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Before dawn a dozen police respond to make sure Occupy Tampa isn't sleeping on sidewalk during the day listen

10/19/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Wednesday morning at least eleven Tampa Police cars responded before dawn to the Occupy Tampa encampment near Curtis Hixon Park. But there was no emergency. Police on the scene wouldn’t talk on tape, but protesters said the dozen or so police were there to make sure demonstrators were not asleep on the sidewalk after 6 a.m.

Last week Police gave protesters a memo implying t...

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Immigrant children may be less likely to get Florida KidCare under new rules listen

10/18/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A recent federal law is helping more undocumented immigrant children get access to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. When the CHIP Reauthorization Act renewed the program in 2009, 20 states did away with a rule that required immigrant children to wait 5 years after entering the US before they would be eligible for KidCare.

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Tampa Police tell Occupy protesters to get rid of tarps but they're allowed for bedding listen

10/18/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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On Monday night Tampa Police told Occupy Tampa protesters that they had to get rid of tarps at their week-long encampment along the sidewalk of N. Ashley Drive. Demonstrators had put the tarps up to protect themselves and their bedding ahead of rainstorms expected this week.

After discussions between the two groups, the police left and Occupy Tampa continued with the ninth night in a row of occupying the space adjacent to Curtis Hixon Park. The protesters took down the tarps but are using ...

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Hillsborough's Juvenile Arrest Avoidance Program seeks to keep kids out of trouble listen

10/18/11 Atecia Robinson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Youth who get in trouble with the law are less likely to gain meaningful employment and complete their education. A Hillsborough County program seeks to help young people avoid an arrest record.

The Juvenile Arrest Avoidance Program is made up of Representatives from law enforcement, and the justice system. [Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevi...

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AFSCME Local 167 union is in contract negotiations with Hillsborough County listen

10/17/11 Atecia Robinson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A local public employees union is negotiating for a new two-year contract with the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners. On Friday, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees or AFSCME negotiations.

Hector Ramos is the Regional Director of AFSCME’s Local 167 union. He said some of their concerns are about wage increases and overtime.

Ramos said AFSCME needs workers to be treated fairly ev...

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Tampa Bay Water rejects $30-million reservoir settlement; hopes for more listen

10/17/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This morning Tampa Bay Water Board members rejected a $30-million settlement from HDR Engineering. But permanently repairing cracks in the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir has an estimated cost of $121 million. Board members decided that offer was too low because ratepayers would likely have to absorb the remainder of construction costs in their monthly bills. At a meeting last month, board members voted 4 to 3 to take the offer. Shortly after that vote they learned the agency requires ...

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Greenland melting could accelerate sea-level rise listen

10/17/11 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The world's second largest ice sheet is melting. A USF geologist says because of what's happening in Greenland, there are global implications for sea-level rise.

Greenland’s ice sheet covers 80 percent of the island country’s surface and contains roughly eight percent of Earth’s fresh water. And according to University of South Florida geologist Timothy Dixon, recent melting of the ice sheet is beginning to add to global sea-level rise.

“Sea level rise, it is going up about 2...

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Videos: Occupy Tampa to decide which park to occupy and whether to risk arrest listen

10/15/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday

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Occupy Tampa rallied Saturday in coordination with the 15 October United for Global Change and Occupy Wall Street demonstrations.

Saturday will be the 7th consecutive night of occupation.

During the first General Assembly meeting Saturday Occupy Tampa put out the idea of either occupying Gaslight Park, where there were certain to be arrests, or the sidewalk outside Curtis Hixon Park, where there likely would not be arrests. Consensus will be reached at a general assembly meeting later o...

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Occupy Tampa complies with police order to remove their shade, but vows to stay listen

10/14/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Friday morning police told Occupy Tampa to take down parts of their sidewalk camp outside Curtis-Hixon Park. Tables and canopies have been removed, but the protesters are still allowed to stay and sleep.

Last Sunday night a police officer told Occupy Tampa that they could stay on the sidewalk. But two nights later [police told protesters they had to leave the sidewalk](http://www...

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St. Pete City Council candidates stress social reform in front of a crowd of 300 listen

10/14/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Voters in St. Petersburg are gearing up for the November 8th city council general election. Last night five of the candidates squared off in a forum in the city’s mid-town area where they fielded questions about boosting opportunities for youth and African-American people.

The 4-district city council race brought 300 residents to Mt. Zion Progressive Church. It w...

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At Eckerd College environmentalist Bill McKibben warns about climate change listen

10/14/11 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Environmentalist Bill McKibben is the author of what is regarded as one of the first books for the general public on climate change. More recently he helped found the grassroots 350 movement. McKibben spoke to a packed hall Wednesday night as part of Eckerd College's Presidential Events Series.

The generally young audience came to hear McKibben speak about climate change. And this isn't a first for him.

Along with dozens of books about the environment, McKibben most recently wrote ...

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At USF Norman Finkelstein offers solution to Israel-Palestine conflict listen

10/13/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The United Nations Security Council has yet to vote on Palestine’s bid for statehood. Political scientist Norman Finkelstein spoke to students at the University of South Florida in Tampa last night, and said supporting a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict shouldn’t be controversial.

A self-described atheist, Finkelstein told a crowd of about 50 at the Marshall Center that “God helps...

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Hillsborough County Commission trash talk is just talk for now listen

10/13/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Wednesday Hillsborough County Commissioners set out to decide how to breathe some new life into the county’s business of taking out the trash. But the board couldn’t agree on how to proceed.

They went back and forth for three hours. Mitch Kessler, the county’s solid-waste consultant, recommended the board open the 3-company near-monopoly to competitive bidding. ...

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Occupy Tampa challenge police orders to leave and win, for now listen

10/13/11 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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As we reported yesterday, on Tuesday evening Tampa Police officers asked members of the protest group Occupy Tampa to abandon their 24-hour-a-day protest or risk arrest for trespassing. But After challenging the orders, protesters remain.

On Tuesday Tampa Police cited city code 22-8, an ordinance banning the obstruction of streets and sidewalks. H...

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Despite warning from police Occupy Tampa's 3rd overnight ends without incident; will there be arrests tonight? listen

10/12/11 Seán Kinane & Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tuesday night in downtown Tampa, the Occupy Tampa protesters prepared for their third night sleeping on a public sidewalk outside Curtis Hixon Park. But officers from the Tampa Police Department showed up to warn them that, despite whatever agreement was previously made between the police and protesters, they could not continue to sleep there.

Tampa Police told Occupy Tampa protesters last night [they could not sleep on the sidewalk along North Ashley Drive](http://www.wmnf.org/news_storie...

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