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Executives: Creative Loafing still alive after sale listen

08/27/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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On Tuesday, a New York-based hedge fund took control of the Tampa Bay area alternative weekly newspaper Creative Loafing by winning a bankruptcy court auction against the weekly chain's founding family.

Atalaya Capital Management won the auction with a $5 million bid and pledged to keep the Tampa and Sarasota papers, as well as the company's four other alt-weeklies, up and running.

David Warner is the editor of Creative Loafing. He says readers of the paper in the Tampa Bay area don’t...

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Ron Pollack on health care bill's chances listen

08/27/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A day after the country has had a chance to absorb the death of Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy, political analysts are now looking at whether his death helps, hurts, or at all changes the battle to get a health care reform bill passed this year in Congress.

Ron Pollack is the founding Executive Director with Families USA, a Washington D.C.-based advocacy group for universal health care.

WMNF spoke with him this morning to discuss some of the important health care legislation that Sen...

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Senator Graham calls for greater citizen involvement

08/26/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Our next guest, former US Senator Bob Graham, has written a new book promoting civic engagement. Graham spent decades as a public servant, both in Florida and Washington DC. He is now focusing his efforts on training the next generation of public leaders and getting them engaged with the political system to effect change.

In this how-to guide of America, The Owner’s Manual: Making the Government Work for You (CQ Press, March 2009), readers are taken out of theoretical discuss...

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Tent City discussion continues in Hillsborough County listen

08/26/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night In Tampa, neighbors opposed to a proposed tent city to house 250 people in the East Lake Park District east of Tampa kept the pressure up at a Zoning Master Hearing.

Catholic Charities has proposed using 12 acres of church-owned land off East Hillsborough Avenue near I-4 for about 250 tents and 6-foot by 8-foot wooden sheds known as casitas. It would be similar to the Pinellas Hope tent city near Clearwater.

In order to reassure concerned citizens in the neighborhood, Catholi...

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Senator Nelson takes shot at Crist in announcing stimulus funds listen

08/26/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The U.S. Department of Commerce announced today that the Port of Tampa has been awarded a $2.2 million federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant toward at $4.5 million pier reconstruction and bulkhead replacement project.

The award is funded through a $150 million EDA supplemental appropriation under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. It is expected to result in maintaining 281 jobs.

Senator Bill Nelson also announced the funding while in Tampa today, an...

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Senator Nelson: No drilling off Florida's coast listen

08/26/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Senator Bill Nelson said today he will do whatever it takes to make sure a proposal to allow offshore drilling near Florida’s coast is rejected in the Senate. Nelson said it would destroy the state’s economy if it were allowed.

Legislation filed last month by Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski and co-sponsored by Louisiana Democrat Mary Landieu would allow drilling near Pensacola and in the highly-coveted Destin Dome.

A new twist in the legislation, making it more attractive for som...

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Ted Kennedy's place in the Clinton-Obama race listen

08/26/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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It was only in the last year that Ted Kennedy slipped away somewhat from the national scene.

He suffered a seizure in May of 2008. His doctors determined the cause was a malignant glioma, a brain tumor that often carries a grim prognosis. But earlier in the year, the battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for President became one of the most interesting and historic in a generation, if not ever, and Kennedy was a major player in that drama.

As Dan ...

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League of Women Voters celebrates Women's Equality Day listen

08/26/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today is the 89th anniversary of Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

Deirdre McNab is the freshly-minted head of the Florida chapter of the Women League of Voters. WMNF spoke to her today on Women’s Equality Day, and other issues, including the late Ted Kennedy.

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A humanist looks at religion and government

08/25/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Toni Van Pelt joined Rob Lorei for this discussion of faith-based initiatives and the influence of religion on government. She's the Vice President and Director of Government Affairs of the Center For Inquiry's Washington, D.C. Office of Public Policy.

FMI: http://CenterForInquiry.net/Tampa

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Florida borrows to pay unemployment listen

08/25/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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With Florida's unemployment rate the highest it’s been in over 3 decades, the state’s savings account to pay unemployment compensation claims ran out of money yesterday.

But officials with the state Agency for Workforce Innovation stress that benefits will continue to flow to laid-off workers as Florida begins to borrow from the federal government.

Robbie Cunningham is with the Agency for Workforce Innovation. Cunningham told a Florida newspaper that Florida is authorized to borrow ...

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Workshop on growth management bill listen

08/25/09 Lindsey Kratochwill
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This morning at the Quorum Hotel in Tampa, the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council organized a workshop to discuss the Senate Bill 360, which deals with changes in the state’s growth management laws.

The bill has been the subject of many lawsuits and speculations since its passing. Panelists spoke about their positions and thoughts on the bill. Secretary of the Florida Department of Community Affairs Tom Pelham says that it’s important to look at what is said in the bill, rather than g...

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New report on dangers of heatwaves listen

08/25/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday

A new report on the dangers of global warming says the country is headed for strong heat waves in coming decades, that will affect cities and farmers and threaten wildlife with extinction.

The report, called More Extreme Heat Waves: Global Warming's Wake Up Call, is sponsored by medical, environmental and civil rights organizations.

It lists 30 different American cities, and breaks them up into three different categories of vulnerabilities to heat waves in the future.

In the first ...

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Organizing For America opens office in Ybor City listen

08/25/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As the polls continue to go south on heatlh care reform, Democrats and their supporters are beginning a counter offensive that include holding more than 500 events between now and September 8th, when Congress returns back from their summer break.

Politico reports that the Democratic National Committee and its grassroots arm, Organizing For America, are helping to organize the effort along with the Health Care for America Now, a group pushing to create government-run insurance plan.

One ...

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New book challenges the local food movement listen

08/25/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In his new book, Just Food, James E. McWilliams challenges popular wisdom, myth and misinformation about the fresh and local food movement.

McWilliams writes that “no single concept unites the locavore movement more powerfully than ‘food miles’, the distance our food travels before we eat it." He says that the concept of food miles is flawed on many levels.

We’ll air the 2nd part of this interview later this week on the Evening News.

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Solar Homes Now

08/24/09 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Our first guest was Jamie Trahan, a researcher at USF's Clean Energy Research Center, CERC. She's organizing Tampa Bay's first 'Solar Tour' of homes and businesses. This will take place October 3, and you can contact Jamie at jmetrahan@yahoo.com.

Next we talked to a Hillsborough County resident who's starting a solar installation project on his home using the southern, eastern and western portions of his roof to glue on his Thin-film Solar Modules. Pat's using two power inverters to handl...

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