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Florida Senate passes bill to make taking photos of farms a crime listen

05/06/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today The Florida Senate approved a bill that would make outlaws out of people who photograph farms. Democratic minority leader Nan Rich opposed the bill, saying it’s meant to crack down on whistleblowers.

"It's really about people who want to conceal animal abuse. Whistleblowers on farms alert the public to animal cruelty, to environmental abuse, and to dangers to our food supply. This bill discourages such reports and jeopardizes consumers. I think that whistleblowers actually should ...

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TBARTA: public transit faces cuts in funding, spike in demand listen

05/06/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Public transit is clearly a tough sell in Florida these days, though skyrocketing gas prices are making the case for alternative transportation. Facing increases in demand and decreases in funding, transit officials may have to do more with less.

The state legislature created Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority, known commonly as TBARTA, in 2007, when times were different. Facing cuts in state funding, executive director Bob Clifford said the organiza...

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Should State Legislature reduce benefits for unemployed?

05/06/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Today is the last day of the legislative session and efforts to cut unemployment benefits are still unresolved.

The House plan would reduce the state’s current 26 weeks of benefits to 20. The Senate wants to keep benefits at 26 - only when unemployment hit 12 percent.

The current 11.1 percent jobless rate would allow for 24 weeks under the Senate plan.

A non-profit group that advocates for worker's rights warns that the prop...

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Immigration legislation in Florida on the vine?

05/05/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Subhash Kateel, state coordinator of the We are Florida! campaign, talked about the fight to prevent an anti-illegal immigration bill from being passed in the Florida Legislature.

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Corporate tax cut passes the Florida House listen

05/05/11 Nolan Ruark
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Florida House of Representatives passed a bill today that will give $1,100 in tax cuts to corporations.

The bill passed 110-5. Representative Carlos Lopez-Cantera said the popular bill would help small businesses.

"Thank you, Mr. Speaker, it's a wonderful day in the Florida House to have bi-partisan support for this very good bill that provides tax relief to the small businesses in the State of Florida. I want to thank our friends in the minority caucus who are participating with ...

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Count find spike in Hillsborough's homeless population listen

05/05/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The results of the 2011 Homeless Count are in, and they show Hillsborough’s Homeless population nearly doubled since the 2009 count. But the reason behind the drastic increase is probably not what you think it is.

The collapsed economy is probably a contributing factor for any spike in an area’s homeless population. This time around, there’s something else that drove the number from around 9,500 two years ago to nearly 18,000 this year. Homele...

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Does killing of Osama bin Laden justify use of torture by U.S.?

05/05/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, I'm Rob Lorei, welcome to Radioactivity. In recent days several commentators have claimed that the killing of Osama bin Laden shows that there are positive benefits to torturing terror suspects. Here to talk about torture is Marjorie Cohn.

Cohn is a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and author of the new book "The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration and Abuse."

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Hillsborough County Commission weighs new economic development agency listen

05/04/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The question of how to kick start Tampa Bay’s economic recovery has baffled local officials for years. The Hillsborough County Commission kicked around ideas on how the county can streamline its efforts to bring jobs to the bay.

For County Commissioner Al Higginbotham, the Tampa Bay region is living in the shadow of Charlotte, North Carolina, which he said attracted more than 1,000 businesses during the recession.

"When we compare ourselves to Charlotte over the last ten years. Charl...

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Hillsborough Commission says no to additional severance pay for Bean listen

05/04/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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It’s been nearly a year since the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners voted to fire former County Administrator Pat Bean after it was found she gave herself and other county staff unauthorized pay raises. But the story isn’t over. Today Bean’s attorney told the board they owe her hundred of thousands of dollars in severance pay and legal fees. The board agreed to cover some of Bean’s legal fees – and expects a legal battle to ensue over the rest.

County Commission Chair Al...

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Rallies for full funding of public education; should US release bin Laden photo?

05/04/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Today on Last Call, we spoke with a biological sciences teacher, David Peacock, live from one of several rallies to support full funding for public education in Florida

Many of our callers wanted to discuss today's news that President Barack Obama has decided not to release photos of Osama bin Laden's body.

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Interview with Robert Borosage: GOP plan to privatize Medicare; open phones

05/04/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Three weeks ago in Washington the Republican-controlled House passed Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget on April 15.

The vote was along party lines. The budget proposal aims to reduce the nation’s $14 trillion national debt but the proposal's plans to change health-care access for seniors have proven controversial.

The budget proposal replaces the Medicare guarantee for seniors over 65 with a voucher system that seniors would have ...

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Florida Senate rejects e-Verify amendment of controversial immigration bill listen

05/03/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A late-filed amendment filed by Senator John thrasher that would have required state employers to use e-Verify failed during the Senate’s debate of a controversial Arizona-style immigration bill. That amendment would fine businesses up to $1,500 for each worker found to be unauthorized to work in the US. While his Senate colleagues had harsh criticisms of the federal E-verify system, Thrasher defended the system.

"There aren't a lot of perfect systems out there for doing what we want t...

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Tampa Police say their manhunt for Dantae Morris was proper listen

05/03/11 Nolan Ruark
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last summer Tampa Police conducted a manhunt for Dontae Morris, who allegedly shot and killed two police officers. Some residents of the community say that the police may have gone too far. Today Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor and Mayor Bob Buckhorn held a press conference to release a report on the search.

Castor stressed the importance of relationships between the police an...

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Open phone call-ins to discuss the news including death of Osama Bin Laden

05/03/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll open the phones to discuss the big stories of the past few days- including the death of Osama Bin Laden.

During this program we took several calls from listeners who did not believe the official government story about 9/11. For those of you looking for a quality source of information debunking 9/11 conspiracy theories here is a good web site: [http://www.debunking911.com/index.html](http://www.debunking911.com/i...

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Local Permaculture

05/02/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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To start today’s program the Deputy Director of the Ocean Conservancy’s Fish Conservation Program Libby Fetherston join the program to talk about new limits on Grouper fishing in the Gulf. Their will be a public meeting at the Carlyon Hilton in St Pete on May 3 starting at 6:30 PM. To look at the agenda you can check out the www.oceanconservacy.org web site.

Next up a local Permaculture Design Robert Segundo join the program to talk about some general...

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