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Feds say Medicare changes under health reform law could save billions listen

05/12/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services released a study suggesting improvements to Medicare over the last year will save the government billions of dollars. Some of these cost-saving changes include provisions of the affordable care act. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said efficiency measures will save the government a hefty sum in the coming years.

"About $120 billion worth of savings projected over the ne...

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Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry takes calls on attempts to criminalize public feedings

05/11/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Welcome to the WMNF afternoon call-in show the Last Call. I’m Seán Kinane. This afternoon we’ll talk about efforts by cities across Florida that are making it more difficult – and in some cases illegal – to feed people in public parks.

Joining us in this conversation is the co-founder of Food Not Bombs, Keith McHenry. He’s in St. Petersburg right now helping to cook a meal for people in downtown’s Mirror Lake Park. Thank you for Joining us Keith.

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U.S. supports Honduran government despite violent crackdown on protesters listen

05/11/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Union busting, deregulation of private industry and silencing of dissent are on the laundry list of beefs many US citizens have about the new Republican leadership in statehouses like Florida, Ohio and Indiana. Working people in one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere are railing against their US-supported government’s anti-labor policies.

An estimated 300 people have died suspiciously in Honduras since a 2009 military coup that replaced democratically elected president Ma...

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St. Pete residents hear Raytheon's plans to clean up Azalea contamination listen

05/11/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Following a long battle from residents, Raytheon finally presented its solution to the groundwater contamination it is charged with leaving throughout St. Petersburg’s Azalea neighborhood. Raytheon officials presented their clean up plan, but some residents are still not satisfied with the response.

The contamination affecting Azalea residents was first discovered in 1991, before it was purchased by a company called E-Systems. But news of the contamination wasn’t made available to re...

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Protesters criticize Florida's Republican Legislature at an Awake the State rally in St. Petersburg listen

05/11/11 Nolan Ruark
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This year there have been rallies in Florida by people upset at policies pushed by the Republican-dominated state Legislature. Twenty-three Awake the State rallies were held across the state yesterday, including one at the office of Representative Jeff Brandes in St. Petersburg.

About sixty people held signs and shouted slogans outside the office of Republican Jeff Brandes on North 4th street. They encouraged drivers to honk their horns as they drove by. This is F. Timothy Martin, one of t...

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U.S. officials siezed bin Laden's hand-written journal with operational plans listen

05/11/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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U.S. officials say that Osama bin Laden kept a hand-written journal filled with planning ideas and details of operations. it was seized in the U.S. raid as part of a huge cache of intelligence that included about 100 flash drives and five computers.

In remarks today at a Democratic National Committee event in Austin, President Barack Obama said a determined effort by U.S. intelligence and military led to the discovery and killing of bin Laden.

"We have made incredible progress. Sometim...

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Discussion with the director of Tampa's International Freethought Film Festival

05/11/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. On the first part of today's program we'll meet Andrea Steele who is executive director of the International Freethough Film Festival.

The event will take place at the Tampa Theatre, located at 711 Franklin Street in downtown Tampa, Florida, USA. Opening night begins at 7:30 pm on Friday May 13, 2011. The weekend-long event will run through Sunday, May 15th. Information on the program can be found at the Website of the [International ...

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St. Petersburg Times columnist Howard Troxler discusses the 2011 Florida Legislative session

05/10/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, Welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today veteran St. Petersburg Times columnist Howard Troxler discusses the legislative session that just ended this past weekend.

Troxler said of Governor Rick Scott using a personal email account instead of official email to conduct state business, "I think it's criminal conduct."

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Musharraf says there was no deal with U.S. to let Americans kill or capture bin Laden inside Pakistan listen

05/10/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says he never struck an agreement with the United States to let American special forces kill or capture Osama bin Laden inside Pakistan.

Musharraf's spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said today that news reports claiming Musharraf and the administration of former U.S. President George W. Bush had such an understanding are baseless.

The spokesperson says Musharraf always rejected U.S. requests to launch raids in Pakistan. Chaudhry spoke from Dubai wh...

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Hillsborough officials mull tough budget cuts listen

05/10/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today Tampa and Hillsborough officials held a local joint meeting to get the latest on issues impacting schools and local government. The massive cuts in the state budget appeared to be on everyone’s minds. Hillsborough County School Board Member Jack Lamb, for example, joked that the $100 million in cuts to county schools are practically unconstitutional.

"They are very cognizant of Article 9 of the Constitution which means that the paramount duty of the legislature is to provide quali...

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Sierra Club tests mercury levels in hair listen

05/09/11 Nolan Ruark
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Mercury in seafood can cause birth defects. Today the Sierra Club gave Floridians a chance to see how much mercury they’ve taken in lately.

Mercury pollution in seafood is a major concern in Florida, which has a large fishing industry. So when the Sierra Club set up mercury testing at a hair salon in Carrolwood, many showed up to have a lock of their hair cut and tested for mercury. Erin Lennox sat down for a hair cut to look out for her health.

"I'm...

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Cuban Five advocates say trial journalists moonlighted as pro-US propagandists listen

05/09/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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For thirteen years members of the group known as the Cuban five have been in prison in the US. They were convicted on charges including espionage and conspiracy to commit murder after the Cuban military shot down two US planes in 1996. They were living in Florida at the time, and had allegedly infiltrated a network of anti-Castro Cuban exiles. A group that’s been fighting for the Cuban Five’s release says propaganda impeded their right to a fair trial.

The trial took place in Miami, wh...

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Open phones to discuss results of 2011 Legislative session

05/09/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Today we'll open the phone lines and get your comments about the state legislative session which ended early in the morning this past Saturday.

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Pakistan promises investigation into how bin Laden wasn't detected listen

05/09/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Pakistan's prime minister says the army will investigate how al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden hid for years on his country's soil without being detected.

Yousuf Raza Gilani made the comments during an address to Parliament today, a week after a raid by U.S. Navy SEALs in the Pakistani garrison city of Abbottabad killed the suspected terrorist mastermind.

Gilani rejected claims that Pakistani authorities were either incompetent in searching for bin Laden or complicit in hiding him, and exp...

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Assessing the damage of the 2011 FL Legislative session with USF St. Pete Professor Darryl Paulson

05/06/11 Lisa Marzilli, Beth Bell
Last Call Friday
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The 2011 Florida legislative session, scheduled to end Friday, reportedly progressed into the wee hours of Saturday morning and ended with GOP lawmakers turning on themselves. The St. Petersburg Times says "It was a rocky end to one of the most ambitious and ideological sessions in modern history..."

To help us better comprehend the relentless, 60 day GOP assault on women's rights, worker's rights, voting rights, healthcare, education and the environment we are joined on Friday's Last Ca...

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