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Philanthropic Youth Tampa Bay raises money for art museum listen

02/18/11 Lachelle Roddy
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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With today’s economy, arts are often the first target of funding cuts. But young people have formed a new organization to raise money for the arts.

The Philanthropic Youth Tampa Bay gathered last night at the Tampa Museum of Art. They have helped to raise funds to purchase a film from New York artist Janet Briggs, to donate to the museum. The film, which depicts scenes of the melting Arctic, was introduced by Todd Smith, the executive director of the Tampa Museum of Art.

“Each of ...

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Representative Rick Kriseman talks about his recall bill and Scott's snub of rail money listen

02/18/11 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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Today on the Last Call we spoke with St. Petersburg Democratic State Rep. Rick Kriseman on a bill he filed last week (HJR785) that would put the power to recall state officials, including the Governor, in the hands of the people. We also asked him to weigh in on Governor Scott's rejection of almost two and a half billion dollars in federal funds for high speed rail.

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Protests Against Wisconsin's Governor- Will They Spread To Other States?

02/18/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Republicans who swept into power in state capitols this year are

beginning to usher in a new era of labor relations that could result in a large reduction in power for public employee unions.

But massive protests and legislative boycotts in Wisconsin this week have shown that the Republican efforts can be fraught with risk and unpredictable turns.

Wisconsin's governor is going for major change - an end to collective bargaining for public employees, plus additional costs to their pens...

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Citywide District 1 hopefuls talk jobs & rail in Tampa listen

02/17/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Early voting for the Tampa City Elections starts Saturday. Going to the polls ahead of Election Day is getting increasingly popular, as she look at the crowded District 1 race.

Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Earl Lennard was at the New Tampa Regional Library today, chatting with reporters as workers set up for the first day of early voting. There are seven early voting sites throughout Tampa. Lennard said the practice is a...

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Florida has one week to hold onto rail money listen

02/17/11 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida officials have about one week to make a deal keep the federal high-speed rail funds rejected yesterday by Governor Rick Scott. One idea is for another entity like Amtrak to receive the $2.4 billion with or without the Governor’s approval.

US Senator Bill Nelson says he has already met with a rail group in South Florida, Hillsborough’s Metropolitan Planning Organization, and US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, to consider other sources to receive funding for the bullet t...

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Supporters ask Hillsborough County to support zoning for Sweetwater Organic Farm listen

02/16/11 Zack Baddorf
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Sweetwater Organic Farm in Tampa was recently issued a code violation for conducting agricultural activities on residentially-zoned property. The non-profit farm has been operating since 1995 and has received an agricultural exemption. Tuesday night, the farm asked Hillsborough County for the property to be rezoned in order to continue their organic farming.

About fifty supporters of the Sweetwater Organic Farm showed up at the zoning hearing and stayed for hours until it was time to pres...

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Rick Scott rejects high-speed rail funding - Tampa Bay leaders are critical listen

02/16/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Much of the reaction to Governor Rick Scott’s decision to reject federal funds for the bullet train has been scathing. This afternoon four of the five candidates running for Tampa Mayor said Scott made the wrong decision.

Tampa-area U.S. Representative Kathy Castor says Florida isn’t in the financial position to refuse federal money.

The Democrat says Scott’s decision means fewer jobs for the Tampa Bay area.

Governor Scott complained about the cost of the bullet train.

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The Common Cause complaint against Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia

02/16/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. The national citizen's lobby Common Cause raised a new ethical question this week about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, asking the Court for a thorough accounting of a January 2008 trip in which the justice spent four days in California for what the court has said was a single speech and a "drop-by" at a gathering of business executives and veteran political operatives.

A court spokesperson's description last month of the trip ...

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Interview with Mike Antheil, director of the Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy

02/16/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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The Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy (FARE) will hold a Renewable Energy Tour this month with a weekend stop in Tampa. This tour will travel through 10 cities across the state, reaching an audience of over 2000 individuals and businesses. The tour will feature discussion of renewable energy legislation to be introduced in the 2011 Legislative Session. The tour will also feature industry & policy experts and state & local elected officials. Each individual event will be in Town Hall forma...

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International Women's Day interview with radio activist Hannah Sassaman listen

02/16/11 Dawn Morgan Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In honor of the upcoming International Women's Day on March 8, WMNF's Dawn Morgan Elliott begins a series of interviews with admirable women around the country.

Elliott begins with Hannah Sassaman, a senior field analyst at the New America Foundation. Sassaman previously spent 8 years as an organizer at the Prometheus Radio Project.

“Prometheus hired me for like $500 a month to develop campaigns against big broadcasters who were trying to prevent local community groups from getting...

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Pinellas & Hillsborough transit agencies consider rail over Tampa Bay listen

02/15/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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If you’re one of the thousands of people who drive across the Howard-Frankland Bridge twice daily, you know how brutal that rush-hour traffic can get. Picture, instead, traversing the Bay via rail – reading the paper, staring out the window, texting to your heart’s content. Today the transit agencies from Pinellas and Hillsborough talked about making room for a possible rail line when the state replaces the bridge’s eastbound expanse. Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority consultant Don...

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Interview with Tampa Mayoral candidate Rose Ferlita

02/15/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Coming up next on Radioactivity an interview with Rose Ferlita who is running for mayor of Tampa. Ferlita is a Tampa native. She is by profession a pharmacist- having once owned a local drug store in Seminole Heights, Ferlita now works for a pharmacy in South Tampa.

She served from 1999-2006 as a member of the Tampa City Council and Member of the Hillsborough County Commission from 2006-2010.

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Tampa District 2 candidates focus on panhandling, transit listen

02/14/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The almost two-dozen contenders for Tampa mayor and city council have a slew of issues on their plate. WMNF spoke with two contenders for a an at-large city council seat, and files this report on how a key issue made its way to the forefront of a citywide race.

By all accounts, Florida’s new governor entered politics as a one-issue candidate. Rick Scott claims his outrage over Congress passing the Affordable Care Act compelled him to throw his hat in the ring. Nearly a year and tens of m...

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A new breed of electric car - the LEAF listen

02/14/11 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Most people judge a car by the way the engine purrs, however the LEAF is as silent as a bat. Nissan gave Floridians a chance last weekend to not only view its new completely electric car but also take it for a drive. The car requires no gas and releases no emissions. The secret behind the revolutionary car is its state of the art battery that took the company 20 years to develop.

“Here in this room this is the battery pack that powers up the vehicle, most people will never see it open...

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Farmworkers continue Publix protests in St. Petersburg listen

02/14/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Farm workers remain in a stand-off with Publix regarding a penny per pound increase in the cost of tomatoes. Publix refuses to compromise, but protesters are not backing down anytime soon.

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers and their supporters protested in front of two St. Petersburg Publix Supermarkets Saturday. The group brandished signs reading “Publix Profits from Poverty” and others with similar messages. They wore mocking green shirts that said “Poverty” instead of “Pub...

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