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Upgrades to Hillsborough transit include flex service and soon, bus rapid transit listen

08/10/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last year, Hillsborough County voters rejected a one-cent sales tax increase to pay for transportation, including a light rail network. Now the county’s transportation agency, HART, is considering a slight tax increase pay for bus service and make up for declining property values. Marcia Mejia, the public information officer with Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority says the bus system has more riders than ever.

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The End of Growth listen

08/10/11 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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"Hitting the snooze button on the alarm clock" is how author Richard Heinberg describes the debt ceiling deal reached in Washington last week. In his new book The End of Growth, Heinberg asserts that economic growth as we have known it is over and done with and the global economy is inevitably contracting rather than expanding. WMNF's Kelly Benjamin spoke to Heinberg recently on how he comes to this conclusion and why the end of growth and learning to live within our ecological limits might...

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Pinellas County Commissioners discuss water fees and cleaning up waterways listen

08/09/11 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Pinellas County Commissioners discussed a possible water tax decreases for residents at Tuesday morning’s public hearing. They also touched on the issue of next year’s Republican National Convention.

Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) spokesperson Corri Cutler says even though Pinellas and Pasco counties’ general tax fund will increase, residents may see a decrease in their water tax.

“But what they will see is there won’t b...

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Kurt Browning: US DOJ approves Florida elections law

08/09/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The U.S. Department of Justice has approved all 76 provisions of Florida’s controversial new election law. That’s according to a statement today from Florida’s Secretary of State Kurt Browning. Browning said this means those provisions now go into effect in the five counties, including Hillsborough that require pre-clearance of changes to voting laws by the federal government to ensure they don’t...

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Peter Schorsch, founder of SaintPetersblog: a blog model that works?

08/09/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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We speak with Peter Schorsch who is the founder of SaintPetersblog a comprehensive blog about state and local politics.

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Tampa and Hillsborough are merging Section 8 housing programs for low-income families listen

08/09/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Tampa Housing Authority and Hillsborough County Affordable Housing are merging their housing assistance programs for low-income families.

The city and county are merging their Section 8 programs because of the ongoing economic recession. They say the goal is to provide better service for families in need and to save money. Paula Harvey, director of Hillsborough County’s Affordable Housing Department says merging the programs for low-income housing assistance will also reduce confusio...

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ELAPP to purchase land to protect near Little Manatee River and Cypress Creek listen

08/09/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Hillsborough's Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP) held a meeting last night to accept nominations for new sites to purchase. There were none. But the team did accept two nominations for boundary modifications to existing ELAPP properties.

Another victim of a failing economy reared its ugly head last night. Partnerships with state organizations to maximize ELAPP resources were once a readily available luxury. The organization began in 1987 with the intention o...

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Preview of the film Farmageddon

08/08/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On today’s Sustainable Living Program we hosted the producer of the documentary film Farmageddon, which brings to light incidences of government interference into our ability to produce and purchase healthy foods for our families. Kristin Canty joined us by phone, while our local chapter leader of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Sarah Pope, was in the studio to discuss the new film. Farmers and buying clubs across the county are being targeted by the government for providing raw milk and d...

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Congressional hearings in Orlando on Florida's water pollution standards listen

08/08/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tuesday in Orlando there will be a Congressional hearing on Florida’s water pollution rules. The federal Environmental Protection Agency has imposed numeric nutrient standards on Florida’s water bodies, but they’re being challenged by some business groups. They’ll be well represented at the hearings called by U.S. Representative Cliff Stearns, which concerns Phil Compton, the Tampa Bay regional representative for Sierra Club Florida.

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Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council looks at a new plan for economic development listen

08/08/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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While the Tampa Bay Region struggles with record highs in unemployment, regional planners are working out ways to attract new business. This morning the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council reviewed a possible new business plan for the 8 county area. Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist once worked as a marketing professional, and says Tampa’s region needs to polish its brand image.

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Economist James Galbraith discusses the economy; says debt deal was "deficit hysteria"

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

In the wake of S & P's downgrading of the US credit rating we're going to talk about the state of the U.S. economy today with James K. Galbraith Chair of Economists for Peace and Security, Galbraith and is Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. chair in government/business relations at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. His latest book is "The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too."

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Republicans announce strategies to defeat Obama in 2012 listen

08/08/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Republican National Committee hosted its summer meeting at the Waterside Marriott in downtown Tampa last week. RNC members shared strategic plans to defeat President Obama in 2012.

During their general business meeting, the RNC committee tended to their regular business quickly before jumping into what they believe really matters: beating President Obama. Obama h...

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For sale: Florida prisons listen

08/05/11 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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During the last legislative session, under Gov. Rick Scott, GOP lawmakers devised a plan that has opened the doors to one of the biggest prison privatization programs in U.S. history. Florida ranks third in the number of people behind bars at over 100,000, and according to our new Department of Corrections secretary Edwin Buss, almost two-thirds of them are there for crimes linked to substance abuse or addiction.

The current plan calls for 30 state prisons, road camps, juvenile correction ...

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Does new Florida transportation plan call for privatizing public toll roads?

08/05/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Friday afternoon the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) released what it’s calling a Major Transportation Plan. It promises to advance projects across the state, including on these highways in the Tampa Bay area: State Road 50 in Hernando County, Pinellas Bayway in Pinellas County, and Veterans Expressway in Hillsborough County. The plan doesn’t use clear language, but seems to imply that new construction of managed lanes on these highways will be privatized...

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RNC state delegations plan for 2012 convention. listen

08/05/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Wednesday the RNC began a week of meetings in preparation for next year's Republican National Convention in Tampa. State party chair members gathered in the afternoon to review election strategy and convention plans.

Next year, Tampa, Florida can expect to see one of the largest events ever in the city's history. The RNC is planning to draw hundreds of thousands of people to the city, a...

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