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Internet Technology Summit showcases local IT sector listen

08/31/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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As the world becomes increasingly connected, local companies are looking ways to ride the waves of changes in the internet technology sector. HP sponsored an Internet Technology Summit in Tampa today.

The internet is possibly the pinnacle of human evolution in communications, and it’s used everywhere in government, health, education, and more. But it’s also a staple in people’s daily routines, allowing people to talk ...

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Tampa Bay Rays tell LGBT community: "It Gets Better" listen

08/31/11 Atecia Robinson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last week the Tampa Bay Rays became the 5th Major League Baseball team to speak against homophobic bullying when they partnered with St. Pete Pride to film a video for the “It Gets Better” campaign. It was shot at the Rays’ home, Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg to provide inspiration to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community facing harassment.

[GLSEN, The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network](http://www.glsen.org/cgi-...

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Why are Tampa's greenhouse gas emissions so high?

08/31/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Tampa’s population is just 335,000, but its carbon footprint is similar to cities with twice the population. That’s according to an article in today’s Tampa Tribune.

Tampa’s municipal government emits 246,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases. That’s more than Boston, which has nearly twice the population. The entire Tampa community emits 8.9 million metric tons of gree...

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The ongoing saga of former Florida GOP chief Jim Greer; and pioneer anti-racism activist Stetson Kennedy dies at age of 94

08/31/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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oming up today we'll talk about the continuing scandal involving former Florida Republican Party Chair Jim Greer and later we'll discuss the life of Florida author and folklorist Stetson Kennedy. But first one comment about yesterday's discussion about FEMA.

The onetime leader of the Florida Republican Party is facing fraud and money laundering charges—accused of running a scam to bilk the party out of more than a hundred thousand dollars.

Greer helped Charlie Crist get elected Gove...

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Future of Journalism interview with Peter Osnos listen

08/30/11 Dawn Morgan
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday

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For the second installment of WMNF’s ongoing series on the Future of Journalism, reporter Dawn Morgan spoke with publisher and journalism stalwart Peter Osnos, whose legacy spans well beyond his 45 years in the business.

I’ve got a lot of experience behind me and what I’m trying to do with it all is make myself useful as well as productive in what I think is an unusual combination of experiences, which is to say both as a publisher, as an editor, as a writer, as a journalist. And w...

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Tampa and Largo voters fed up at state redistricting hearings listen

08/30/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Hundreds of people turned out for two hearings held locally on the topic of redistricting. Many in the audience were angry as they confronted a panel of about 40 state legislators in Tampa Monday night. And on Tuesday in Largo was another hearing which gave Floridians a chance to speak out about upcoming changes in voting district lines. While politicians came out to hear fresh ideas, they mostly got a hearty helping of voter anger. In Tampa, Boris Vateri said Democratic member of Congress Ka...

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BP awards consortium including USF $11 million for oil spill research

08/30/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A research consortium led by the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science has been awarded $11 million by BP’s Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to study the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The announcement was made today in Washington. USF was one of eight universities to receive funding. U.S. Representative Kathy Castor called it “vital in the ongoing effort to address the environmental and ecological implications of the BP blowout.” She...

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Mail-in ballots exceed precint voting in St. Petersburg District 1 City Council primary election listen

08/30/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The three-way primary for St. Petersburg City Council District 1 is underway today. One candidate will be eliminated by the time polls close at 7, while the remaining two move on to the general election in November. Polling places were quiet in areas of Northwest St. Petersburg, but overall participation may exceed previous years.

Charlie Gerdes, Josh Shulman and Bob Kersteen are the stars of St. Pete’s single-district primary. Endorsements cou...

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Rick Perry campaign organizes in Tampa and Ron Paul v. Bernie Sanders on FEMA

08/30/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Coming up today we'll talk with Wes Maddox one of the organizers of a recent grassroots organizing meeting of the Rick Perry presidential campaign. We'll also hear two views on the proper role of the federal government in hurricane recovery: Ron Paul v. Bernie Sanders. Later we'll open the phone lines for your calls.

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Florida immigrant rights organizers lash out against Alabama’s new anti-immigrant law listen

08/30/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As we reported Monday, a federal judge in Birmingham, Alabama has temporarily blocked enforcement of that state's new law cracking down on undocumented immigration. It is one of the country's toughest on immigrants and has prompted some community organizers in Florida to travel to Alabama and take action.

The new law requires public schools to check students’ immigration status and requires employers to verify potential employees’ immigration status.

Mayra Hidalgo Salazar from Lake...

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Nature photography comes into focus at St. Pete's Boyd Hill listen

08/29/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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When you think about Florida, you might think about beaches and amusement parks. But the state is considered a Mecca for many nature photographers and enthusiasts. Photographers of all ages got a glimpse in the secrets of nature photography at a workshop at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St. Petersburg on Saturday.

Barbara Stalbert is a supervisor at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve says that their annual photography contest increases awareness of the preserve through an artistic medium.

“It ...

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Three new maps considered for Hillsborough School Board member redistricting listen

08/29/11 Atecia Robinson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A summer-long series of redistricting public hearings across Florida concludes this week. Lawmakers will redraw districts for Congressional and state legislative districts.

Redistricting is also happening in Hillsborough County Schools, where they are redrawing lines for School Board member districts. There's a public meeting last Thursday at Riverview High School.

After each census Hillsborough Co...

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Michelle Bachmann will consider drilling in the Everglades listen

08/29/11 Associated Press
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In an Associated Press interview, Republican Presidential hopeful Michelle Bachmann says she would consider drilling for oil and natural gas in the Everglades.

"The United States needs to be less dependent on foreign sources of energy and more dependent upon American resourcefulness. And so whether that is in the Everglades or whether that is in the Eastern Gulf region or whether that is in North Dakota, we need to, we need to go to where the energy is. But, of course, it needs to be d...

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In Tarpon Springs, activists criticize redistricting process during meeting with House Redistricting Committee Chair Peter Nehr listen

08/26/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Next year Florida will redraw its political boundary lines, and last night Tarpon Springs residents voiced their opinions about the process at a public meeting. Republican State Representative Peter Nehr gave his constituents a chance to learn more about how their district lines could change.

Every 10 years, the US takes a census of the population, and the...

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Former Religious Right leader Frank Schaeffer on his new book Sex Mom and God

08/26/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

Coming up today we’ll talk with a former leader in the Religious Right movement in the U.S., Frank Schaeffer. We’ll get his views on the current crop of Republican presidential contenders.

But first some listener comments about yesterday’s program. Yesterday we talked about wealth distribution in the US. Here’s what three listeners had to say.

Frank Schaeffer grew up in Switzerland in the 1960's in a Christian community run by his parents- Eva...

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