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Last Call with Mitch Perry

01/13/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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On the program we had Karen Morgan, Public Policy Manager with AAA Club South in Tampa, discussing potential legislation in the Florida Legislature that would ban texting while driving.

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Human Trafficking Awareness Month Recognized in Pinellas Park listen

01/13/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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President Obama declared January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month. In response, the Tampa Bay Area Task Force on Human Trafficking gathered today to discuss various aspects of the problem that is still widely regarded as unknown.

Representatives from various law enforcement agencies as well as some non-government organizations met today in Pinellas Park to raise awareness about human trafficking. Lieutenant George Koder of the Clearwater Police Department said that ...

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Gun Control Group Says More Regulation Of Guns Is Needed In Wake of Tucson Tragedy

01/13/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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This is WMNF's Radioactivity program. I'm Rob Lorei. Our next guest is Dennis Henigan, VP of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and author of "Lethal Logic: Exploding the Myths of the Gun Lobby". He's here to talk with us about whether we have strong enough gun laws to protect us from a recurrence of the tragedy this past Saturday in Tucson.

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A Retired Marine Fights To Reveal The Truth About Water Pollution At Camp leJeune

01/13/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei.

Our first guest is Jerry Ensminger who spent almost 25 years in the US Marine Corps. Part of that time he was stationed at Camp LeJeune, NC. Ensminger says he believes that his nine year old daughter died as a result of being exposed to contaminated drinking water on the base. In 1997 he learned of the contamination at the base -- long after his daughter had died. Now he's on a mis...

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Pinellas delegation bars Oldsmar from annexing parts of East Lake listen

01/13/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Two years ago, voters shot down a referendum that would have brought parts of Pinellas County’s unincorporated East Lake area into Oldsmar. Last week the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation gave their blessing to a bill barring any Pinellas city from annexing parts of East Lake unless it’s what property owners want. The bill was softened, but Oldsmar leaders are still not happy.

State Senator Mike Fasano and Representative Mike Nehr sponsored the bill. If passed by the Legislature, ...

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Legal victory for Ecology Party of FL in fight against Progress Energy nuke plants listen

01/12/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This week Duke Energy announced it would purchase Progress Energy. A subsidiary, Progress Energy Florida has begun charging customers for a nuclear plant they hope to construct in Levy County.

Last month the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board ordered Progress Energy Florida to turn over its ecological modeling for review. Cara Campbell is chair of the Ecology Party of Florida, one of the groups challenging the nuclear plant.

Progress Energy Florida spokesperson Cherie Jacobs would only ...

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FL Senate panel grills judges over "Taj Mahal" courthouse listen

01/12/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Some testy exchanges happened over what’s being called the Taj Mahal courthouse in Tallahassee today when a state Senate panel grilled those involved in its construction. Two of the judges who allegedly sought the pricey facility amid major budget shortfalls apologized for exceeding the building’s estimated cost. But the hearing leaves quite a few unanswered questions.

Committee Chair Mike Fasano opened the hearing by noting it takes place against a backdrop of state government agencie...

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Andrew Weil on Health care; Ken Silverstein on Arizona and Sara Palin on Vitriol

01/12/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei.

Coming up, interviews with Dr. Andrew Weil on his new book, "You Can't Afford to Get Sick" (Plume) in which he says our health care system is far too expensive and needs to be reformed. He says the causes of the high cost are insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies. Weil advocates less reliance on technology and a re-orientation of the system to provide more integrative medicine and training to show doctors how the body, in m...

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HIllsborough County Takes on Panhandling listen

01/11/11 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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St. Petersburg banned it, Tampa won't discuss it and Hillsborough County is still unsure about what to do with Panhandlers. Yesterday a County Panhandling Committee met for the last time, in an attempt to come up with some ideas on how the area can tackle the roadside sellers and beggars.

Yesterday's meeting gave the public a chance to hear about the organizations that panhandle for good causes. director of business development for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Susie Austin, says...

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Nelson urges bipartisanship in light of Tucson violence listen

01/11/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The US House of Representatives may have postponed their debate on the proposed repeal of parts of the Affordable Care act in light of Saturday’s violence, but some lawmakers want to go on with business as usual. One of these is US Senator Bill Nelson, who was in Downtown Tampa today for a town hall meeting.

"We never want to get to a place in America where there is a wall that separates the elected representative from the people that they represent."

Senator Nelson said as of yet it...

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Sen. Nelson says he's disappointed in Gov. Scott's rail reluctance listen

01/11/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida governor Rick Scott has said he’s not sold on the idea of high-speed rail because it would be funded largely by federal stimulus dollars. Today in Tampa US Senator Bill Nelson said he’s already talked with Scott about the project.

"Here we have a situation where 90 percent of the funds, $2.4 billion are already committed. The state of Florida's share is only $300 million, which is about 10 percent of the whole project. We need your support because this is just the first leg of...

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New Dali Museum Opens In St. Petersburg listen

01/11/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The new Salvador Dali Museum opened today in downtown St. Petersburg. The new home for one of the largest Dali collections in the world stands as a remarkable tribute to the artist.

Construction on the new Dali museum spanned over 23 months, but today the new building is finally open to the public. Two main focal points make this building particularly unique. The new museum was designed and constructed by the Beck Group. It boasts a glass enigma consisting of thousands of triangular glas...

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Live preview of new Salvador Dali Museum opening in St. Pete listen

01/10/11 Seán Kinane & Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tomorrow the new Salvador Dali Museum opens to the public in St. Petersburg. Our reporter, Janelle Irwin just toured the museum and is live on the scene.

"Hi Sean, I'm here in front of the new Salvador Dali Museum in downtown St. Petersburg. Beautiful building overlooking Tampa Bay that is set to open tomorrow beginning with a procession from the old building that will end here at the new building at around 10 a.m. They also have a ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for noon tomorrow that ...

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Progress Energy being bought by Duke forming mega-utility listen

01/10/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Progress Energy is being bought by Duke Energy to become one of the country’s largest utilities. When combined, the two North Carolina companies will serve more than 7 million electric customers in six states including Florida. Progress Energy Florida is a subsidiary of Progress Energy and serves customers in Pinellas, Pasco, and Polk counties and other parts of Florida.

Suzanne Grant, a spokesperson for Progress Energy Florida, says customers won’t notice immediate changes.

"Prog...

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Cluck and Backyard Chickens

01/10/11 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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On today’s program our special guest was Jono Miller a teacher at New College and resident of Sarasota. Jono’s heading up an effort to get an ordinance adopted by the city of Sarasota to allow backyard chickens on January 18. His initiative is called CLUCK (Citizen’s Lobbying for Urban Chicken Keeping) and you can check out the blog at sarasotacluck.blogspot.com.

Plus founder and executive director of Tampa Premier Community Supported Agricultur...

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