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Tampa Epoch street paper: giving voice to the homeless

11/04/11 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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Today we’re going to talk about the controversial new law that went into effect in Tampa this week and how one local businessman is trying to counter its effect on the homeless. We’re talking of course, about City of Tampa ordinance that now bans panhandling every day but Sunday, with an exception for those distributing political literature or selling newspapers. The law may make the homeless less visible, but what it does not do is offer any ki...

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HCC's Beyond Sustainability conference looks at new ways to go green listen

11/04/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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As outrage over irresponsible environmental practices builds, Hillsborough Community College invited dozens of speakers to an annual conference on cleaner living solutions. The Plant City campus of HCC held their Beyond Sustainability event yesterday and today and tackled the issue from multiple angles.

Cory Brennan is a permaculture designer. That means she comes up...

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Former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio discusses her new book STRAIGHTFORWARD

11/04/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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My guest today is Pam Iorio, former mayor of Tampa. She was first elected to public office in her 20's as a member of the Hillsborough County Commission. later she served as Hillsborough's Election Supervisor and earlier this year she completed her second term as mayor of Tampa. She's written a new book called STRAIGHTFORWARD: Ways To Live And Lead.

(Note: this interview starts 15 minutes into the program)

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Hillsborough County's Juvenile Arrest Avoidance Program listen

11/04/11 Atecia Robinson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Hillsborough County’s Juvenile Justice Task Force has been working on its Juvenile Arrest Avoidance Program for nearly a year. The last information session held this week at Lennard High School.

[Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner](http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/bocc...

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Joe Lopano of Tampa International Airport

11/03/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Tampa International Airport director Joe Lopano joins the conversation to discuss his quest for direct international flights, as well as how he's moving the airport forward.

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Tampa City Council looks at fertilizer ordinance's economic impact listen

11/03/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today the Tampa City Council took another look at the economic impact of a ban on the sale of fertilizers containing nitrogen and phosphorus. Fertilizer companies are still trying to have their say.

Fertilizer companies have been asking the City of Tampa to consider making exceptions for their products. Jan McLean is on the city’s legal team, and asked the city to consider an exception in the ordinance for fertilizers used only on edible pla...

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Occupy Tampa and Tampa Police differ at City Council listen

11/03/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa Police and Occupy Tampa have been at odds lately about the rights of protesters to be in city parks and sidewalks. Thirty people from Occupy Tampa marched to City Hall this morning, and challenged police’s claims that there have been open lines of communication.

Tampa Police have prided themselves what they call lenient accommodation of the city code. But with 12 arrests of Occupy Tampa members on charges rangin...

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USF forms its own Occupy group. Its focus? Tuition listen

11/03/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Occupy Tampa now has an ally at the area’s largest university. Occupy USF, which is partnering with the school’s newly-formed chapter of Students for a Democratic Society.

Dozens of USF students used the human microphone during a teach-in promoting the nascent Occupy USF movement. Dani Leppo, an SDS organizer, said there are a lot of parallels between college students and the general public as the job market remains stagnant.

She said a key driver for the movement is the 15 percent ...

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Bank of America customers seek foreclosure help in Tampa listen

11/03/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A study by The Daily Beast has ranked Tampa the eighth poorest city in the nation. Bank of America is inviting struggling homeowners to Tampa this week to help them avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes.

Despite the massive communication sent out to 30,000 homeowners facing foreclosure along the I-4 corridor, Phillipa Ashby only anticipates 1,000 or so. Ashby ...

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Investigative reporter Karl Grossman warns about possible danger from upcoming Curiosity launch at Cape Canaveral

11/03/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Our next guest is investigative reporter Karl Grossman He's written “The Wrong Stuff: Plutonium in Florida’s Skies,” an exposé of NASA’s dangerous plans to launch the Curiosity space probe from Cape Canaveral with 10.56 pounds of deadly radioactive plutonium-238 dioxide aboard. Grossman says an accident on the launch pad could spread plutonium across Florida; an accident after liftoff could spread plutonium around the globe. According to Dr. Helen Caldicott, President Emeritus of Ph...

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Interview with former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer candidate for GOP Presidential nomination

11/03/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Coming up on the first part of today's program we'll meet Buddy Roemer who is running for the Republican Presidential nomination. Roemer is a former governor of Louisiana. Prior to that he was a member of Congress. He's limited his campaign contributions to $100 or less - saying that big money has too much influence on politics. This week the Florida Republican Party decided to keep him off the ballot in the upcoming January 31st primary.

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Occupy Tampa asks Mayor Buckhorn for a public park listen

11/02/11 Josh Holton & Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Occupy Tampa protesters are growing tired of Tampa Police seizing their property. They are asking city officials for a permanent place to legally occupy.

About 10 protesters with Occupy Tampa lined the sidewalk on North Ashley Drive outside Curtis-Hixon Park this morning. Several of them were playing music. One protester named Felix said the police came almost ten times within the last 24 ...

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Hillsborough County Commissioners aren't happy after audit of lavish Regent Center listen

11/02/11 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners are still trying to get to the bottom of how county money was spent on the opulent new Brandon Community Advantage Center called the Regent. Today, Commissioners heard from the director of county audits for the Clerk of Courts, Dan Pohto. But a county audit of the lavish center didn’t answer many questions commissioners, like Victor Crist, had.

“A question. I mean if there were public dollars tax dollars expensed in the development of this facility. ...

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Residents press Hillsborough Commissioners for anti-tethering ordinance listen

11/02/11 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Some Hillsborough County residents had a bone to chew with Commissioners at their meeting this morning. They are fed up with the county dragging its feet when it comes to an anti-tethering ordinance. Even though it wasn’t on today’s agenda, almost a dozen dog lovers and concerned citizens told commissioners to either come up with stricter regulations or keep dogs off the chain all together. Most, like Suzanne House are sick and tired of the ongoing battle for an anti-tethering ordinance...

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Sarasota’s Awake the State rally focuses on the “worst legislative session in Florida’s history” listen

11/02/11 Doug Driscoll
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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At the Awake the State rally in Sarasota, about 120 people geared up to get out the vote in 2012. They represented a large cross section of people affected most by Florida’s deep spending cuts and social agenda.

Donna Cubit-Swoyer is secretary for the Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections. She says they are pushing legislators to enact fair districting in time for the next elections.

Rita Ferrandino, President of the [Sara...

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