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Mel Martinez steps down from U.S. Senate listen

09/09/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Florida’s junior U.S. Mel Martinez gave his farewell address to his colleagues on the floor of the U.S. Senate this morning.

Martinez announced a month ago that he would be stepping down from his seat, nearly a year and a half before his first term was to end. He never gave a clear reason why, other than wanting to spend more time with his family in Florida.

As the only immigrant current serving in the Senate, Martinez was a key Republican involved with negotiations to get comprehe...

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State Senator says Public Service Commission is 'imploding' listen

09/09/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In the words of a leading Florida Republican, the State Public Service Commision is ‘imploding’.

That comment comes from New Port Richey State Senator Mike Fasano, after two top Public Service Commission staffers resigned Tuesday and two others went on administrative leave as alleged ethics lapses again overshadowed a hearing on proposed rate increases - this time to pay for new nuclear power plants.

Fasano has called for a Senate inquiry to have both Commissioners and Commission st...

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Domestic Violence partnership in Pinellas listen

09/08/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday

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This morning in Clearwater, several organizations signed the Pinellas County inter-agency working agreement to assist victims of domestic violence. The groups say that working together will help expedite the safety and well being of both children and adult victims.

The Pinellas County Domestic Violence Task Force promotes the prevention of domestic and sexual violence, enhances victim safety, and holds batterers accountable, according to their website. This inter-ag...

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Tampa Chamber discusses light rail listen

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

As Hillsborough County Commissioners get closer to approving language putting a one cent sales tax proposal for mass transit on the 2010 ballot, one Commissioner expressed more forcefully why the County is taking the wrong approach.

As members of the County Commission and the Tampa City Council joined up with the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce for their quarterly luncheon, the transportation measure was front and center.

The Chamber officially is ‘supportive’ of the concept, but ...

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President Obama's speech to the nation's schoolchildren

09/08/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)

In this segemnt we heard President Obama's entire speech to the nation's schoolchildren, followed by comments from listeners. This is the speech that led some critics to say he would be indoctrinating children into socialism. Some parents went so far as to remove their children from school or ask that their children not be required to watch the speech in school.

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Geraldo Rivera on his new book The Great Progression

09/08/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)

Our guest in this segment is award-winning television reporter Geraldo Rivera. He's written a new book called The Great Progression: How Hispanics Will Lead America To A New Era Of Prosperity (Penguin Group). In this book Rivera looks at the growing numbers of Latino citizens in the US and their impact on education, the economy, health care, culture, and politics. He writes about the excesses of immigration enforcement, the recent reverse migration back to Mexico and Central America, and ho...

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Lakeland offers residents solar water heaters listen

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

Soon residents in Lakeland will have the opportunity to sign up to get solar water heating systems, with no up front costs.

In July, the Lakeland City Council approved a deal with a private, California-based company called Regenisis Power. The program is available only to residential customers, who will receive 80-gallon water tanks instead of standard 40-gallon ones to get in the program.

John Cheney Sr. is Vice President of Regenisis Power. He says that though the ultimate goal is t...

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A local farmer's views on farming and Cuba

09/07/09 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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We started with Cliff Brown, a Temple Terrace horticulturist, talking about a project to rebuild the old bat tower in Temple Terrace.

Our next guest was my brother, Karl Butts. Karl took a trip to Cuba in 2000 with a group of American small farmers. He talked about Cuba's transition to one of the most agriculturally sustainable in the world. Then the conversation took on the issues of organic verses conventional farming practices and some of the basics of growing vegetables.

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Lightning Strikes Twice

09/05/09 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of No Time to Wave Goodbye, spoke about her latest novel, a sequel to the international best seller, The Deep End of the Ocean. 13 years had intervened. Both books deal with child abductions - an amazingly timely topic now. The interesting fact is that in the first book a kidnapped child is found and returned after 9 years. Some criticized this as totally unbelievable. Now we have real life intervening - truth is much stranger than fiction. But sometimes i...

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"Basil's Dream" author Christine Hale returns to Tampa

09/05/09 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Christine Hale, author of Basil's Dream and former Tampa resident and former investment banker in NYC, discussed her first novel. She also spent 3 years as a young mom in Bermuda. When asked to describe the experience, she realized the complexity of the answer could only be told in a novel. Basil's Dream is that novel. www.christinehalebooks.com. She will speak at USF Tampa September 22nd at 7:30 pm and at Inkwood Books September 25th at 6:00 pm.

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Health Care Reform - Continuing to Advocate

09/05/09 Mary Glenney and Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View

Margaret Flowers, M.D., co-chair Physicians for a National Health Program, Maryland brought us up to date on the status of health care reform in congress. On the plus side: Congressman Weiner will present an alternative to HR 3200 which is essentially Congressman Conyers HR 676 for single payer health care. In addition, Dennis Kucinich amendment to 3200 gives states the rights to enact single payer at a state level.

On the negative side: it is a chaotic mess and so much is being altere...

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Pilots strike against AmeriJet listen

09/04/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Pilots and flight engineers for Ft. Lauderdale-based Amerijet International are on strike at the Miami International Airport. Late this afternoon, WMNF spoke with Kamal Patel, a captain who is on the picket line.

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Bulls Radio kicks off college station on WMNF HD-2 listen

09/04/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This week WMNF is kicking off its partnership with the student radio station at the University of South Florida. Bulls Radio is now being broadcast on WMNF’s second digital channel. From 1pm until 2pm today, Bulls Radio student DJs broadcast from the WMNF studios on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Tampa.

Afterward, we spoke with Brendan Collett, Bulls Radio Business Director. He’s a junior majoring in public relations. “We’re...

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Columbus CAIR on teen runaway Fathima Rifqa Bary in Orlando listen

09/04/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday, a judge in Orlando issued a gag order to attorneys in the case of an Ohio teen who ran away to Orlando. Seventeen-year-old Fathima Rifqa Bary converted from Islam to an evangelical branch of Christianity and claimed that she feared her Muslim parents would kill her. But in court yesterday, before the gag order, an attorney for her mother said that a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation was “very favorable” and had “no evidence whatsoever” that there was abuse...

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Hillsborough School Board member responds to protests about Obama address listen

09/04/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Some parents are trying to prevent their children from hearing a speech by President Barack Obama in school. The president plans a nationwide address to school children next Tuesday. But Republican Party of Florida Chair Jim Greer is drumming up concerns that it is an effort to, quote, “spread President Obama’s socialist ideology.”

Today, WMNF spoke with Hillsborough School Board member April Griffin: “My reaction is that it needs to be shown, it needs to be discussed and we need ...

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