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Death penalty acquittal recharges capital punishment debate listen

12/28/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A South Florida death row inmate was acquitted last week of a 1994 triple murder. Seth Penalver, is now a free man after being also acquitted of armed robbery and armed burglary.

Mark Elliot is the director of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. I spoke with him today about what the acquittal means for the future of the death penalty in Florida.

"Florida has, by far, the most exonerated [sic] death row inmates with 24. No state comes close. Since the 1970's we've exoner...

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West Tampa charity plans to take on code enforcement over food service training truck listen

12/28/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A West Tampa charity is having a hard time running their organization because of some of the city’s codes. Huey Johnson, head of the West Tampa Cultural Society, runs a food truck that trains struggling young people in the neighborhood how to work in restaurants and even run them. He’ll be asking code enforcement officials on Wednesday to cut the community service group some slack.

“They are telling us, although we’re a non-profit agency registered with the state of Florida that...

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Gun control: How it varies from state to state

12/27/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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In the wake of the latest gun-shooting massacre in America, lawmakers are talking for the first time in years about seriously trying to pass gun-control measures.

Earlier this year the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence released a report grading each individual state in terms of its gun control laws, and matching statistics to how many deaths occur in the states due to gun violence.

The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence's Executive Director, Robyn Thomas, spoke to WMNF in the first 15 ...

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Tampa Bay area residents are becoming more transit-friendly listen

12/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A Tampa Bay Times poll released today shows that a majority of Tampa Bay residents would be OK with spending tax dollars on light rail in the region.

Fifty-six percent of Hillsborough County residents polled said they would support using public funding for mass transit like light or commuter rail. In Pinellas County 60% said they’d be on board.

The poll comes after voters in Hillsborough rejected a transit-tax referendum that could have included light rail. Now planners in Pinellas ...

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It's not an apple a day, but there are ways to keep the doctor away this cold and flu season listen

12/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Cold and Flu season is here. According to a Tampa Bay Times report, ER and doctor visits by people complaining about flu symptoms are up significantly from last year. I spoke with Dr. Cass Ingram who runs an Osteopathic general practice about ways to avoid getting sick this year and how to treat illnesses if that doesn’t work.

"The best thing you can do is pay attention to hygiene, you know, hand washing if you're touching things. Most sickness comes from inside or others or people wh...

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Tampa rates high on LGBT equality municipal study listen

12/26/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A report by the Human Rights Campaign released last month evaluated equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people nationwide. Out of the many cities rated, the Municipal Equality Index scored 11 cities in Florida based on specific criteria and Tampa was the third highest rated Florida city.

The Municipal Equality Index rated 137 municipalities on LGBT equality. Paul Guequierre, Deputy Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign says they evaluated municipal law and policy a...

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FCPJ sustainable living center

12/24/12 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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For close to thirty years there has been an active group here in Florida that’s all about creating peace in the world. Joining today’s program were four members of the Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice (FCPJ): One of my dear friends who in the past was an environmental adviser for the US Senate during the Carter Administration, Haven Whiteside, was present in the studio. Joining us by phone from their FCPJ Sustainable Living Center in Hampton Florida were Joh...

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Remembering Bill McBride; The NRA's Wayne LaPierre on Meet the Press

12/24/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up this morning we'll remember Bill McBride who ran for governor as a Democrat in 2002. He died suddenly this past weekend at the age of 67. We'll talk with Patrick Manteiga, publisher of the newspaper La Gaceta about McBride's legacy in just a moment. Later we'll hear part of NRA VP [Wayne LaPierre's interview yesterday](http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/23/16101856-nra-chief-if-putting-armed-police-in-schools-is-crazy-...

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NRA's answer to gun violence is more guns listen

12/21/12 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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On today's Last Call we heard an excerpt from a press conference called by the National Rifle Association in response to last Friday's tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. The nation's most powerful gun rights group has been eerily silent up until now following the shooting spree by 20 yr. old Adam Lanza that ended the lives of 20 young children and 7 adults.

Other than a short statement promising “meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again” we’ve heard nothing...

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NRA says answer to school violence is more guns in schools listen

12/21/12 wire services including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The National Rifle Association broke its silence today on last week's shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 children and staff dead. The nation's largest gun-rights lobby called for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer waiting in the wings.

"I call on Congress today to act immediately, to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school — and to do it now, to make sure that blanket of...

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Lunch for veterans without homes opens job opportunities too listen

12/21/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Veterans who don’t have homes this holiday season got a warm meal this afternoon in Tampa. The Hillsborough County Veteran’s Affairs department doled out turkey dinners to about 40 vets, but also took the opportunity to help them get and keep jobs.

Veterans dined ten at a time, starting with this group. Kelly Beaver, a retired sailor in the Navy used to live on the streets. He’s still getting help from the county’s veteran's affairs department, but he said he’s on the road to r...

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State Legislator Questions FPL Rate Increase; Bill Moyers on Sandy Hook Massacre; and Rush Limbaugh Wins Media Matters Award

12/21/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today-- it's time for year end awards to be announced and the group Media Matters announced that conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh is being honored this week--- we'll talk about that later, plus we'll hear Bill Moyer's commentary on the Sandy Hook massacre. We'll open the phone lines later- but first--- The Florida Public Service Commission has approved a 350 million dollar rate increase for Florida Power and Light....We're join...

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Tampa International Airport plans to shift car rental location to free up terminal space listen

12/20/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa International Airport officials are making plans for future growth and some of the changes could happen pretty soon. The airport’s CEO told Tampa City Council members this morning that rental car facilities will likely be moved in order to free up parking spaces and cut down on road congestion around the main terminal.

The new rental car facility would be built near the post office and economy parking lots on the south side of the airport property. Tampa airport’s CEO [Joe Lopa...

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Battle to outlaw synthetic drugs in Tampa not getting any easier listen

12/20/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa might piggy back on a synthetic drug ordinance being considered by Hillsborough County in February. Tampa City Council members have been grappling with how to get the substances like bath salts and K2 off shelves and they may have to get creative to do it.

Synthetic marijuana called K2 and the designer stimulant widely known as bath salts are already illegal. At least the chemicals in them are. But they are packaged in a way that makes enforcing sales nearly impossible. [Hillsbor...

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Peeping cops now against the law in Tampa listen

12/20/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council members approved changes today to an ordinance making it a crime for Tampa Police officers to use surveillance cameras to look into private residences. The move is a response to concern that cameras purchased for the Republican National Convention last summer could be used inappropriately by law enforcement.

The change expands a current Tampa city ordinance against peeping Toms to include officers using the surveillance equipment who could have the ability to use camera...

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