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Is Europe a role model for ending our political and economic troubles?

01/27/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up: Is Europe a model fror getting this country out of its economic troubles? We'll meet the author of a new book who says yes, it is. But first some listener comments about yesterday's program on which we talked about last week's Supreme Court decision granting more power to corporations to influence elections.

In his new book, Europe's Promise: Why the European Way is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age (University of California Press), pol...

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Castor says Obama will announce high-speed rail grants in Tampa tomorrow listen

01/27/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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President Barack Obama is coming to Tampa tomorrow with Vice President Joe Biden. Tampa-area member of Congress Kathy Castor says Obama will announce $8 billion in grants for high-speed rail. Florida has applied for $2.5 billion to build a high-speed rail line between Orlando and Tampa. Castor, a Democrat, will be with President Obama tomorrow when he announces bullet train funding in Tampa.

In an audio statement today, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson predicted that if Obama does announce that F...

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District 58 primary voters turn out to select nominees listen

01/26/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today, voters in State House district 58 are choosing their parties’ candidates to replace Representative Mike Scionti. today. Polls are open until 7pm in the district that includes parts of West Tampa and Seminole Heights.

Carlton Lofton wore a shirt and held a sign supporting Democrat Janet Cruz at the West Tampa Convention Center on Columbus Drive.

At the American Legion on north Florida Avenue, another Cruz supporter, Thomas Nixon, said that as of noon there had only been a few v...

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SWFWMD funds well repairs listen

01/26/10 Mark Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Tampa Bay area experienced its longest cold snap on record earlier this month. To protect their crops from the freeze, strawberry growers pumped billions of gallons of water from Florida’s aquifer onto their fruit. The massive water use created a record 60-foot drop in aquifer levels, drying up hundreds of residential wells and creating sinkholes. Today, the Southwest Florida Water Management Board approved spending up to $250,000 of public money to repair the private wells.

The 11-...

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Responses to Supreme Court reversal of corporate election spending ban

01/26/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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On today's show we'll discuss last Thursday's decision by the US Supreme Court granting freedom to corporations to spend money on behalf of candidates during an election.

Last Thursday, the US Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on independent corporate expenditures in Citizen's United v FEC. Before Citizens United, corporations were not allowed to spend money from their general treasuries to call for the election or defeat of federal candidates close to Election Day, even if they ...

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Rock Mining: An economic asset, or environmental hazard? listen

01/26/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida’s economy is known for its housing market, which takes tons of concrete to maintain. Roads that span the state also require limestone for construction, but environmentalists say there’s a high cost of mining the rocks for housing and highway projects.

Swamp lands in South Florida are cheap. They aren’t ideal for commercial development, and no one can build a house on wetlands. The wetlands also provide a pristine aquatic resource, but limestone reserves held deep beneath the...

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Backyard Fish & Chickens

01/25/10 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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We started today’s program with Carlos Martinez, an Aquaculture Researcher with the University of Florida, with information about raising Tilapia (commonly known as Nile perch) in our backyards. According to Carlos it can be fun, a great learning experience, and can provide fish for the dinner table. Learn more at UF’s Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences web site http://www.ifas.ufl.edu.

Next up, Pam the ‘Goat Lady’ Lunn joined the program to talk about raising chickens...

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Rock Mines threaten Everglades Restoration Plans listen

01/25/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Limestone rock mining in Florida provides critical components for housing and highway construction. But environmentalists have some concrete concerns as rock mining impacts the Florida Aquifers and Everglades restoration.

Earlier this month Obama administration officials attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the Picayune Strand Restoration project. It will attempt to restore a natural water flow th...

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Congressman Bill Young Speaks at Suncoast Tiger Bay and Hints at Plans for Re-election listen

01/25/10 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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At the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club meeting this morning, US member of Congress Bill Young discussed a variety of contemporary issues and hinted at the possibility of his run for re-election against State Senator Charlie Justice.

At least a hundred Tiger Bay Club members packed in the room at the Hilton in Largo to hear Bill Young speak. Young, a Republican, represents Florida’s 10th District, parts of Pinellas County. He has held his seat in US House of Representatives for 40 years and is a...

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Governor Crist Includes Florida Forever Funding in FY '10-'11 Budget listen

01/25/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Friday, Florida Governor Charlie Crist announced that he wants to reinstate funding for the Florida Forever program in next year’s state budget.

Since 1963, the state has spent more than $7.5 billion to protect around 3.8 million acres of Florida land. Last year, though, amid economic strife, the state eliminated Florida Forever program funding from its budget.

Bob Martinez is one of four former governors who co-chair the [Florida Forever Coalition](http://supportfloridaforever.or...

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Former Governor Bob Martinez Weighs in On Florida GOP Senate Race listen

01/25/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The question of who will represent the GOP in the race Florida’s open US Senate Seat late this November signifies, to many, a rift among republicans both in the Sunshine State and nationwide.

WMNF spoke with one veteran of Florida politics about how former state house speaker Marco Rubio has been gaining on governor Charlie Crist in the polls.

This year’s GOP senate primary has moved into the national spotlight. It pits Rubio, an ultra-conservative who appeals to right wing extremi...

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Ocean acidity is increasing according to a new study listen

01/25/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In addition to making oceans warmers, greenhouse gasses like CO2 in the atmosphere are making oceans more acidic. More acidic oceans could hamper the growth and survival of shell-building organisms like corals and clams. By comparing pH readings from seawater in the northeastern Pacific Ocean between 1991 and 2006, a team of scientists found the first direct evidence of ocean acidification across an entire ocean basin.

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TBARTA board discusses funding, cooperation listen

01/22/10 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A lengthy agenda awaited board members at this morning’s Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA) meeting. At the top of the list was approving $4 million for the Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization to study how to link transportation projects between Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. R.B. Johnson chairs the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority board and says this memorandum is historic:

*Now I would say that a perfect illus...

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Omali Yeshitela celebration at USF St Pete listen

01/22/10 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In 1966, Joe Waller was so fed up with the City of St Petersburg’s refusal to remove a repugnant racist mural that he tore it down and fled with the police close behind. But last night, he was honored in the same city.

The mural Waller tore down depicted what many felt were grotesque images of black musicians playing for a white audience. Joe Waller, who later changed his name to Omali Yeshitela, was arrested that day and spent nearly 3 years on one of Florida...

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Ethics complaint filed against Commissioner Kevin White listen

01/22/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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An ethics complaint was filed today against Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin White. A citizen alleges White committed a conflict of interest yesterday when he voted on a measure in which he clearly had a financial stake.

That was the result of the County’s historic motion to sue White yesterday. White was the only negative vote. But political consultant [Chris Ingram](http://www.411communic...

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