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Hillsborough County Board to reign in NEVs listen

08/12/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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For the past year and a half, Neighborhood Electric Vehicles, or NEVs, have been giving free rides to people in certain parts of Tampa, much to the consternation of taxi cab companies who believe they put them at an unfair disadvantage.

Because the rides are free, they’re not regulated.

But today cab companies won a victory when the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission, or PTC, ruled that the car service does receive compensation, in the form of advertising and tips. ...

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Hillsborough Schools do away with attendence incentives listen

08/11/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Hillsborough School Board today voted unanimously to do away with attendance incentives for the upcoming school year.

That’s an attempt to encourage students who may be sick to stay home rather than coming to school in order to earn an exam exemption for perfect-attendance or academic bonus points.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people with flu-like symptoms stay home and avoid contact with others in order to contain limit the spread of the H1N1 flu...

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Tent City proposed for Hillsborough still has life but may have to relocate listen

08/11/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A proposed tent city in Hillsborough County is still being considered, but supporters may need to examine alternative locations. In a Land Use meeting today, County Commissioners voted to send the proposal back to a public hearing.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Petersburg is asking Hillsborough County to change the zoning of 12 acres near Harney Road and Hillsborough Ave. in east Tampa to allow 250 tents for homeless resi...

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Obama's First Six Months In Office

08/11/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Welcome to WMNF Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll hear from the executive editor of Rolling Stone Magazine about the current cover story on President Obama’s first six months in office. But first some listener comments about last Thursday’s program. On that program we heard from a Republican activist who was organizing the protest outside of the town hall meeting on health care last Thursday in Ybor City. We also heard from a former health insurance industry executive who ...

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New nuclear plant gets cabinet OK, still faces challenges listen

08/11/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Governor Charlie Crist and the Florida Cabinet have approved Progress Energy's bid to build a nuclear power plant in Levy County.

However, that doesn't mean the request will ultimately go through.

Progress Energy still requires approval from environmental regulators and the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission before it can begin construction on the project, about 10 miles north of Crystal River and 8 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico.

The Florida Public Service Commission approv...

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St. Petersburg Mayoral Forum at Suncoast Hospice listen

08/11/09 Lindsey Kratochwill
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last night at Suncoast Hospice in St. Petersburg, the NAACP along with many religious organizations sponsored a forum for the mayoral candidates.

The candidates were asked ten questions prepared by the NAACP and other sponsoring religious organizations. The questions were directed to three candidates at a time on a rotating basis. The first question concerned the controversy over the privatization of the Baywalk sidewalk. While Richard Eldridge said he would err on the side of the constitu...

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New documentary on ocean acidification listen

08/11/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tomorrow night, (August 12th) the cable network Discovery Planet Green hosts the world premiere of ACID TEST: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification, a documentary produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council featuring Sigourney Weaver.

ACID TEST explores "the other carbon problem" - the startling phenomenon of ocean acidification, which may soon challenge marine life on a scale that has not occurred for tens of millions of years.

NRDC senior scientist & ocean acidifica...

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New 'negative energy' company in Tampa Bay listen

08/11/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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At a news conference regarding climate change legislation pending in the U.S. Senate, several people representing the green job industry spoke out in support of the energy bill, best known for its provisions on cap and trade.

One of those speaking was Wayne Gideons. He’s the President of Yaroke USA, a 'negative polluting' company just getting started in Tampa Bay. WMNF spoke with him yesterday to learn more about what ‘negative polluting’ is all about.

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USF Health to train doctors in computer assisted surgery listen

08/10/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The University of South Florida College of Medicine soon will begin training doctors from across the southeast in robotic-assisted surgery. The new USF Health da Vinci Center for Computer Assisted Surgery will train up to 600 doctors per year to use robots to perform minimally-invasive surgery.

Two weeks ago, Cheryl Jordan had a minimally-invasive hysterectomy using a surgical system known as the da Vinci Si. Jordan is a doctor from...

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Dan Balz on last year's election listen

08/10/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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One of the best books on the 2008 Presidential campaign has just been published.

Called The Battle for America 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary Election, the book is co-written by long time Washington political veterans Haynes Johnson and Dan Balz.

WMNF spoke with Balz last week, and asked him what happened to the campaign of GOP candidate Rudy Guiliani, who many analysts thought in late 2007 was best positioned to win the nomination. But Guilani's strategy of downplaying Iowa and...

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Scott Wagman to challenge Florida law on internet ads listen

08/10/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Scott Wagman said today that he will fight charges that his internet ads violated state law.

Several weeks ago the Florida Elections Commission told Wagman that the ads might violate state law, because they do not contain the disclaimer about who paid for the ads.

But Wagman says that internet ads are different. The issue concerns small ads — actually hypertext links — on Web sites such as Facebook or Google.

Mitch Kates is the campaign manager fo...

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Environmentalists call for more green jobs in Florida listen

08/10/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Although health care is the raging issue in Washington and across the country, U.S. Senators are also likely to take up climate change when they return from the August recess next month.

This morning in Tampa, a coalition of activists, politicians, and people involved in the alternative energy industry gathered to encourage citizens to call their representatives in Washington to support federal legislation that encourages more investment in green jobs.

Robert Armstead is with the Florid...

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"Respect: A Musical Journey of Women"

08/08/09 Mary Glenney and Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View

Alison Burns and Heather Krueger, in the cast of "Respect: A Musical Journey of Women" talked about the musical by Dr. Dorothy Marcic. Using popular music to tell the history of women over the last century, this musical is at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

For more information, see www.respectamusicaljourney.com. This superb website offers excellent insight into the history of women over the last century through music.

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Runway Runaway

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

Lorelei Shellist, author of Runway Runaway and fashion diva, talks about her life as told in her book - a breathless journey around the globe with a backstage pass to high fashion, true romance and rock 'n roll with some of the biggest names in the business.

For more information: http://runwayrunaway.com

She will be signing books and talking to people, August 14, Hard Rock Cafe & Casino Lobby Bar, 5-6 pm. She said come early or stay late for quiet conver...

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A Historic Music Perspective of Women

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

Music by women during the last century, including comments by a few of the women leaders of the time. From: Respect: A Century of Women in Music, 5 CD set with booklet.

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