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Coalition of 100 Black Women's 1st Annual Luncheon listen

09/27/10 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Women came together on Saturday to recognize some Tampa Bay heroes in at the 1st annual luncheon for the area’s chapter of the Coalition of 100 Black Women. The group works to increase and promote education and guidance for women and girls in the community.

"We've had people who have shed blood, sweat, and tears to get us this far, and it is our job to train the young girls so that when they become in our stead they will be the voice of the future, sta...

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Crist on pill mill lawsuit listen

09/24/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In April the state legislature passed a law to combat the rampant spread of pain clinics – also known as pill mills – in Florida. One Florida pain clinic operator and a patient are suing to have that law struck down.

By the time local and state governments began to crack down, the Sunshine State was already known as a hub for people seeking cheap and easy-to-get pain meds. Now, a new state law that beefs up regulation of pill mills is facing a court challenge. The law requires inspect...

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Crist tours Tampa school, takes it easy on the issues listen

09/24/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Politicians on the campaign trail often seem to forget that they have a day job. Today, one blog referred to Charlie Crist as Florida’s former governor, even though his term ends in January. But you might not know it by the way he makes his rounds. The governor shook hands with dozens of people in Tampa today, even though most of them won’t be voting any time soon.

The only way to describe it is cacophony. Hundreds of children line the outdoor hallway at Mendenhall Elementary School in...

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Health care overhaul six months on - what goes into effect today? listen

09/23/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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It’s been six months since Congress passed the biggest health care overhaul in nearly four decades. Some on the left say it kowtows to special interests, and doesn’t do enough. Many on the right say it’ll lead the U.S. into socialism – or fascism, or both, depending on who you ask. Advocates are struggling to get the message out on what the plan actually does, and gathered in Tampa this afternoon to discuss what the Affordable Care Act means for Americans.

One problem, said one aud...

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USF Tampa will host forum for Haiti presidential candidates listen

09/23/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Note: as of Sept. 29, this forum has been moved to Eckerd College in St. Pete. October 16th from 2pm until 4pm in Fox Hall.

The people of Haiti will choose a new president this fall. Like all elections, the candidates will debate. But the location of one forum might take you by surprise: At least ten of the candidates for president of Haiti will debate in October on the campus of the University of South Florida in Tampa.

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Environmental groups support 60 mpg standard for autos listen

09/23/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Sixty miles per gallon. Only a handful of mass-produced car models are that fuel efficient. But an analysis released today by Environment Florida explores how setting standards that high could be beneficial for the state’s economy and environment. Sarah Bucci is their federal field associate.

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What Do The Recent Changes Announced In Cuba Mean For US Cuba Relations?

09/23/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Cuba is calling workers across the island to special meetings so labor leaders can brief them on half a million government layoffs coming in the next six months and suggest ways that those fired can make a living.

Cuba announced two weeks ago that it would lay off 500,000 workers by March and loosen state controls on private enterprise so that many of those fired can find new jobs. It said it would also beef up the tax code and revamp state pay scales to better reward high job performance....

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In South Tampa, candidates mull transit and Amendment 4 at Chamber of Commerce forum listen

09/22/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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For the first time in recent memory the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce is hosting forums for local and statewide candidates on the November ballot. Today marked the first of these and a handful of those vying for local office confronted everything from transit to class size. Compared to the fierce debates that are making this year unusually volatile it was pretty quiet. The only testy exchange happened between two candidates who aren’t even running against one another.

That’s District...

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The Milk Party Demands Children Be Made Top Priority listen

09/22/10 Kimberly Vlach
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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By now, we’re all familiar with the Tea Party movement. But have you heard of the Milk Party? Well, in Florida, the Milk Party traveling around the state, making waves of its own. Since Labor Day, the non-partisan group called The Children’s Movement of Florida has gathered 8,500 Floridians in, so far, ten rallies. There, people have been calling upon the state to make children the number one priority in health insurance and education. The co-chair of the movement is David Lawrence, who ...

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Appeals court agrees: Florida ban on gay adoptions unconstitutional listen

09/22/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Florida is the only state with an outright ban on adoptions by gay couples. But that policy might be coming to an end because of an appeals court decision today. The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami upheld a lower court’s ruling that the law banning adoption is unconstitutional. After the ruling, Florida Governor Charlie Crist, who is running without party affiliation for U.S. Senate, says the state stop enforcing the ban.

WMNF spoke with Martin Gill, who along with his male partne...

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Opponents Of Hometown Democracy

09/22/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Hometown Democracy is the proposed amendment to Florida's Constitution that would allow voters to decide on changes to local comprehensive plans. It's on the ballot this November. Two weeks ago we heard from supporters. Now we'll hear from opponents. Ryan Houck is executive director of Citizens for Lower Taxes and a Stronger Economy (http://www.Florida2010.org) and Ward Friszolowski is former mayor of St. Petersburg Beach.

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Goodwill Is Looking For Some Good Guide Mentors

09/22/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Goodwill recently launched a teen mentoring program called GoodGuides. The program helps teens who face risk factors such as school failure and juvenile delinquency by pairing them with volunteer mentors -- caring people who can offer support and guidance. The goal is to encourage these young people to finish school and make choices that will lead to successful futures.

Unfortunately, the number of teens who want and need mentors currently exceeds the number of mentors. We're joined by Ste...

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Tampa Pension board to divest from Iran, Sudan listen

09/21/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Following the lead of numerous city and state governments, Tampa’s General Employee Pension Board decided today to do away with indirect investments in Iran and Sudan. Lawyer and city council candidate Seth Nelson says he applauds the board.

The state passed the Protecting Florida’s Investment Act in 2007. The Tampa Police and Fire Pension Board voted to follow state guidelines last month. Nelson says the sectors affected are petroleum, military, and energy production. The Obama Admin...

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Community organizer Saul Alinsky re-emerges as a lightning rod for left and right

09/21/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up- one of the nation’s most famous community organizers Saul Alinsky has new currency. He’s been mentioned as an inspiration to President Obama, vilified by Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck and some of his ideas are emulated by Tea Party activists. We’ll talk about the life of Saul Alinsky with Nicholas Von Hoffman, author of a new Alinsky biography.

Both President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have expre...

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Interview with fiction and non-fiction author Walter Dean Myers listen

09/21/10 By Dawn Morgan Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Walter Dean Myers is an award-winning author of young adult fiction and non-fiction. Born in West Virginia in 1937 and raised in Harlem by family friends, he didn’t know his biological parents until he was a teenager.

WMNF’s Dawn Morgan Elliott spoke with the author today about his novels that cover the wars in Vietnam and Iraq, how his family has been touched by war and his impoverished youth in 1950’s Harlem.

"You had black people who could afford to live other places, but w...

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