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Researchers confirm oil toxic to sea life listen

08/17/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A double-dose of bad news about oil in the Gulf: Last night, USF researchers returned from a fact-finding mission with evidence of toxic oil on the ocean floor. This comes within 24 hours of a team of Georgia scientists’ finding that, despite what the government says, most of the oil is still out there.

A National Incident Command study asserts just 25% of the BP oil is still lingering out in the gulf. But University of Georgia marine science Professor Samantha Joye said the problem with...

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Sarasota negotiates new franchise agreement with FP&L

08/17/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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The city of Sarasota and Florida Power and Light are re-negotiating the electric company’s 30 year franchise agreement- the agreement that gives the for-profit company the right to be Sarasota’s electric monopoly.

Some environmentalists and public officials want FP&L to provide more electricity from sustainable sources; they also want a shorter agreement and removal of power poles that interfere with bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

We’re joined now by two of those people- Kerry...

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Doug Henwood on the future of Social Security

08/17/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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This past weekend marked the 75th anniversary of Social Security. How safe is it? Can people in their 20’s, 30’s, 40's and 50's rely on it for their retirement years?

The Social Security system is 75 years old. It’s meant to supplement income during retirement years here in the US. Fewer and fewer companies are offering pension and individual retirement accounts, so Social Security has become more important for retirees. Without, nearly half of americans 65 years and older would be...

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USF scientist not happy with federal oil response listen

08/16/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Like any catastrophe, the Gulf oil disaster laid bare the shortcomings of those charged with responding. One of these is the disconnect between government and academia, which came through loud and clear at a conference earlier today.

USF physical oceanographer Bob Weisberg is the go-to guy for all things loop current. This summer, as fears of oil washing up the East Coast persisted, he was quoted by media outlets around the world. But for some reason, the US Coast Guard won’t sit on an e...

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Guerrilla generator shows tap into Tampa's underground music scene listen

08/16/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tampa's underground music scene has morphed through the years from bar bands to world-renowned death metal acts to hardcore punk and indie bands. But for the past several years, the most overlooked music scene in Tampa has been the one to make the most noise.

Tampa's indigenous guerrilla noise music scene has been around for several years now, but it's not easy to find. Aside from a few "official" shows at places like the now-closed Flight 19 or downtown Tampa's Cafe Hey, most of the shows...

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Hillsborough County Commish Candidates duke it out in East Tampa listen

08/13/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last Night, candidates for Hillsborough County Commission District 3 engaged in a heated debate at a candidate forum held by the Democratic Black caucus in East Tampa.

Incumbent Kevin White is being challenged by former state senator Les Miller and political newcomer Valerie Goddard. Both challengers had no trouble addressing a question from the audience -- if public officials should be held financially liable for illegal actions so taxpayers can recoup expenses they caused:

"It is a ...

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Jeff Greene threatens to sue St. Petersburg Times listen

08/13/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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On Wednesday, a lawyer for billionaire U.S. Senate hopeful Jeff Greene sent a letter to the St. Petersburg Times demanding they retract a story printed Sunday connecting him with crooked real estate investor James Delbert McConville. Greene claims all he did was sell a 300-unit condo complex in the Mojave Desert.

"I sold a building to a complete stranger. Someone, that to this day in my life, I have never seen, spoken to, have had anything to do with."

The letter disputes numerous st...

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Independent Bud Chiles has not ruled out dropping out to help Sink listen

08/13/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Lawton “Bud” Chiles III is a longtime Democrat. But the son of former Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles is running for governor without party affiliation.

Some Democrats think he could pull votes away from their presumptive nominee Alex Sink. Yesterday, WMNF asked Bud Chiles if he would consider dropping out of the race and he didn’t say no. "We'll cross that bridge when we come to it," he said.

We also hear Chiles' opposition to Attorney General Bill McCollum’s suggestion that gay co...

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Outgoing Sen. LeMieux says spending is the problem listen

08/13/10 Mabili Ajani
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, and the the Arlington, VA-based Concord Coalition, hosted the "Fiscal Solutions Forum" in Orlando and Tampa on Wednesday.

Republican Sen. George LeMieux was appointed to complete Sen. Mel Martinez term and will not be on the ballot in November’s election. In his short time in office LeMieux proposed a constitutional amendment that would require a balanced federal budget; a bill that would temporarily reduce payroll taxes of employees and employers; and legislati...

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Independent gubernatorial candidate Bud Chiles disagrees with McCollum's immigration law listen

08/12/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Lawton “Bud” Chiles III is the son of former Florida Governor Lawton Chiles. And Bud Chiles wants to follow in his popular father’s footsteps. But he’s running for governor without party affiliation. In this first of a two-part interview, Chiles tells WMNF why he disagrees with a proposed immigration law in Florida and why he’s running for governor as an independent.

Tune in tomorrow for the second half of this interview where we ask Chiles if he would consider dropping out of th...

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Dave Aronberg faces tough primary race for Attorney General listen

08/12/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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State Sen. Dave Aronberg is in a heated Democratic primary race for Attorney General with Dan Gelber. We spoke with Sen. Aronberg while he was traveling by car to Tampa for a candidate forum.

We’ll hear from his primary opponent Dan Gelber in the next week. The primary election is Tuesday August 24 and early voting is underway now.

“I used to work in the attorney general’s office as an assistant attorney general, the economic crimes division, working under Bob Butterworth. We use...

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Additional Problems For GOP Gubernatorial Contender Rick Scott?

08/12/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Our next guest is Tristram Korten who has written an article for The Florida Independent about Republican gubernatorial contender Rick Scott in which he outlines allegations that Scott's new company, Solantic, might have committed fraud against Medicare.

FMI Rick Scott article

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FSRN Reporter Aya Batrawy on Kasmir and Gaza

08/12/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF and Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Our guest is Aya Batrawy. Aya Batrawy is currently an adjunct professor at the American University in Cairo, teaching journalism there. She is also a Correspondent in Cairo, Egypt, for Pacifica's Free Speech Radio News. She has worked and produced stories for a number of places including NPR, BBC and for Egypt's 24-hour English satellite news channel, Nile TV. Her pieces have been picked up and aired on CNN International. She h...

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ACLU says it will challenge proposed FL immigration law if it passes listen

08/11/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today Florida's Attorney General Bill McCollum threw his support behind a proposed harsh immigration law. It will be introduced by Representative William Snyder of Stuart. McCollum says that, if passed, the law would require police officers to check immigration status during some stops.

Parts of a similar Arizona law were put on hold by a federal judge after their constitutionality were challenged. But McCollum says the proposed Florida law would avoid the legal problems plaguing Arizona's...

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Meek's "Real Dem Express" passes through Tampa Bay area listen

08/11/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The day after another testy debate with primary opponent Jeff Greene, Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Kendrick Meek was back on the campaign trail. Today’s leg of the ten-day trip took U.S. Rep. Meek through Tampa Bay. Much of the contest between Meek and billionaire newcomer Greene has consisted of character attacks. But today Meek took the spotlight off his main opponent and spoke with WMNF about what he’s seen in the first seven days of the tour.

Meek spoke to reporters aboard his to...

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