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As Tampa GOP debate nears, Republicans and protesters weigh in listen

01/20/12 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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After tomorrow's South Carolina presidential primary election, national attention will turn to Florida, where the next primary will be held on Tuesday, January 31. This coming Monday, Tampa's University of South Florida will host a Presidential primary debate in a state that has been recently been penalized by the National Republican party for moving the date of it's primary election forward.

Florida is a political battleground state that typically sees a lot of action during national elec...

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Prosperity Campaign kicks off free tax filing program for low income households listen

01/20/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Workers in Statue of Liberty and Uncle Sam costumes have started to appear on street corners. That means tax season is here. An organization that prepares taxes for free for low income individuals and families kicked off their campaign at Hillsborough Community College this morning.

The Prosperity Campaign of Hillsborough County connects low income families with programs to help them gain financial stability and find access to quality healthcare. This time of year they also push The Vol...

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Coalition calls for fairer tax system in Florida

01/20/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

Coming up today we'll talk taxes, Newt Gingrich and the proposals to replace The Pier in downtown St. Petersburg. First one listener comment.

A coalition in Tallahassee called Floridians for a Fair Economy this week announced the Fair Economy Act, legislation to end the tax structure that protects special interests and rewards the rich at the expense of hard-working middle class families. Here to talk about this is Karen Woodall who is the Director of t...

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Hillsborough County Commission passes tethering ordinance, owners must accompany tethered dogs listen

01/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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After almost two years of consideration, Hillsborough County commissioners passed an anti-tethering ordinance today. The approved language allows pet owners or handlers to tether a dog only if the animal is under direct supervision. Commissioners chose that language because they said it was less ambiguous and more enforceable than a previous draft. Commissioner Ken Hagan also wanted to make sure that responsible pet owners were not punished...

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At Walt Disney World President Obama calls for making US leading tourism destination listen

01/19/12 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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President Barack Obama says he wants to make America the top travel destination in the world. He picked Walt Disney World to promote his plans to boost tourism ahead of the GOP presidential primary in this crucial battleground state.

Standing in front of Disney's Cinderella's Castle on a picture-perfect day, Obama laid out plans to speed visa processing and make it easier for people in fast-growing China, Brazil and elsewhere to travel to the U.S. He called for a new national strategy to p...

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RNC Host Committee to create registry to help small businesses listen

01/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Republican National Convention coming to Tampa in late August is expected to inject almost 200 million dollars into the Tampa Bay economy. The Tampa Bay Host Committee held a forum for small businesses at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa today to help them get a piece of that revenue.

“We’re facilitating motivated buyers meeting qualified sellers which are the small businesses.”

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Speakers share hope for the future at MLK luncheon near USF Tampa listen

01/18/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Speakers shared their hope for the future of their children at the MLK Heritage Leadership Luncheon Wednesday at a community center near USF Tampa. As part of this week's Black Heritage Festival, about 250 participants came to listen to inspirational speakers.

The crowd was rich in conversation and warm smiles as people waited for talks from community leaders and inspirational speakers. One of them was Dan Gorman, the new executive director for the [University Area Community Development Co...

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Florida reclaimed water bill encourages more reuse, but may privatize the supply listen

01/18/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Yesterday, a Florida House subcommittee passed a bill that would shift control of reclaimed water away from water management districts and into the hands of utilities. Even though the 12 to 2 vote shows support from representatives, not everyone thinks it’s a good idea.

Only hours before yesterday’s agriculture and natural resources subcommittee session, former U.S. Senator Bob Graham, a Democrat, urged lawm...

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Belleair residents plead with officials: don't demolish historic Belleview Biltmore hotel listen

01/18/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Owners of historic Belleview Biltmore hotel are moving ahead with plans to have it demolished. About 200 emotional residents went to a town hall meeting last night to tell town officials to save the iconic resort and golf club.

The Belleview Biltmore is in the town of Belleair between Largo and Clearwater. It’s more than 100 years old and at one point was the largest occupied wooden structure in the world. Now it sits in disrepair awaiting an unk...

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USF President Judy Genshaft tells FL Legislature she's OK with higher STEM tuition listen

01/18/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Florida House Committee on Education is considering how to increase the number of state university students who pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering and math. University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft told the committee this morning USF is one of the state’s leaders in STEM disciplines.

Some Legislators hope to boost the number of students in STEM programs. They say the science fields better prepare students for employment after graduation than, for example, t...

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Polar bears feel the impact of climate change

01/18/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)

One of the leading experts on polar bears was in the Bay area last week. You may have read or seen news reports about the disappearance of ice in the arctic ocean — the ice being a key habitat for the bears. What is the future of polar bears - and what’s causing their habitat to disappear? I spoke with Dr. Steven Amstrup of Polar Bears International last week.

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Thousands honor King’s legacy in St. Petersburg listen

01/17/12 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Each year, millions of Americans honor civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for his vision of equality. About 100, 0000 people celebrated the 27th Annual National MLK Drum Major for Justice Parade in St. Petersburg, among them was Latesha Wimberly, who waited for the 20 marching school bands and the 120 floats near Tropicana Field

“Because he had a dream that one day all of us will share a community and that’s what happened,” she said.

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Florida reclaimed water bill passes Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee listen

01/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A bill before the Florida House would strike reclaimed water from the definition of what kind of water belongs to the state. Reclaimed water would instead be owned by the water utility. It passed the agriculture and natural resources subcommittee this afternoon.

Representative Dana Young, a Republican, is sponsoring the bill. S...

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Should Customers Be Forced to Pay for the New Nuclear Plants in Levy County?

01/17/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)

Nuclear power is a big issue here in the Bay area. Progress Energy Florida is seeking regulatory approval to build two new nuclear power plants in Levy County very near the existing Crystal River nuclear plant. That plant has been down for more than a year as the company tries to repair a series of cracks and problems with its containment vessel Here to talk about the nuclear issue are: Mary Olson, Director of the SE office of Nuclear Information and Resource Service ([NIRS](http://www.nirs....

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MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews on JFK, the GOP Primary and the drumbeat of war with Iran

01/17/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll hear an interview with MSNBC host Chris Matthews. He's written a new book about President Kennedy called JACK KENNEDY: ELUSIVE HERO. He'll be speaking this Saturday at noon at a free event at the Tampa Tribune auditorium at 202 South Parker Street. It's a free event sponsored by Inkwood Books. FMI 813 253-2638

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