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Tampa Democrats gather for Obama's State of the Union address listen

01/26/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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President Obama addressed the country last night in his State of the Union address. Obama reflected on the first two years of his administration, but he also assured the American People that he would not stop there.

President Barack Obama has served half of his term in office and has tackled some tough issues to both criticism and praise. In last night’s State of the Union address, he worked to bridge the gap between political parties by addressing concerns from both sides of the aisl...

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Science Cafe in St. Pete debates causes of Climate Change listen

01/26/11 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama didn’t mention climate change. But the topic was at the forefront last night at the Pier Aquarium’s science café meeting in St. Petersburg.

More than a year removed from the stalemate at the climate conference in Copenhagen and another two months after a follow-up meeting in Cancun, there is still no binding global agreement to cut greenhouse emissions. Without those cuts, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts...

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Analysis of the President's State of the Union Speech

01/26/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll analyze President Obama's State of the Union speech with your phone calls and analysis from Jonathan Alter who is author of the book The Promise (Simon and Scuster) about the first year of the Obama presidency and national affairs columnist for Newsweek and an analyst for NBC and MSNBC.

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Tampa Bay Water gets 90 million gallon/day permit listen

01/25/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The board that oversees water usage in the Tampa Bay area has granted Tampa Bay Water permission to withdraw 90 million gallons of water per day for another ten years. This means the area’s biggest supplier of water can continue withdrawing the vital resource from area lakes, streams, and the rich aquifer that underlies much of the Sunshine state. Today water manager Alba Mas told the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s governing board the agreement comes with several conditions...

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Scientists want Obama to tackle climate change policy during State of the Union listen

01/25/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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President Barack Obama gives his annual State of the Union Speech tonight. Because of bargains with Republicans during the lame-duck Congress and an emotional speech following the attacks in Tucson, President Obama’s poll numbers are slightly higher. Florida’s Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson says that despite the divided Congress, Obama’s speech could facilitate civility and cooperation.

In his speech, President Obama is expected to call for a five-year freeze in non-security, di...

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MSNBC's Keith Olbermann announces he is stepping down

01/24/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to The Last Call. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll talk with TV writers Eric Deggans of the St. Petersburg Times and Aaron Barnhart of the Kansas City Star about last Friday's suddend on-air resignation from longtime MSNBC-TV host Keith Olbermann.

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Energy efficient buildings and schools

01/24/11 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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On today’s program we talked with a couple of the best green contractors in our area. The Learning Gate Charter School in Lutz just received its Platinum LEED certification from the US Green Building Council, and last year installed a 5 KW solar electric grid-tie System.

Charles Girard, the teaching contractor on the project, joined the program with the head of the environmental department, Adam, and two really sharp students attending the school, Demonte and Shelby.

Also joinin...

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Human rights activist Carl Wilkens honored in Sarasota for his efforts during Rwandan genocide listen

01/24/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Human rights activist Carl Wilkens was honored in Sarasota on January 23 at the Incarnation Catholic Church for his effort to end the genocide and help rebuild Rwanda.

When the American Embassy was evacuating people in Rwanda during the genocide, Carl Wilkens chose to stay in Kigali. His choice to stay and try to help resulted in preventing a massacre of refugees and children at the Gisimba Orphanage. It was towards the end of the 1994 genocide.

“One day I showed up with water… and...

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Veterans for Common Sense calls for end to wars in Afghanistan and more humane treatment for veterans

01/24/11 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll speak with Gene Jones and Dennis Plews with the group Florida Veterans For Common Sense. They'll discuss a resolution their group has issued calling for an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They'll also discuss veteran's diversion courts - a new way to deal with veterans who come into the criminal justice system. Veterans for Common Sense will celebrate Commnon S...

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HART to weigh carpool lanes, light-rail starter line listen

01/24/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As rush hour picks up throughout Tampa Bay, you may be wondering if there will ever be a fix for all the gridlock. Transportation officials met in Tampa today to talk about possible short term solutions to Tampa’s transit woes.

Being stuck in traffic is a fact of life almost everywhere, especially in the Tampa Bay area. Hillsborough County voters said no to a large-scale transit overhaul, but Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (or HART) officials are still looking at ways to ease traffic...

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Two St Pete Police Officers shot and killed this morning listen

01/24/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Two St. Petersburg Police Officers were shot and killed this morning. They are Thomas Baitinger and Jeffrey Yaslowitz. A third law enforcement officer, a U.S. Marshal, is injured. More information is becoming available at this hour.

This is St. Pete Police Chief Chuck Harmon in a press conference late this morning.

The suspect, Hydra Lacy, Jr., is a registered sex offender and the brother of professional boxer Jeff Lacy. He was found dead inside the home this afternoon.

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City Council hopefuls talk panhandling listen

01/21/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday Tampa City Council voted four to three to support an ordinance banning panhandling on the city’s busiest streets. Today, in Downtown Tampa, twelve candidates from three council districts weighed in on the conversation, and they had a wide range of takes on the issue of a panhandling ban.

Those who vote strictly along party lines have a little more work to do when choosing who will represent them at the local level. City council elections are nonpartisan, and often driven more b...

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Recognizing and dealing with Alzheimers's Disease

01/21/11 Robert Lorei
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Good morning and welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity. I'm Robert Lorei. Coming up today we'll talk with Heather Snyder, PhD who is a Senior Associate Director of the Alzheimer's Association and Chuck Albrecht, Senior Vice President of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. (FMI 800-272-3900.) We'll discuss recognizing the disease, symptoms, possible causes and treatment. Later we'll hear an excerpt of Rep. George Miller (D-CA) on the House floor in ...

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Tampa residents decry sky-high water bills listen

01/21/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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If you live in New Tampa, Lake Magdelene or Dana Shores, you may have seen your water bill skyrocket in recent weeks. Some residents from those areas are livid that they’re being asked to bay several times what they normally pay, and they took their troubles to city hall.

Katherine Inglis lives in Tampa Palms. She said her water bill has skyrocketed inexplicably.

"There are only two people living in my home. Our average water bill every month is anywhere from $150 to $220. In Novembe...

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Tampa City Council paves way for partial panhandling ban listen

01/20/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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For months, the Tampa City Council has avoided an official discussion of whether to ban panhandling along the city’s roads. Today, that changed. The council narrowly adopted an ordinance that, if made into law, would ban panhandling on Tampa’s busiest roads.

Supporters of a panhandling ban say it’s an issue of public safety. Opponents say it undermines the ability to raise money for groups ranging from the unemployed to nonprofits. Darren Tierney is circulation manager with the *St. ...

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