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Republican National Convention eyes Tampa listen

03/29/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Republican National Convention Site Selection Committee is in Tampa this week evaluating Tampa's bid for the 2012 Republican Convention. This morning the committee toured Channelside as local businessmen and Republican activists tried to sway the committee with free food and drinks to pick Tampa for their next convention site. WMNF spoke with Republican activist Mickeal Penson about Tampa's bid.

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Kendrick Meek submits signatures to get on ballot listen

03/29/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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While Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio bask in the national spotlight, whichever one survives the Republican primary will still face opponents in November’s general election. The leading Democratic candidate, U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, appears to have submitted enough petitions to get on the ballot.

*I'm very, very excited, and thankful to the people of the state of Florida for helping me to place my nam...

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Afghanistan and Pakistan Symposium listen

03/29/10 Doris Norrito
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Adnan Mazarei, assistant director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), spoke at USF today. USF officials said IMF policy did not permit his address to be recorded.

In a question-and-answer period that followed, Stan talked unofficially and gave only his first name. He works as a South Asia analyst for the United States Central Command, and gave his assessment.

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Melissa Ferrick

03/27/10 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Melissa Ferrick, singer-songwriter extraordinare, is coming in concert for WMNF on Saturday, March 27 at Skipper's Smokehouse. Melissa Ferrick talks about her latest CD Enough About Me and her career to this point. Melissa in concert-the person and her soul-is on that stage open and emotionally bare to the world. She is an extraordinary artist. for more information go to www.melissaferrick.com; www.wmnf.org Melissa Ferrick at Skippers Smokehouse 3/27 at 8 pm. Mel Blum is opening.

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Jane Hamsher

03/27/10 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Jane Hamsher, the founder of Firedoglake, the progressive hard hitting web site that follows national issues, will discuss the recent Health Care Reform bill. Firedoglake has been rigorously following the health care debate and has exposed many of the hidden segments of the bill that seldom get noted in the general media. for more information go to www.firedoglake.com

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Gloria Feldt

03/27/10 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Gloria Feldt is a renowned activist and expert on women, health and the media leadership and politics where the personal meets the political. Feldt comments on the recent Health Care Reform bill particularly with particular attention to women and their reproductive choices. Were women thrown under the bus? for more information about Gloria Feldt visit www.gloriafeldt.com

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Experts Talk About Afghanistan's Medical Shortfalls listen

03/26/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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While the battle rages in the United States over how much access everyone should have to health care, many in Afghanistan are living with few ways of getting the care they need. On the final day of the USF Symposium on Afghanistan and Pakistan, experts tackled the question of how to provide quality care in that country, and it appears there are no easy answers.

Dr. Vincent Berkley says he’s an army of one. The assistant surgeon general i...

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TBARTA Opposes Amendment Four listen

03/26/10 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Less than two months ago, President Obama granted funds for high speed rail from Tampa to Orlando.

But today, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio and other members of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) discussed how Amendment 4 could affect their future plans. Dubbed the "Hometown Democracy Amendment," the legislation would require public approval regarding growth management projects locally.

Iorio minced no words on what she sees as the negative...

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Florida unemployment hits record high 12.2 percent, worse in Tampa Bay listen

03/26/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida’s unemployment rate is the highest it’s ever been. The Agency for Workforce Innovation’s chief economist Rebecca Rust announced today the state’s unemployment rate was 12.2 percent in February.

Rust says this unemployment rate breaks the record for the highest since 1970 when records began being kept.

Unemployment is even higher in the Tampa Bay area. It’s 12.6 percent in Pinellas County and 12.7 percent in Hillsborough. The county with the second-highest unemployment rate in ...

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Jonathan Tasini, Author Of 'Anatomy of Greed'

03/25/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Today on Radioactivity, we have an interview with labor writer Jonatahn Tasini. He's running for the US Senate in New York state. But he's here to talk about health care, wages and his latest book In The Audacity of Greed: Free Markets, Corporate Thieves, and the Looting of America.

Long time labor and economics writer Jonathan Tasini examines the ethos of the free market that he says robs everyday Americans, and exposes the individuals who are responsib...

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Experts discuss complexity of Afghan population listen

03/25/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today, Defense Secretary Robert Gates downplayed talks happening this week in Afghanistan between the Karzai government and a militant group that could help negotiate peace with the Taliban. This comes as experts at the USF Symposium on Afghanistan and Pakistan are openly expressing that the war may not be winnable.

One symposium speaker has pointed out that the Afghan War is about to be the longest in US history, exceeding Vietnam. Another said the current US predicament in that region ee...

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Class Size amendment change passes Senate listen

03/25/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Florida Senate has approved a ballot proposal (SB 2) to loosen class size limits. In a 26-12 vote today, the Senate got just two votes more than required to place a state constitutional amendment on November’s ballot. The measure now goes to the House.

If passed by voters, the amendment would revise a class size amendment approved in 2002 that sets limits on the number of students in each classroom. The new proposal would ease the restrictions, permitting class size limits to meet a sc...

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Florida won't create innocence commission - yet listen

03/25/10 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Back in December, Former American Bar Association President and Tallahassee attorney Sandy D’Alemberte filed a petition with the Florida Supreme Court asking it to establish a commission to address the numerous cases of wrongful conviction that plague the state. It was signed by 68 lawyers including three former justices.

The innocence commission would be modeled after the North Carolina Actual Innocence Commission established in 2003, co...

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USF Symposium Offers New Insights on Pakistan/Afghanistan Policy listen

03/24/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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It’s a big week for dialogue between US and two countries that have borne the brunt of the “War on Terror.” Today Defense Secretary Robert Gates said it’s too early to let Afghanistan fend for itself against the Taliban. This comes as a large delegation of Pakistani leaders is meeting with the Obama Administration. Meanwhile, peace talks have begun in that country between a Taliban leader and Afghan President Hahmad Karzai. Closer to home, the University of South Florida held the first day of...

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Pinellas Teachers react to bills in Florida Legislature listen

03/24/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Supporters of school vouchers, including Governor Charlie Crist, rallied outside the state Capitol today. Inside, a bill to expand a private school voucher program passed the Senate 27 to 11.

The vote was closer on another education bill. This one would set new standards for public school teachers and affect pay, tenure, and retention. It passed 21 to 17 because even some Republicans opposed it.

Kim Black is president of the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association. They’re organizing a ...

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