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Local activist group organizes a Move to Amend meeting tonight

09/15/11 Robert Lorei
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Today we'll talk with three local activists who are organizing a meeting tonight in Tampa to discuss Move To Amend. That's an effort to try to use the Constitution to rollback the Citizen's United decision by the US Supreme Court. The decision opened to floodgates to unlimited special interest money to influence elections. Most of the money flooding into political campaigns in the wake of the Citizen's decision is coming from corporations. Our guests are Anita St...

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Hillsborough workers protest administrator's budget plan to privatize public jobs listen

09/15/11 Josh Holton
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Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation calls itself the “Heart of Hillsborough,” but they were at the heart of proposed budget cuts last night. The Board of County Commissioners unanimously moved the budget for next fiscal year onto a final hearing. But nearly 450 county jobs may be cut and handed over to private contractors. About 75 county workers protested outside.

Union workers lined the sidew...

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Students from Rwanda's Akilah Institute for Women take calls from Tampa Bay listeners

09/14/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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We had three guests in our studio. They’re from the Akilah Institute for Women. It’s a college for young women in Kigali, Rwanda.

We were joined by two students: Allen Kazirwa and Noella Abijuru, and by Akilah’s founder, Tampa native Elizabeth Dearborn Davis.

They're in Tampa as part of their Metropolitan Safari tour of the United States.

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Skin cancer screenings and other health services available at MacDill Air Force Base listen

09/14/11 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Florida is called the Sunshine State for an obvious reason. More than 5-thousand state residents are diagnosed with skin cancer every year. It’s why Moffitt Cancer Center is encouraging residents to get screened, free of charge. Wednesday at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Moffitt Cancer Center rolled out the mole patrol, as they like to call it. They offer free Skin Cancer screenings to anyone, whether you have a particular concern or not.

“An exam of visible skin only, no biop...

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FL 2012 Legislative preview: Pinellas delegation hears from public listen

09/14/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Pinellas County’s Legislative Delegation hosted a public forum in Pinellas Park this morning to hear recommendations and requests from citizens and groups. Most organizations were asking either for more funding, or to avoid cut-backs. Some individuals came with requests for policies on homelessness, redistricting and reproductive rights.

BJ Star ended her 3-minute speech to delegates with one word: Uterus. As she said it, she raised her arm in ...

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SlutWalk coming to Tampa this Saturday; and why is Congress so quick to spend money on Iraq and Afghanistan's infrastructure?

09/14/11 Robert Lorei
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Coming up today we'll hear about two topics. First We'll meet Charli Solis who is an organizer of the "SlutWalk" scheduled for this Saturday morning in downtown Tampa.

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Our next guest, Judd Legum from the Center for American Progress) says Congress has had no problem spending over $120 ...

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GOP presidential candidates debate in Tampa listen

09/13/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last night in at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, eight Republican presidential candidates participated in the first CNN-Tea Party debate. More than 100 tea party groups attended. Candidates were fired up and ready to answer questions from the Tea Party, while seeking their support on their path to the White House.

For many conservat...

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Preview of Citizens sinkhole insurance rate hike hearing at Tampa Convention Center listen

09/13/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Many homeowners in the Tampa Bay region could face steep rate hikes on sinkhole insurance premiums. This afternoon there is a hearing at the Tampa Convention Center on proposed rate increases by state’s government-backed insurance program. State legislators held a press conference to voice opposition to the hikes this morning.

Citizen’s Property insurance has reacted to a higher number of sinkhole claims...

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State Rep. Rick Kriseman announces bill to repeal Florida law forbidding doctors from asking about guns listen

09/13/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Update to this story: on Wednesday (September 14) a federal judge found Florida's law forbidding doctors from talking about guns with their patients to be an unconstitutional infringement on the free speech rights of both doctors and patients.

State Representative Rick Kriseman introduced a bill that would repeal a law that forbids physicians from discussing gun safety with patients. House Bill 1405 is intended to give...

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Listeners comment on last night's CNN/Tea Party presidential candidates debate

09/13/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Coming up today we'll play back segments of last night's CNN/Tea Party debate at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. We'll hear answers to questions about Social Security, executive power, vaccines, military spending and foreign policy and health care. After that we'll take your phone calls.

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Organizations combine forces to protest GOP debate in Tampa listen

09/13/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Republican debate drew a crowd of about 150 protestors at the Florida State Fairgrounds last night. Supporters from several advocacy groups pulled together to send a message to voters and tea party supporters. Progressives, democrats and even some socialists came together to let their voices ...

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Callers have their say about GOP presidential debate and protests in Tampa

09/12/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Monday
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On Monday night, CNN and the Tea Party Express invited 8 Republican presidential candidates for a televised debate in Tampa.

At the same time, dozens protested outside the Florida State Fairgrounds.

That afternoon, WMNF listeners called in to the Last Call to speak about the candidates, their policies and the media coverage of the 2012 presidential race.

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Advocacy groups to protest Tampa's Republican presidential debate listen

09/12/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Some Tampa Bay area organizations are coming together to sound one very loud voice in opposition to this evening’s Republican debate. Groups such as Awake the State will protest along the Highway 301 side of the Florida State Fairgrounds, waving signs and calling out to potential voters to oppose many tea party and right wing ideas. Bruce Wright, one of the protest’s organizers, said the Republicans need to start putting people over profits.

According to the protest’s Facebook pa...

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The Republican presidential debate is Tonight in Tampa: Is the GOP right about the economy?

09/12/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Coming up today the CNN/Tea Party Express presidential candidates debate will be held tonight in Tampa at the state fairgrounds. A group of environmental, labor and civil rights activists will be outside the fairgrounds to protest the event. Today the Florida Democratic Party released an ad attacking the Republican Presidential candidates' position on Social Security and Medicare and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich recently gave a [speech](...

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At Tampa mosque 9/11 remembrance ceremony, safe haven is created from hate and war listen

09/12/11 Atecia Robinson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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After September 11th some Christians and Muslims viewed each other as the enemy. But on Saturday people of these two world religions gathered at the Islamic Community of Tampa’s mosque in Temple Terrace to pay tribute to the lives lost during the 9/11 attacks.

In a small worship space at the end of a tiny road lies a family of Muslims that welcomes other faiths. But after the September 11th attacks, Muslims were not as welcomed by some Americans. [Hassan Shibly...

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