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World population hits 7 billion: Interview with William Ryerson listen

10/05/11 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The United Nations is predicting that world population will reach 7 billion people this month, only 12 years after global population hit the 6 billion mark.

WMNF's Kelly Benjamin recently spoke with William Ryerson, founder and President of Population Media Center, about this alarming level of population growth and what it means for humanity and the planet.

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SDS protests against new tuition hikes at USF Tampa listen

10/04/11 Alessandra Da Pra
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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About 50 University of South Florida students voiced their discontent and unrest over tuition hikes during a march at the USF Tampa campus today.It was organized by Students for a Democratic Society, a national movement with over 100 chapters in the United States.

Tuition fee increases are nothing new, but students coming back to school this Fall semester were greeted by a bitter surprise: that is a 15 percent tuition hike. And that...

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Vice President Joe Biden says Obama's Job's Act could create 400,000 teaching jobs listen

10/04/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Vice President Joe Biden told a library full of students, educators and even some laid-off teachers why President Obama’s Jobs Act will help education. This afternoon in Land O’ Lakes Biden said it would put 35 billion dollars into public education and create 400,000 jobs.

Biden told a crowd of about 200 people, America can do better for our children. He spoke to a class of 25 fifth graders before giving his jobs press conference. Under ...

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Tampa Electric offers customers rebate for installing new solar arrays listen

10/04/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This week Tampa Electric began offering registration to customers for their new solar array rebate program. Their second annual $1 million dollar solar rebate will be available for the remainder of this week.

This past spring Tampa Electric launched their new rebate program for solar arrays and the company is now offering $1 million dollars in solar rebates for customers. Sherie Jacobs, spokesperson for Tampa Electric says Tampa Electric wants to increase solar energy in the community. ...

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Local groups plan anti-war protest this Thursday in downtown Tampa

10/04/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Coming up today activists will be holding a rally this Thursday in downtown Tampa to protest the ongoing wars and in solidarity with the Wall Street protests. We're joined now by Marianne Huber who is with St. Pete For Peace, one of the groups organizing this Thursday's event.

From the group's press release:

"The month of October marks the 10 year 'anniversary' of the invasion of Afghanistan and the onset of the 2012 Federal Austerity Budget. The war ...

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Credit unions: An alternative to commercial banks

10/03/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Last week Bank Of America announced it will begin charging its debit card holders $5 a month to use the cards -- amounting to an additional $60 a year in fees for most customers. Other commercial banks have announced additional fees to their customers. To talk about lower-cost alternatives to commercial banks we're joined by Melva McKay Bass who is with Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union, one of many credit unions serving the Tampa Bay area.

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Herbs to Transitions

10/03/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On today’s program our first guest was a local acupuncture and herbal specialist that practices in St Petersburg. Bob Linde also teaches herbalist classes and is a great speaker. Bob talked about the herbs we can grow here in central Florida, and some of the many uses. This month the American Herbalist Guild will be having their annual symposium on St Pete Beach [www.americanherbalistguild.com][1] October 21-23, and Acupuncture and Herbal Therapies will be having an Herb Day October 15th...

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Environmental groups to Progress Energy: No nuclear power in Florida listen

10/03/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Progress Energy Florida is charging rate payers for the construction of a new nuclear power plant in Levy County. On Saturday, about 30 activists gathered in front of Progress Energy’s headquarters in St. Petersburg to oppose nuclear power throughout the state.

University students, the Florida YES Coalition, and members of the [Coalition Against Nukes](http://www.coalitionagainstnukes.or...

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New York Transportation Workers Union support Occupied Wall Street listen

10/03/11 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Occupy Wall Street protests in New York's financial district are now in their third week. Last Friday, the group got a boost of morale as the 38,000 member New York City Transit Workers Union threw their support behind. WMNF's Kelly Benjamin is at New York at the Wall Street protests and spoke with Angel Giboyeaux, the Administrative Vice President of the New York Transportation Workers Union local 100.

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Demonstrators meet to "Occupy Tampa" listen

10/03/11 Jean Henry Telcy
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The growing “Occupy” movement began on Wall Street in New York and has resulted in several hundred arrests thus far. The Tampa event was coordinated by Chris Dorsey, a graduate student at the University of South Florida.

The crowd is eclectic. Among those in attendance are teachers, parents, local business owners, and members of the online activ...

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Advocacy group tells Muslims to know their rights when talking to police listen

10/03/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Tampa Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, has received a startling number of complaints from members of the Muslim community claiming they have been harassed by the FBI. In a workshop yesterday residents were taught how to handle encounters with law enforcement.

Hassan Shibly, executive director for CAIR’s Tampa chapter, said harassment has always been an issue, but the frequency of Muslims being hassled by l...

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New play premiering locally: Red Pepper, about the 1950 US Senate race between Claude Pepper and George Smathers

10/03/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Coming up on the first part of today's program an interview with playwright Susan Willett whose new play Red Pepper looks at the 1950 US Senate primary in Florida

The play, which takes place during the election of 1950, tells about Sen. Claude Pepper, and his doomed race against his former protégé, George Smathers.

“Pepper’s opponents had a 48-page booklet of reasons why people shouldn’t vote for him,” Willett said. “For example, it had i...

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PSTA begins trolley routes from downtown St. Pete to southern Pinellas beaches listen

10/03/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Direct trolley routes connecting downtown St. Petersburg to south Pinellas beaches along Central Avenue began yesterday. Routes are now available from the Pier all the way to Pass-a-Grille beach for a two-dollar fare.

Before the opening of these routes, residents and tourists wanting to use public transportation to get from the Bay to the beach had to make several transfers. Now, they can hop on a trolley at any of seven stops and stay on that same bus until they reach their destination....

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