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HART may build demonstration rail line to airport listen

02/07/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Could a demonstration rail line between downtown Tampa and the airport convince residents to support projects to ease rush hour gridlock? Hillsborough County’s regional transit board wants to continue looking at rail, but the obvious question is how to fund it.

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, also known as HART, has strongly advocated light rail for combating gridlock. Hillsborough County voters opted not to raise their sales tax in order to fu...

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Organic Animal Farming listen

02/07/11 Sadia Ahmed
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Organic animal farming is becoming more popular. Consumer awareness of some negative health effects of inorganic chickens and eggs is increasing. WMNF’s Sadia Ahmed reports on the differences between organic animal farming and factory farming.

Live Oak resident Denis Stoltzfoos, provides organic meat, milk, and eggs to 200 families in Florida. The owner of Full Circle farm has been in the organic poultry farming business for last 8 years. Organic farming differs greatly from factory far...

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Rev. Jim Wallis discusses his new book Rediscovering Values

02/04/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Our guest is one of the nation's leading progressive religious thinkers. Jim Wallis is a bestselling author, public theologian, speaker, preacher, and international commentator on religion, public life, faith and politics.

He is president and CEO of Sojourners, where he is editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine. He regularly appears on radio and television including shows like “Meet the Press,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewa...

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USF hosts Poverty and the Americas conference listen

02/04/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today the Poverty in the Americas conference concluded at the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus. It stressed the relationship between poverty in South America and the daily lives of their neighbors to the north.

If you knocked back a cup of coffee this morning, it may have come from beans grown in Columbia. If you stirred in a little sugar, it might have started out in a Brazilian cane field. Many of those working on South American plantations live in poverty despite the patron...

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FBI negotiator says everyone can benefit from negotiating listen

02/04/11 Zack Baddorf
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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You’ve probably seen hostage negotiations played out dramatically in movies like “The Negotiator” with Samuel L. Jackson. Last week, at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, an actual FBI hostage negotiator spoke about the reality of how he saved lives.

To learn more about Gary Noesner, check out his new book “Stalling for Time.”

Gary Noesner had always wanted to join the FBI.

“A career in the FBI was something I wanted to do from about the age of 12 when I saw a televi...

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Gazans differ on reaction to Al Jazeera's Palestine Papers listen

02/03/11 Pam Bailey
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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While uprisings rage in Egypt, Tunisia, and Yemen, the release of what is called the “Palestine Papers” by the Al-Jazeera news channel continues to cause an uproar of its own among Palestinians.

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Attacks on journalists and unarmed protesters don't deter pro-democracy masses in Egypt listen

02/03/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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ABC News reports Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak says he is tired of being president and would like to quit now, but can’t because of fears Egypt would descend into chaos. He also claims his government is not responsible for recent violence on demonstrators in Cairo. He blamed the Muslim Brotherhood. Meanwhile, the Egyptian Prime Minister apologized for attacks on anti-government protesters overnight that killed at least people.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports two of its journali...

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Hyde Park residents call for Gasparilla audit listen

02/03/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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All the plastic beads and empty beer cans may have been swept away days ago in the wake of Gasparilla, but questions about what the city of Tampa gets out of the debauchery still remain. Some South Tampa residents are calling on City Council to audit the nonprofit that puts on the annual parade.

Thousands of people pack Downtown Tampa every year for Gasrparilla festivities. Many patronize nearby hotels and eateries. The festival has become a large part of Tampa’s identity on the national...

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Tampa City Council reverses panhandling decision listen

02/03/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa City Council reversed course today and voted down an ordinance that would have created a partial ban on panhandling within city limits. Members of the council couldn’t agree on how to tackle an issue many say is one of the recession’s most visible consequences.

Fran Williams, a pastor with Paradise Missionary Baptist Church, plainly stated his views on a panhandling ban that would apply to everyone from curbside beggars to charities and those who hawk newspapers along busy ro...

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Ex-NSC staffer Morton Halperin criticizes Obama administration for being too timid on Egypt

02/03/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Our guest today is Morton Halperin who will be speaking this coming Monday in Sarasota as part of Forum Truth.

He served in the Johnson, Nixon and Clinton administrations in a number of roles. Perhaps, most famously, during the Nixon administration he was a staff person on the National Security Council appointed by Henry Kissinger. When the New York Times reported in 1969 that the US was secretly bombi...

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RNC chair says protests of 2012 convention in Tampa will be handled the same as in the past listen

02/02/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Along with massive political conventions come massive political demonstrations, and Tampa’s 2012 RNC will likely be no different. How Tampa will handle protests – some of which may get violent – isn’t yet known. Today, RNC Chair Reince Priebus said he hopes law enforcement will handle demonstrations in the same way they have during past conventions.

Lawsuits stemming from police brutality alleged to have occurred during the St. Paul and New York Republican Conventions plagued those...

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New Republican chair says he's ready to clean house listen

02/02/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The 2012 Republican National Convention is about eighteen months away, but questionable spending has already put the party under fire. The new Republican National Committee chair was in town today, and he stressed his new staff would be more careful with RNC money.

New RNC chair Reince Priebus said he met with the convention’s host committee and is confident they’ll help make the event a success.

He stressed that the host committee is an entirely separate entity from the RNC commit...

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Interview With Tampa Mayoral Candidate Ed Turanchik

02/02/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up in this half hour we'll talk with former Hillsborough County Commissioner Ed Turanchik who is running for mayor of Tampa.

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How would Tampa mayoral hopefuls handle 2012 RNC? listen

02/02/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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It may seem like a ways off, but leaders throughout Tampa Bay are preparing for the summer of 2012, when the Republican National Convention will descend upon the region. The handful of candidates for Tampa mayor have different ideas about how to deal with the onslaught of politicos – and protesters – that’s sure to come.

The federal government is giving the city of Tampa $50 million to help cover RNC security costs. How that money will pan out in terms of boots on the ground, artille...

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Will state Legislature kill the Pinellas fertilizer ban? listen

02/01/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The phrase “kill the bill” is not something one would associate with environmental advocacy. Yet today at a joint meeting between state and local lawmakers, Pinellas County Commission Chair Susan Latvala, a Republican, said she wants state lawmakers to do just that to proposed laws that would overturn the county’s lawn fertilizer ban. The ban, which is not yet in full effect, applies to summertime use of fertilizers containing nitrogen and phosphorous.

Excessive use of nitrogen and ...

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