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Hillsborough School Board hopefuls disagree on class size listen

07/21/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This year, three Hillsborough County School Board Seats are up for a vote. District Four consists largely of unincorporated areas of the county’s eastern reaches. That district may be home to one of the school district’s more contentious races.

Kirk Faryniasz, one of the candidates for Hillsborough County’s District Four School Board Seat, says those who making decisions for area schools determine a region’s fate.

"The School Board is a race that most people ignore, but this is where o...

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Crist allows interim property assessments to help homeowners affected by BP disaster listen

07/21/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Gov. Charlie Crist has taken a step to reduce property taxes for homeowners in counties affected by the BP oil disaster. In an executive order today, Crist said it would apply to the 26 Florida counties that are currently under a state of emergency, including Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.

"I have not asked BP's permission to dot his. we got it from the Constitution."

Crist says the interim property assessments will help homeowners file claims for economic damages against BP.

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Pinellas transportation task force gets citizen input listen

07/20/10 Doris Norrito
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Pinellas County residents were invited to give their opinion on the future of transit in Pinellas. A Transportation Task Force workshop was held at Bayside High School in Clearwater. The Task Force is made up of people from local government, construction, businesses and non-profits. Representatives listened to ideas for the future of mass transit. About sixty citizens attended.

"We're here tonight to hear what the public is thinking about mass transit and transportation in general. Everyt...

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Florida lawmakers block vote on drilling ban listen

07/20/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today in Tallahassee, a special legislative session to discuss a constitutional ban on oil drilling in state waters ended without a vote. The Florida House adjourned in less than an hour, and Democrats are calling foul.

Gov. Charlie Crist called the session to put a drilling ban on the ballot in November. Many Republicans, like House speaker Larry Cretul, say there’s already a ban on the books, and that a constitutional amendment isn’t necessary. This is despite the House passing a bill ov...

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Our Nation's Checkbook Campaign To Cut The Military Budget

07/20/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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There's a new campaign to cut the U.S. military budget. It's called Our Nation's Checkbook. Backers ranging from Quakers to Libertarians say that the country could save tax dollars by cutting some wasteful defense programs. Our guest is Stephen Donahoe, Campaigns Program Assistant with the Friends Committee on National Legislation.

FMI: Our Nation's Checkbook

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Interview with author of Lonely - Part II listen

07/20/10 Dawn Morgan Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last week we aired the first half of an interview with Emily White, author of the new book Lonely: A Memoir. In the second half of the interview, WMNF reporter Dawn Morgan Elliott asks White what other surprise findings she came across in her research on the topic of loneliness.

"We tend to think of loneliness as something that affects the elderly. And it certainly does. But to a much greater extent it affects young people. And the reason we don’t...

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Sen. Nelson warned of possible breach 6 weeks ago listen

07/19/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This morning you may have woken up to word that a new breach occurred at the Deepwater Horizon disaster site. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says that officials are monitoring seepage at the top of the well and about two miles away from it. One Democratic US Senator was not so pleased today during an appearance in Downtown Tampa.

Just four days after BP successfully tested the latest cap on the still-gushing oil well, the recent discovery of a breach may mean they have to remove ...

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Officials get latest on high speed rail listen

07/19/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last January President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden came to Tampa to announce 1.2 billion dollars in stimulus dollars offered to help fund construction of a high speed rail line in Florida. Local and national officials were in Downtown Tampa this morning to hear the latest on the project which would initially run between Tampa and Orlando.

The rail line's expected completion date is some time in 2015. That may seem a long way out but Nazih Haddad, Chief Operating Officer for Florida ...

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Interim Tampa City Council Appointments listen

07/19/10 Mark Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last month, former Tampa City Council members John Dingfelder and Linda Saul-Sena resigned. The resignations were an attempt to avoid legal challenges caused by late paperwork for their Hillsborough County Commission races. Today the Tampa City Council appointed replacements for the two vacancies.

Yvonne Yolie Capin assumes the District 4 seat once held by Saul-Sena. Curtis Stokes was chosen for District 3, replacing Dingfelder. Both are veteran campaigners. Stokes unsuccessfully ran...

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HART to study rail link to Tampa International Airport listen

07/19/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Today the board of HART, Hillsborough County’s transit agency, agreed to study light rail from downtown Tampa to the Tampa International Airport. Mary Shavalier is HART’s chief of strategic planning and program development.

"Well at today's board meeting the HART board made a decision on a very small amendment to the study area that we're looking at, to try to determine how we could try to enhance transit between downtown Tampa and the Westshore business district. We have been previously ...

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Vegan and Vegetarian Cooking

07/19/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Our guest on this edition of the Alternative Health show is Vicki Chelf. She's a published author of 7 vegan cookbooks (including Cooking With the Right Side of the Brain) and is the host of Truly Sustainable Sarasota on WSLR, Thursdays at 9am. She also has a TV show, Going Green, on the county access channel. She's willing and able.

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NOW National Convention

07/17/10 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

B.J.Star, a member of the Pinellas National Organization for Women (NOW), reports on the issues and events of the recent National NOW Convention which was held in Boston over the weekend of the 4th.

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Monique Harden

07/17/10 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Monique Harden, lawyer and long time New Orleans resident, is the co-founder of the Louisiana Environment and Human Rights Commission. She discusses the legacy of African Americans in the New Orleans area, not only in the present Gulf Cisis but the historical developments from the first slave riots in this country around 1830.

She recounts a troubling and fascinating history of the struggles and the environmental degradation which have become the story of these people from slavery to the...

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"El General"

07/17/10 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

A daughter's memories of a strongman offer a unique view of the Mexican revolution and its legacy. Natalia Almada is a filmmaker, and her grandmother was the daughter of Plutarco Elias Calles, the President of Mexico from 1924 to 1928. Calles along with Pancho Villa, Emiliano Zapata and Alvaro Obregon, were considered the leaders of the revolution and the founders of the modern Mexican state. Tune in to hear the weaving of memory and history-the difficulty of finding the man in the histori...

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Democratic AG hopefuls weigh in on special session listen

07/16/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday there was another twist in the lead-up to a special session where state lawmakers are expected to discuss a ban on oil drilling in state waters. Supporters of the drilling ban think Republican leaders are trying to stall the issue out of bitterness.

The special session is slated to start Tuesday, but House Speaker Larry Cretul wrote to lawmakers that they shouldn’t expect to be in Tallahassee for long. Cretul has the authority to prevent a vote on legislation. He and Senate Presi...

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