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Hurricanes, sea level rise and creating sustainable communities listen

02/09/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As a peninsula surrounded by water and prone to extreme storms, Florida is one of the states with the most to lose if sea levels rise to the degree experts predict. With 4500 square miles of land below 5 feet of sea level, any rise in levels will submerge coastal land while increasing the risk of flooding to populations, according to the EPA. Tim Frazer is a coastal hazard specialist at the University of Idaho who presented results on Sarasota County’s coastal exposure.

“We started t...

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Birds and Native Plants

02/08/10 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Our special guests on the Sustainable Living program were Ann Paul, the Tampa Bay Regional Coordinator for Audubon of Florida, and Troy Springer, president of the Suncoast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.

Ann talked about a few of our local birds that are looking for homes and how humans have changed their environment, creating the need of our help in putting up artificial bird houses. Bluebirds and Southeastern American Kestrels, several types of owls, plus many other birds A...

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National Black Aids/HIV Awareness Day Event Held in St. Pete listen

02/08/10 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In honor of the 10th Annual National Black HIV/Aids Awareness Day on February 7, the Pinellas County Health Department worked with area partnerships to organize several community events over the weekend.

On Saturday the Front Porch Community Development Association in St. Petersburg hosted one of the events. HIV Screenings and prevention education were offered to the hundreds of people that attended. J. Carl Devine is the executive director of the Banyan Tree Project, a group dedicated to ...

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Condoleezza Rice Speaks in Sarasota and Criticized by Local Group listen

02/08/10 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Former US Secretary of State under the Bush Administration, Condoleezza Rice, spoke at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in Sarasota this morning. She addressed several contemporary issues including the economy, terrorism and ongoing wars.

Hundreds filled the auditorium to hear the 66th Secretary of the State speak. One of the first topics Rice tackled was terrorism. She said each and every day terrorists plot to attack the United States.

The Van Wezel would not allow Rice’s spee...

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DentaQuest Foundation President on lack of dental coverage listen

02/05/10 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Amidst the debate regarding how to mend the health care system, it seems the topic of dental coverage often goes unmentioned. A new report on children’s oral health nationwide due out in the next month hints that Florida may be among the worst in the country for dental care resources. Ralph Fuccillo is the president of the DentaQuest Foundation, an organization that works to improve oral health nationwide. He says that historically, dental health wasn’t considered part of overall healthc...

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HART to begin its Flex service in April listen

02/05/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Beginning in April, people in southern Hillsborough County and Brandon will be able to take the bus in a new way. The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, or HART, will begin its on-demand Flex service.

WMNF spoke with Kathy Karalekas, HART’s public information officer.

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Report says 37% of Tampa Bay's hungry are children listen

02/05/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A new report, called Hunger in America 2010 has just been released and it has some astonishing findings about who has to go without food. Marc Sutherland is Resource Development Director for America's Second Harvest of Tampa Bay.

[Hunger in America 2010](http://feedingamerica.issuelab.org/research/listing/hunger_in_america_2010_local_report_prepared_f...

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General David Petraeus visits Tampa to discuss smart power listen

02/04/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The head of U.S. Central Command, Gen. David Petraeus spoke to a crowd of several hundred people in Tampa last night. Members of the military, government, and business communities attended the event at the Renaissance hotel, which was hosted by the Tampa Bay Council on World Affairs, and the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. It launched the “Putting Smart Power to Work” campaign in Florida. Petraeus promoted the use of defense, diplomacy and development as what he calls smart power tools ...

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General David Petraeus admits US presence in Pakistan listen

02/04/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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There’s confirmation today that US soldiers are operating in Pakistan.

Yesterday three U.S. troops were killed by a suicide car bomb in Pakistan, revealing a secret U.S. operation in the country.

This is in contrast to claims last year from U.S. special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, who maintained that there were no U.S. troops in Pakistan.

A spokesperson for U.S. Army Central Command has now confirmed 200 troops are in Pakistan. Head of U.S. Central Comma...

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What Kind Of Person Tortures Another Human Being?

02/04/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. In a moment we’ll hear from an author who is an expert on torture.

Through his reporting and writing, author John Conroy examines how ordinary people put into extraordinary circumstances can become torturers or silent witnesses to torture. He has explored the topic in two books and numerous articles. His latest work, a two-act play based on the Chicago police torture scandal he uncovered, was recently written about in the New Yo...

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Tebow Super Bowl ad protested by women’s groups listen

02/04/10 Mary Glenney
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This morning in Washington President Barack Obama spoke at the annual National Prayer Breakfast. Former University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow also participated. During this Sunday’s Super Bowl, CBS will air an ad featuring Tebow and his mother. The right-wing group Focus on the Family has produced the ad, which is widely believed to advocate against abortion.

CBS’ decision to air the ad has become a focus of protests from many pro-choice and women’s groups, especially since ad...

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County Commission Lets White Abstain from Lawsuit Vote listen

02/03/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Nearly two weeks ago, the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners voted six to one to sue Commissioner Kevin White for $425,000 in legal fees associated with a sexual harassment suit filed against White by former aide Alyssa Ogden in 2008. White cast the sole “no” vote.

Republican Chris Ingram then filed an ethics complaint against the democratic commissioner, citing state law requiring public officials to abstain from voting on matters that concern them financially. Today, the boa...

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Workforce Alliance Expenditures Questioned listen

02/03/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Late last year, it was reported that the Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance, which works under contract for Hillsborough County, may have misused tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars.

In response, a number of state legislators called on the office of the Inspector General to look into the nonprofit’s spending practices. County Commissioner Mark Sharpe called the resulting report “damning.”

Sharpe serves on the boards for both the regional and state workforce alliances. He said that he...

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The Iconic St Petersburg Pier might be torn down listen

02/03/10 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night The Pier Advisory Task Force met to hear citizens ideas about the future of the historic St. Petersburg Pier.

The Grand Dame of all municipal icons, the St. Petersburg Pier is crumbling and falling apart. Her spindly concrete pilings are rotten. And The upside-down pyramid leaks. The Miami architectural team hired to find solutions offered six plans from $38 to $90 million to repai...

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Brad Friedman (Bradblog) on conservative journalists' arrests for phone tampering

02/03/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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According to the Washington Post, the conservative activist accused last week in a plot to tamper with telephones in the office of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) admitted to the scheme Friday, conceding that he "could have used a different approach" in trying to determine whether she was avoiding calls from opponents of the health-care reform bill.

Federal prosecutors allege that James O'Keefe helped carry out a plot in which two friends impersonated telephone repairmen to get access to Landr...

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