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Call-in discussion on pros & cons of red-light cameras

04/13/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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On Tuesday, civil liberties defenders held demonstrations across the state to protest red-light cameras.

On the Last Call, callers gave reasons they support or oppose local governments using red-light cameras to ticket drivers who run lights.

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In a major address on the budget, President Obama proposes lowering the deficit listen

04/13/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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President Barack Obama is setting a goal of lowering the deficit by $4 trillion dollars over the next 12 years as he wades into the politically volatile debate over the nation's crushing debt.

A week after formally announcing his re-election campaign, Obama is proposing a mix of tax increases already rejected by Republicans, and cuts to safety-net health programs likely to alienate many liberals.

In a speech today at George Washington University, the president proposed cutting defense s...

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Groups rally against red light cameras listen

04/13/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Protestors from all points on the political spectrum gathered at busy intersections across the state yesterday to rally against red light cameras. The demonstrations come less than a week after Tampa City Council voted to install 20 of them at dangerous intersections throughout the city.

"No accidents here, folks, there's a red light camera! No accidents at this corner."

Tuesday evening, just as rush hour traffic was kicking into full gear, about a dozen protesters assembled at the cor...

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WalMart ramps up PR in face of Supreme Court discrimination suit listen

04/13/11 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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WalMart has launched a nationwide ad campaign that critics say is aimed at offsetting declining sales and bad press generated by a class action discrimination lawsuit now in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. This comes as a remodeled WalMart store in Tampa held an official ceremony today to unveil its expansion to include 188,000 square feet and a full line of groceries.

With flair provided by the MacDill Air Force Base color guard and an invocation by the pastor of the First Baptist Churc...

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Pinellas FAST leaders call for action listen

04/12/11 Andrea Lypka
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Budget cuts and the slow economic recovery are crippling Pinellas County’s public schools, affecting local jobs, affordable housing, and public programs. Organizers from a number of faith communities grilled public officials on these issues at the annual Nehemiah Action at the First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks on Monday, April 11. 3000 community members from 38 faith congregations came together as one group, called Faith and Action for Strength Together ([FAST](http://www.thedartcenter.o...

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Democrats like Kathy Castor rail against proposed Medicare privatization listen

04/12/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last week, US Representative Paul Ryan, the Republican chair of the budget committee, unveiled a budget plan that aims to cut trillions in federal spending over the long term. It would repeal the Affordable Care Act and effectively privatize Medicare. Democratic US Representative Kathy Castor criticized the proposal in Tampa today. She said the plan places the costs of health care on the shoulders of American families.

"It will shift the cost burden to hard working families. The private h...

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Charlie Crist speaks in Gulfport on public service, Rick Scott, & the Talking Heads listen

04/12/11 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Charlie Crist asked for civility between parties and for government officials to use their ears more than their mouths. But that was only part of the former Governors talk on “Public service in a New Era.” As a former governor who once had approval ratings in the 70’s, Crist says he has empathy for current Governor Rick Scott’s recent rating of 35 percent.

“This is a tough time for anyone to be in government and to be leading and I just wish him the best, because the better he d...

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Eyewitness Identification Reform; the high cost of doing nothing listen

04/12/11 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last week The Innocence Project of Florida celebrated another victory with the exoneration of Derrick Williams, a Manatee County man who had served 18 years of a life sentence for a rape that he did not commit. Williams is one of 13 innocent men in Florida who have been exonerated by DNA so far, but not before spending a total of more than 250 years in prison. This disturbing statistic has prompted state legislato...

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Florida Senate panel approves PSC nominees listen

04/11/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A Florida Senate ethics panel approved the confirmations of three state Public Service Commissioners and the PSC Chair. The panel’s approval comes despite an ethics complaint filed against the chair after it was reported that he had drinks with a utility executive during a conference.

The Senate rules subcommittee hearings hit a snag when Zephyrhills resident David Bussey, an advocate for local control of water resources, told the panel that PSC Chair Art Graham committed a gross ethics ...

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State Senate panel OK's bill that would lift ban on lobbyist gifts listen

04/11/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In Tallahassee today a Senate ethics panel advanced a bill that would do away with a ban on gifts from lobbyist. Unlike most other controversial items on the legislature’s plate this session, it garnered support from Republicans and Democrats.

Tallahassee Mayor John Marks urged the Senate Rules Subcommittee on Ethics and Elections to once again allow lobbyists to buy lunch for lawmakers. He said it’s about jobs.

"Since the legislative expenditure ban was adopted in 2005 the restaur...

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Extended inteview with EMILY's List president Stephanie Schriock listen

04/11/11 Dawn Morgan Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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EMILY’s List is a political action committee that raises money for pro-choice women Democratic candidates. This weekend Emily’s List president Stephanie Schriock was in Tampa raising to fund their programs. It was hosted by former Tampa City Council member Linda Saul-Sena.

WMNF’s Dawn Morgan Elliott spoke with Schriock about the recent decrease in the number of women in state and national politics. An [abbreviated version](http://www.wmnf.org/news_stories/e...

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Pinellas fair housing conference promotes equal rights for all listen

04/11/11 Lenka Davis and Christopher Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Are you planning to rent an apartment but the landlord does not want you to live there with the kids? Were you ever denied the purchase of a house because your skin color did not fit in the neighborhood? The Fair Housing conference, organized by Tampa Bay Fair Housing Consortium and Pinellas County Office of Human Rights last Friday dealt with equal access to housing.

In April 1968, following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Fair Housing Act was adopted at the federal ...

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EMILY's List president decries the decrease in number of women in political office listen

04/11/11 Dawn Morgan Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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EMILY’s List is a political action committee that raises money for pro-choice women Democratic candidates. This weekend Emily’s List president Stephanie Schriock was in Tampa raising to fund their programs. It was hosted by former Tampa City Council member Linda Saul-Sena. WMNF’s Dawn Morgan Elliott spoke with Schriock about the recent decrease in the number of women in state and national politics.

"It is shocking to me after 15 years of working in Democrat...

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Florida House subcommittee passes school voucher expansion bill listen

04/08/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A state house subcommittee passed a bill expanding school vouchers to an additional 50,000 Florida students. Opponents fear broadening eligibility criteria for the state-funded McKay Scholarship would weaken the program.

The McKay Scholarship Program grants school choice to students with cognitive or sensory disabilities like hearing impairment, dyslexia, or autism. It pays for qualifying students to attend a private or public school...

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EarthFirst fights to save Florida forest from biotech development listen

04/08/11 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In South Florida, a battle is brewing between environmental activists and biotech company Scripps Florida over the last remaining forest land in Eastern Palm Beach County. But the battle is about much more than saving a piece of forest land from development.

If you happened to be driving down Interstate-95 near Jupiter, Florida last month you might have seen an interesting sight: Two people, camped out 30 feet up in a pine tree with a banner reading "Defend this Forest."

"We built the ...

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