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Crist vetoes controversial teacher bill SB 6 listen

04/15/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Shortly after noon today, Governor Charlie Crist vetoed Senate Bill 6, a controversial education bill that would have tied teacher pay and evaluations to student scores on standardized tests.

Crist said several issues of concern led him to veto.

There was a huge backlash against SB 6 before and after it was passed last Thursday. That includes students walking out of classes, teachers calling in sick, and rallies across the state. Crist acknowledged he was influenced by the bill’s oppo...

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Farmworkers March For Justice

04/15/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Robert Lorei. A caravan of farm workers from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) – and hundreds of consumers from across the country will march for three days from Tampa to Lakeland on April 16-18 to demand that Publix join a growing partnership among farm workers, Florida tomato growers, and retail food giants aimed at ending decades of farm labor abuse in Florida. The march will culminate on Sunday afternoon, April 18, with a public conce...

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PBS Reporter Grills Tampa Transit Leaders listen

04/14/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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At the University of Tampa yesterday Tampa transit leaders heard some of the toughest questions yet on their proposed transit overhaul, and they weren’t coming from a tax-bashing tea partier. They came from PBS Newshour’s Paul Solman, who was there as part of a town hall series in Tampa Bay this week. He challenged the assertion that Tampa Bay might enjoy the same five hundred percent return other cities have after investing in rail. Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio responded.

The meeting was jus...

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Interview with the Deputy Israeli Consul

04/14/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Robert Lorei Our guest today is the Israeli Deputy Consul General, Paul Hirschson who is based in Miami.

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CFO candidate Loranne Ausley calls for Crist to veto SB 6 listen

04/14/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Pressure is growing on Governor Charlie Crist to veto SB 6 – the controversial bill passed last week by the Florida Legislature to tie teacher evaluations and pay to student performance on standardized tests.

Even some Republicans running for statewide office oppose SB 6, including gubernatorial candidate Paula Dockery who voted against it in the Senate.

All Democrats running for statewide office oppose it. That includes Loranne Ausley, a former state legislator who is running to be...

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PBS Newshour's spotlight city tour rolls into St Petersburg to focus on the changing media landscape listen

04/13/10 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Newspapers are laying-off reporters. More people are going online to find their news. WMNF’s Tom Baur reports from St Petersburg where a panel of experts discussed “The Changing Media Landscape.”

As part of a five city two year national tour PBS Newshour hosted a forum today at the Poynter Institute for Interactive Media in St Petersburg. Their news anchor Gwen Ifill moderated a panel of local media newsmakers co-hosted by [WEDU](www.w...

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PBS Frontline Documentary OBAMA'S DEAL Premiers Tonight

04/13/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF's Radioactiviity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up a look at the deal making and industry pressure that led to the version of health care reform recently passed by Congress. But first some listener comments about last Thursday's program on the increasingly strident tone of political dialogue in the US.

Barack Obama promised change. Then he took on one of Washington's toughest issues: health care. During his first year in office, he found himself making one deal aft...

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"Walk In My Shoes" Aims to Spread Awareness of Sexual and Domestic Violence listen

04/13/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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If you drove down Kennedy this morning, you may have noticed a few dozen people walking down the road wearing blue shirts. They were marching to raise awareness of sexual abuse. But the journey for Lauren Book-Lim, the event’s organizer, started a long way back.

Lauren Book-Lim has just reached the halfway point of a 500-mile walk from South Florida to Tallahassee. The Tampa leg started at the Alpha House, a center that houses pregnant women and new mo...

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Amendment weakening church-state separation inches closer to Florida ballot listen

04/13/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today the state House and Senate moved a step closer to including an amendment to November’s ballot to repeal a ban on state funds to religious institutions.

House and Senate committees approved the proposed state constitutional amendment. Republican Rep. Kevin Ambler from Tampa supports it.

*We recognize that government is not ...

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Lawsuit against Sheriff by former inmate dismissed by Pasco County judge listen

04/12/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A Pasco County resident had his case against the county’s Sheriff dismissed in Dade City today. But New Port Richey resident Dan Callaghan says he plans to file again. He’s upset with a new policy by the Sheriff which forbids jail inmates from receiving letters in envelopes.

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Not All Teachers Oppose SB 6 listen

04/12/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Not all teachers oppose Senate Bill 6. Fran Strayhorn is a kindergarten teacher at Gulfport Montessori She said it would force teachers to work harder.

While the bill’s opponents say it would place an undue burden on educators while leaving families off the hook when it comes to student success, Strayhorn says someone has to take up the slack.

She said that to expect some families to step up their involvement in their children’s education...

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Miami-Dade Teachers Union Leader Doesn't Condone "Sick-Out" Actions Over SB 6 listen

04/12/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Today, some South Florida teachers held a “sick-out” to protest Senate Bill 6. Gov. Charlie Crist has until Friday to veto the bill, which will link teacher pay to student performance, among other things. One quarter of Miami-Dade County teachers called in sick, apparently to protest the bill. United Teachers of Dade president Karen Aronowitz told WMNF that her group did not support the sick out, but that SB 6 would...

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NOW State Meeting

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

Eleanor Cecil on the Board of Directors with the Hillsborough NOW organization and B.J.Startt-the Executive Director of the West Pinellas NOW talked about the plans and the agenda for the state Florida NOW meeting which will be held at the Tradewinds Resort 4/30 through 5/2. We will be giving more details in the next few weeks.

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Linda Greenhouse

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

Linda Greenhouse who covered the Supreme Court for the New York Times for 30 years is going to be speaking at Forum Truth Wednesday, April 14 at 7:30 pm in Holley Hall in Sarasota. Her talk "Before (And After) Roe V. Wade" will focus on what was going on in the country before and after the decision. Linda has assumed the position of Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence and Joseph Golstein Lecture in Law at Yale Law School. How important do you think the Supreme Court has been in all ...

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The Topp Twins

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

Do you know who is considered the number one comedy act in New Zealand and the most popular entertainers? Would you believe the Topp Twins? You've never heard of the Topp Twins, I bet. Luckily a wonderful documentary has been made and using archival footage follow the Twins on their 40+ year career. The Topp Twins documentary is part of the Sarasota Film Festival and is being shown Saturday, April 11 at 8 pm and again Wenedsay, April 14 at 9pm. Both screenings will be at the Hollywood...

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