist toured the factory of BIC Graphic USA, a division of the multinational company that makes pens and disposable lighters. Their central Pinellas factory, which Crist calle...

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Hillsborough's Growth Management Director on SB 360 listen

07/14/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Over the weekend, there were published reports about some uncertainty about the interpretation of Senate Bill 360, the controversial growth-management bill signed by Governor Charlie Crist last month.

The Tampa Tribune reports that Department of Community Affairs Secretary Tom Pelham has said that the law’s language allows cities and counties to continue requiring builders to pay for their transportation impacts.

The Tribune quotes the bill’s sponsor in the Senate, Bradenton’s Mik...

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Health Disparities and Hoops listen

07/13/09 Carson Frame
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Saturday in Tampa, the University Area Community Center played host to “Health Disparities and Hoops,” an event aimed at promoting public awareness about health care inequities and issues plaguing the American population. The event also targeted youth smoking prevention with the use of educational games. After signing a smoke-free pledge card, younger attendees were given the opportunity to shoot hoops with a University of Tampa basketball coach. Meanwhile, vendors offered free basic h...

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Urban Permaculture

07/13/09 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Our guest, John Starnes, is a Tampa-based garden writer living a frugal, but good life in the inner city. Also, Debbie Butts, a local plant lover and farmer, joined the program. Both talked about summer vegetable crops, perennial edible plants and fruit trees in our area. John also gave some great tips for dumpster diving. He teaches weekend urban gardening classes out of his south Tampa home. Debbie and John are both members of the Barefoot Gardeners E-group and post answers to questions on-...

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Affordable condo project planned on land trust in Tampa Westshore Business District listen

07/13/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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One consequence of the current deep recession is a decline in new housing construction. But one condominium development aimed at low-income residents is on the horizon in Tampa’s Westshore business district.

Some funding for the 57-unit condo project comes from public sources, including the City of Tampa and the Florida Housing Finance Corporation. The land was donated by Hillsborough County and has become the county’s first land trust. Before he was elected to Tampa City Council, Coun...

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Pastors for Peace caravan rolls thru Ybor City listen

07/13/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As they have since 1992, the group Pastors For Peace is again sending a caravan of goods, including medical supplies and other aid, to Cuba this summer. On Saturday, that caravan made a stop in Ybor City.

Pastors for Peace is a New York based ministry of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization.

The Ybor stop has been traditional one for the caravan over the years. Local activist Mauricio Vasquez kicked off the event.

More than 100 pastors will make the pilgrimage i...

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St Petersburg hosts Great Neighborhoods Conference listen

07/10/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This week, the 13th annual Florida’s Great Neighborhoods Conference is being held in downtown St. Petersburg. It brings together municipalities, non-profits, and neighborhood associations to brainstorm the best ways to serve neighborhoods throughout the state.

More than 400 people from around the state are participating in a series of workshops on topics ranging from homelessness to co...

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Local Health officials prepare for H1N1 virus listen

07/10/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said today that though media coverage of the swine flu (H1N1) virus has fallen in recent months, the federal government is working hard on having a vaccine ready by mid October for what could be an expansion of the virus.

Sebelius says of particular interest to U.S. officials is the nature of the virus right now in the Southern Hemisphere.

On Thursday, some 500 state and local health officials met from around the country to talk about...

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Zev Chafets on 'hysteria' over steroids listen

07/10/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The issue of steroids in professional baseball reared its ugly head again recently with the revelations that superstars Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez were revealed to have used performance-enhancing drugs.

Ramirez was suspended for 50 games this season, but has been playing for the last week with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He seems to be receiving more criticism from members of the press than opposing fans.

Zev Chafets is the author of the new book, “Cooperstown Confidential: Heroes,...

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Advocate on challenge to proposed nuclear plant listen

07/10/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Progress Energy’s plans for a nuclear power plant in Levy County became a little bumpier this week.

On Wednesday, the Atomic Safety & Licensing Board (ALSB), an arm of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, ruled that 3 environmental groups could challenge the power company’s plans and cited 3 specific reasons why.

The groups are The Florida Green Party, The Florida Ecology Party, and the Nuclear Information Resource Service, or NIRS.

Mary Olson is the Southeast Regional Coordinator ...

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The Rise Of The Eliminationists

07/09/09 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Political discussion on talk radio, in some churches and on television has become increasingly harsh and divisive in recent years. In a moment we’ll talk with the author of the new book who says that the radical talk has reached a point where one faction is calling for the elimination of the other faction.

In recent months we’ve seen a variety of murders by right wing radicals against an abortion doctor, members of a Unitarian Church, and a g...

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Opposition crashes MoveOn public health care option rallies listen

07/09/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Please note the update to this story (below) since it went to air.

In Washington, D.C, Congress is considering a range of options for health care reform. This afternoon in Tampa, members of MoveOn.org lobbied both Florida Senators to support a strong “public option.” But they were outnumbered by people opposing a public health care option.

Outside of the Federal Courthouse in downtown Tampa, the location of Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson’s regional off...

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NRC ruling: case against Progress Energy has merit listen

07/09/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A branch of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission ruled yesterday that the Florida Green Party will be allowed to challenge Progress Energy’s proposed $17 billion dollar nuclear power plant in Levy County.

Three groups -- the Green Party of Florida, the Ecology Party of Florida, and the Nuclear Information and Resource Service -- challenged Progress’s combined Operating License Application back in February.

The groups challenged Progress on 12 different issues.

No date has been set f...

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PSC Progress Energy Public Hearing listen

07/09/09 Lindsey Kratochwill
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Florida Public Service Commission is holding a series of public hearings to better understand the possible effects of Progress Energy’s proposed 31.5% increase in base rates. Tuesday afternoon’s hearing was held at Spartan Manor in New Port Richey.

At the beginning of the hearing, various parties spoke, such as the Florida Retail Federation and the Office of Public Council. Members of Florida Legislature were also present, including House Representatives John Legg and Peter Nehr. A...

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Local Govts. sue over growth-management bill listen

07/09/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A group of local governments is suing Charlie Crist and the state legislature over Senate Bill 360, the controversial growth management bill signed by the Governor last month.

The new law exempts builders from having to widen roads to accommodate traffic from new construction and eliminates the review process for some large developments. Environmentalists have called the bill a gift to developers.

But the lawsuit doesn’t touch on the merits of the legislation. Instead, it focuses on ...

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