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Justice criticizes Young on toxic Raytheon plume listen

03/10/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The military contractor Raytheon recently announced it would take them up to 78 years to completely clean the toxic plume under their plant in St. Petersburg.

As a result, State Senator Charlie Justice is accusing U.S. Rep. Bill Young of not doing enough to help his constituents. Justice is running to replace Young in Congress and accuses him of being influenced by thousands of dollar...

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Pinellas County seeks input on budget

03/10/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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For the past few years, local governments have been cutting budgets as tax revenue declines.
Last year, Pinellas County laid off 260 people and cut $77 million in spending. In the fiscal year that begins this summer, Pinellas is looking at another $40 million shortfall because of declining property values. Elected officials are facing some tough choices, including what parts of county government to cut. Commissioners are looking for public input on where those cuts might b...

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Hillsborough Commissioner Ken Hagan wants Bean, Lee out listen

03/09/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Hillsborough Commission chair Ken Hagan is calling for the resignations of County Administrator Pat Bean, County Attorney Renee Lee, and Internal Performance Auditor Jim Barnes.

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Five Contenders Aim for One Gulfport Council Seat listen

03/09/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today several Pinellas beaches hare holding municipal elections. Towns like Treasure Island and Indian Shores had commission or council seats go to unopposed candidates. Others, like Indian Rocks Beach and Gulfport, had multiple candidates vying for the same seat. Gulfport has five candidates in the running for its Ward One commission seat, including the incumbent, Judy Ryerson. Ryerson, who is finishing her first term, said she isn’t sure why so she has much competition when Gulfport’s other...

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Higginbotham weighs in on calls for Bean's resignation listen

03/09/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Hillsborough County Administrator Pat Bean has admitted to receiving emails about an open investigation, but not to reading them. In response, Some Commissioners are calling for the resignations of Bean and two other top County administrators, County Attorney Renee Lee and Jim Barnes, the Internal Performance Auditor.

Commissioner Al Higginbotham, who is out of town, has asked that a meeting on the subject be moved until next week.

Tomorrow the Commission will consider whether to ask f...

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The President of the Florida Teacher's Union on a Proposal to Institute Merit Pay for Teachers

03/09/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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There’s a battle brewing in Tallahassee over a plan to change the way teachers are paid here in Florida—it pits the head of the Florida Republican Party against the statewide teacher’s union.

But first some listener comments about last Thursday’s program on which we talked with citizens of Canada, Germany and Great Britain on their country’s national health care programs.

Here’s what some listeners had to say:

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A new bill introduced in the Florida Senate by...

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Interfaith peace listen

03/08/10 Doris Norrito
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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About 150 women of all faiths assembled today to worship together for world peace. The common message expressed in song and dance was, 'let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me'. Representatives of Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths read from the scriptures of each holy book the message of peace as expressed by prophets.

Ann Goldman, a Jew, read from Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament. Pilar Saad, a Muslim, read from the Koran.

Sister Anne Dougherty showed an astronaut’s mo...

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Ordained Catholic Bishop Seeks to End Discrimination in the Church listen

03/08/10 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On this International Women’s Day we take a look at a growing and controversial grassroots movement. Last month in Sarasota, two women and a deacon were ordained as priests by a group known as Roman Catholic Womenpriests or RCWP, which seeks to abolish discrimination against women within the Catholic Church. Their activism comes at the price of excommunication from the Vatican which sees the movement as renegade.

Bridget Mary Meehan was born in Ireland and joined the convent when she 18 ...

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Crist Visits Home Town, Slams Rubio listen

03/08/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Ultra-conservative South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint praised U.S. Senate hopeful Marco Rubio at Saturday’s Lincoln Day dinner in Tampa. In St. Petersburg earlier that day, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who’s vying for the same seat, had less kind words to say about the former state house speaker.

Many Florida voters were looking forward to a face-off between the two GOP candidates on NBC’s Meet the Press yes...

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Transit Leaders Hear Good News on Federal Funds - Sort Of listen

03/08/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Today, transportation leaders from across the Tampa Bay area met with U.S. Congress member John Mica, who represents a portion of central Florida near Orlando. He told them not to worry about federal funds for high-speed rail, but added they need to get their act together when it comes to local transit.

All of the key players from the transit sector—from the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority to local city council members—showed...

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Sustainable Women's Day Program

03/08/10 Debbie Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Debbie Butts, partner of programmer Jon Butts, hosted the Sustainable Living Program today in celebration of International Women’s Day. She talked a bit about the joys and challenges of being a woman farmer, including personal experiences of transitioning from traditional, chemical-based agriculture to the sustainable, organic practices used at their farm-based intentional community, Ecofarm.

Joining her in the studio was Tiffany, crafter and 'creatress' of [Love, Peace & Dye](http://www....

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Former Mining Industry VP Discusses "Gender Physics" listen

03/08/10 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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With the recession on the brink of becoming the longest in the postwar era, The New York Times reports that women are poised to surpass men on the nation’s payrolls, taking the majority for the first time in U.S. history. The reason, according to the Times, is not that more women are being hired, but that over 80 percent of the job losses have befallen men. But even though women currently outnumber men in the workforce, women remain a distinct minority in upper management.

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Prescription drug abuse on the rise listen

03/08/10 Dawn Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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According to the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office, prescription drug abuse has become more fatal than abuse of illegal street drugs.

What we’ve noticed in probably in the last 10 years across all parts of the United States, and in particular Florida, are unprecedented numbers of prescription drug overdoses in patients coming through the medical examiner’s office.

Dr. Julia Pearson is the chief forensic toxicologist at Hillsborough County’s Medical Examiner's Office in Tam...

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International Women's Day

03/08/10 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Tracie Washington, the director of The Louisiana Institute for Justice, sees many similarities between the slow rebuilding and the struggles of the people in Louisiana with the people in Haiti.

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International Women's Day

03/08/10 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Marjorie Cohn, respected lawyer and professor, gave her opinions about the recent Citizens United and other rulings by the Supreme Court regarding corporate "personhood". She also discussed the reasons that the United States has not ratified the CEDWA (Conference on Ending Violence Against Women) Treaty. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the treaty and the United States (along with Iran and Afghanistan) is one of the few nations in the world that has not ratified the treaty. Cohn dis...

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