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09/20/10 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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On today’s Sustainable Living Program we were very happy to have the Co-Director of USF’s Clean Energy Research Center, Dr. Yogi Goswami, an inventor and author. Dr. Goswami’s Department at USF is heading up the 2nd annual Tampa Bay Solar Tour on October 2.

Also joining the program were James Grebey and Max Wilson, both with Quick Beam Energy, a solar design and installation company located in Winter Haven; plus a long-time Sustainable Living Show friend...

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GOP chair Steele: fire Pelosi listen

09/20/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele was in the Tampa Bay area today, stumping for his party’s candidates. The GOP leader took aim at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat.

Mainstream country music blares over the PA as Republican activists and candidates slowly file into the large, un-air-conditioned room. Parked outside of the Hillsborough Republican party headquarters is a red and white tour bus plastered with a simple message: “Fire Pelosi.” Speaking to ...

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Move to Amend aims to undo "corporate personhood" and reverse Citizens United decision listen

09/20/10 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Former Green Party presidential nominee David Cobb is traveling the state of Florida telling residents about what is making him mad. Cobb is heading the Move to Amend campaign and stopped last weekend in Tampa to talk to residents about the increasing power of transnational corporations. On January 21, the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations are persons, essentially giving them the same rights as American citizens. And this has activists...

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Hillsborough County hosts "Art of Sustainability" forum listen

09/17/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Hillsborough County is looking for ways to get greener as environmental awareness and sustainability grow ever more popular in marketing and politics. Local planning officials and businesses proposed ways to make the region more sustainable this morning at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Tampa. It was the 2nd annual “Art of Sustainability” forum called E3: Energy, Environment, and Economics. County Commissioner Rose Ferlita said that the region will begin to look at i...

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Meek, Fasano respond to Crist-Greer RPOF audit listen

09/17/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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News of a Republican Party of Florida audit spread fast today, and those running against Crist are seizing the opportunity for attack. His opponents in the highly contentious race for US Senate are calling foul, while the governor’s allies are coming to his defense.

It’s not the first time credit cards have gotten current or former Republicans in hot water. You may recall the dust up over Marco Rubio’s $130 haircut earlier this year. US Rep. Kendrick Meek, a Democrat polling third pl...

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Pharmacist on hunger strike against prescription giant Medco listen

09/17/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Around half of all Americans are on prescription drugs. Many insurance companies now make patients get them filled by mail instead of the pharmacy down the street. Mail-order drug giant Medco fills more than one million of these each week. Such high demand may be putting potentially hazardous pressure on the pharmacists who process prescription orders. One former employee of Medco’s Tampa facility is staging the ultimate protest to expose what he’s calling unethical practice.

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St Pete City Council votes against its own proposal to adopt new land-use plan listen

09/17/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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After months of contentious debate and uproar, the St. Petersburg City Council unanimously voted against their own proposal to adopt a new Comprehensive Land Management Plan. They may reconsider it after voters weigh in on Amendment 4.

The proposed Comprehensive Land Plan would have reduced the city’s 22 land use categories down to 5 broad zones. Many critics, editorial boards and local and state agencies viewed it as undermining voters and illegal. That backlash led the mayor and ci...

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Grassroots group challenges Supreme Court decision and corporate power

09/16/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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The 2004 Green Party presidential candidate, David Cobb, who is an attorney and an expert on the Constitution, will be in the Tampa Bay area the next few days as part of an effort to build a movement against growing corporate power.

The target of his concern is the US Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United vs. FEC that removed limits on corporate political contributions.

Cobb is part of a group called Move to Amend, which wants to amend the U.S. Const...

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At Eckerd, Lost Boy chronicles his escape from war in Sudan listen

09/16/10 By Dawn Morgan Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In the 1980’s and 90’s, violence in Southern Sudan made orphans of over 20,000 children, mostly male, who walked hundreds of miles in search of safety. These children came to be called the Lost Boys.

Many of these Lost Boys, now grown men, found refuge in American education, and at least two have returned to their native country to build schools for the next generation.

Lost Boy Gabriel Bol Deng and American author Dave Eggers recently visited Eckerd College as part of its series...

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Arizona's Election Reform - a Model for Florida? listen

09/16/10 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Proponents of election reform often point to Arizona and Maine as two states they say, have gotten public campaign financing right.

The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Act allows candidates running for the Legislature or statewide office the chance to pass on special interest money by collecting a certain number of $5 dollar donations. In return, they receive full funding for their campaign.

[Todd Lang](http://www.azclean...

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Hillborough County to hash out final budget details listen

09/15/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This evening the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners is holding a public hearing on its budget for fiscal year 2011. The county faces a $65 million shortfall this year, mostly due to lagging property tax revenues. Earlier this year the commissioners were able to restore Arts Council funding, nix furlough days for the Environmental Protection Commission, and keep a popular Spanish-speaking liaison on staff in the planning department. But dozens of positions are still on the chopping blo...

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President Obama urges end of tax cuts for the rich listen

09/15/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says he's open to discussing alternatives to President Obama’s plan to let tax cuts on the wealthy sunset in January. This comes as some Republicans are in lock-step on the tax cuts. Adam Putnam is a Republican member of Congress from Lakeland who’s running for state Agricultural Commissioner.

Obama wants to make the cuts permanent for low- and middle-income Americans. He spoke today from the White House Rose Garden

If Congress doesn’t pass a meas...

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Two views on the Middle East peace talks

09/15/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Today on Radioactivity we'll get two perspectives on the Middle East Peace talks that are underway. Today's talks took place in Jerusalem. We're going to hear from two guests: Ofer Bavly is the Israeli Consul General based in Miami. And Robert Naiman is with Just Foreign Policy, a group dedicated to using diplomacy to achieve peace.

FMI http://www.justforeignpolicy.org

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Public Campaign Financing - Is The System Worth Saving in Florida? listen

09/15/10 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The first initiative on the November ballot will ask voters if they want to repeal the public funding of candidates who run for Governor, Chief Financial Officer, Attorney General or Commissioner of Agriculture. Public campaign financing has been around since 1986 in Florida. It was designed to keep election spending in check and level the playing field for qualified candidates. Ben Wilcox says it did a pretty go...

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Oil drilling at center of Agriculture Commissioner race listen

09/14/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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It might not be the first statewide race that comes to mind this year, but the contest for Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services has gotten competitive. Both major-party candidates appeared at a Suncoast Tiger Bay Club meeting today, where everything from immigration to offshore drilling seeped into the discussion.

US Representative Adam Putnam, a Republican from Polk County and former Tallahassee mayor Scott Maddox, a Democrat, are vying to succeed Agriculture Commissioner C...

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