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Supporters and opponents debate Hillsborough's proposed transportation tax

09/14/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today: a debate on the proposal to increase the sales tax one cent and to use the money to improve transportation in Hillsborough County. Among the projects to be paid for? A light rail system. At one time Tampa had a street car system on rails that served much of the central core of the city. It was dismantled in the middle of the 20th Century and since then Tampa and Hillsborough County have been reliant on an ever growing...

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Despite Koran burning cancellation, peaceful protests ensue in Gainesville listen

09/13/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Pastor Terry Jones did not burn any copies of the Muslim holy book in Gainesville Saturday, but that didn’t stop scores of peaceful demonstrators from coming to town. Amid an amped-up police presence, a reported 300 people carried signs and chanted messages of peace and tolerance across the street from Jones’s church.

University of Florida student Lila Jonas is with the sorority Alpha Epsilon Phi. She came out with her sorority sisters to stand in solidarity with Muslims.

She said t...

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CFO candidate Loranne Ausley listen

09/13/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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It’s not the race for governor or US Senate, but the contest for state Chief Financial Officer has captured a few headlines in the final weeks leading up to the November 2nd elections.

In that race, Tallahassee lawyer and former Democratic state legislator Loranne Ausley is running against Senate President Jeff Atwater, a North Palm Beach Republican. The two have exchanged barbs over teacher merit pay and the state budget. WMNF caught up with Ausley at a recent Democrat rally, and asked...

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St. Pete for Peace caravanning to Gainesville regardless of whether burning happens listen

09/10/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Pastor Terry Jones issued a moratorium to the New York City imam behind the so-called Ground Zero Mosque today. He asked the imam to speak with him about moving the site of the proposed Muslim community center. The imam did not respond, but Jones has said he plans to travel to New York tonight to speak with him.

Whether or not the burnings take place, St. Pete for Peace will caravan to Gainesville tomorrow for a peace vigil. Dina Formentini, that organization’s executive director, said i...

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Florida gets $200 million from HUD for neighborhood stabilization listen

09/09/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Yesterday the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it’s putting an additional $1 billion toward its Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The program aims to protect property values in foreclosure-ridden areas. The Tampa Bay Area will get a sizable chunk of it.

Despite the muggy morning heat, officials gathered today in the grassy back yard of a foreclosed East Tampa home. The property is the future site of an apartment complex for 18 female military veterans an...

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Bob Dylan In America

09/09/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei.

Our guest today is historian Sean Wilenz, who has written a new biography of Bob Dylan called Bob Dylan in America (Doubleday).

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Stop-loss payments available for some military vets listen

09/08/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Over the weekend the Washington Post reported that more than 90,000 members of the U.S. military haven’t claimed money accrued during involuntary extensions of their service. Today U.S. ember of Congress Kathy Castor is urging residents of the Tampa Bay area to spread the word.

Two-thirds of veterans and beneficiaries eligible for retroactive stop-loss payments haven’t collected on money the government owes them. An average of three to four thousand dollars is owed to service members...

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Castor disagrees with Sink: Bush's tax cuts for the top 2% need to go listen

09/08/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today President Obama announced a new economic plan that includes letting tax cuts for the wealthy end in January.

In 2001 and 2003, Congress passed two laws that now constitute what’s known as the Bush Tax Cuts. The George W. Bush Administration pushed both, and both expire at the end of this year. Proponents say they boosted the economy, but critics say they disproportionately benefited the rich. Today President Obama proposed letting the tax cuts expire for the top two earning tiers, ...

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Obama wants Bush tax cuts to rich to sunset, extend them for most Americans listen

09/08/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In a speech in Cleveland today President Barack Obama asked Congress to let the Bush era tax cuts expire for the richest three percent of Americans but to extend them for people making less than $250,000.

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The Plan To Burn The Quran In Gainesville Creates A Global Controversy

09/08/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Coming up: the planned Quran burning in Gainesville. The AP reports: "Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says plans by a small church in Florida to burn the Muslim holy book are "outrageous," and "abberational" and do not represent America.

In remarks made Wednesday to the Council on Foreign Relations, Clinton said it was "regrettable" that the tiny congregation had gotten so much attention for what she called a "distrustful and disgraceful" means of marking the ninth anniver...

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DOE announces funding for "clean coal" R&D but environmentalists are skeptical listen

09/07/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the federal government will fund 22 clean coal research and development projects across the country, including one in Florida. Environmentalists of are skeptical about how green that technology is, but Chu said the investment will create jobs while positioning the US as a global clean energy leader.

So-called “clean coal” technology involves stripping coal emissions of carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas. The CO2 would likely then be...

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Interview With CNN Host Rick Sanchez

09/07/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. In a moment we’ll meet a CNN television host who routinely asks tough questions of his guests.

Our guest on the first part of today’s program is Rick Sanchez who hosts a daytime program on CNN called Rick’s List. He’s just written a new book called CONVENTIONAL IDIOCY: Why the New America Is Sick of the Old Politics. He joins us now on the telephone.

See Sanchez interview ex Columbia/HCA CEO Rick Scott: <http://www.yo...

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St Pete for Peace will hold protest vigil against Quran burning in Gainesville listen

09/07/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This Saturday is the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. This year the anniversary coincides with an increase in anti-Muslim sentiment across the country. That includes opposition the Park51 Islamic Cultural Center in lower Manhattan, to crimes against a Muslim congregation in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and even a planned Quran burning in Florida.

On Saturday, a church in Gainesville called the Dove World Outreach Center plans...

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Pesticides & Extension Services

09/06/10 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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On this Labor Day program we were lucky to catch up with Mark Mossler, Doctor of Plant Medicine at the University of Florida. Mark heads up the Pesticide Information Office, which is part of the Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) in Gainesville. Topics ranged from bed bugs and nematodes to new biological controls for all kinds of plant diseases and pests.

We also had a faculty member of the Hillsborough County Extension Office join the program. Marina D’Abeau is our Env...

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Laura Tillman

09/04/10 mary glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Laura Tillman is a freelance journalist and photographer who was a staff reporter for the Brownsville Herald. Brownsville is one of the poorest cities in the United States and is right on the border with Mexico.

Laura wrote an article called Crossing the Line which is in the current issue of The Nation, in which she shines a light on the state of reproductive access in this area. Why are the women from this area of the United States going south over the b...

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