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Tampa City Council not satisfied with presentation from water bills task force listen

03/17/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Some Tampa water customers received unusually high water bills around the end of last year. Today a task force formed to figure out the cause of the spike presented a report to the Tampa City Council. But Council members weren’t happy that they did not have time to read the report they were given this morning before the presentation. Darrell Smith, the city’s chief of staff, summarized the report’s findings.

"Unusually dry and cold weather con...

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Actor/activist Danny Glover on Haiti elections listen

03/17/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is leaving South Africa today and plans to return to Haiti tomorrow at noon.

Actor Danny Glover flew to South Africa to accompany Aristide back to Haiti.

The impoverished nation of Haiti is still feeling the pain of the earthquake that ravaged the country over a year ago, not to mention a chaotic presidential election many have deemed fraudulent. Actor Danny Glover recently made a film about a 1791 slave uprising in that country, and has m...

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Spent fuel rods exposed at Fukushima though power could soon be restored listen

03/16/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The operator of Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear plant says it has almost completed a new power line that could restore electricity to the complex and solve the crisis that has threatened a meltdown.

Meanwhile, Japan has more than doubled the maximum radiation dose allowed for nuclear workers.

Despite the increase, surging radiation levels forced emergency workers to temporarily withdraw from the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant today, losing time in their struggle to cool over...

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"Defending the American Dream" protesters oppose Florida budget cuts listen

03/16/11 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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As the Florida Legislature session opens, many Floridians are fed up with proposals to lay off state employees and cut funding to education as a way to deal with the state’s massive budget shortfall. One week after the statewide Awake the State protests, activists with MoveOn.org rallied around the Federal Courthouse in Downtown Tampa yesterday afternoon.

Governor Scott’s pledge to create jobs is being met with anger and frustration as he threatens to slash support...

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Miami-Dade County voters recall local elected officials by a landslide. listen

03/16/11 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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South Florida residents voted yesterday to recall Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez. Amid the massive recall campaign building in Wisconsin, public outcry over state budget deficits, government corruption, and incompetence has now led to one of the first major recalls of local elected officials in the country.

Alvarez drew criticism for cutting public worker salaries by 5% while raising the salaries of his personal staff. Political activist Millie Herrera says that many of the coun...

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Hillsborough establishes Women's Hall of Fame listen

03/16/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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March is Women’s History Month, a time when local, national and international leaders examine the profound, yet often unsung impact women have had on the course of events. Hillsborough County used the observance to establish a Women’s Hall of Fame that celebrates local women who fought against unfair social and political barriers.

Harvard historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich coined the well-known phrase “well-behaved women seldom make history.” She wrote it in a scholarly article about Purita...

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The ACLU perspective on legislation being considered in Tallahassee

03/16/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll talk about the ongoing state legislative session from the perspective of the American Civil Liberties Union. (later we'll open the phone lines.) Our guest is Danielle Prendergast, PhD who is the Director of Public Policy for the ACLU of Florida. We'll look at reproductive rights, privacy, the proposals to direct tax dollars to public schools and other legislation affecting the Bill of Rights.

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Fukushima nuclear crisis continues as radioactivity released from fire listen

03/15/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A U.S. nuclear industry official says there is evidence that the primary containment structure at one of the stricken Japanese reactors has been breached, raising the risk of further release of radioactive material.

That’s because of rising radiation levels near the suppression pool at the Number 2 reactor at Fukushima Dai-ichi.

At another reactor, Number 4, a fire in a storage pond for spent fuel released radioactivity "directly into the atmosphere." The fire was extinguished and radi...

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Pinellas County Commission gathers facts on affordable housing availability listen

03/15/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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If you’re looking for cheap rent in Tampa Bay, chances are you’re not having in easy time finding it. Today the Pinellas Board of County Commissioners held a workshop today to find answers on how to deal with a lack of affordable housing in the county. Bill Sanchez with the Tampa Bay Community Development Corporation said foreclosures are down nationwide, but not because few homeowners are filing.

It seems that the drop is basically having to do with banks having to refile paperwork that ...

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Tens of thousands rally in Gaza and West Bank for a united Palestine listen

03/15/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tunisia-inspired youth-led uprisings spiked today in Palestine. National Public Radio reports that 4,000 people demonstrated in the West Bank, and tens of thousands gathered in the Gaza Strip. WMNF’s reporter in Gaza, Pam Bailey, tells us, the protesters want a unified Palestinian government and an end to quarrels between Fatah and Hamas. We spoke with her several hours ago – she was on a mobile phone at one of the demonstrations.

"They are rallying because they want unity. They want the ...

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Radio Play Depicts Tampa's Labor History

03/14/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Next Monday night (March 21st) at Studio@620 in St. Petersburg a play by USF professor Denis Calandra called CUBAN SANDWICH will be performed. The play is about the labor movement in Tampa's Latin Quarter, Ybor City in the 1930's. Here to talk with us about the play and Tampa's rich labor history are Calandra and labor historian Bob Ingalls who is also a professor at USF.

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Nuclear disaster in Japan: How dangerous are US nukes?

03/14/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to the Last Call. I'm Rob Lorei. This afternoon we're going to talk about the growing nuclear crisis in Japan in the wake of last Friday's earthquake. Our guest is Harvey Wasserman:

Harvey Wasserman's Solartopia! Our Green-Powered Earth, A.D. 2030, is at www.solartopia.org. He is senior advisor to Greenpeace USA and the Nuclear Information & Resource Service, and writes regularly for www.freepress.org. He and...

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Gadhafi troops and rebel forces trade victories listen

03/14/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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West of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, government tanks and artillery bombarded an opposition-held town near the Tunisian border. A resident in Zwara says at least four rebel fighters were killed in the barrage.

In the east, opposition forces have slowed the government's offensive at the oil port of Brega. While Gadhafi's troops used superior firepower to drive the rebels out of the city yesterday, they've been unable to hold it. Rebels pushed back into Brega last night and claim to have cap...

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Anti-union bill squeaks by Senate committee listen

03/14/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Following the lead of Wisconsin, the Florida legislature is challenging unions on the issue of collective bargaining for public workers. A key measure that would changes the way unions collect dues passed a state senate committee today, despite the pleas of police and firefighters who went to Tallahassee to testify.

Jacksonville Republican John Thrasher sponsored SB 830, a measure that would bar public employee unions from collecting their dues via automatic paycheck deductions. Thrasher s...

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Crisis continues at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan listen

03/14/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The crisis continues at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.

"The water level did start to fall and the fuel rods were exposed above the water. This situation did continue for a while."

A drop in water levels left uranium rods completely exposed today. And although the water was restored, the rods are again exposed after a second episode. That increases the risk that radiation will spread, and that there may eventually be a meltdown.

Through an interpreter on Japan’s NHK TV, chief...

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