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04/19/10 Doris Norrito
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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It was a musical afternoon – no speeches, just a time to come together with the universal connector – music. Singing for Liberty was the theme, peace and justice the message played and sung by eight musical groups. One of the founders of Friends of Human Rights, Mel Underbakke, announced the first selection, a musical tribute to Sami Al-Arian. The former USF professor was acquitted of terrorism charges in 2005, but remains imprisoned under house arrest.

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Former Mass. gov. Mitt Romney endorses Rubio listen

04/19/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Saturday, former Massachusetts governor and 2008 presidential candidate Mitt Romney endorsed Marco Rubio for the U.S Senate. He stumped for Rubio in North Tampa today.

As he praised Rubio to a standing-room-only crowd of more than 250, Romney likened this year’s election to the struggle of America’s founders.

*Once again there are people who are—I’ll call ’em the neo-monarchists—who believe that instead of individuals...

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Dozens protest "God hates fags" group listen

04/19/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Activists from Topeka’s controversial Westboro Baptist Church held several demonstrations throughout Florida this week. The group, which calls itself God Hates Fags, says it wants to spread an end-times message that targets everything from the military to Lady Gaga. But when they tried to bring their message to the University of South Florida this morning, they were met with massive resistance.

Dozens of count...

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Long Process of Repairing Tampa Bay Reservoir Continues. listen

04/19/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Tampa Bay Water Board held a public meeting this morning in Pinellas County. They discussed the reservoir, and progress on its renovation.

Over three and a half years ago, the first cracks—measuring 1,900 feet—were discovered at the newly erected C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir in Hillsborough County. John Kennedy, a Tampa Bay Water engineer and project manager, said the cracks b...

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FCC hearings on media ownership tomorrow in Tampa listen

04/19/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Federal Communications Commission will hold a public hearing tomorrow in Tampa on media cross ownership.

We will broadcast the full FCC hearings beginning at 3 tomorrow afternoon on our HD3 channel The Source. You can hear it on an HD radio or on the internet here.

For a preview, we spoke with former WMNF reporter Brandy Doyle, who now works for the Prometheus Radio Project.

*The Prometheus Rad...

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Immokalee workers protest Publix in Lakeland listen

04/19/10 Kelly Benjamin & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As WMNF reported Friday, over the weekend, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers marched from downtown Tampa to the Publix Supermarket headquarters in Lakeland as part of their "Campaign for Fair Food."

They are calling on Publix to pay one penny more per pound to tomato pickers, and to issue a statement condemning slavery in the agricultural fields of Immokalee where several cases have come to light in the past few years.

On Saturday, farmworkers and supporters...

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Shirley Valentine

04/17/10 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Shirley Valentine the play comes to the Gorilla Theatre opens April 15 - May 2. Bridget Bean plays Shirley Valentine and Nancy Cole directs. Find out why Shirley Valentine the Liverpool housewife has so much to say to women of the world. Nancy Cole feels that Bridget Bean was born to play the role of Shirley Valentine. Visit gorillatheatre.com

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Rachel Faro

04/17/10 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Rachel Faro, singer-songwriter and one of the few woman producers of Latin and Cuban music in the world discusses her career as a performer, producer, music historian and company founder of Ahe Records. Hear her in concert at the Cuban Club with Sam Figuerro and his Latin Jazz Explosion. The concert will be a benefit for the Cuban Club, a common venue for many WMNF events.

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Nebraska Abortion Laws

04/17/10 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Jodi Jacobson, Executive Director of rhrealitycheck.org, discusses the recent spate of abortion laws which have been passed and signed by the Governor of Nebraska in the last few days. She feels the recent laws are intended to provoke legal reactions with the hopes of taking the cases to the Supreme Court intended as a challenge to Roe V Wade. This will be the first time fetal pain issues will be discussed at the Supreme court if the challenges get that far. Fetal pain will challenge viabi...

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Alternative to Violence

04/17/10 Mary Glenney
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Val Liveoak, a peace activist for over 40 years, comes to the Tampa Bay Area to speak and conduct workshops at the Friends Meeting House in St. Petersburg. Val has been involved in the Peace Teams Project with The Quakers in many countries but most especially in Columbia and South America. She discusses the necessity of inclusivity and bringing all parties to the "table" to arrive at consensus. Val has also coordinated the Alternatives to Violence Project through the world. Everyone is invi...

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Coalition of Immokalee Workers kicks off march to Lakeland listen

04/16/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) began a three-day march from Tampa to Lakeland. The group and its supporters are demanding that Publix, which is headquartered in Lakeland, spend a penny more per pound of tomatoes it buys from Florida growers. Coalition co-founder and staff member Lucas Benitez says his group wants to send Lakeland a message about its successful hometown company.

*We wanted to share with them our reality...

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Florida unemployment hits another record high: 12.3% listen

04/16/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Another month, another record number for unemployment in Florida. The state’s Agency for Workforce Innovation released the March unemployment numbers today, and their economist, Rebecca Rust, says it’s not good news: the rate hit a record of 12.3%

The number of people in Florida who are underemployed is probably much higher.

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WMNF reports live from Tax Day Tea Party in Tampa listen

04/15/10 Kate Bradshaw & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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WMNF's Kate Bradshaw reports live from the Tax Day Tea Party in downtown Tampa.

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EPA holds hearings in Tampa on numeric pollution standards for Florida listen

04/15/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today, the Tampa City Council passed a resolution asking the Hillsborough County Commission to pass a fertilizer ordinance to reduce the amount of nutrients that seep into the county’s waterways. High levels of nitrogen can cause harmful algae blooms.

A bill moving through the state Legislature would forbid local governments from passing fertilizer ordinances.

Because t...

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Routine transit meeting gets testy listen

04/15/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners held its third and final workshop today to iron out a few details of a massive transit overhaul that will likely go on the November ballot. But while they focused on the plan’s blander aspects, politics still found its way in.

For the most part, the commissioners and county staff talked about some changes they are making to the current draft of the interlocal agreement. Public Works Department Director Bob Gordon explained the role of this doc...

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