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USF students honor fallen transgender people listen

11/17/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Transgender individuals suffer from high rates of unemployment an even homelessness. Those challenges, combined with prejudice, puts this group at a higher risk of both suicide and violence. An LGBT advocacy group held a memorial at USF Tampa Wednesday night for all those who have lost their lives due to being transgender.

Gianna Love is a transgender individual. She’s been taking hormones since she was 17. Prior to that, she struggled with a devoutly religious family who demonized her...

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Insects: the next threat to national security? listen

11/17/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Department of Homeland Security has been trying to tighten borders in the name of national security. Airplane passengers and undocumented immigrants have spurred much of the national debate, but there is also concern that food imports should be monitored more closely.

Wednesday in Tampa industry specialists from the agriculture and food industry, law enforcement, the military and emergency management took a course o...

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Listeners weigh in on Hillsborough's proposed pet tethering ordinance

11/16/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Today Hillsborough’s Board of County Commissioners considered an ordinance that would limit chaining dogs on an owner’s property. Our guest today is Barbara LaPresti. She’s advocating for a strict ordinance forbidding tethering at all times.

We played two sound bites from Wednesday’s Hillsborough County Commission meeting, where WMNF's Janelle Irwin filed the story [Hillsborough's dog tethering ordinance still not tied down](http://www.wmnf.org/news_stories/hillsboroughs-dog-tether...

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Hillsborough's dog tethering ordinance still not tied down listen

11/16/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners are still trying to figure out how to deal with dogs chained up outside. A proposed ordinance guided by Animal Services would outlaw tethering, with some exceptions.

The ordinance recommended by Animal Services addresses the many known cases of injured dogs as a result of being tethered for extended periods of time. But it does allow owners to tether their dog for u...

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Tampa Mayor Buckhorn traveling to Israel, but not Palestine listen

11/16/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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As Tampa continues to struggle with the rest of the country to find jobs for its citizens, Mayor Bob Buckhorn is reaching out to Israel. During a press conference Tuesday night the Mayor provided details about his trip.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn says he is traveling to Israel to strengthen relationships with the country in an effort to attract businesses to the area. For example, a lot of the equipment that will be used in USF’s [Center fo...

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Tampa moves closer to $50 million in federal funds for RNC "security"

11/15/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tampa is a step closer to getting $50 million of federal money for next summer’s Republican National Convention.

The House and Senate Appropriations Conference Committee has recommended the security funding. It’s included in the Fiscal Year 2012 Appropriations “Minibus” which must be approved by both the House of Representatives and Senate as well as signed by the President. Tampa-area U.S. Representative Kathy Castor said today she expects a full House vote this week.

In an em...

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Sarasota protesters greet Romney, in town for a fundraiser listen

11/15/11 Doug Driscoll
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Monday night Mitt Romney attended his second fundraising dinner in Sarasota since announcing his bid for the Republican Presidential nomination. Some protesters hoped Romney would also get a glimpse of those who oppose his conservative agenda.

A sedate group of about a dozen protesters stood on the corner in a small affluent community on the way to Longboat Key. They pumped signs with one hand, the other greeting passing motorists with a friendly wave. Most returned the wave with a smile...

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Electric vehicle charging stations installed in Tampa listen

11/15/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The City of Tampa recently installed electric vehicle charging stations in several parking garages and surface lots. These 10 new charging stations provide easier access to alternative transportation.

Irvin Lee, Parking Division Director with the City of Tampa says Tampa motorists with electric cars now have convenient areas to recharge their vehicles.

“The electric vehicle charging stations provide a charging port for vehicles that have a plug-in charge capability. Essentially wha...

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"The Great Disruption"

11/14/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Our guest on today’s Sustainable Living program was Paul Gilding, author of “The Great Disruption,” Paul’s an international thought leader and advocate for sustainability. He has served as head of Greenpeace International, built and led two companies and advised both Fortune 500 corporations and community-based NGOs. He’s a member of the core faculty for Cambridge University’s Program for Sustainability Leadership. His new book is about the science behind the physical limits to e...

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Occupy Tampa rally: "Vets are the 99 percent!" listen

11/14/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Saturday afternoon about 30 members of Occupy Tampa rallied in support of Veterans. They marched from their sidewalk encampment by Curtis Hixon Park to Joe Chillura Courthouse Square Park, which is home to a memorial that honors fallen soldiers who were connected to Hillsborough County and killed in [Operation Iraqi...

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Farmworkers protest at new Publix in Sarasota listen

11/14/11 Doug Driscoll
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Yesterday, about 250 protestors packed the sidewalks in front of Sarasota’s newest Publix. They are asking the food giant to sign the Fair Food Agreement in support of tomato harvesters across Florida. For over two years, Publix has refused to support their request for what amounts to one penny more per pound, along with reasonable working conditions in the field.

The sidewalks were filled with protestors, chanting and marching around the edifice of the corporation’s newest retail stor...

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Archaeologists concerned about disc golf course and beach erosion at St. Pete's Maximo Park listen

11/14/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Maximo Park is regarded by many as an important environmental and archeological site in South Pinellas. It’s on Boca Ciega Bay alongside Eckerd College. But ten years ago a disc golf course was established. But can the disc golf players coexist with environmentalists and the local community?

Maximo Park is situated on a Tocobaga Indian mound that dates back 6,000 years. Ray Wunderlich, a member of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program’s Citizens Advisory Council, a board member of the Pinellas...

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Law professor: Florida's new voting law may impact minorities listen

11/11/11 Jean Henry Telcy
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy teaches courses in Election and Constitutional Law at Stetson University College of Law. She said minorities are likely to be affected by the new voting law, including disenfranchisement.

Torres-Spelliscy believes the law targets a population that includes many people who do not own a vehicle and have a difficult time getting to the polls. Because early voting on the Sunday before Election Day has ended with the law, Torres-Spelliscy thinks it could end church effor...

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Veterans for Peace and Occupy Tampa remember Armistice Day listen

11/11/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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It’s Veterans Day in the US and Europe celebrates Armistice Day marking the official end of hostilities in World War I. Veterans for Peace gathered at the Iraq and Afghanistan war memorials in downtown Tampa this morning at 11:11 on the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

A small group of about a dozen people marked the historic time in sile...

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Pam Iorio on her book "Straightforward, Ways to Live and Lead" listen

11/11/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Former two-term Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio held her first public book signing at local independent book store Inkwood Books last night. It’s called: Straightforward, Ways to Live and Lead.

Pam Iorio left office with an 87% approval rating. Seven months after leaving public life, she now lectures on leadership at the University of Tampa’s College of Business. When asked if she would compete for the governor’s...

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