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Consultant on hiring committee to replace controversial Hillsborough auditor might apply for the position listen

01/04/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A year and a half after Hillsborough fired its controversial performance auditor the county is taking steps to replace Jim Barnes. Two applicants were interviewed Wednesday morning, but hiring committee members weren’t convinced either is a good fit. That’s why one member said he might just apply for the job himself.

Barnes was fired in May 2010 after an employee he let go stepped forward to claim Barnes was fudging numbers. In a re...

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Discussion of yesterday's results in the Iowa Caucuses

01/04/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Coming up we'll discuss the Iowa caucuses and the victory by Mitt Romney. We'll hear from candidates Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul plus Debbie Wasserman-Schultz head of the Democratic National Committee. Later we'll open the phone lines to take your phone calls.

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Occupy Tampa braves near-freezing temperatures in West Tampa park listen

01/04/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night was the coldest night of the winter so far in Tampa. According to Wunderground.com it was 35 degrees Fahrenheit right before sunrise at the University of Tampa weather station. At about 7:30 this morning as the sun began to rise a couple of miles away at Voices of Freedom park in West Tampa about 30 people slept inside tents or in sleeping bags on the ground at the new Occupy Tampa location. As a few of them began to emerge from sleep, protester Ashley Perry sat by a campfire to te...

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Occupy Tampa has permission to camp in their new West Tampa park listen

01/03/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Occupy Tampa protesters seem to have found a permanent place to camp and avoid arrest. Beginning last Thursday, occupiers set up their tents in a West Tampa park. They expect a different outcome than the last time they tried to camp in a park and 29 people got arrested.

“On the sidewalk, we did a lot of work, but we really couldn’t build on what we had and now we can build.”

Susie Shannon said Tampa offici...

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In St. Pete, Arun Gupta dissects the Occupy Movement listen

01/03/12 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The rage against Wall Street greed has galvanized the Occupy movement across the nation, including in Tampa Bay. A journalist, who has traveled to dozens of Occupy sites around the country, told an audience in St. Petersburg Monday night there’s a common thread: each Occupy site is creating a mini alternative society based on shared values.

Over the past three months, journalist, editor, and political activist Arun Gupta and his partner Michelle Fawcett have traveled about 9,000 miles to...

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The NRDC opposes the Keystone XL pipeline

01/03/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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In a few weeks President Obama will decide whether to go ahead with the Keystone XL pipeline. TransCanada wants to build a pipeline that would carry oil sands crude oil from western Canada (Alberta) across the central part of the U.S. to refineries in Texas and Louisiana. The proposal is controversial with environmentalists raising concerns about furthering dependence on oil, increasing greenhouse gas emissions and harming the aquifer. Supporters say it will boost the ailing economy and reduc...

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Journalist Arun Gupta has travelled 10,000 miles across the US covering the Occupy movement

01/02/12 Robert Lorei
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The Occupy movement in this country is in its 5th month. The movement which says it represents the 99% of Americans against the extraordinary power wielded by the 1% has seen mass marches, confrontations with police, arrests, serious injuries and has changed the public debate over what national issues are most important.

Journalist Arun Gupta has covered the Occupy movement since it began in September in New York City. Since then he’s traveled to occupy sites around the country. He’s a...

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