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Debate over Cone Ranch's fate continue listen

08/24/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A bid to reject a private developer from purchasing Cone Ranch in eastern Hillsborough County was narrowly rejected today, tying at 3 votes apiece.

The vote occurred during a meeting to discuss the fate of the 12,800 acre ranch, which the County’s Water Department has owned for decades.

The County Ranch Environmental Development Team consists of a 7 member panel, each selected by a County Commissioner.

Board member Pamela Jo Hatley said that currently the public does not have acces...

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Pinellas Schools flu briefing listen

08/24/09 Lindsey Kratochwill
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Pinellas County School District and Health Department organized a briefing today at High Point Elementary about efforts to prepare and respond to any concerns about H1N1 at schools. School opens tomorrow in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties.

So far the effect of H1N1 on Pinellas County has amounted to one death earlier this month and 5 reported or suspected hospitalizations. Those most susceptible to the virus include children under 5, pregnant women and adults with underlying chroni...

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Health care reform critics protest outside Castor's office listen

08/24/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This past Saturday morning in West Tampa, approximately two dozen critics of health care reform protested outside the district office of Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor.

Some liberal activists joined them. But instead of the arguing and shouted back-and-forths that have occurred throughout the country at town halls this August, a more civilized give-and-take took place on this rainy morning.

Democrat John Russell ran unsuccessfully for Congress in Florida’s 5th District against...

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Facing The Mortgage Crisis

08/23/09 Robert Lorei
Sunday Forum
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Today we had five experts on our mortgage crisis program. Here's some contact info:

  • Debbi Colon/Housing Connection Program/Diocese of St. Petersburg: 813-707-7508
  • William Sanchez VP Tampa Bay CDC 727-446-6222
  • William Walker Junior/Housing and Education Alliance 813-261-5151
  • Vicki Williams/Florida Dept. of Financial Services/877-693-5236 (toll free)
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Inside story of town hall riots

08/22/09 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Adele M. Stan, journalist, blogger, feminist, and the Washington Bureau Chief of Alternet, gave the inside story of the Town Hall Riots concerning health care.

She traced the groups and web sites being utilized by so many people. Fascinating journalistic dig and the roots run deep.

You can find her articles on alternet and pnhp.org/news, including the [August 10th story on alternet](http://www.alternet.org/politic...

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Health care?

08/22/09 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Dr. Marcia Angell, senior lecturer at Harvard Medical School and the first woman editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, talked about the problems with health care reform if the profits of the health care industries were not to be discussed. She is well known for her writings about the drug industry, and her book The Truth About Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What To Do About It was widely read and discussed. She is very frank about her perceptions that the medical system i...

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Youssef Megahed to be released from immigration detention listen

08/21/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Youssef Megahed is about to be released from a Miami-area immigration detention facility.

A Miami immigration judge has signed an order to release the former University of South Florida student, who was acquitted of explosives charges earlier this year.

That's because of an agreement today between immigration officials and Megahed's attorney.

Earlier today, immigration judge Kenneth Hurewitz threw out Megahed's deportation case.

WMNF spoke this afternoon with Youssef’s immigrati...

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Tiger Bay Meeting with county commissioners listen

08/21/09 Lindsey Kratochwill
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Tiger Bay Club of Tampa held their meeting this afternoon. The speakers included four county commissioners who were asked questions by members and explained what they were currently working on with the commission.

The commissioners agreed in their opening statements that the budget is an important issue. Commissioner Kevin Beckner has some projects in addition to that which he felt important.

Commissioner Mark Sharpe agreed with Beckner’s priorities put on transportation as wel...

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EPA settles with environmental groups; new pollution limits on FL waterways listen

08/21/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to place limits on how much pollution can enter Florida’s waterways. Environmental groups fanned out across the state today to announce a settlement to a lawsuit they filed last year against the EPA.

David Guest is with Earthjustice, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. "Today is a major milestone in the protection of lakes and rivers in Florida."

Guest says EPA signed a consent decree as the consequence of the lawsuit.

The cons...

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Unemployment rate in Florida holds steady listen

08/21/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida’s unemployment rate in July was 10.7 percent. It was the same as June’s adjusted rate, but it’s up 4.4 percentage points from July of last year.

The state’s labor bureau, the Agency for Workforce Innovation, released the data today. Rebecca Rust is their chief economist.

“987,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 9,193,000. The revised rate for a month ago was also 10.7 percent, so the rate held steady over the month. The year ago rate was 6.3 percent, ” Ru...

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Interview with Adele Stan listen

08/21/09 Mary Glenny
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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While the NetRoots Nation conference was going on in Pittsburgh last week, Adele Stan, the Washington bureau chief for Alternet, covered a right-wing gathering in the same town. It led to her article, “Inside Story on Town Hall Riots: Right-Wing Shock Troops Do Corporate America's Dirty Work.” Stan was interviewed today by Women’s Show co-host Mary Gle...

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New EPA lead standards may affect East Tampa company listen

08/20/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has revised its lead air quality standard to allow ten times less pollution than previously permitted. Compliance with the new standard may be a challenge for one of the only lead smelters in the country, located in east Tampa.

The board of Hillsborough County’s Environmental Protection Commission met on Thursday in Tampa. [Jerry Campbell](http://www.epchc....

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Activists criticize pro-oil rallies listen

08/20/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Next Thursday in Ybor City, a rally is being organized by Energy Citizens, a pro-oil, anti-cap-and-trade group.

The first of at least 20 such rallies was held earlier this week in Houston. As has reported by various alternative media sources, the campaign is organized by the American Petroleum Institute, working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.

In all, there are over 100 state and national trade groups representing the oil, gas, coal and ...

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Efforts to revive high-speed rail in Florida

08/20/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk about efforts to revive high-speed rail here in Florida.

But first some listener comments about yesterday’s interview with Tim Curtis of Tampa912- an organization inspired by talk show host Glenn Beck and which has protested at recent town hall meetings on health care reform.

Earlier this week a new group called Connect Us held press conferences around the state calling for Florida to aggressively go after fede...

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Tensions boil over in Tampa City Council meeting listen

08/20/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A brief shouting match occurred during the Tampa City Council meeting this morning between Council members John Dingfelder and Joseph Catano.

The burst of emotion came during discussion for a wet zoning for a new Japanese steakhouse that intends to open on South Howard Avenue in Tampa, at the former site of Whaley’s grocery store.

Councilman Dingfelder did not attend the first hearing two weeks ago, where the Council initially approved the restaurant's serving beer and wine. But Ding...

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