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Florida farmworkers and supporters refuse food for six days in hopes of better wages listen

03/06/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today farm workers and their supporters are in the second day of a six-day hunger strike in front of Publix corporate headquarters in Lakeland. About 60 members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and some of their allies are fasting to protest Publix’s refusal to participate in a program that would provide better working conditions and higher wages for workers who pick tomatoes. Previous protests have led ten companies to participate in the Fair Food program. Gerardo Reyes who works i...

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Historical Monument Trail to open on Tampa Riverwalk listen

03/06/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today Tampa announced details of a new addition to the Tampa Riverwalk, a Historical Monument Trail. It will serve to educate the public and recognize Tampa’s history.

The Riverwalk Historical Monument Trail is being created as an initiative to bring more recognition and appreciation of people and events in Tampa’s history. The non-profit organization, Friends of the Riverwalk unveiled the first 6 historical monuments during an event today. Steve Anderson, chair of the Historical Monum...

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Are Israel or the US on the Verge of Attacking Iran?

03/06/12 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 discuss the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washinton, DC to discuss with President Obama what to do next about Iran. The Israeli leader is accusing Iran of being close to developing nuclear weapons. Netanyahu is sounding increasingly belligerent on the topic. On the first part of today's program we'll talk with Michael T. Klare a professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire Colleg...

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Riot police break up opposition protest contesting Putin's victory in Russia listen

03/05/12 wire services including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Riot police broke up an opposition protest contesting Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's victory in Russia's presidential election. They arrested dozens of participants, including prominent opposition leaders.

The police action followed a rally in downtown Moscow, which drew about 20,000.

The big rally went on peacefully, but police violently dispersed several hundred protesters who attempted to stay on Pushkin Square.

Hundreds of police in full riot gear moved to push the demonstrators...

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Obama to Netanyahu: U.S. has Israel's back listen

03/05/12 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Despite their sometimes public disagreements, leaders of the U.S. and Israel are showing some unity today on the issue of Iran's nuclear program.

As he started several hours of meetings at the White House with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Barack Obama said the U.S. and Israel agree that diplomacy and sanctions are the best ways to resolve the crisis with Iran.

But Obama added that the U.S. will consider all options in confronting the future possibility of an Iran...

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Proposal for Light Rail in Pinellas Plus Sandra Fluke's Testimony Before Congress

03/05/12 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to the Last Call. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll talk about public transportation.

Pinellas is considering a plan to build a 24 mile light rail system linking the central part of downtown St. Petersburg with Clearwater. There’s also potential in the system to build a line that would extend over the new Howard Frankland Bridge.

Here to talk about the idea is St. Petersburg City Council member Jeff Danner who is also chairman of the Pinellas S...

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Fallout From Rush Limbaugh's Attack on Georgetown Law Student, The History of the Book of Revelations; and Prospects for War with Iran

03/05/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll hear several listener comments about last Friday's show on which we discussed controversial remarks by radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. Then we'll hear columnist George Will from ABC-TV's This Week yesterday in which he says Republican leaders are afraid of Rush Limbaugh. Then we'll hear Princeton professor Elaine Paigels discuss the [history of the Bible's Book of Revelation](http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/e...

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Florida House abortion bill cleared last week could block new Planned Parenthood locations listen

03/05/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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update: this bill was blocked in the Senate Monday

Last week members of the Florida House easily passed a piece of legislation seen by opponents as a clean up anti-abortion bill. It includes many provisions that were either failed or left on the table during last year’s legislative session. Among them is language that would require abortion clinics to be owned and operated by a physician with abortion-specific training. Wendy Sears-Grassi, director of public affairs for local Planne...

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Political Scientist Benjamin Barber discusses the importance of each citizen in solving global issues listen

03/05/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Some of the most important issues affecting people today—disease, terrorism, climate change—are not defined by region, but instead are global problems. That’s the take of political scientist Benjamin Barber, who spoke Wednesday night on The Ethics of Global Citizenship at St. Petersburg College in Seminole.

Barber began by illustrating just how connected the United States is to the rest of the world. He said that many Americans focus on the borders that o...

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University of MA professor emeritus Naseer Aruri discusses the Syrian conflict

03/02/12 Lisa Marzilli, Alvaro Montealegre
Last Call Friday
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On today's Last Call we departed from our typical state/national focus to talk about the escalating violence in Syria.

It’s been hard to verify information coming out of Syria due to the restricted access of foreign journalists but some things are very clear; many people have already been killed and many are now without food, water or medicine. Today a Red Cross aid convoy seeking to deliver food an...

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Florida House passes bill allowing FSU & UF tuition increases beyond limit of other state universities listen

03/02/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A bill that gives two State universities control over how much they can increase tuition cleared the Florida House this morning. Supporters of the measure claim it will make the state university system more competitive.

The legislation would exempt schools who meet certain benchmarks from a 15% per year cap on tuition increases. As it stands, only the University of Florida and [Florida State University](http://www.f...

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Rush Limbaugh's Criticism of the Georgetown Law School Student

03/02/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll talk about the controversy over birth control. Yesterday there was a vote to limit access to contraception in the US Senate. Also yesterday radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh made some controversial remarks regarding a woman who recently testified to Congress on the need for contraception coverage in health care reform Raw Story reports:" Limbaugh on Wednesday called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a...

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New type of traffic signal in Hillsborough County: the flashing yellow arrow listen

03/02/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Hillsborough County has a new type of traffic signal: a flashing yellow arrow. Drivers traveling on Fowler Avenue near Thonotosassa may encounter the new type of light at the Jefferson Road intersection.

The flashing yellow arrow directs motorists in the left turn lane to turn with caution after first yielding to oncoming traffic. Kris Carson, Florida Department of Transportation spokesperson says a national study shows the benefits of the new signal.

“The flashing yellow arrow is s...

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Tampa City Council approves $2 million purchase of surveillance cameras for RNC listen

03/01/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This morning Tampa City Council approved the purchase of $2 million worth of surveillance cameras and the contract to service them through August’s Republican National Convention. Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor says the closed circuit video cameras will help with crowd control.

“Our goal is to have a very safe, secure, enjoyable RNC. Our focus is obviously on the safety and security of that event. We also have the goal of being good stewards of the grant or federal tax dollar.”

T...

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USF students protest budget cuts on both sides of the Bay listen

03/01/12 Janelle Irwin & Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Occupy Education, an off-shoot of the Occupy Movement, called for a national day of action today demanding legislation that would increase educational spending instead of cutting budgets. At the University of California, Santa Cruz, student protesters shut down most of the campus. Students at USF campuses in Tampa and St. Pete held events today in solidarity with that effort. Students at both campu...

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