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Three historic Ybor City buildings may get county funding listen

07/12/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tomorrow a group of Tampa activists plans to ask the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners to help fund preservation of three historic buildings in Ybor City. These are the Cuban Club, Centro Asturiano, and the Italian Club. County Commissioner Ken Hagan said there’s a possibility the board will modify the county’s tourist development tax, or bed tax.

The commission plans on taking up that discussion tomorrow at 1:45 pm at the county building.

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Habitat for Humanity goes partially solar on some Pinellas homes listen

07/12/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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You hear it all the time – this is the Sunshine State; where’s all the solar energy? Critics say capturing power from sunlight is too expensive to ever catch on, but today one of Florida’s largest utilities paid for the installation of solar water heaters in low income housing.

Suzanne Grant is a spokesperson for Progress Energy Florida. She said the solar collector workers were installing overhead could store enough energy to meet the hot water needs of the average family.

The ro...

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Report says speculation accounts for 83 cents per gallon of gasoline prices listen

07/12/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Those high gasoline prices you're paying at the pump may have a lot to do with Wall Street speculation.

According to a new report, because of the risky speculative trading on oil in the commodities futures market, the average consumer in the United States is paying much more for gas than they should be. Sheena Rolle is with Organize Now, one of two groups that researched the report. Rolle says she knows what 83 cents per gallon extra means for working class families.

“For the regular...

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President Obama holds press conference on federal deficit debate

07/11/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to the Last Call. I'm Rob Lorei. Earlier today President Obama held a press conference regarding the ongoing talks on the debate over whet to do about raising the federal ceiling on the debt limit. At the press conference the President acknowledged that he was considering cuts to entitlements. He also said he was not considering raising taxes immediately, that he did not want to balance the budget on the backs of the middle class and that he was in favor of renewing th...

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South Tampa Farmsteader

07/11/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On Today's Sustainable living program we started with a couple of urban gardener's Piet and Sherrie. They belong to the Seminole Heights Garden Club and the group's starting the Hillsborough Community Garden Network. We talked about their efforts, and the film "Farmageddon" that WMNF's bringing to the Roosevelt Hotel in Ybor on August 11. You can visit the Seminole Heights Garden Club on Facebook! Next up John Starnes Tampa's premier Urban Farmstead...

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USF to add transgender option to housing applications listen

07/11/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last week the University of South Florida made a little change to its campus housing applications. Now, instead of just male or female, students will also have the option to select “transitioning.” Conservatives may not be happy about it, but some students say it’s a sign of generational progress.

Ana Hernandez, Dean of Housing and Residential Education at USF, said the change is meant to meet the demands o...

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Obama says he will not sign deal to temporarily raise borrowing limit listen

07/11/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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President Barack Obama says he will continue to push congressional lawmakers to reach the largest deal possible to cut government spending and raise the nation's borrowing limit.

Obama says he knows his call for a large deal faces resistance. House Speaker John Boehner has said a smaller deal stands a better chance of passing on Capitol Hill. But the president insisted a full deal must pass now and he won’t accept a temporary agreement.

"I will not sign a 30-day or a 60-day or a 90-d...

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A play about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and non-violence performed by Americans and Palestinians in the West Bank

07/11/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today: St. Petersburg Times reporter Ivan Penn has a powerful piece in Sunday's Floridian about his trip to the Middle East with a group of American and Palestinian performers who carried the message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It's titled "A Long Road to Understanding" and illustrates how the message of nonviolence is supposed to be universal, but is not...

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Media cross-ownership takes a hit - public interest wins this round

07/08/11 Lisa Marzilli, Beth Bell
Last Call Friday
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On today’s Last Call we discussed the issue of media consolidation and specifically how it’s affecting local news outlets across the country.

Yesterday, a federal appeals court upheld media ownership rules dating back to the 1970’s that prevent a single owner from controlling a newspaper and broadcast station in the same city; a situation similar to what the Tampa Tribune has here locally with News Channel 8. In [Prometheus Radio Project v. FCC](http://www.freepress.net/press-rel...

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Country's unemployment rises to 9.2 percent listen

07/08/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The country’s unemployment rate climbed to 9.2 percent last month. Hiring slowed to a near-standstill and employers added the fewest jobs in nine months.

The Labor Department says the economy generated only 18,000 net jobs in June. And the number of jobs added in May was revised down to 25,000.

Businesses added the fewest jobs in more than a year; governments cut 39,000 jobs.

Average hourly wages declined last month. After-tax incomes, adjusted for inflation, have been flat this ye...

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Launch of final Space Shuttle, Atlantis listen

07/08/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The final space shuttle blasted off this morning from the Kennedy Space Center.

Four astronauts are riding Atlantis to orbit. The shuttle is bound for the International Space Station, making one final supply run.

Hundreds of thousands of spectators jammed Cape Canaveral and surrounding towns for the farewell. Kennedy Space Center itself was packed with shuttle workers, astronauts and 45,000 invited guests, the maximum allowed.

The first shuttle launched in 1981.

Florida’s senior...

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Is President Obama backing cuts in Social Security?

07/08/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up the controversy over possible cuts to Social Security. News reports from Washington, DC indicate that President Obama is open to the idea of reducing cost of living adjustments to Social Security as part of the overall negotiations toward reducing the federal deficit. We'll hear from Eric Kingson who is co chair of the national Strengthen Social Security Campaign and a professor at Syracuse...

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Obama to meet with Congress this weekend for debt negotiations listen

07/07/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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President Barack Obama says lawmakers of both major political parties agree on the importance of raising the debt limit by August 2. The President says he will convene lawmakers on Sunday to get down to the hard bargaining that's necessary to get a deal done.

“I want to emphasize that nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed to. And the parties are still far apart on a wide range of issues. But, again, I thought that all the leaders here came in a spirit of compromise, in a spi...

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Anti-choice group releases study condemning Planned Parenthood; organization rebuts listen

07/07/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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As lawmakers try to tackle the federal debt before it hits its limit, conservatives often push for defunding of Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit that provides reproductive health care. An anti-abortion rights group issued a scathing report about Planned Parenthood that urges Congress to investi...

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Media diversity groups win court hearing against FCC's ownership diversity rules listen

07/07/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today a federal appeals court has rejected government rules that allow media companies to own both a television station and newspaper in the same market. In its decision in Prometheus Radio Project versus the Federal Communications Commission, a circuit court of appeals Corie Wright is policy counsel of the media reform group Free Press.

One exception to the prohibition on media c...

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