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Wasserman-Schultz endorses Gelber for Attorney General listen

02/26/10 Rob Piccirillo
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida State Sen. Dan Gelber hosted a press conference call this morning to announce Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s endorsement of his candidacy for Florida attorney general. Schultz said her decision to endorse Gelber was something she did not take lightly, adding that she normally does not get involved in primaries, especially those in which she considers both opponents to be friends, referring to the other de...

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Community forum on Pinellas schools listen

02/25/10 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thursday night at the Dunedin High School auditorium, Pinellas educators sought the community’s ideas and concerns to help children be most successful.

In spite of an approaching cold front that brought strong winds and rain, almost three dozen citizens turned out for Wednesday night’s forum to question the panel of Pinellas educators on the state of Pinellas County schools. The event was sponsored by the [Pinellas Class...

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Bob Hackworth to oppose Susan Latvala for Pinellas Commission listen

02/25/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Former Dunedin Mayor Bob Hackworth will run for the District 4 seat on the Pinellas County Commission which is held by Susan Latvala.

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Tampa City Council workshop on reusing reclaimed water listen

02/25/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Is using reclaimed water safe? Does it really just send sewer water to drinking water faucets? Officials from the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) and environmental engineers say it is safe, and will be necessary to have over the next 50 years is current supplies are to run out. Tampa City Council held a reclaimed water workshop this morning.

Reclaimed water from wastewater can be treated a...

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Redistricting workshop held in East Tampa listen

02/25/10 Rob Piccirillo
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last night, the Hillsborough County Planning Commission held a public workshop on City Council redistricting in East Tampa. The purpose of the workshop was to give citizens the opportunity to analyze five newly proposed re-drawn city districts and engage public opinion.

Like so many other cities, Tampa’s population is ever-changing. People move in. Neighborhoods grow. People move out, leading to less people in a given area. This is why, under Florida Law, districts must be redrawn ...

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Hillsborough Commissioners agree on city-county split for transit tax funds listen

02/25/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Because of a massive federal grant, Tampa is likely to be on one end of a bullet train that will connect to Orlando and eventually Miami. But whether passengers arriving in Tampa will have access to robust interconnected transportation options could depend on the mood of Hillsborough voters this November to raise their own taxes.

Today Commissioner Jim Norman, who opposes that sales tax increase, accused supporters of trying to hide where much of the revenue would go by not including the ...

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Hillsborough County Hears Mixed News on FY 2011 Budget listen

02/24/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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For local governments, budget season is fast approaching, and Hillsborough County is no exception. At a workshop today the Board of County Commissioners heard from County Economist Kevin Brickey. He told the board that recovery is on the horizon, but it won’t exactly be swift.

He warned of another sharp decline in countywide property tax revenues.

The state’s projected ad valorum decline of 8.5 percent was on the lower end of a range of estimates, one of which he said predicted a...

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State politicians Victor Crist and Kevin Ambler hold a Town Hall meeting listen

02/24/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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As a lead-up to the Legislative session that begins next week, local politicians are holding town hall style meetings.

Last night Republican State Sen Victor Crist, and Republican State House Rep. Kevin Ambler held a town hall meeting in Carrollwood to seek input on how state government can better meet the public’s needs.

The struggling economy, health care funding, and public safety issues were hot topics at last night’s town hall meeting. Offshore drilling is a controversial top...

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Is Medical Malpractice Reform The Answer To Our Health Care Problem?

02/24/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tomorrow President Barack Obama holds his health care summit meeting. Republicans and conservatives have been complaining that one important idea is not being considered in the President's and Democrat's plan for health care reform: medical malpractice reform? Is limiting lawsuits and damage awards the answer to the high cost and lack of access to medical care? The consumer group Public Citizen issued a new report this week looking into medical tort reform. Among other things the study foun...

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SOA Watch Founder Fr. Roy Bourgeois Speaks on US Human Rights Abuses (Part 2) listen

02/24/10 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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For the last two decades Fr. Roy Bourgeois has been working to shut down the notorious School of the Americas, or SOA, now known as WHINSEC.

The US Army facility in Fort Benning, GA has trained some 60,000 Latin American military personnel in counter insurgency and torture since it opened in 1946. Its list of graduates includes some of the world’s most notorious human rights abusers. Speaking to a packed house at Lakewood United Church of Christ...

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Pop singer on the changing music industry listen

02/23/10 Dawn Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In 1986, Glen Phillips was front man of the commercially successful band Toad the Wet Sprocket. Nearly 25 years later Phillips is still making music, with and without his former band, and sans the support of a major record label.

WMNF’s Dawn Elliott spoke with Phillips last week about the changes he’s seen in the music industry in the last two decades.

After the Toad the Wet Sprocket formed in 1986, they self-produced a couple of records and toured heavily. Toad signed a deal wi...

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West Tampa votes for a new state representative listen

02/23/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today was Election Day for some in Tampa. State Rep. Michael Scionti left a State House seat open after he accepted an appointment to the Department of Defense last year. District 58 has since needed representation in his absence, so three candidates are running to fill the seat.

Here we go, West Tampa! Are you ready to vote today?

That was Jose Vazquez, a Democra...

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At Tiger Bay Bill Foster addresses chase policy, BayWalk, budget listen

02/23/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last week, the St. Petersburg city administration and police department suggested loosening the city’s police chase policy. A new policy would allow police vehicles to pursue some fleeing car thieves and burglars. It was the first subject residents wanted to hear about at Tuesday’s Suncoast Tiger Bay Club meeting featuring St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster.

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The Oath Keepers: Constitutional Protectors or Nascent Fascists?

02/23/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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There's a new movement in this country calling on soldiers and police to ignore unconstitutional orders. The group believes the Obama administration could try to impose martial law. The movement is the cover story to this month's Mother Jones Magazine, and we'll talk with the reporter on the piece in the second part of today's program.

In the current edition of Mother Jones Magazine, the cover story, called "Age of Treason," looks at a group called The Oath Keepers. If you watched co...

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Interview with the Ombudswoman at NPR

02/23/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. When a news organization makes a serious mistake in its reporting - to whom do you turn (as a news consumer) in order to register a complaint? In the case of many large newspapers and electronic media outlets, you turn to an ombudsman. We'll meet the Ombudsman (or in this case the Ombudswoman) for National Public Radio in just a moment.

First up, we're joined by NPR's Ombudsoman Alicia Shepherd.

Contact the NPR ombudsman at (202...

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