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Consumer health advocates say Florida lawmakers made a mistake in turning away federal health care dollars listen

07/21/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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State lawmakers turned away tens of millions in federal money for health care by refusing to apply for grants, giving money back, or saying thanks, but no thanks. Among those hardest hit were low income seniors and families. A group of consumer health care advocates gathered today to put a face on those lost dollars. One was Mike Cornelius.

Cornelius said his wife suffered an incapacitating injury. The family sought help from Money Follows the Person, a transitional program launched under ...

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Middle- and high-school girls get a hands-on look at science and engineering listen

07/21/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This week Middle and High School girls are getting a hands-on look at science and engineering in Tampa.

This five-day Minds for Design Girl Scout Camp focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Girls from Middle and High Schools around the Central Florida area are exploring their interests through hands-on activities, lectures, and field trips to the University of South Florida and MOSI. Susan Barnes, Director of Communications with [Girl Scouts of West Central Florida](...

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Social Security Included In Discussions About Raising The Debt Ceiling

07/21/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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The AP is reporting that:

"The chairman of the Senate Budget Committee says it's impossible to enact spending cuts, a tax code overhaul and changes in benefit programs in the less than two weeks left before an Aug. 2 government default deadline.

"Sen. Kent Conrad says a short-term extension of the debt limit is the most likely solution for Congress and the White House.

"The North Dakota Democrat, part of the so-called "Gang of Six" senators, tells MSNBC he believes 40 senat...

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ELAPP members remain optimistic about land preservation in Hillsborough despite state cuts listen

07/21/11 Aaron Dalley
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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On Monday, the board for Hillsborough County’s Environmental Land Acquisition and Protection Program, or ELAPP, met for the first time since the new Florida state budget took effect. In that budget, $305 million of environmental land acquisition money was eliminated. But ELAPP board members remain hopeful. Forest Turbiville, section manager for regional parks and conservation services in Hillsborough County, said the cuts are affecting partnering agencies more.

"The cutting of Florida For...

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ALEC: the unseen hand behind conservative legislation in all 50 states?

07/20/11 Robert Lorei
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last week the non profit Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) made public available over 800 “model” bills and resolutions secretly voted on by corporate and legislative members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The bills were provided to state legislatures as a way to advance the agenda of corporations- including giant oil, tobacco, railroad and chemical companies. ALEC was created by conservative activist Paul Weyrich in 1973. ALEC has become the premier institution for...

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New report says dumping spent vessels into sea is harmful listen

07/20/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Throughout the world, used subway cars, tanks, ships and even tires have been placed on the ocean floor in the hope of creating artificial reefs – with varying degrees of success and environmental impact. A new study suggests a Navy program that sinks old warships to create artificial reefs is having some unintended consequences on the environment.

The USS Oriskany, nicknamed the Mighty O, was an aircraft carrier the US...

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Two activists tree-sit to oppose mountaintop removal coal mining in WV listen

07/20/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Two activists in West Virginia are using a risky tactic to try to stop a mountaintop removal coal mining operation. Becks Kolins and Catherine-Ann MacDougal are sitting on platforms in trees about 80 feet above the ground within 100 yards of active blasting from a mine on Coal River Mountain. Charles Suggs is a former Tampa Bay resident and is a volunteer with the RAMPS Campaign.

Suggs adds that Alpha Natural Resources is blasting dangerously close to a sludge ...

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USF researchers study ghost crabs to find out more about impacts of Gulf oil spill listen

07/20/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Questions about the impact of last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil disaster and the effectiveness of the beach cleanups remain to be answered by researchers. A team of researchers from the University of South Florida say that their study on ghost crab populations and sediments of Gulf beaches might answer these questions.

Susan Bell, professor of biology and chair of the Department of Integrative Biology, and her research team will start to document the D...

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Top prosecutor makes case for agnosticism

07/19/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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No subject has been argued about more vehemently than God and religion. On today's program veteran lawyer Vincent Bugliosi applies his legal reasoning skills to the question of God. Making a case for agnosticism has written Divinity of Doubt: The God Question an indictment of God, theism, and atheism. He joins us live.

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St. Petersburg Police Chief addresses Suncoast Tiger Bay, answers safety and ethics questions listen

07/19/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The St. Petersburg Chief of Police met with Suncoast Tiger Bay Club members today. Chuck Harmon spoke about added safety precautions the department has taken in the wake of three officer deaths. He also answered questions from members about public safety and ethics.

As Tiger Bay Club members lunched on orange glazed chicken, Harmon discussed his thoughts on the recent deaths of officers Jeffery Yaslowitz, Thomas Baitinger and David Crawford and told them what he plans to do to make sure s...

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Consumer advocates urge feds to deny statewide Medicaid privatization listen

07/19/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration, or AHCA, has less than two weeks to apply for a waiver that would let it privatize health care for all low income Floridians. Some consumer Advocates are outraged at the new system.

That’s Laura Goodhue, Executive Director of Florida Community Health Action Information Network, or CHAIN. That group was one of more than one hundred organizations that signed a letter to the federal government urging them to deny the Medicaid waiver. Since Medi...

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French Free Gaza boat boarded and brought to port by Israeli military listen

07/19/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today the Israeli military says its commandos have taken control of a French ship that was part of the Freedom Flotilla 2 on its way to the Gaza Strip. But individuals in the Free Gaza Movement say the ship was in International waters and should not have been interfered with by Israel. Huwaida Arraf is with the Free Gaza Movement, one of the organizers of the Freedom Flotilla.

After this interview, the Israeli website YNetNews.com [reported](http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-409757...

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Rupert Murdoch pied during hearing in UK listen

07/19/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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During today’s hearing into the phone hacking scandal in the UK, a protester hit Rupert Murdoch in the face with a fake pie, presumably made of shaving cream.

A man in a plaid shirt ran toward Rupert Murdoch before being struck by his wife, Wendi Deng. He was detained by police.

On Twitter, the man was identified as activist and comedian Jonnie Marbles, who is associated with the UK Uncut movement.

After a brief recess, the testimony of James and Rupert Murdoch resumed in a courtroo...

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Young Dems to seek third-party voter registration status listen

07/18/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tuesday in Downtown Tampa, the Hillsborough Young Democrats plans to file to become a third party voter registration group. WMNF’s Kate Bradshaw spoke to Hillsborough Young Democrats spokesperson Michael Long about the group’s efforts, which they’re launching despite a new state law that makes it more likely to be fined by registering voters.

The press conference will take place at noon in front of the County Office Building at 601 East Kennedy Boulevard in Dow...

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Business group wants Tampa Port Authority director to step down listen

07/18/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Port of Tampa is the biggest in Florida. The Tampa Port Authority says it has an economic impact of more than $8 billion. Still, a group of stakeholders wants to see the man at the helm step down. The group criticizes his ability to lead during an economic slump, though some at the Port Authority say the media is blowing the issue out of proportion.

The Port of Tampa Maritime Industries Association comprises stakeholder groups across the spectrum; everything from lawyers to people who ...

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