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Economist Richard Wolff on the Economy

03/12/12 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Friday, the federal Labor Department reported that in February the nation’s unemployment rate remained flat---at 8.3 percent—it was the first time since last August that the jobless rate did not drop.

The economy added 227,000 jobs. With manufacturing adding 31,000 jobs and temporary employment rising with 45,000 jobs. The report also showed that December and January added 61,000 more jobs than originally estimated.

The report was positive news for the Obama administration,. Howe...

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Dogs Against Romney protests in Tampa listen

03/12/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Animal rights activists have found a creative way of protesting GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. On Saturday ten people calling themselves, “Dogs against Romney” converged on Al Lopez Park in Tampa.

Mitt is mean! Mitt is mean!

The founder and chief architect of “Dogs Against Romney”, Scott Crider, was shocked in 2007 when he read about the news of how Mitt Romney treated his dog on a family vacation to Canada. He started a blog that ...

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Ethel and Kerry Kennedy join protest at Publix headquarters in Lakeland where farmworkers break 6 day fast listen

03/12/12 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Saturday after 6 days without food, more than 60 farmworkers and supporters ended their fast for fair food outside the Publix Supermarket corporate Headquarters in Lakeland. Nearly 1,000 people marched to the fast breaking ceremony organized by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.

Publix supermarkets is the largest and fastest growing employee owned supermarket chain in the United States. They are also one of the longest hold outs from signing on to a Fair Food Agreement with Florida tom...

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Seattle's Former Police Chief Talks About the Drug War and Policing Large Scale Demonstrations

03/12/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll speak with the former Seattle police chief Norm Stamper. He has some interesting views on the war on drugs. Plus He’s had the experience of overseeing the Seattle police department during the widespread protests in 1999 over the World Trade Organization.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the outlaw of marijuana in the US. Back in 1937 politicians sounded the alarm over what they called the emerging "m...

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Parent trigger bill narrowly defeated, Court rules Senate redistricting maps no good listen

03/09/12 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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The 2012 state legislative session ended around midnight on Saturday, but lawmakers will be coming back for a special session later this month after the Supreme Court shot down the Senate’s redistricting maps today.

In other big state news, the “Parent Empowerment Act’ was narrowly rejected in the Senate Friday afternoon on a 20-20 tie vote. The so called “parent trigger” bill would have allowed a simple majority of parents at a failing school (just 51%) to choose a ‘turnaroun...

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Florida Senate barely kills parent trigger bill listen

03/09/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A deadlocked vote in the state Senate this afternoon has killed the controversial parent trigger bill. Supporters of the bill tried to revive the pro-charter school legislation after an onslaught of opposition from teacher and parent groups.

Republican Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto told of woman who felt helpless for her child attending a failing school. Benacquisto, the bill’s sponsor, urged Senators to vote for what she named the [Parent Empowerm...

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Progress Energy pushes electric vehicles listen

03/09/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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As part of an effort to prepare for a growing number of electric vehicles on the road, Progress Energy is conducting studies that include using their own electric fleet. The energy utility hosted a seminar for businesses at a mid-Pinellas hotel this morning.

The 21st century hasn’t yet turned into a scene straight out of the Jetsons with flying cars, but it kind of sounds like it. The engine in the electric motor of the [Chevy Volt](http://www.chevrolet.com/volt-electric-car/?seo=goo_...

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Volunteers install man-made oyster reefs in Tampa Bay listen

03/09/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Oyster habitats benefit the overall Tampa Bay estuary. A group of volunteers and a local nonprofit are creating structures for new oyster communities to thrive in the Bay near Riverview. The group bagged more than 8.5 tons of fossilized shells at the Shultz Nature Preserve today.

About 50 volunteers arrived at Williams Park boat ramp this morning at 9:00, ready to provide helping hands to create new man-made oyster beds. Volunteers were from a range of ages, with a mix of first time volun...

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GOP Candidates' Fiscal Plans Would Make Federal Deficits Worse; Does Georgetown Law Student Have Libel Case Against Rush Limbaugh?

03/09/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. First today we'll hear from Jeff Vanke who is a senior policy analyst at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He'll discuss the group's recent report that the Republican Presidential candidates fiscal proposals would increase the federal budget deficit. CRFB report on GOP candidates. Later we'll talk with Janelle Weber of the firm Shutts and Bowen regarding [Rush Limabugh's comme...

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Parent trigger vote expected Friday; opponents hopeful it will fail listen

03/08/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Update: the parent trigger / parent empowerment bill failed 20-20 Friday

A final state Senate vote on the "parent trigger" bill has been postponed until Friday; it would allow parents to have a say in how to improve a failing school including turning it into a privately run charter school. The bill has already passed in the House, but Jean Clements, president of the Hillsborough Classroom Teacher’s Association, said she’s confident there is enough opposition to leave the measure dea...

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Sebelius: federal healthcare law gives options to women listen

03/08/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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More than 17 million American women are uninsured, but the health care law signed by President Barack Obama could drastically reduce that number. Many provisions in the law make preventative care more accessible and affordable for women of all ages.

Tanya Showers said she’s been without basic health insurance for at least 4 years.

“It’s been very hard. I go to the hospital sometimes, to the emergency room just to get help."...

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Tampa City Council to vote on resolution opposing Citizens United decision & corporate personhood

03/07/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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On Thursday March 15 Tampa City Council will vote on a resolution opposing the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision and calling for a constitutional amendment declaring corporations are not people and money is not speech.

The resolution was introduced by Council members Frank Reddick and Mary Mulhern. Mulhern was going to be a guest on this Last Call but was sick. Tampa Bay area listeners weighed in on whether they think the City of Tampa...

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Religious leaders: Florida's anti-Sharia bills are "an attack on all religions" listen

03/07/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Multi-denominational religious leaders and advocacy groups came together in Tampa to speak out against twin bills in the Florida House and Senate. The measures would ban Foreign Laws from use in Florida courtrooms. Speakers at the press conference this afternoon said the proposed law is an attack on religious freedom.

The legislation passed the Florida House last week by a wide margin, 92-24. It hasn’t been heard on the Senate floor yet, but easily passed through two committees. The ...

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Defense Secretary Panetta: doesn't make sense for U.S. to take unilateral action in Syria listen

03/07/12 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is pushing back against fresh demands for U.S. military involvement in Syria.

Panetta told the Senate Armed Services Committee that it doesn't make sense for the U.S. to take unilateral action right now.

This week the panel's top Republican, John McCain, urged the U.S. to lead airstrikes against the Syrian regime of Bashar Al-Assad. Two other senators are also calling for the U.S. military to step in on behalf of Syrian rebels.

A Syrian Red Crescent off...

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Bills in Tallahassee Would Consolidate HART and PSTA Transportation Authorities

03/07/12 Robert Lorei
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday

Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll talk about two bills in Tallahassee that could lead to the merger of HART (the Hillsborough Regional Transportation Authority) and PSTA (the Pinellas Suncoast Transportation Authority). Our guest is HART Board Vice Chair Dr. Steven Polzin, Director of the Mobility Research Program (long title for “researcher) at the USF Center for Urban Transportation Research. FMY HART

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