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Interview with hydroponics shop owner whose customers were spied on by Pinellas Sheriff's Department

12/05/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Coming up this hour we'll talk with Dawn Bednar who is one of the owners of Simply Hydroponics and Organics (FMI hydrodawn@yahoo.com). Yesterday in the St. Petersburg Times there was a story about how Pinellas sheriffs deputies had placed a camera on a poll outside her business in Largo. The deputies were photographing customers who were going in and out of her store, looking for people who were growing marijuana in their homes. Bednar says that her customers are legitimate and should not ...

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9/11 whistleblower warns against new defense spending bill listen

12/05/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Americans are entitled to a fair trial under the Sixth Amendment of the US Constitution, but the new defense spending bill that passed by an overwhelming majority in the Senate last week excluded an amendment to prohibit the military from indefinitely detaining US citizens.

Former FBI agent Colleen Rowley is now an anti-war activist,...

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Muslim Legal Fund for America seeks justice for disenfranchised Americans listen

12/05/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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When many Muslims-Americans are accused of heinous acts such as terrorism and aiding militant groups, some are deprived of their rights to a fair trial, and others are even held captive indefinitely in places like Guantanamo Bay. Sunday the Muslim Legal Fund for America held a benefit luncheon in Tampa. Khalil Meek is their executive director.

The Muslim Legal Fund for America (MLFA) isn’t a law firm, but it aims to...

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Obama wants Congress to extend payroll tax cuts before they expire listen

12/05/11 wire services including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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President Barack Obama says Congress needs to extend a payroll tax cut, saying the economic recovery is still fragile and middle class families need the money.

In a statement Monday afternoon, the president urged Republicans to keep their word to the American people on not raising taxes.

Without an extension the tax cut will expire at the end of the year.

Here's the full text of the speech as provided by the White House:

For Immediate Release ...

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Discussion of the high cost of a college education and local law enforcement spies on hydroponics shoppers

12/05/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

Two topics today: first we'll discuss the rising cost of a college education. We'll talk with Tamara Draut who is a vice president at DEMOS. She's the co-author of a new study on the cost of college. Among other things the study found: "...most U.S. adults age 18 to 34 also view college as harder to afford than just five years ago. They feel that people are leaving school with too much debt, and they oppose proposals to cut federal student aid, according to a survey released today by three ...

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Stetson Law professor Michael Allen discusses upcoming state Supreme Court challenge of Florida's drug possession law

12/02/11 Lisa Marzilli, Beth Bell
Last Call Friday
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The state Supreme Court will hear oral arguments December 6th, on a case involving Florida’s Drug Abuse Prevention and Control law. According to the Florida Department of Corrections nearly 94,000 people have been sent to state prisons for drug crimes since the beginning of 2002, most of them convicted under that law.

Florida is the only state in the country that does not have a mens rea or "guilty knowledge" provision in its drug law; it was stripped from the statute by the Florid...

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Occupy Tampa Arrests, Occupy New Port Richey Protest & Frank Luntz on the Occupy Movement

12/02/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

Coming up we'll hear about the arrests of dozens of Occupy Tampa activists last night in Riverfront Park. later we'll hear from Kevin Horan from the Occupy New Port Richey movement.

Local Occupy Group Takes On Big Banks

As part of their "Move Your Money" campaign, Occupy New Port Richey will visit a local branch of Wells Fargo at 2pm this afternoon. They plan to protest outside of the bank and hand out information to bank customers and passersby. They hope ...

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Videos: 29 Occupy Tampa members arrested while camping in Riverfront Park listen

12/02/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tampa Police say overnight they arrested 29 members of Occupy Tampa in a riverside park west of downtown. Before the arrests about 40 people attempted to camp on a hill inside the park, but many people complied with police orders to leave.

The hilltop encampment in Julian Lane Riverfront Park was in plain view for police helicopters. More than a dozen...

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Almost 200 countries engage in UN climate talks in South Africa. What's the US's role? listen

12/01/11 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The United Nations Climate Change Conference is under way in Durban, South Africa this week with representatives from nearly 200 countries meeting to discuss how to address the issue of global climate change. WMNF's Kelly Benjamin is at the conference in Durban and files this report about the role of the US in international negotiations and how the rest of the world sees it.

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Are The Proposed New District Maps Released By The Florida Senate Fair?

12/01/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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The Florida Senate released its redistricting plans for congressional and senate districts this week. The maps are an attempt to define voting district boundaries for the next 10 years, starting with the 2012 elections. But they are subject to passage in the legislature and review by the Florida Supreme Court. .

A period of public comment began two days ago and continues ‘til next Tuesday.

The Senate Reapportionment Committee said it tried to adhere to the tenets of Amendments 5 & 6,...

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Florida Representative Rick Kriseman urges residents to back Obama's Jobs Act listen

12/01/11 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida Representative Rick Kriseman says Governor Rick Scott doesn’t get it when it comes to creating jobs in the state. At a community meeting last night, the representative spoke about Obama’s American Jobs act. He says it focuses on the right ways to get the economy back on track.

“Our governor doesn’t get it and the President does get it.”

Representative Kriseman spoke to a crowd of about a dozen in St. Petersburg. The event hosted by the Florida Consumer Action Ne...

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Pinellas firefighters want to transport patients & want Sunstar out listen

12/01/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Emergency response services in Pinellas County could be facing serious budget cuts. At a meeting yesterday in Pinellas Park, the Pinellas Legislative Delegation reviewed two local bills that could cut costs while still maintaining service levels.

One proposed bill would allow local fire departments to transport patients to the hospital instead of utilizing Sunstar, the private company currently contracted through P...

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