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Interview With An Independent Candidate For Governor

09/16/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Our guest in this segment is Peter Allen, a member of The Independence Party of Florida and a candidate for Governor in 2010.

FMI http://www.peter4fl.com

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Citizenship Day reflection on immigration debate and Florida voter trends listen

09/16/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tomorrow is Citizenship Day, which recognizes the ratification of the U.S. Constitution and those who have become citizens. The Reform Immigration for America Campaign is stressing the importance of the day for the immigration debate and for voter trends in Florida. Doug Rivlin is their communications director.

In a conference call on Wednesday, Rivlin said that more than 8,000 people will take the oath of citizenship on Thursday and 360,000 have done so in the last four years. One of tho...

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Iorio names Jane Castor Tampa police chief listen

09/16/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Jane Castor will become Tampa’s first female and first lesbian chief of police on October 1st. Mayor Pam Iorio made that announcement this morning as well as the retirement of current Chief Steve Hogue.

Castor is the assistant chief of operations and is a 25-year veteran of the TPD. Iorio calls her a “born leader” and says that Castor has “filled every possible role” since joining the department in 1984. Jane Castor says that some things will be different in the department under ...

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Congresswoman Castor hails House vote on increasing college funding aide listen

09/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tampa area Congresswoman Kathy Castor today expressed support for legislation that aims to make college less expensive for students.

The House is poised to vote tomorrow on the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009. Castor says the legislation will raise the amount of the Pell Grant, and will link increases of the Pell Grant to the Cost of Living Index.

Castor says not only will there be more money available, but more students will be eligible for the Pell Grant award.

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Hillsborough Commissioners vote to end appeal in Kevin White case listen

09/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners today decided to try to cut their losses in the in the Kevin White sexual harassment case, by voting not to appeal the ruling that they owe the victim and her attorney in the case about $275,000.

The Board also voted to have their attorneys work with Commissioner White’s about seeing if they might possibly receive financial compensation from him. If not, they discussed suing him.

Commissioner Rose Ferlita brought up the issue of pursuing litigation a...

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Hillsborough Commissioners rip into County Performance Auditor's report listen

09/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A report by Hillsborough County’s internal performance auditor on pay raises that County Administrator Pat Bean gave to her staff – and herself – became almost a secondary issue today, as Commissioners tore into the man who prepared the audit.

Jim Barnes has been the previous subject of criticism from some Commissioners for his previous work. The fact that he prepared this report without getting response from Bean or County Attorney Renee Lee, both criticized in the report, angered s...

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Hillsborough Commissioners approve arbitrator's report on traffic calming in Carrollwood listen

09/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Despite criticism from some local residents, the Hillsborough County Commission today voted 6-1 to support an arbitrator’s report that will cost over $100,000 to remove traffic calming devices from Carrollwood Village.

Local resident Jennifer Fritsch disagrees with some of the recommendations by arbitrator Wilson Lorenz, that include removing traffic signs and speed bumps.

Bill Roberts urged the Board to defer action on the report, because he said that thought the consultant’s repor...

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The Fight Against Poverty and Homelessness

09/15/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll speak with Rev. Bruce Wright who is a minister in St. Petersburg. He's active on homeless issues and this weekend he's planning to travel to the G-20 Summit meeting in Pittsburgh. Wright says among the people traveling with him will be several members of the local homeless community.

FMI 727-278-1547; http://www.economichumanrights.org; http://www.bailoutthepeople.org;

bgcwright@aol.com

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Tampa Port Authority approves land swap with CSX listen

09/15/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This morning the Tampa Port Authority approved a land exchange with CSX Transportation during their monthly business meeting.

The area, known as Eastport, is leased to Cemex Construction Material. Cemex will build a roadway in the exchanged land. Rick Hood is assistant vice president for CSX Real Property.

The agreement was complex and took a long time, according to Port of Tampa CEO and director Richard Wainio.

Wainio says the agreement shows “once again” how well the port works...

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Tampa port director on Obama extending Cuban trade embargo listen

09/15/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Yesterday President Barack Obama signed an order extending the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba for another year. The director of the Port of Tampa says he is not surprised by the move, but predicts that all Americans will be allowed to travel to the country within a few years.

Obama’s move is largely symbolic because the 1996 Helms-Burton Act keeps sanctions in place regardless of whether Obama signed the extension. But had the president declined to sign the extension it would have been seen ...

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Rubio confident despite poor poll numbers listen

09/15/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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For a candidate down considerably in both polling and fundraising, Marco Rubio is in good spirits.

The GOP candidate for Senate trails Governor Charlie Crist by significant measures in both those key indicators, yet Rubio, and neutral political observers, say it’s too early to write him off.

The former House Speaker was the featured speaker at Saturday’s 9/12 Tea Party in Lakeland. Before he addressed the crowd, he spent a few minutes with WMNF on a number of topics, beginning wit...

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Oil Drilling opposed by environmentalists tourism official and business owners listen

09/14/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A gigantic oil spill that has been occurring for more than three weeks off the coast of Australia is being used as a warning to Floridians against opening up the state’s coastline to offshore drilling. About a dozen environmentalists, business owners, and a Pinellas tourism official made that case this morning amid sand dunes on Clearwater’s Sand Key Park beach.

DT Minich, the director of tourism for Pinellas County, says the Board of County Commissioners and the tourist development co...

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Marion County development protest goes to the Governor listen

09/14/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tomorrow two women from Marion County who have already been successful in denying a developer from building homes on 400 acres of horse country outside Ocala, will have to take their fight up in front of Governor Crist and the rest of the Florida Cabinet.

Susan Woods and Karen Lynn Recio began challenging this proposed development back in 2007. As reported today by the St. Pete Times, although the Marion County Staff was against the development, it was passed on a 3-2 vote by the Marion C...

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Dr. David McKalip responds to critics listen

09/14/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

Speaking at Saturday’s Tea Party in Lakeland was St. Petersburg neurosurgeon Dr. David McKalip.

A prominent conservative on issues like property taxes over the years, McKalip had also been out front in criticizing health care reform plans being promulgated by President Obama and Congressional Democrats.

But he stopped being a public face on the issue after he forwarded an e-mail image that portrayed Barack Obama as a witch doctor in a loin cloth and headdress with bones in his nose....

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Pro Health Care reform activists rally listen

09/14/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Fired up after President Obama’s joint address to Congress, pro-healthcare reform activists got going this weekend in Tampa, holding rallies on both Saturday and Sunday.

The Health Insurance Reform Now! Tour bus came to Al Lopez Park, where an estimated 500 people came to listen to Tampa Bay area residents talk about the problems they’ve had with the health care system.

And yesterday (Sunday) over 100 people lined up on the east bound section of the Courtney Campbell Causeway to sho...

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