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Local Occupy protests against law okaying military arrests of civilians and against Progress Energy nuclear plants

12/16/11 Robert Lorei
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Coming up we'll talk with members of Occupy Tampa and of Occupy St. Petersburg.

This afternoon members of Occupy Tampa plan to protest the Defense Authorization bill that would give the military the power to arrest terror suspects domestically. The protest will take place at Centro Ybor in Ybor City at 5PM followed by a march to the Obama for President campaign headquarters nearby. Our guest from Occupy Tampa is Becky Rubright.

Later we'll talk with Lenny Frank, Bill Hurley, and Chuck...

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Tampa City Council passes impound fee on prostitution and drug charges listen

12/15/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council passed an ordinance Thursday morning they hope will reduce prostitution and drug slinging in neighborhoods. The so-called John ordinance allows police to impound vehicles used in those crimes. The fee to get the car back will be $500.

During the first reading early this month, Council member [Mary Mulhern](http://www.tampagov.net/dept_city_council/about_us/Mary_...

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NAACP VP Hilary Shelton on new laws that restrict voter participation

12/15/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Coming up we’ll talk more about voting restrictions that 25 states have imposed since the 2008 election.

But first two listener comments about yesterday’s discussion of the new TLC program ALL AMERICAN MUSLIM. The cable show has drawn fire from the Tampa based Florida Family Association.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is warning politicians not to pass election laws that benefit themselves and their parties and to draw political districts that reflect voters' interests instead of...

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Photographers give back to the St. Pete community listen

12/15/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Dozens of photographers in Tampa Bay provided portraits for people who may otherwise not be able to afford them. The events in Tampa Bay were part of the worldwide Help Portrait movement.

It was a special day for the 41 photographers and volunteers who set up studio lights, booms and backdrops at the Macedonia Freewill Baptist Church in Midtown.

One of the organizers Chuck Vosburgh helped to make photographs of people in need.

“On December 10th this yea...

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Hillsborough County's business of trash will open for new bids listen

12/15/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Hillsborough Commissioners voted unanimously yesterday to open up the county’s solid waste collection contracts to competitive bidding. It could end the 17-year monopoly held by three trash hauling companies. The decision came after dozens of residents pushed for more competition that they hope would lead to better rates and improved service.

The board room, located in the County Building in downtown Tampa was standing room only. Most of the 100...

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Some doctors, government officials and activists say new health care reform law could create jobs and lower health care costs listen

12/14/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The new health care law that fully goes into effect in 2014 has been challenged in several states, including Florida. Decision makers informed the community, small business owners and health care advocates about the benefits of health care reform at a Health and Human Services roundtable held in St. Petersburg on December 14.

The organizer of the event was Darden Rice with KnowYour Care, a national organization tha...

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Republican Party of Florida chair says Obama's promise to the middle class is "bunch of bull" listen

12/14/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act Tuesday night, but the Democratic-led U.S. Senate isn’t likely to pass it. On a conference call this morning, a Republican member of Congress from Florida is asking for support of the bill he says contains ideas submitted by Democrats.

Both Democrats and Republicans are in favor of the payroll tax expansion, but they disagree on how to pay for it. Tuesday, President Barack O...

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Ivan Penn on problems at Progress Energy Florida's Crystal River nuclear plant

12/14/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Today we’re going to talk about the Tampa Bay area’s nuclear power plant, Progress Energy’s Crystal River plant. It’s not in service now and customers are paying extra to the utility for more expensive power.

The reason the Crystal River plant is off-line is that in 2009 a large crack was found in a containment wall. Customers could also be on the hook for the expensive repairs that our guest has found may have been too risky for the utility to perform in-house. [Ivan Penn](http://www.tam...

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The Controversy Over The TLC Program ALL AMERICAN MUSLIM

12/14/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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The conservative Tampa organization that pressured giant home repair store Lowe's to yank its ads from a program about Muslim Americans claims that "terrorist hackers" attacked its website, forcing the group to shut it down.

The Florida Family Association, objected to the TLC program All-American Muslim, saying it was "propaganda" that hid the radical agenda of Muslims. The program features five Muslim-American families in Dearborn, Mich.

David Caton, executive director of FFA, says in...

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Environmentalists protest Pam Bondi for joining a suit to block EPA mercury rule listen

12/13/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has joined 24 other states in a lawsuit that would block an Environmental Protection Agency rule to reduce mercury air pollution. But a group of advocates gathered in front of Bondi’s Tampa office today to ask her to drop that suit. The Sierra Club’s Phil Compton is concerned ...

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Presidential candidate Gary Johnson: Republican or Libertarian? listen

12/13/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Another political party is trying to recruit Republican presidential long-shot Gary Johnson. Last night in Clearwater, the Florida Libertarian Party introduced the man they hope will switch parties based on his belief in limited government and massive spending cuts. All in all, Johnson’s promise to submit a balanced budget to Congress by 2013 would include federal spending cuts to the tune of 43 percent and include a proposal for a [...

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Mark McKinnon co-founder of "No Labels" calls for Congressional reforms

12/13/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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An independent political group called “No Labels”, formed last year, is out today with some suggestions about how to get past the partisan gridlock that has brought a lot of work in Washington to a halt.

No Labels bills itself as a citizens' movement, but its leaders are veterans of campaign politics." No Labels was founded by veteran Democratic fundraiser Nancy Jacobson, Republican political adviser Mark McKinnon, and former U.S. Comptroller David Walker.

The g...

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Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader Discusses His Latest Book GETTING STEAMED

12/12/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Coming up today we’ll hear from Ralph Nader, the sometimes presidential candidate and consumer champion who for more than 50 years has fought to diminish corporate power over government. He’s just written a new book called “Getting Steamed to Overcome Corporatism: Build It Together To Win” (Common Courage).

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Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson discusses his quest for the Republican Presidential nomination

12/12/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Coming up we'll talk with former two-term New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. Johnson will be in Clearwater this evening. The former business owner is a triathlete and he's running for the GOP Presidential nomination. He's a fiscal conservative who is liberal on social issues.

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Home Energy Conservation

12/12/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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First up on today’s program Roger Dixon, with Skylands Renewable Energy Corporation located in New Jersey, joined the program to talk about new wind generator designs that may be new, but are an old scam. Roger’s main point is that it is the fuel, or wind, that limits any kind of design and the minimum amount of wind needed to start a turbine.

Next up we had a couple of home energy conservation experts with Residential Energy Service of Tampa Bay, Peter Residorf and Kent Bailey, join the ...

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