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Interfaith Press Conference on Healthcare Reform listen

09/04/09 Lindsey Kratochwill
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This morning an interfaith group of clergy members met at the Unity Church in Clearwater to give their opinions on healthcare reform.

The press conference was held today to coincide with the last week of the congressional recess. The speakers shared their own spiritual opinions and personal experiences with healthcare and what they want to see in reform.

Rev. Abhi Janamanchi from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Clearwater repeatedly said that healthcare is not something that shou...

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Wilderness Act anniversary interview with Mike Matz listen

09/04/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday marked the 45th anniversary of a piece of historic conservation legislation, the Wilderness Act. Today, WMNF spoke with Mike Matz, executive director of the Campaign for America’s Wilderness about the importance of the Wilderness Act.

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Tampa Housing Authority has contracted nearly all of its stimulus funding listen

09/04/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Tampa Housing Authority has committed 92% of the stimulus funds it has been granted. The housing authority and Kathy Castor, who represents much of the city in Congress, made the announcement this morning before taking a bus tour of several projects where the funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are being spent.

At Stetson University’s College of Law campus in Tampa Friday morning, Castor said that the jobs created by the Recovery Act housing fun...

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Consultant to developers predicts Hometown Democracy will pass listen

09/03/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A Tallahassee consultant for developers and planners predicts that the Florida Hometown Democracy amendment will pass next year. Patrick Slevin, CEO of The Slevin Group, says that there is a “legitimate threat” that Amendment 4 will get the sixty percent of votes it needs to pass in next year’s election.

The Hometown Democracy amendment to the Florida Constitution would, according to the website of its supporters,...

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Tampa City Council not pleased with handling of debris pick-up listen

09/03/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Several Tampa City Council members expressed dismay today upon learning of the amount of money being spent on landfills in the city of Tampa.

Currently, Tampa residents can take their yard waste to two sites in the city: the Manhattan Brush site in South Tampa, or the McKay Bay Transfer Station near Ybor City. The city then contracts to have that waste deposited at a 3rd landfill operated by Hillsborough County, off Falkenberg Road.

But two business proprietors who spoke this morning ...

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Combating fraudulent letters from fossil fuel lobbyists listen

09/03/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Earlier this summer it was reported that the names of several non-profit groups had been used in a lobbying campaign falsely, expressing opposition to climate change legislation then pending in the House of Representatives.

Today, representatives from some of those advocacy groups announced a new telephone hotline to help people to fight against what the groups call ‘polluters’ and their lobbyists.

Adam Colton is the Director of Congressional & Federal Affairs for the National Wildl...

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Tampa Police cracking down on motorists cranking their music listen

09/03/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa City Council today received an update on dealing with complaints about loud music coming from automobiles in the city.

Citizen Clay Daniels came before the council to suggest that the Tampa Police Department should begin sending out so called “soft letters” to such noise violators, as is being done in other local communities.

Major Mark Hamlin is with the Tampa Police Department.. He said the Department is not in favor of adopting the ‘soft letters’ approach to such n...

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Florida gets D+ in Gulf States Report Card listen

09/02/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Florida’s water quality protections get only a D+ rating, according to a report released today by the Gulf Restoration Network. The report rates all five Gulf of Mexico states on how they implement and enforce the Clean Water Act.

Matt Rota is water resources program director for the Gulf Restoration Network. In a conference call with reporters Wednesday morning, Rota said that all the states from Texas to Florida scored poorly because they do not include important parts of the Clean Wa...

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Castor amendment could curb fraud in Medicare Advantage listen

09/02/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Medicare Advantage program, passed by the Republican Congress and signed by President George W. Bush in 2003, allows private health maintenance organizations to provide care to seniors who opt for the program. But some seniors say they have been tricked to switch from their Medicare plan to Medicare Advantage by dishonest HMOs. Virginia Seaman is a resident at the Acorn Trace Apartments in Tampa. After she was pressured to sign a form outside of a health clinic, Seaman was told by her ori...

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Crist again distances himself from environmental movement listen

09/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Five states have asked U.S. Senate leaders to let them impose stricter limits on greenhouse gas emissions than would be permitted under the climate legislation working its way though Congress, saying both levels of regulation are necessary to fight global warming.

The climate bill the House of Representatives narrowly passed in June would preempt statewide caps on greenhouse gases, while cutting total U.S. emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020.

The issue will go the Senate so...

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Rancher condemns industrial farm animal production listen

09/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Bill Niman is founder of Niman Ranch, a natural beef, pork, and lamb company supplied by a network of over 600 family-owned farms and ranches that adhere to a strict code of animal husbandry emphasizing traditional, humane methods. He served as a Commissioner on the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production which produced the report Putting Meat on the Table: Industrial Farm Animal Production in America.

He was also recently featured in Time Magazine’s ...

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Hillsborough Commissioners discuss legal strategy in sexual harassment case listen

09/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners decided today to authorize their outside Counsel to file post-trial briefs in the Kevin White sexual harassment suit, as well as enter into good faith negotiations on trying to reduce their legal fees from the case, now estimated at $170,000.

However, the board said they needed more information on whether or not they wanted to engage in a full-fledged appeal, which an attorney said today would cost them an additional $50,000 and could take a year to compl...

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It's Foster and Ford in St. Pete in November listen

09/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Former City Council members Bill Foster and Kathleen Ford took the top two spots in last night’s Mayoral Primary Election in St. Petersburg, and will face off against each other one-on-one in November.

Foster received 27 percent of the vote to Ford’s 25.7 percent.

Two businessmen who had never run for office, Deveron Gibbons and Scott Wagman, finished 3rd and 4th respectively, with 19 and 15 percent of the vote.

Former City Councilman Larry Wllliams was 5th, and current Councilma...

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Members Of The Local Labor Movement Discuss Labor Issues

09/01/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Next Monday is the Labor Day holiday, and in this segment we're joined by four members of the local labor movement: Michael Verbil of IATSE Local 412; Mary Bouffard of the IBEW local 824; Aaron Carmella of the Florida AFL-CIO; and Rob Ray, President of the West Central Florida Federation of Labor. Among the big issues: stimulus money; the Employee Free Choice Act and why working conditions are worsening for workers in the US and why labor is a needed balance to corporate power.

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St Pete voters choose from 10 mayoral candidates in primary listen

09/01/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The crowded race for St. Petersburg Mayor will get much slimmer by the end of today. City residents who had not yet voted by mail are choosing among ten candidates in the primary election.

A slow trickle of voters braved a light but steady rain to select who should replace term-limited Mayor Rick Baker. Former City Council member Bill Foster was the choice of many voters in the Snell Isle precinct located at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church. That includes Snell Isle resident Larry Wallace, ...

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