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WUSF ditches classical in favor of all-day news & buys Sarasota station for classical listen

08/04/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A major shake-up on the radio airwaves in Tampa Bay was announced today. WUSF, 89.7 FM announced that it will no longer play classical music on its main station and will move to an all news and public affairs format during the daytime.

WUSF has purchased a Sarasota FM station, WSMR 89.1, that will become an all-classical music format on September 15.

We spoke with JoAnn Urofsky, WUSF’s general manager.

"We're very excited to have purchased WSMR 89.1, in Sarasota. And on September ...

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Debate: Does Florida Need An Arizona-Style Immigration Law?

08/04/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today- Does Florida need a state immigration law similar to Arizona’s?

Our guests are:

John Hendrix, one of the founders of the largest Tea Party’s in the Tampa Bay area. He’s a Minuteman and has acted as an observer on the US border with Mexico;

And Luis Lopez, President of the Hispanic Alliance of Tampa Bay; the group includes: The League of United Latin American Citizens and the Hispanic Young Professionals and ...

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Judge says Dingfelder can stay on ballot for Hillsborough County Commission listen

08/04/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A Hillsborough Circuit Judge ruled today that John Dingfelder can remain on November’s ballot.

Dingfelder missed a deadline to resign from Tampa City Council and took his name off the ballot. The county’s Democratic Party then nominated him to be their candidate. The local Republican party sued, claiming that Dingfelder is not an eligible candidate, but today a judge ruled against them.

We spoke with Patricia Kemp, chair of the Democratic Party of Hillsborough County.

"Well, they ...

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Citizens express concern over dispersants at town hall meeting listen

08/04/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Obama administration’s person in charge of Gulf Coast restoration visited St. Petersburg last night to receive citizens’ input. Many citizens used the forum to express concern and frustration about the heavy use of dispersants on the oil and to push the administration in developing clean energy in the region.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus visited St. Petersburg last night to receive Gulf coast citizen’s input towards President Obama’s long-term Gulf restoration plan. Many citizens u...

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East Tampa residents critical of police response to killings of two officers listen

08/03/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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After two Tampa Police officers were killed in East Tampa in June, police began a several-day manhunt for the alleged shooter, Dontae Morris. But weeks after Morris turned himself in, residents of the community are still concerned about how the police acted during the search. About two dozen gathered at the College Hill library to share their experiences.

The meeting was called by the Black People's Advancement and Defense Organization, a local group created earlier this year with the miss...

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MPO adopts green amendment to 25-year transit plan listen

08/03/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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If you’re stuck in traffic right now, you may be thinking Tampa Bay is in quite a pickle when it comes to getting people where they need to go. A smooth commute may seem a long way off, but the gears are turning in some halls of government. Today the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization, or MPO, updated its 25-year countywide transit plan. They debated a couple of new projects, and the greener of the two made it in.

Hillsborough County Commissioner and MPO board member Ma...

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Sen. Nelson files legislation that would regulate dispersants listen

08/02/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Since oil began gushing into the Gulf of Mexico in April, BP has pumped one-point-eight million gallons of chemical oil dispersants. They stopped in late July, but effects of the dispersant Corexit remain one of the big questions of the disaster. Today the federal government announced that dispersants, when mixed with oil, are no more toxic than oil itself. But skepticism remains.

Dr. Paul Anastas is a researcher with the Environmental Protection Agency. He had some not-so-terrible news ab...

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Frank Sanchez supports travel from Tampa to Cuba and opposes Arizona law listen

08/02/10 Franco Silva, Yadira Caro & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Former Tampa Mayoral candidate Frank Sanchez serves in the Obama administration as the Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade.

In an interview that will air Wednesday morning on WMNF, The hosts of Latino 54, Franco Silva and Yadira Caro, speak with Frank Sanchez about a range of subjects including Arizona’s new immigration law and the U.S. embargo of Cuba.

"We already d a fair amount of trade with Cuba. Mostly agricultural and medical goods. In fact, I believe we are Cuba'...

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