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Atheists Not Happy With Council Prayer Vote listen

03/18/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The question over whether the Tampa City Council should stop praying before each meeting came to a head this morning. The council unanimously adopted an informal resolution to continue reciting prayer at the beginning of each meeting.

The debate that has raged at 315 East Kennedy Blvd. for countless meetings brought out preachers and atheists, who would have their say during public comment. At times the debate morphed into a theological discussion, with Christian leaders insisting on Godâ€...

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Despite Community Pleas, City Council Approves 150-foot Cell Tower listen

03/18/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Earlier this week, WMNF reported on South Tampa residents who protested a proposed cell phone tower slated to go up on Henderson Boulevard. Earlier today, Tampa City Council took up the issue in a lengthy public hearing. When all was said and done, those against the project did not leave happy.

The tower will be more than 150 feet tall. It will stand near a bank, a doctor’s office, and the Sunset Park Condominium complex. And the council, despite the more than a dozen people spoke again...

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Commissioner Mark Sharpe speaks to Hillsborough Planning Commission listen

03/18/10 Rob Piccirillo
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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“Patton was a great planner! And a do-er.” That’s what Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe says in his transit presentation called, ‘The Blueprint.’ WMNF’s Rob Piccirillo reports.

Yesterday the county commission approved language for a transit tax referendum that could go on November’s ballot. One of its supporters, Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe, spoke this afternoon to the Hillsborough Planning Commission.

Sharpe says he supports the referend...

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Planning the future of mass transit in Pinellas County

03/18/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Yesterday the Hillsborough County Commission approved language for the November ballot that will ask citizens whether they want to raise the countywide sales tax by a penny on the dollar. The money would be used for transportation- roughly $0.75 for mass transit and 25% for road improvements. Frank Hibbard, the mayor of Clearwater spoke to the county commissioners about the importance of their decision.

Whether or not voters will approve the tax remains to be seen. But if Hillsborough buil...

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Are cell phone towers dangerous?

03/18/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. On today’s program we’ll hear about an upcoming meeting in Pinellas County that will look at what kinds of mass transit will best serve the County’s residents in the future.

But first cell phone towers. They are a hot issue at school boards and local governments as some people are questioning their safety. 3.5 billion people use cell phones around the world. Those billions of phones require millions of cell phone towers. We’re joined now ...

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Castor reacts to Kucinich announcement and Grayson health bill listen

03/17/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In January, Tampa-area member of Congress Kathy Castor told WMNF she would vote against the Senate’s version of health care reform.

“I could not vote for the Senate bill. No, I could not vote for the Senate bill. But I think we're going to see some concessions from the Senate bill”

We spoke to her again today, when it looks likely the Senate version will be deemed to be passed by the House of Representatives later this week.

We began this interview by asking Representative C...

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Decison on Bean Lee and Barnes delayed by Hillsborough Commission listen

03/17/10 Kate Bradshaw & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners has put off a decision to fire three top administrators. Commissioner Ken Hagan wants to get rid of County Administrator Pat Bean, County Attorney Renee Lee, and internal performance auditor Jim Barnes.

Commissioner Kevin Beckner wants answers to who requested emails to or from his office regarding a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) investigation of raises for Bean and Lee.

But Commissioner Kevin White, who has been at odds wi...

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Hillsborough County Commission passes transit ballot question language listen

03/17/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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After months of debating how to ask voters to approve a one-cent sales tax increase to fund transit, the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners has approved language for the November ballot.

They were given three wording options. Option A left out the percentage of the revenue that would go toward public transit vs. road projects. B and C didn’t. They went with option C, which Commissioner Rose Ferlita proposed because of its structure.

Al Higginbotham was one of two commissioner...

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Florida's AG Threatens to Sue Federal Govt. Over Health Care Reform listen

03/16/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As the bill that would overhaul health care pushes through Congress, Republicans are fighting it on nearly all fronts. Today, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum reiterated his plans to sue the federal government if it passes.

Attorney General McCollum says that the both the House and Senate versions of the bill are unconstitutional. Why? He says they violate the Interstate Commerce Clause. Mc...

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Cell phone tower protest in south Tampa listen

03/16/10 Rob Piccirillo
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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“Stop the political favors!” That was the battle cry yesterday afternoon for some concerned South Tampa citizens protesting a 150-foot cell tower going up in Sunset Park. WMNF’s Rob Piccirillo reports.

A group of South Tampa neighbors and business owners gathered at a strip center along Henderson Blvd. to protest the city’s plans to locate a 150-foot cell tower at the entrance of Sunset Park. Bill Cook is spokesperson for Responsible Tower Placement of Tampa, who commented that ...

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Child abduction prevention bill moving through Florida Legislature listen

03/16/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A bill making its way through the Florida Legislature has the goal of cutting down the number of child abductions in the state. Its author is Pinellas resident Carolyn Ann Vlk.

Advocacy website for Florida Child Abduction Prevention Act

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Science Cafe connects science with everyday life listen

03/16/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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How is science experienced in everyday life? To answer that question, a science education professor held a "science cafe" at USF St. Petersburg earlier this month.

From medicines that cure illness to communication lines and satellites that transect the globe, routine days are made possible by science and technology. Science connectivity to everyday life is what experts cite as the importance of learning basic scientific principles, and was the theme of a discus...

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Reproductive Rights Under Heavy Attack in Tallahassee listen

03/15/10 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Barely two weeks into the 2010 state legislative session and pro choice advocates could have cause to worry; this session brings with it no less than seven anti-choice bills. And according to one Tallahassee lobbyist, three of the most egregious are likely to gain strength.

Stephanie Kunkel is director of the [Florida Association of Planned Parenthood Affiliates](http://www.floridaplanne...

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Meek Campaign Manager Says Ballot Signature Drive is Amping Up listen

03/15/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As things heat up between Marco Rubio and Gov. Charlie Crist ahead of the GOP Senate primary, U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek is the Democrat many expect will face one or both of them in November. But he has to get on the ballot first. Today, his campaign manager said Meek is hitting the home stretch.

Democratic U.S.Senate hopeful Kendrick Meek is taking a different route to getting on the 2010 ballot. Inst...

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Holistic Health Expo in St. Petersburg showcases alternative medicine listen

03/15/10 Joshua Lee Holton
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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As Americans struggle to get essential health services many people are now looking to alternative approaches to pair with preventative care. Last Saturday, there was a Holistic Health Expo at First Unity Church in St. Petersburg where nearly a hundred people sought to look at their health on a deeper level.

Hand drummers, massage therapists, fruit smoothie makers and alternative-health businesses brought together the holistic health community last weekend. Ven...

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