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Bernie Sanders on the President's budget; prank phone calls; and the assault on civil liberties

02/24/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. We had originally intended to have one of the Haitian presidential candidates on this program. Unfortunately his plane is arriving late in Tampa so we'll hear about some other issues.

We'll hear an interview that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders gave to the PBS Newshour on President Obama's budget proposal.

We'll hear the first half of that [crank call by a Buffalo blogger to the Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker](http://www.readersupp...

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Wisconsin governor admits union busting policy could spread to Florida listen

02/23/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In Wisconsin, demonstrators in the capital, Madison, gathered for a ninth day to oppose anti-union legislation. Inside, a marathon session was underway in the Assembly, where Democrats have introduced dozens of amendments and made long speeches criticizing the bill. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has been duped by a blogger posing as one of the powerful Koch brothers. In the [recorded phone conversation](http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/02/23/948732/-Busted:-Scott-Walker-fell-for-Prankster...

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Justice Department will no longer defend Defense of Marriage Act listen

02/23/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Obama administration announced today it will no longer defend the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The law bans federal recognition of same-sex marriage. Equality Florida executive director Nadine Smith calls it "an enormous day."

Despite the Department of Justice decision, the White House says President Barack Obama is still "grappling" with his personal views on same-sex marriage.

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Activists cry foul over police handling search for shooting suspect listen

02/23/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night, police charged a 16-year-old St. Petersburg boy in the killing of a police officer. The Chief Assistant State Attorney said suspect Nicholas Lindsey will likely be charged as an adult, which could mean life in prison. As more details come out surrounding the death of the latest officer killed on duty in St. Petersburg, some activists are crying foul over the way police handled their search for the suspect.

In the last hour, Maj. Michael Kovacsev with the St. Petersburg Police ...

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Experts discuss sea level rise and storm surge protection listen

02/23/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Regional planning organizations met yesterday at USF to collaborate on issues involving sea level rise and storm surge dangers to the area. The Resilient Tampa Bay conference touched on threats the experts described as imminent.

Climate change has become something of a controversy locally, nationally and even globally. The topic has even sneaked its way into politics. But Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council’s Jim Beever said despite the speculation, climate change has already ...

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Kriseman bill would give people the power to recall officials listen

02/23/11 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In Florida, a state official can only be removed from office by the legislature or the governor. Now one local lawmaker wants to put that power in the hands of the people.

Prompted by a rise in what he calls “ethical issues” by some Tallahassee legislators over the past couple of years St. Petersburg Democratic Representative Rick Kriseman filed a bill last week that would allow the publi...

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Dutch, US planners and scientists brainstorm over sea level rise listen

02/22/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida and the Netherlands aren’t exactly birds of a feather, but when it comes to sea level rise, some planners think the Sunshine State has a lot to learn from the country. This week at the University of South Florida, Dutch and US experts are brainstorming ways to deal with encroaching waters. It’s a topic most familiar to the Dutch, who live on a land that’s largely below sea level. Keynote speaker Steven Seibert of the nonpartisan think tank Collins Center for Public Policy said t...

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Another Police officer shot & killed in St Pete; includes video of suspect listen

02/22/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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update: late Tuesday night, Nicholas Lemmon Lindsey (who just turned 16 on Feb 13th) turned himself in and confessed to the crime.

Another police officer has been shot and killed in St. Petersburg. In a news conference this afternoon, Police Chief Chuck Harmon said the manhunt continues for the suspect who killed Officer David Crawford late last night.

Harmon said Crawford was issued a bullet-proof vest, but wasn’t wearing it when he was shot.

St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster says there...

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Rally in Temple Terrace to support pro-democracy activists in Libya listen

02/22/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Hundreds of pro-democracy activists have been killed by Libya’s government during several days of demonstrations . Yesterday in Temple Terrace, more than 60 people rallied in support of Libya’s protesters.

In a long speech televised today on Libya TV, the country’s leader, Moammar Gadhafi vowed to continue to fight and die a “martyr.” He called on supporters to take back the streets from people demanding his ouster. But during rush hour last night, supporters of Libya’s street...

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Homelessness, panhandling and unemployment

02/22/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll talk about panhandling, homelessness and unemployment.

Our guest is Sara Romeo with Tampa Crossroads. She is working to insure that female vets are able to access services that will help them remain independent. This employment program was funded by the Dept. of Labor specifically to assist honorably discharge homeless female veterans. But she also works on ending homelessness and will testify this Thursday befor...

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Tampa Bay Area residents discuss renewable energy policy listen

02/21/11 Zack Baddorf
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Over the weekend, a group of about 50 Tampa Bay Area residents met up this weekend to discuss renewable energy policy for Florida. Held at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa, the event was part of a statewide tour of 10 cities by the Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy (FARE).

Peggy Goodale discussed LED lighting alternatives next to a display on the environmental and economic benefits of switching over from regular bulbs. She’s a Pinellas Park resident and a long-time advocate of solar ene...

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Interview With Rev. Thomas Scott Who Is Running For Mayor Of Tampa

02/21/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. On the first part of today's program we'll hear from Tampa City Council Chair Thomas Scott who is running for mayor. He previously served two terms on the Hillsborough County Commission. Later in this program we'll hear from Tampa City Council member Linda Saul Sena who is organizing a pro-high-speed rail rally today at noon at Tampa City hall.

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Time for an Energy Revolution in Tampa

02/21/11 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Our guests today are both involved in this coming Saturday’s (February 26) “Time for an Energy Revolution in Tampa” panel discussion that will be held at the Roosevelt Hotel in Ybor City starting at 12:30. This event is sponsored by the Bridge Foundation, and we were happy to have the founder, Rebecca Blanco, join the program to talk about Saturday’s discussion.

Also, one of the panelists at the Saturday event, Taylor Ralph, a local green builder joined the show to talk about en...

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High-speed rail supporters rally in downtown Tampa as officials call for private sector investment listen

02/21/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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High-speed rail backers announced they have a plan to get the project back on the table despite criticism from the governor. Today rail advocates showed their support for the project in Downtown Tampa, and were met with a smaller crowd in opposition.

Activists dusted off their pro-and anti-rail signs from last fall and flooded City Hall Plaza to make the case for – and against – high speed rail. Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern said the project would create thousands of jobs, but...

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Congress moves to axe EPA mercury emissions at cement plants listen

02/18/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday, the U.S. House passed a spending bill that would cut funding for the enforcement of certain federal laws. One of them would have allowed the US Environmental Protection Agency to continue enforcing tough rules on toxic emissions at cement plants, including one in the Tampa Bay area.

Late last year, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection slapped international cement manufacturer Cemex with a hefty fine for emitting nearly ten times the amount of mercury legally allowe...

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