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The U.S. economy and creating a CRA for a possible baseball stadium

06/09/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Progressive economist Marc Weisbrot spoke to WMNF from Washington about the struggling U.S. economy.

Later in the show, Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan spoke about his desire for a Community Redevelopment Agency in Hillsborough County to provide possible revenue for the construction of a ballpark (presumably for the Tampa Bay Rays).

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African-American community leaders meet with Rep. Kathy Castor in East Tampa, talk jobs listen

06/09/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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East Tampa is an area that’s been hit disproportionately hard by the recession. Today US Representative Kathy Castor met with African-American leaders from that community to get a feel for the needs of her constituents there. Education, jobs, and foreclosures were among top concerns.

One of the key talking points that sparked a political sea change across the U.S. in 2010 was that of government involvement in individuals’ lives. It’s an idea civil libertarians loathe, but Carolyn Col...

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Poisoning The Press: Richard Nixon v Jack Anderson

06/09/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. In a moment we’ll discuss the epic struggle between President Richard Nixon and one of the top investigative journalists of the time- Jack Anderson, it’s covered in a new book by Mark Feldstein - an investigative reporter himself who spent part of his career here in the Tampa Bay area.

But first some listener comments about yesterday’s interview with Stetson Law professor Michael Allen about the US Constitution. Here’s what s...

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South Florida Society of Professional Journalists' Sunshine State awards draws attention to connection between new and traditional media listen

06/09/11 Dawn Morgan Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Changing technology and a bad economy have led to newsroom layoffs, and sent waves of uncertainty throughout the journalism industry.

A direct result can be seen this month as the South Florida Society of Professional Journalists holds an awards contest honoring journalists, bloggers and those in between.

Robert Steele is Director of The Prindle Institute for Ethics and a distinguished professor of journalism ethics at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.

He also serves as th...

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Gov. Scott re-announces Canada company's 100-job move to Boca listen

06/08/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Governor Rick Scott owes his seat to the campaign promise that he was going to be a “jobs” governor – something critics say his austere budget flatly contradicts. Scott held a telephone press conference today from Montreal, where he touted what he believes is a step forward in Florida’s fight for jobs.

The skin tight state budget didn’t leave much wiggle room for public employees. They took pay cuts, and thousands lost their jobs. Scott claims this will bring private sector jobs ...

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Tampa-area state lawmakers aren't entirely happy about session, but not likely to call special session listen

06/08/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Chips are still falling from the Florida legislative session, which ended early last month. In Tampa today, local state legislators looked back on a session they can all agree was grueling. While almost everyone had something to grumble about, there isn’t much demand for a special session.

Six of the seven state lawmakers present at the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s legislative roundup were Republicans, though not all were gung-ho about how things went this past session. Temple T...

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Stetson Law professor Michael Allen discusses the Constitution

06/08/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today - during the Bush administration many liberals complained that the US Constitution was being violated. Now that President Obama is in the White House we hear the same from conservatives. Here to discuss the US Constitution is Michael Allen who is a Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law. First up, one of the big constitutional questions of our time is whether health care reform is constitutional. The issue i...

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Governor Scott leaves beach renourishment funding in budget listen

06/07/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The state of Florida boasts of more than 800 miles of beachfront. Some of these beaches erode so much that encroaching waters threaten buildings and worsen the impacts of storm surge. Across the state, a practice known as beach renourishment attempts to stop this. Such projects rely heavily on state funding, which Governor Rick Scott threatened to cut. But $16 million dollars for beach renourishment was not among the items he vetoed when he signed the state budget passed by the Legislature. B...

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More Orlando Food Not Bombs activists arrested for sharing food in Lake Eola Park listen

06/07/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Yesterday, four more Food Not Bombs activists were arrested in Orlando for sharing food in a public park. Last night WMNF spoke with Ben Markeson, the media liaison with Orlando Food Not Bombs, who was one of three people arrested last week.

We hope to speak with Ben Markeson by phone during tomorrow’s Last Call at 5:30 p.m.

"The Orlando police made 4 more arrests under the city's 'large group' feeding ordinance. They had a police officer out there with a video camera and he videotap...

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Preliminary HART budget would raise ad valorem, cut routes listen

06/06/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Falling revenue may mean more cuts for Hillsborough County bus services. Today the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority’s Board of Directors approved a preliminary budget that would ax fifteen stops, and drastically reduce service in some areas. Philip Hale, the agency’s interim CEO, said drawing on reserves has prevented such cuts in the past, but that’s not an option anymore.

"For the last three years we have been, in essence, balancing the budget, adding additional servic...

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Eve Prang Plews discusses nutrition

06/06/11 Robert Lorei
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Sarasota based nutritionist Eve Prang Plews today discusses diabetes, adrenal glands, the E. coli outbreak in Europe, fresh fruits and vegetables, corn-fed beef versus grass fed beef, homeopathy and more.

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Why is the economy taking so long to recover? An interview with economist Ayse Somersan

06/06/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Last week the nation's unemployment rate edged up a tenth of a percent to 9.1%. Why is this recession lingering? Here to talk about is is Professor Emeritus of Economics At The University Of Wisconsin-Madison Ayse Somersan, Ph.D.

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As if Citizens United wasn't bad enough...

06/03/11 Lisa Marzilli, Beth Bell
Last Call Friday
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Last week a federal judge overturned a century old ban prohibiting corporations from directly contributing to political candidates in US vs. Danielczyk. US District Judge James Cacheris based his ruling on the controversial Citizens United case arguing that if corporations are endowed with the same rights as people and people can contribute di...

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U.S. House passes Boehner's Libya resolution, but not Kucinich's listen

06/03/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The U.S. Constitution requires that only Congress may declare war. The War Powers Resolution of 1973 gives the President permission to defend the country without pre-approval from Congress if the country or its allies are in danger. But it still requires action from Congress within 60 days. But President Barack Obama has done none of those things regarding the U.S. involvement in NATO bombing of Libya. Today the U.S. House debated what to do about it and considered two competing resolutions. ...

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St. Pete activist organizes Tampa rally to end occupation of Afghanistan listen

06/03/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The U.S.-led war and occupation of Afghanistan has gone on for nearly a decade and many Americans are fed up with the carnage. One St. Petersburg activist has even formed a new group to gather support for ending the war. Kofi Hunt’s organization, Project O.A.T.H. is organizing an anti-war rally tomorrow in South Tampa. The "Bring the Troops Home" rally tomorrow is between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

"This Saturday I'm having an event I'm calling "Bring the Troops Home". It's a rally at the corner...

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