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Manatee County moms encouraged to use resources of World Breastfeeding Week listen

08/05/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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World Breastfeeding Week is being celebrated this week in more than 170 countries across the world. Breastfeeding advocates in Bradenton informed the community on the benefits of breastfeeding and community resources.

Manatee County's Women Infants & Children's Office (WIC) offers a special nutrition program and counseling for breastfeeding mothers like Delia Dardon.

“For me it was a big help. Even though I did not get to breastfeed my first daughter as much because I did not apply fo...

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Is it past time to legalize cannabis?

08/04/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Dr. Christopher Glenn Fichtner, M.D., author of the book: Cannabinomics: The Marijuana Policy Tipping Point.

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Last Call with Mitch Perry

08/04/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Spent about 35 minutes speaking with Dr. Christopher Glenn Fichtner, M.D., author of the book: Cannabinomics: The Marijuana Policy Tipping Point.

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City to repair East Tampa pool listen

08/04/11 Lisa Marzilli & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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After receiving criticism of City Hall from neighborhood residents and Tampa City Council member Frank Reddick, Mayor Bob Buckhorn has given the go ahead to repair the Williams Park Pool in East Tampa.

The pool was closed by the city three years ago, along with two others that did not meet a federal anti-drowning law that requires drain covers.

The city reopened the Interbay Pool in South Tampa, but Williams Park Pool is still closed, prompting some neighobors to levy charges of discrim...

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RNC rules committee postpones decision on tougher sanctions for states holding early primaries listen

08/04/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In Tampa today, the Republican National Committee delayed its decision on how to implement tougher sanctions if states hold their primaries early. The penalties could affect Florida if the state goes ahead with an early primary.

If Florida moves forward with plans to hold its primary election before the first Tuesday in March, the state will lose half its delegates at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa. Committee members proposed language that would give instruction on how ...

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HIV/AIDS infections an epidemic among African-Americans listen

08/04/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida HIV infection rates have increased recently in two groups: gay and bisexual males, and African-American females. WMNF’s Josh Holton reports from today’s National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS conference at the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health.

A report released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, found that there have been about 50,000 new HIV infections in the country each year from 2006-2009, an...

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Will average auto fuel efficiency standards increase to 54.5 mpg?

08/03/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Last Friday, the Obama administration announced proposed fuel efficiency standards for passenger cars and trucks should be 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. The standards will be phased in.

Our guest is Melissa Meehan Baldwin. She's the Florida climate organizer for the Florida Conservation Alliance, which is the Florida affiliate of the League of Conservation Voters.

We took calls about the proposed CAFE standards, Congress' Transportation Reauthorization Bi...

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RNC planning session kicks off in Tampa listen

08/03/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Republican National Convention is coming to Tampa next summer. RNC officials kicked off their summer planning session this morning at the Marriott Waterside Hotel where they briefed members of the press on plans for next year’s big event.

Reince Priebus entered the room with an entourage of eager GOPers. After reminding reporters that the purpose of the convention is to successfully oust President Obama, Priebus told reporters what to expect during this week’s planning session. ...

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Rick Scott Gets to Work at a Tampa doughnut shop; is greeted by protesters listen

08/03/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Governor Rick Scott took a break from his gubernatorial duties early this morning at Nicola’s Donuts and Bakery Shop in north Tampa. The governor made and sold doughnuts. This was just the first task in the Governor’s promise to work in a different field each month for the duration of his term.

Florida’s Governor seemed right at home behind the counter at Nicola’s. That might be because he’s had this gig before. Before the successful business owner turned politician approved bu...

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Mike Fasano addresses elder issues in Dunedin listen

08/03/11 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Almost half-a-million senior citizens live in Pasco and Pinellas Counties. And many are finding a tough state budget mostly ignores their needs and services. State Senator Mike Fasano addressed the concerns and needs of the elderly this morning at a public meeting in Dunedin.

“Im alone, a widow. I don’t have anyone to help me…I don’t have much.”

Margret Hampson is one of the more than 400-thousand senior citizens living in the area....

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St. Pete resident heads to court for feeding people in an Orlando park listen

08/03/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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More than 20 activists have been arrested in Orlando since the city began enforcing its ordinance making it a crime to feed people in public parks. But recently Orlando and the local Food Not Bombs chapter have come to an agreement that has, at least for the time being, stopped arrests. Instead of public feedings being in a downtown park, the activists have agreed to feed people in front of City Hall. But St. Petersburg resident Jimmy Dunson was arrested before the agreement. He has a court a...

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How to revive American manufacturing

08/03/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Coming up at 10:30 we’ll talk with the head of a group that’s trying to revive manufacturing in the US.

But on the first part of today’s program let’s open up the phone lines.

For the better par of the past month there’s been a fierce debate in the US about whether to raise the debt ceiling and what government programs to cut.

Lost in all the discussion is the fact that we are in the fourth year of a serious recession. While some maintain that cutting government spending w...

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Trial of Hosni Mubarak begins in Egypt listen

08/03/11 wire services including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was wheeled into a defendant's cage on a hospital gurney at the start of his trial today. He is charged with corruption and ordering the killing of protesters during the uprising that ousted him. But he denied all charges.

After short sessions, the judge adjourned the trial until August 15, ordering him held at a military hospital near Cairo and overseen by an oncologist. That is one of the strongest indications yet that the 83-year-old Mubarak has c...

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President Obama signs debt ceiling increase passed by Congress listen

08/02/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This afternoon President Barack Obama signed legislation to increase the nation's borrowing authority and avert government default. Congress linked the debt ceiling increase to deficit reductions. But they will be only accomplished through spending cuts, not revenue increases. President Obama said that for future deficit reductions, to expect even more cuts, including to Medicare, in addition to higher taxes.

“This compromise guarantees more than $2 trillion in deficit reduction. It’...

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St. Petersburg Free Skool goes 2.0 listen

08/02/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A new, radically different grassroots educational project is taking shape in St. Petersburg. Students are learning life skills, arts and crafts, underground music history class, women’s health and different academic subjects in informal classes.

It is a full night at the St. Petersburg Free Skool: a bike ride followed by a women’s health and a U.S. history class. There are no classroom teachers here but a handful of volunteers who want to share their knowledge and passion. Classes are ...

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