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Alafia River may be the answer for a thirsty region: Tampa Bay Water listen

02/20/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Alafia River in south Hillsborough County has been a source of water for the Tampa Bay region since 2003. It accounts for about one fifth of the supply. But Alison Adams, a senior manager for Tampa Bay Water, said more needs to be pumped from the river to meet rising consumption. Right now the utility is allowed to ...

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Atlanta Federal Reserve chair shares cautious optimism on economy with Sarasota audience listen

02/20/12 Doug Driscoll
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The chair of the Atlanta Federal Reserve is encouraged by recent improvements in the economy, but his overall stance is one of caution and restraint. Dennis Lockhart shared his views on economic recovery with a crowd of about 150 people at New College in Sarasota earlier this week.

Lockhart said recent improvements in employment, household income, business confidence and the beginning of credit expansion are good in...

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World's shark populations are disappearing; and why are gas prices so high?

02/20/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Our first guest is Juliet Eilperin, a science writer for the Washington Post. She recently published a book, “Demon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks” that provides a global look at the often surprising and inexplicable ways people and cultures relate to, and engage with the ocean’s top predator, sharks. She says that more than 70 million sharks are killed every year-- their fins cut off to make shark fin soup. As many as 90% of the sharks in the world's oceans are now ...

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State prisons narrowly escape privatization listen

02/17/12 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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It was a busy week in Tallahassee as it always is when the Legislature’s in session.

The big story, the state Senate narrowly defeated a measure that would have privatized at least 27 prisons and created the largest corporate-run prison system in the country. The vote was a close one (21-19) with the senate’s 12 democrats joining 9 republicans to kill the bill.

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Saving Sarasota Watershed from sea level rise and stormwater; preserving economy listen

02/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Sarasota’s rapidly changing population makes it difficult to keep up with preserving its watershed. At a three-day symposium that concluded today, professionals in different fields reviewed ways to pick up the pace for the county’s biggest attractor.

The threat of sea level rise has environmentalists worried about damage to homes, roadways, and anything else along coastal areas. Sarasota’s fresh water habitats could also be contaminated by encro...

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Proposal in Tallahassee would sharply cut wages for restaurant servers, bartenders and those that rely on tips

02/17/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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The Orlando Sentinel reports that: "Restaurant servers, bartenders and other Florida workers who rely heavily on tips are (paying close attention to) a plan moving through the Legislature that could slash their hourly wages.

The bill (SB 2106), approved by a Senate committee Thursday, would allow restaurants and other employers to pay their staffs the federal tipped minimum wage of $2.13 an hour instead of Florida's minimum of $4.65. To qualify, companies would have to guarantee that emp...

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Pinellas Transit draws light rail plans; 2013 referendum possible listen

02/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, or PSTA, has drawn plans to build 24 miles of light rail in Pinellas County with a connection to Tampa. At the Unitarian Universalist church in Clearwater last night, a spokesperson for Pinellas’s transit authority told Sierra Club members that the plan could significantly reduce congestion on roadways. The rail plan is called the [locally preferred alternative](http://www.psta.net/PDF/PSTA-HA...

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Experts discuss New York State Attorney's fracking lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers listen

02/17/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Hydrofracking is the process of extracting natural gas from shale rock under the Earth’s surface. The New York State Attorney General is bringing charges against the Army Corps of Engineers to crack down on the lack of regulation of the process known as fracking. Two of the main players spoke about the lawsuit to students, faculty and members of the public at Stetson Law yesterday.

Mauricio Roma is a geologist who works on the case ...

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St. Petersburg political blogger Peter Schorsch on state politics, local politics, and his own controversial career

02/16/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Peter Schorsch, blogger for Saintpetersblog.com, was our guest for the entire hour, talking politics: local, state, national and about his own, at times, controversial and colorful career.

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Tampa City Council passes garbage rate hike listen

02/16/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The cost of garbage collection in Tampa is going up for residents and businesses. During the Tampa City Council meeting this morning, eleven people came to tell officials that would create a hardship for many rate payers.

Tampa residents will see a 12% inflation of their garbage bill on April 1. And it’s no joke. Rick Pheifer said he doesn’t usually go to City Council meetings, but he made an exception to tell council members that he canâ...

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Tampa City Council weighs in on Florida Senate's proposed funding cuts to USF listen

02/16/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa City Council is weighing in on the Florida Senate’s proposed budget cuts for the University of South Florida. At their meeting this morning, Council member Mike Suarez proposed sending a letter to Hillsborough County’s legislative delegation voicing disappointment with the proposed cuts and to show support for USF.

Senate budget chair JD Alexander wants the university to speed up the process of splitting off its Lakeland polytechnic campus so it can become Florida’s 12th st...

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The India International Film Festival and Congressman Dennis Kucinich Discusses The Increasing Calls for War with Iran

02/16/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll hear about the India International Film Festival which continues this week at Channelside in downtown Tampa. Our guest will be Francis Vayalumkal who is an organizer with the festival. FMI iifftampa.com .

Later we'll hear a recent interview with Ohio Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich on the increasing drumbeat for war with Iran.

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High school students learn about pedestrian safety; Postponed bill in Congress shuts out bicyclists, pedestrians listen

02/15/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In October, a Middleton High School Student was hit and killed by a car while crossing Hillsborough Avenue on her way to school. The Florida Department of Transportation estimates that there are 375 people killed in car accidents annually in the Tampa area. But a transportation bill in the U.S. House would fund fewer projects that would make it safer to walk or ride a bike.

As he attempted to lead a group of te...

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Nine Republicans jump ship to help sink prison privatization plan in Florida Senate listen

02/15/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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An attempt to privatize some prisons in Florida has been defeated … for now. A bill under consideration by the Senate would have reduced state spending on prisons by turning over more than two dozen south Florida facilities to private companies. Nine Republicans jumped ship to join the minority Democrats to shoot down the bill.

Opponents warn that privatization of state prisons leads to a loss of accountability and could increase costs to the state. But supporters, including Republican...

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USF President Judy Genshaft Discusses Proposed State Senate Cuts to Universities

02/15/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll talk about proposed state budget cuts to the University of South Florida. The AP is reporting: " The Florida Senate is planning to consider a nearly $70.8 billion budget. A Senate budget panel will take up the proposal when it meets later today. The Senate budget is coming under fire because it includes $400 million in cuts to the state's 11 public universities, including a large cut to the University o...

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