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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists gopher tortoise as candidate for Endangered Species Act protection listen

07/26/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The gopher tortoise is being listed as a candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act in the eastern portion of its range, including Florida. But, the ecologically important reptile won’t be considered a full-fledged endangered species because of a funding shortfall.

In January of 2006 environmental groups filed a petition to list the gopher tortoise as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in the eastern part of its range. In 2009 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service c...

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WMNF reports live from voter empowerment rally in Tampa with Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. listen

07/26/11 Seán Kinane and Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This year the Florida Legislature passed elections laws that some people say will make it more difficult to vote and may even disenfranchise minorities, students, poor or elderly voters. In response, civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. is in Tampa this afternoon at a voter empowerment rally. Our reporter Kate Bradshaw joins us on the line now from the rally at the 34th Street Church of God.

Kate will bring you the full report from this Voter empowerment rally on tomorrow’s WMNF d...

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Playback: the President's & House Speaker's speeches on the debt ceiling

07/26/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Coming up today we'll playback the speeches given last night by President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner on raising the debt ceiling. Then we'll open the phones for your comments.

There's an interesting chart in The Atlantic Magazine which describes how the deficit grew in the past decade.

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Florida redistricting committee hits Lakeland; Wesley Chapel is next listen

07/26/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A group of state legislators charged with mapping out Florida’s voting districts is facing criticism and praise as they make their way across the state. A public hearing in Polk County drew out voters of every stripe to weigh in on the state’s politically-charged redistricting process.

More than one hundred people attended the hearing at Polk State College’s Lakeland campus, and dozens addressed the redistricting committee directly. Some praise...

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Norway shooting victims = Nazi Youth? Glenn Beck says so

07/25/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to The Last Call. I'm Rob Lorei. This afternoon we'll hear three sound bites and then open the phones for your comments. First we'll put Friday's Norway massacre in context by hearing an Al Jazeera English report on the rise of the far right in Scandinavian countries. Then we'll hear radio commentator Glenn Beck from earlier today comparing the victims at the Labor Youth Camp in Norway to "Nazi youth". Finally we'll hear a short interview with NY Senator Charles Schume...

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Suburban EcoGeek

07/25/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Our first guest on the Sustainable Living program was a research engineer with the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa. Bill Young talked about the Center's start, his work in disaster relief, and Solar Electric installations on Florida Schools. Next up we had a Pinellas County Doctor that's involved in all kinds of sustainable living projects, from EV's to Solar Electric. Matt Kramp's background is in engineering, and is very knowledgeable about every aspect of E...

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Norway terror suspect will be held in isolation for four weeks listen

07/25/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In Oslo, a judge has ruled that the man who confessed to carrying out a bombing and shooting spree that left 76 people dead in Norway will be held in complete isolation for four weeks.

Judge Kim Heger spoke in a news conference today, through an interpreter.

The prosecutor in Norway's twin terror attacks says Anders Behring Breivik expects to spend the rest of his life in prison.

The maximum prison sentence in Norway is 21 years, but convicts who pose a danger to society can be held ...

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The Church Of Scientology responds To Janet Reitman's book Inside Scientology

07/25/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Last Monday on this program we featured an interview with Janet Reitman, author of a new book called Inside Scientology. Reitman describes the book as the first objective book on Scientology. It describes a church with fewer members than what church officials proclaim. It describes an autocratic ruler in charge of the church-David Miscavage who is allegedly obsessed with money, the sexual lives of his parishioners and who has occasionally been violent toward to staffers. The church is describ...

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Live report from redistricting meeting in Lakeland listen

07/25/11 Seán Kinane and Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Every ten years, based on the latest census data, states re-draw Congressional and Legislative districts. Meetings are going on around Florida between citizens and state Legislators to hash out the redistricting process. An additional element this time around is the pair of so-called Fair Districts amendments passed by voters last November. Today, the Florida Redistricting Public Meeting is in Lakeland, and WMNF’s Kate Bradshaw is there live.

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Public broadcasting is 170 Million Americans strong

07/22/11 Lisa Marzilli, Beth Bell
Last Call Friday
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During its most recent session, under Governor Rick Scott, the Republican controlled legislature voted to cut all state funding for public broadcasting. The cost to WMNF was about $62,000. In light of that development we began today’s Last Call by highlighting a national action campaign that formed in response to the Republican attack on public broadcasting both statewide and nationally - a project called 170MillionAmericans.

[170 Million Americans](http://www.170millionamericans.org/...

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Attacks in Norwegian capital kill at least seven listen

07/22/11 wire services including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Powerful explosions shook central Oslo this afternoon, blowing out the windows of several government buildings, including one housing the office of the Norwegian prime minister, who was working from home at the time. Seven people are confirmed dead and at least 15 injured.

The buildings also include the headquarters of some of Norway's leading newspapers. AP correspondent Nils Myklebost was in a building across the street and said he could feel the impact when the blast hit.

Shortly af...

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Voting Rights Groups Fight Voter Suppression In Florida

07/22/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

The changes passed by the state legislature to Florida’s voting laws have proved quite controversial.

Several civil liberties, civil rights and voter advocacy groups have criticized the changes. Last month three groups sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, urging the federal government to reject the latest changes to Florida election laws. The Fair Elections Legal Network, Florida Public Interest Research Group and Florida Institute for Reform and Empowerment want the feds ...

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Hillsborough citizens speak out against after school program reductions listen

07/22/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Once again, Hillsborough County officials have had to grapple with some tough budget decisions this year. The county faces a $566 million reduction from last year’s budget due to a fall in property and sales tax revenues. The proposed county budget reflects some pretty tough cuts, and not everyone’s happy about them.

Nearly 75 people signed up to speak their minds before the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners, and nearly 300 attended. Many in attendance were well under five fee...

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Growing food for hungry citizens in Hernando County listen

07/22/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Access to healthy food can be difficult around the world, and here in the Tampa Bay area. A workshop will address the growing hunger problem in Hernando County.

The plan is to create awareness of the unsettling poverty situation in Hernando and other counties in Florida. According to Green World Path Inc., a large number of people in Hernando especially are struggling because they cannot afford to feed themselves and their ...

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Fort DeSoto gets a new artificial oyster reef listen

07/21/11 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This morning more than two dozen volunteers armed with shovels battled the 90 degree-heat at Fort DeSoto. They’re helping build artificial oyster reefs on the shoreline to help with water filtration and coastal erosion, while giving coastal birds and aquatic wildlife a new home.

While boaters can often be a threat to Florida’s wildlife, some people are actually getting in their boats to change the local environment for the better. Local environmental nonprofit [Tampa Bay Watch](http:/...

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