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Preliminary welfare drug test results contrary to Governor Scott's claims

08/26/11 Lisa Marzilli, Beth Bell
Last Call Friday
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On today's Last Call we were joined by Baylor Johnson, Online Advocacy Coordinator for the ACLU of Florida who talked about the mandatory drug testing of welfare recipients in Florida, ordered by Governor Rick Scott. The program went into effect July 1.

This week the Tampa Tribune published preliminary findings ...

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Tampa Housing Authority awarded 75 additional vouchers to provide housing for homeless veterans listen

08/26/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Tampa Housing Authority has recently received more than a half a million dollars to help local Veterans who are homeless or cannot afford their housing payments.

In July the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced grants to public housing agencies in every state. The funding totals $46.2 million. The Tampa Housing Authority was awarded 75 additional vouchers to provide assistance to veterans in need. Margaret Jones, Director of Assisted Housing for the Tampa Housing Autho...

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Kevin Beckner - unscripted

08/25/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Hillsborough Commissioner Kevin Beckner discussed various issues that the county is contending with - none more prominent than the FY2012 budget.

He also addressed a recent blog post that accused him of financial chicanery.

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Discussion of recent PBS report on deep wealth inequality in U.S.

08/25/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Coming up today we'll listen to a recent story on the PBS NewsHour about wealth inequality in the U.S. and how it compares to other countries. After we hear the story we'll open the phone lines.

Here's a link to the chart referred to in the story.

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Hillsborough expands recreational after school programs listen

08/25/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners voted to make a plan that would add 19 parks to provide youth recreational programs. The plan represents an increase from the previously adopted use of 11 regional facilities. The decision came after Commissioner Ken Hagan proposed a hybrid plan for board consideration.

Commissioner Ken Hagen brought a proposal to the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners that would meet the needs of children and families throug...

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Tampa Bay ahead of curve with coordinated disaster prep study listen

08/25/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Atlantic coast is preparing for Hurricane Irene, highlighting the need for communities to have emergency plans. Reports, unlike many other places, the Tampa Bay region conducted a study in coordination with other regions throughout the state that could be used for more effective emergency procedures.

Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council’s [Betti Jo...

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Listeners weigh in on NATO involvement in Libya & Gov. Rick Scott's calls to re-examine tenure for college profs

08/24/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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On Wednesday's Last Call, listeners wanted to talk about two main topics.

One was the role of NATO in Libya.

The other was Florida Governor Rick Scott's call to re-examine whether colleges and universities should offer professors tenure.

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Tampa activists demand cleaner air rules from the EPA listen

08/24/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Environmentalists rallied for clean air this morning in downtown Tampa. Their demand for less smog goes hand in hand with their call for reducing the rising rates of asthma in children.

About twenty protesters gathered around the base of a giant inflatable hand in Gaslight Park. The hand was holding an asthma inhaler, which for the activists represents the negative health effects of breathing in too much smog from fossil...

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7 commonly held myths about the economy; and alternative approaches to prostate cancer

08/24/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

Today on the first part of the program we’ll talk with a writer for ProPublica who has written a column about some of the commonly held myths about the state of the US economy.

Later we’ll talk with a doctor about alternative approaches to prostate cancer.

First up today - Mike Grabell of ProPublica has written a column about what he calls Seven Myths of the Economy.

Mike starts the piece with thes...

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New St. Pete Pier design finalists shortlisted to three listen

08/24/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The St. Petersburg Pier is now one step closer to getting a total makeover. Last Friday a jury narrowed down the list of new design competitors to a final three.

The City of St. Petersburg is world renowned for its water front parks, commitment to the arts, and its iconic pier, which for more than 30 years has been a city landmark and destination, but is now set to be replaced. A five member jury of architects, politicia...

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Pinellas School Board terminates Superintendent Julie Janssen listen

08/23/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today the Pinellas County School Board terminated Superintendent Julie Janssen. The board determined Janssen would be terminated without cause, giving her a severance package equivalent to her annual salary -- about $200,000.

Two months ago, school board members told Julie Janssen to shape up or ship out. Today the board voted on the latter, but not until September. The...

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Tips on growing backyard fruits in Florida

08/22/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Our guests were Paul Zomoda a member of the Tampa Rare Fruit Council and Debbie Butts Co-Producer of the SL Program. We talked about a variety of issues concerning backyard fruit trees, vines, bushes, etc. With the recent freeze we talk about cold-tolerant fruiting plants, and some that might require more cold temps than we have in our area. Paul talked about his present passion growing grapes and wine making. The guests cover where to find more information and books on the topic. Visit the R...

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HART proposes reducing budget, yet increasing tax rate listen

08/22/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority plans to increase the millage rate on a typical property owner by about 41 cents per year. That’s even though HART’s overall proposed budget is being reduced by 3.2 percent. Director of planning Mary Shavalier said a decrease in revenue from property taxes is making matters more difficult.

And Shavalier said HART may partner with other organizations to compensate for any additional service needs around the coun...

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Future of journalism series: Extended interview with David Folkenflik listen

08/22/11 Dawn Morgan
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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What will the future hold for journalism? WMNF's Dawn Morgan is exploring that question in a series of interviews. Part 1 is with David Folkenflik, who began his journalism career nearly two decades ago as a newspaper reporter. Since 2004, he has reported on the media for NPR. This is an extended version of the interview we played on air.

What is it like to report on your own ...

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Interview with NPR's David Folkenflik: Changes in the journalism industry series listen

08/22/11 Dawn Morgan
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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David Folkenflik started his journalism career nearly two decades ago as a newspaper reporter. Since 2004, he has reported on the media for National Public Radio. WMNF’s Dawn Morgan spoke with Folkenflik earlier this week about holding his own industry - and employer - accountable.

"The media is an institution much like government or major religious institutions or financial institutions or the like that have a lot of influence and deserve scrutiny themselves, just as much as any other....

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