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Tampa to spend $6 million on radio equipment for RNC listen

03/15/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council unanimously approved the purchase of more than 6 million dollars in radio communication equipment. The items are being purchased for use during the Republican National Convention this August and then will be passed on to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for their use afterward. This is Council member Mary Mulhern.

“That was starting to become one of my big questions is that we’re getting so much using and accepting so much federal tax money for this two ...

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Chickens coming soon to Tampa backyards? Maybe. listen

03/15/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council is considering an ordinance that would loosen regulations on keeping chickens in backyards. At a regular meeting this morning, residents spoke on both sides of the argument.

Amanda Matthews supports relaxing regulations on backyard chicken ownership.

“They’re a great source of more nutritious and humanely produced eggs. And they’re a great opportunity to teach our children where their food comes from, responsibility and stewardship.”

The measure before T...

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Sea level rise expected to impact Tampa Bay area listen

03/15/12 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Scientists predict that because of warming oceans and melting glaciers, sea levels will continue to rise, threatening coastal cities and habitats. On Wednesday environmental and planning groups held a workshop in St. Pete Beach on the coming effects of sea level rise on the Tampa Bay area.

The Florida Nature Conservancy held the meeting in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program and the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council. The workshop presented the findings from studies looking at ...

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Occupy the Roads and a Demand for Sunshine in the Redrawing State Senate Districts

03/15/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. On the first part of today's program we'll have two guests. Janet Wilson has a website Occupy the Roads. She is traveling across the country in an RV visiting having visited more than 60 Occupy sites from the Seattle to SoCal to NYC to Florida.

Later we'll hear from Deirdre Macnab, president of the Florida League of Women Voters. Today the League of Women Voters of Florida, National Council of La Raz...

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Domestic partnership registry one step closer to passing in Tampa listen

03/15/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council members are considering a domestic partnership registry ordinance that would give unmarried couples some of the same protections as those that are married. The measure easily passed its first reading this morning during a packed meeting.

Without a domestic partnership registry, people who are in committed relationships could be denied information about a sick partner. But an ordinance proposed by council member [Yvonne Capin](http://www.tampagov.net/dept_city_council/a...

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Muslim advocacy leader reacts to state Senator's vow to revive anti-Sharia bill listen

03/14/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A bill that died in the Florida legislature this year would have outlawed the use of foreign laws in courtrooms. But the bill’s sponsor has said he will reintroduce the initiative next year if he is reelected. The leader of a Muslim advocacy group isn’t happy about the message that sends.

“Shame on Mr. Hays. Shame on him for promoting division in a time when our country needs unity. Shame on him for promoting legislation that marginalizes minorities; that attacks particular faith...

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Amnesty: Syrian forces routinely torture detainees listen

03/14/12 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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President Barack Obama says the prospect of international military intervention in Syria is premature and could lead to a civil war.

Speaking at a White House news conference, Obama says military intervention could lead to more deaths in Syria. The U.N. estimates that more than 7,500 people have been killed in a year-long struggle between Bashar Al-Assad's regime and opposition forces.

Meanwhile French President Nicolas Sarkozy is urging humanitarian corridors for Syria and says its lea...

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Commonwealth Fund Rates Health Care Delivery in Tampa Bay Area and Protests Planned in Pinellas Against Returning Legislators

03/14/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll hear about a new report on access to health care in the US. And later we’ll talk with some activists who are alarmed about the recently completed session of the state legislature.

First some listener comments—some about yesterday's interview with Rich Templin of the Florida AFL-CIO. One about unemployment. And another about the ongoing violence in Syria.

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First up today-- The Commonwealth Fund, a New ...

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Developers, environmentalists at odds about proposed Terra Ceia development listen

03/14/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A small group of landowners has proposed developing a resort and marine center along Tampa Bay at the southern end of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. As proposed, the development would be hinged on a land swap with the state. Some environmentalists worry that building would be harmful to the area’s ecology.

Owners of the private land want to give the state just shy of 1,000 acres. In return they are asking the state to hand over only 77 acres. And the tract of land on the table for the s...

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Tampa Bay economy compared to five other regions; only Jacksonville was worse listen

03/13/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A report released today ranks Tampa Bay almost dead last out of six comparable regions. Officials from the agency say even though the area didn’t move from its overall standings last year, there have been improvements to economic development. Stuart Rogel who is the president and CEO of Tampa Bay Partnership says the creation of new jobs is one of the biggest wins.

“Tampa ranks fifth out of six communities that we bench mark against on this year’s score card. We’ve seen on th...

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President Obama says whoever is responsible for killings of Afghan civilians will be prosecuted listen

03/13/12 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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President Barack Obama says he is directing the Pentagon to do a very thorough investigation of the weekend killings of Afghan civilians, allegedly by a U.S. soldier.

Obama says the inquiry will "follow the facts" wherever they lead, and that anyone found responsible will be prosecuted fully.

Speaking at the White House, Obama says the U.S. will "responsibly" draw down its forces between now and the end of 2014, the date he set with allies to close out the war.

Meanwhile, an Afghan ...

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Florida Democratic Party chair suggests redistricting plan for Congressional seats also in jeopardy listen

03/13/12 wire services including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Florida Supreme Court has given the Republican-controlled Legislature some very specific guidelines for redrawing state Senate districts when the lawmakers try again.

The Legislature convenes a 15-day special session tomorrow.

The 5-2 ruling upheld the entire 120 district House map but invalidated the Senate's map.

It also struck down the Senate's district renumbering scheme that would have let more incumbents serve 10 years instead of just eight before being term-limited out of ...

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A Labor Point of View on the Recently Completed Florida Legislative Session

03/13/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll talk with Rich Templin who is the Legislative and Political Director of the Florida AFL-CIO. The state legislature just finished it's 2012 session. We're going to talk about the measures passed in Tallahassee and how they will effect low and middle income people. FMI Fl AFL-CIO

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A University of Tampa class on socioeconomic class listen

03/13/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A University of Tampa professor said it’s not true that Americans don’t like to talk about class. Paul Hillier is an assistant professor in the department of communication and he tells students that examples of socioeconomic class are everywhere, especially in the media. During an honors symposium at the University of Tampa in February, Hillier said he thinks the way it’s portrayed is all wrong.

"If you’re in a particular class, it’s your fault, it’s yo...

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USF's Genshaft talks to Polk political club about Polytechnic split listen

03/12/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Governor Rick Scott now holds the power turn USF’s Polytechnic campus in Lakeland into the state’s 12th independent public university. At a well-attended Polk County Tiger Bay meeting this afternoon, state Senator JD Alexander defended the measure.

The state’s Board of Governors that oversees Florida’s public university system had recommended that USF Polytechnic first meet a series of nine benchmarks before becoming independent...

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