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Local Haitian groups plan earthquake relief efforts listen

01/13/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Late this afternoon local Hatian solidarity groups met at Good Samaritan World Outreach Ministries to plan their relief efforts for Haiti’s earthquake victims. Local groups like Prince Charles Scholars, and Heart to Heart Caribbean Ministry united around the effort to establish contact and relief for friends and family that are still in Haiti.

There will be another meeting with local Haitian groups Thursday to discuss relief efforts in Haiti at 12:00 PM noon. The meeting will be at Good...

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Haiti Reels in the Wake of 7.0 Quake listen

01/13/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Authorities in Haiti fear the death toll of yesterday’s massive earthquake to be in the thousands, though they have yet to offer an official number. The magnitude 7.0 quake that struck 10 miles west of the Haitian capitol of Port-Au-Prince leveled hospitals, schools, a prison, and many other buildings.

President Barack Obama said today that his administration plans a relief effort that will be “swift, coordinated and aggressive.”

US officials have since said they’ll likely send...

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Empowering low and moderate income people to financial health

01/13/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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On this segment: Community Wealth Building with Cherin Stover and former USF professor Darryl Nelson. "Wealth building" essentially involves the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) which is considered the most effective anti -poverty program in the US. The Wealth Building Coalition (WBC) is partially funded by the Juvenile Welfare Board and teaches low income residents about money management. They have over 30 tax preparation sites in Pinellas that provide free tax services. One of their goals...

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Local Haitian community responds to earthquake disaster

01/13/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Yesterday there was a devastating earthquake in Haiti. Communications between the US and the Caribbean nation have been disrupted. But we know the outline of the story- so far- reports indicate thousands of people have been killed. Many more have been injured or are still trapped in the rubble. The quake hit some of the country's most populous areas.

We're joined now by two Haitian activists who are planning a meeting today at 4 pm in Tampa to develop a community response to the crisis. Th...

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Are the sinkholes that are closing highways due to agricultural water use? listen

01/13/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In Polk and eastern Hillsborough counties, many wells are drying up and several sinkholes have developed. Some of these sinkholes have closed major highways.

Sinkholes can form when groundwater levels drop dramatically, leading to the collapse of underground limestone caverns. According to Southwest Florida Water Management District spokesperson Robyn Felix, rates of groundwater pumping have been high during the last two weeks of freezing and near-freezin...

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Former Congressman Jim Leach on civility in politics

01/12/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Our guest is former Congressman Jim Leach. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 30 years as a Republican from Iowa. He now heads the National Endowment for the Humanities. Prior to his appointment by President Obama to serve as NEH Chair, he was the John L. Weinberg Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He also served as the interim director of the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He's current...

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Protesters Support Amendment 4 in Pasco listen

01/12/10 Mark Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Nearly a dozen protesters congregated in front of the Pasco County Courthouse today, to show their support for the Florida Hometown Democracy-supported Amendment 4. The measure would require the establishment of comprehensive growth plans for local governments, and require voter approval for plan changes. The Pasco County Board of Commissioners met today to consider a resolution opposing the measure.

Some Floridians are worried that too much growth is bad, and that our quality of life an...

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High-speed rail supporters call for citizens to lobby president listen

01/12/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today at Tampa’s Union Station, about forty proponents of high-speed rail unveiled their new campaign to lobby the president for stimulus funding. The rail supporters, including Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, hope citizens will ask Barack Obama to award Florida part of $8 billion in stimulus funding for a bullet train from Tampa to Orlando.

The union, business, environmental, and political leaders on hand are confident that Florida’s request for $2.5 billion will be awarded, but say that conta...

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Senator Bill Nelson predicts health care reform bill will pass this month listen

01/12/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This morning, Florida’s senior Senator, Democrat Bill Nelson, predicted that the House and Senate will be able to combine their versions of the major health care reform bill and that it will be signed by President Barack Obama in the next few weeks.

Nelson says that neither a severe abortion restriction nor a proposed public health insurance option that were included in the House version are likely to make it into the final version of the bill.

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Citizens debate fate of Cone Ranch transfer to ELAPP listen

01/12/10 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Controversy continues to surround the fate of Cone Ranch. Last night, a heated discussion by a citizen advisory panel for Hillsborough County’s Environmental Lands Acquisition and Preservation Program or ELAPP continued over how to preserve the 12,000 acres of Cone Ranch.

Cone Ranch is owned by Hillsborough County and has been managed by the county’s water utility since 1991. Debate about what to do with the property began months ago when a local business group offered to facilitate t...

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Nonviolent demonstrations against Israel's wall in Bil'in are met with violence listen

01/12/10 Doris Norrito
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A small farming village near the Israeli border in the West Bank of Palestine is gaining international notice. According to the Friends of Freedom and Justice Bil'in website, Israeli soldiers have responded to weekly nonviolent demonstrations against Israel’s occupation and land confiscation with tear gas, rubber bullets and house raids. The result has been several injuries and a death last April.

Hamde Abu Rahma was born and raised in Bil’in. He says he st...

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Two Billion Cars

01/11/10 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Today’s special guest was Deborah Gordon, the co-author of the book Two Billion Cars - Driving toward Sustainability. Deborah is a transportation policy analyst who has worked with the National Commission on Energy Policy, the California Energy Commission, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Chinese government to develop policies for its burgeoning auto fleet. She has also served as the director of transportation and energy programs at the Union of Concerned Scientists, as a senior research s...

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Leavitt strikes back at USF over firing listen

01/11/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Today, former University of South Florida head football coach Jim Leavitt struck back. He says USF had no justification for firing him Friday because he never choked and slapped a football player at halftime of a game in November. “Absolutely not. Absolutely not. I’ve said that from day one.”

USF also suggests that Leavitt participated in a cover-up or interference with witnesses. But during an emotional six-minute sp...

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ACLU slaps Pasco County Fair with discrimination lawsuit listen

01/08/10 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida announced their filing of a federal discrimination lawsuit. The ACLU accuses Pasco County Fair Association of violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by discriminating against three Mexican-American Pasco County residents.

The Federal lawsuit alleges that when three Pasco county residents wanted to rent a hall they were overcharged because they were...

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PETA activist bares skin to help stop snake skinning listen

01/08/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Cold weather in Tampa has some people bundling up in fur and leather coats for warmth. But not animal rights activists like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals ( PETA). In downtown Tampa a nearly-nude PETA model painted to look like a python protested the killing of exotic animals for their skins, hides, and furs.

Out in the cold, and drizzled with raindrops, a woman showed some skin to passing bystanders in bustling downtown Tampa to help save the skins of ...

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