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US Senate debates New START treaty listen

12/20/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Obama Administration is attempting to push a US-Russia nuclear arms treaty through the US Senate. The Senate went into a closed-door session after spending hours debating the New START Treaty, and voted down three amendments.

White House spokesperson Robert Gibbs said the Obama Administration was confident the Senate would pass the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty today. The document outlines nuclear arms pol...

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Longtime civil rights activist John Seigenthaler receives award listen

12/20/10 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Civil rights leader and journalist John Seigenthaler Sr. spoke about racial, gender, religious and sexual orientation injustices that groups of people faced in history and continue to face.

“I want to ask you to think with me on times, on times when we suffered defeat, times when we forgot our way, some times when our values escaped us. There is, I think if we are honest, a dark side to our national character that has periodically taken hold in our history and threatened at times to und...

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Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern critical of Obama war strategy listen

12/17/10 Samar Jarrah, Ahmed Bedier, and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern was among over 130 people arrested at a White House peace protest and WikiLeaks rally Thursday. It was organized by Veterans For Peace.

McGovern was a guest today on WMNF’s True Talk program.

"You wouldn't know it from the mainstream press, particularly the Washington Post which really didn't cover it, but 135 of us Veterans for Peace were arrested, briefly imprisoned, and let out because they didn't want to keep us overnight. Only to come back for tr...

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Times Tallahassee reporter looks ahead to GOP control in 2011 listen

12/17/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Skies may have been blue in the Tampa Bay area today, but a dark cloud looms for many Florida Democrats. One seasoned Tallahassee reporter says Republican supermajorities in Tallahassee might not be the end of the world.

State House District 53 Representative Rick Kriseman is one of the few Florida Democrats to survive the November election. He said he has some grave concerns over governor-elect Scott’s proposed policies, especially when it comes to education.

"The plan that the Gov...

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Environmental activist concerned about toxins from landfill sinkhole getting into aquifer listen

12/16/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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On Tuesday, a large sinkhole opened in a southeast Hillsborough County landfill. Some environmentalists are concerned the toxins from the landfill could contaminate the aquifer.

The 25-year-old landfill is operated by Waste Management and according to the county's website, the facility receives non-processable solid waste, shredded tires and demolition debris. I only has a clay lining.

Vivian Bacca is a board member of United Citizens Action Network and is active in community and enviro...

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Has China Surpassed The US?

12/16/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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The USF publicity department wrote this about our next guest:

"Robert Dardenne, Journalism and Media Studies Department chair, presented a paper on China’s image in U.S. newspapers at the Fourth World Forum on China Studies held in Shanghai, Pudong, People’s Republic of China from Nov. 5-8.

"Dardenne’s presentation, “Emerging Soft Power, Persistent Hard Image: China Constructed in Select U.S. Newspapers,” showed how China’s rise as an influential nation with a growing econ...

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What Actually Happened At Cancun Climate Summit?

12/16/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Representatives from nearly 200 nations spent nearly two weeks at a United Nations climate conference in Cancun, Mexico, seeking a new agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They finished last Friday with one concrete result: they will meet again next December in Durban, South Africa.

The Cancun conference was supposed to make progress toward a new emissions treaty with targets to be enforced by international treaty on all nations.

This treaty was supposed to replace the 1997 K...

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Tampa City Council declines panhandling vote listen

12/16/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today the Tampa City Council tossed around the idea of putting a panhandling ban on the March ballot. But words didn’t exactly turn into action.

Activist Spencer Kass is trying to get 18 thousand signatures on a petition that would put a proposed citywide panhandling ban on Tampa’s March ballot. The activist has nine days to do so.

"It is a dangerous situation. Council, by mere motion, can place this on the ballot today and we can all h...

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Tampa City Council approves Cigar City tasting room beverage permit listen

12/16/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Craft beer lovers, rejoice: today the Tampa City Council passed on second reading an ordinance that will permit Cigar City Brewing to keep its tasting room open. The council vote was four to three, and unlike the bill’s first reading, nobody came out in opposition.

Two weeks ago, people both for and against the brewery’s request pac...

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Hillsborough Commission rekindles transit talks, sans penny tax listen

12/15/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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It’s no secret that some Hillsborough County officials want to forge ahead on overhauling the area’s transit system despite voters’ rejection of a proposal to raise the sales tax to fund the project. Today the Board of County Commissioners mulled over potential ways to tackle the area’s congested roads without holding out the coffers to taxpayers.

Make no mistake about it, the board members said at their regular meeting today – another transit referendum is out of the question, a...

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Former Health Exec Tells Inside Secrets Of Insurance Industry

12/15/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. In a moment we’ll talk with Wendell Potter, the former CIGNA public relations executive who has left the company and now come out as a critic of the tactics used by the country’s health insurance companies to undermine health reform in the US.

Earlier this week:

Opponents of the health care overhaul scored a first major legal victory on Monday when a federal judge in Virginia ruled that Congress had overstepped its constitutional authorit...

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Hillsborough state legislators weigh scrapping transit committee listen

12/14/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Once a year, Hillsborough County’s state legislators meet ahead of the legislative session to discuss local bills. Today at USF’s Tampa campus they talked about six of these. One bill in particular garnered passionate testimony. It was Senator Rhonda Storms’ bill, which, in its original form, would have done away with the county’s Public Transportation Commission (PTC).

"The PTC is the only transportation regulatory commission in the State of Florida. Sixty-seven counties in the S...

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Endangered whooping cranes to arrive at Chassahowitzka listen

12/14/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Five whooping cranes, led by ultra light aircraft, should arrive to the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge in Crystal River by Friday. It’s the tenth straight year the endangered birds have traveled to Florida.

Ten whooping cranes from the reintroduced eastern United States flock began flying south from the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin on October 10. Over 60 days later the birds have traversed seven states and 1200 miles and are within sight of reaching their wint...

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Winter Vegetable Gardens

12/13/10 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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We started today’s program with the Executive Director of the Florida Organic Growers Association. Marty Mesh talked a little about FOG’s mission and some of the projects they’re involved in. Although a lot of folks disagree, Marty feels the Food Safety Bills that have been talked about for the last couple of years are the best we could come up with. These are coming up for vote in the US Senate.

Next up, our guests were with Pinellas County Cooperative Extension Service. Jane Mors...

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Tax plan, Bush cuts and all, clears first Senate hurdle listen

12/13/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Today more than 60 US Senators advanced the Obama Administration’s negotiated tax package. The deal includes tax cuts for the very wealthy as well as an extension of unemployment benefits through the end of 2011. But not everyone thinks the deal will benefit the working class or the economy as a whole.

In a conference call today, White House Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis calls the plan a smart thing for the US’s economic recovery and says millions of Hispanic families in particular w...

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