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A Pensacola Judge Rules Health Care Reform Is Unconstitutional

01/31/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to The Last Call. I'm Rob Lorei. Earlier today a federal judge in Pensacola ruled that health care reform was unconstitutional. This is the second US District judge to rule against health care reform; two other judges have ruled in favor.

Our guest today is Rob Pollack who is executive director of Families USA, a nationwide non profit representing health care consumers. Pollack said today:

“Judge Vinson’s decision is radical ju...

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In Tampa demonstrators rally in solidarity with Egyptian people listen

01/31/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Egypt State TV says President Hosni Mubarak has sworn in a new Cabinet, following days of massive demonstrations calling for him to step down. An opposition figure, Mohamed ElBaradei joined protesters in Tahrir Square in Cairo yesterday. He called for Mubarak’s ouster.

The news network Al Jazeera English says six of its journalists have been released from custody, but their equipment was confiscated, after Egyptian authorities ordered their Cairo office closed.

Obama administration of...

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Some Republicans Beginning To Question Military Budget

01/31/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up - some Republicans are joining the effort to scrutinize wasteful federal spending. We're joined now by Robert Dreyfuss, a writer for The Nation magazine who's article on the topic is in this week's Nation magazine.

In the article Dreyfuss writes:

'In 2001, in a profile of Grover Norquist I wrote for The Nation, the conservative activist and president of Americans for Tax Reform proclai...

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New film warns about climate refugees listen

01/31/11 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As the planet changes, the way humans co-exist with it will have to start changing as well. The film Climate Refugees puts a human face on the issue of climate change. It’s been shown at film festival around the world. Suzanne Haerther is the chapter coordinator for the US Green Building Council Gulf Coast chapter.

“We have had some major climate issues. And whether or not you believe that they are man made or just a natural cycle they are still displacing people and we are going ...

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National Title One conference opens in Tampa listen

01/31/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As schools nationwide face tough budget challenges at every level, the question of how to adequately fund classrooms looms large. Today marks the start of a national conference of educators from disadvantaged schools from across the nation.

Thousands of educators from all over the country assembled at the Tampa Convention Center to hear the words of Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana. She’s Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secretary Education at the US Department of Education.

Melende...

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Federal Transit Administrator applauds opening of streetcar extension into downtown Tampa listen

01/31/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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For years, Tampa’s streetcar has linked Ybor City with tourist destinations in the Channel District nearly two-and-a-half miles away, but has stopped short of connecting with downtown. But as of last month, that changed. An extension by one-third of a mile into downtown Tampa cost $5.3 million. It was funded mainly with federal money, including about $1 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Peter Rogoff, the Federal Transit Administrator with the U.S. Department o...

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Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough tries to get an accurate picture of a very big problem listen

01/28/11 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday, over 300 volunteers assisted with the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County’s biennial homeless count throughout Hillsborough County. WMNF’s Kelly Benjamin was embedded with groups of volunteers as they fanned out across the County to conduct the count.

At 4am, the first shift of a dozen volunteers met at Mental Health Care in Seminole Heights, one of several homeless outreach centers participating in the count. Volunteers picked up survey forms, rain ponchos, and pairs...

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Major uprisings calling for removal of Mubarak continue in Egypt despite nationwide curfew listen

01/28/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Major protests continue for a third straight day in Egypt where demonstrators are calling for the removal of President Hosni Mubarak. They continued into the night despite a nationwide curfew.

Egypt State TV and other outlets say the ruling party headquarters in Cairo is burning. The Associated Press reported that protesters tried to storm the state TV building and the Foreign Ministry. Egypt's military has deployed on the streets of some cities and there are reports that protesters are w...

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Is Governor Scott trying to thwart the will of Florida Voters?

01/28/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei.

The Associated Press is reporting that: Three days after taking office, Gov. Rick Scott put the brakes on Florida's request to the US Justice Department to start phasing in two redistricting constitutional amendments overwhelmingly passed by voters last fall.

The withdrawal of the state's request for Department of Justice "pre-clearance" to enforce the new mandates came with no public notice.

Amendments 5 and 6 are designed to m...

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New Tampa residents livid about sky-high water bills listen

01/28/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Some New Tampa residents saw their water bills soar in November and December. Dozens of them packed a town hall meeting this morning to find out why – and few left satisfied.

Deborah Bernard lives alone in Northeast Tampa. Her last water bill was forty-eight dollars. She was probably expecting her balance due this time around wouldn’t be much different. That’s why she was a little surprised when she got her bill.

That $863 is for an estimated 105,400 gallons of water – that’s ...

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Rick Scott's appointments leave many uneasy listen

01/28/11 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Gov. Rick Scott appears to be fulfilling his campaign promise to get ‘right to work’ and run Florida’s government like a business. He’s wasted little time stacking his new administration with some controversial appointments like Billy Buzzett, who now heads the Department of Community Affairs. Buzzett’s a former executive with the St. Joe Company which owns close to 600,000 acres in northwest Florida. It’s not just environmenta...

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Hillsborough EPC reluctantly approves New Tampa bridge permit listen

01/27/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Despite years of public outcry from some local residents, the City of Tampa wants to build a bridge that would link New Tampa and Commerce Park Boulevards. The county board overseeing environmental issues gave the city permission to move ahead on the project today, but with some reluctance.

It’s a battle that’s been dragging on for about three years. The city of Tampa sees the bridge as a means of easing congestion on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, a New Tampa thoroughfare that can often lo...

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Lakeland weighs possible high-speed rail station locations listen

01/27/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A year ago, almost to the day, President Obama announced the federal government was giving over a billion dollars in stimulus funds to Florida for a high speed rail line from Tampa to Orlando. That number has since grown, but the new governor has been vocal about his reluctance to accept it. But that didn’t stop dozens of stakeholders from meeting in Lakeland last night to discuss where that city’s high speed rail station should go.

If it gets built, the bullet train would launch from ...

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Tampa City Council holds bike workshop to improve cycling safety listen

01/27/11 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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After a rash of nine cyclist deaths on Tampa streets since July, both Hillsborough County and Tampa are working to quickly change the image of Tampa as one of the deadliest cities for bicyclists. The Tampa City Council met this morning to discuss ways of making Tampa a friendlier bike city.

Gena Torres of the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization presented ideas to the Tampa City Council that can be established within the year to make the roads safer for both cyclists and...

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Help available for retirees targeted in scams listen

01/26/11 Andrea Lypka
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Senior citizens are often the target financial fraud. But, there are organizations that can help by warning about common scams and assisting after a fraud has occurred.

Stephen Lintner’s mother was a victim of a financial scam.

“Mom used a company for some kind of credit card consolidation that had some problems and it disappeared and things fell apart. I don’t even know the details. She has had some problems with phone calls that turned out to be a scam and she lost a measure of ...

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