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Florida's drought; unreasonable private sewer rates

04/30/12 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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We started today’s show with an interview with Robyn Felix with the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Yep, it’s dry and looks like it’ll be that way for another month. On water conservation the first thing Robyn mentioned was checking for leaks and there’s more in www.watermatters.org about finding them. Joining the show next was a resident of Polk County whose sewer rates recently tripled. Kelduyn Garland claims that Aqua Star, her sewer provider that’s owned by an ...

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"Florida Voices" co-founders talk about their on-line media venture

04/27/12 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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On today's Last Call we were joined in the studio by Rosemary Goudreau and Rosemary Curtiss, co-founders of the new online media website Florida Voices - The State Opinion Page.

The two women, who have a combined total of 55 years in the newspaper business, launched Florida Voices in mid-December. The website features a stellar line-up of columnists and editors including Mary Jo Melo...

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At budget summit St. Pete residents ask for higher taxes, fewer cuts to services listen

04/27/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The City of St. Petersburg is confronted with a budget deficit of nearly $13 million. Wednesday at the Cate Recreation Center the city hosted the first of three public budget summits. The packed house of 100 residents could only agree that the status quo of cuts without revenue hikes isn’t working.

A group called People’s Budget Review has collected over 2000 opinions from residents and submitted them to [city council and Mayor Bill Foster](http://...

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Herman Cain tells USF students to stay away from liberals listen

04/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Herman Cain preached a conservative message to about 50 student Republicans at USF Tampa Thursday afternoon. The former presidential candidate said he’s starting a foundation called Solutions Revolution to figure out how to fix what he says President Obama broke.

Cain soared through his professional history from burger-flipping to pizza-baking with the enthusiasm of a motivational speaker. His final point to them though was to avoid liberals and make sure to vote out President Obama. ...

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Documentary about teachers affected by low pay is tear jerker, conversation starter listen

04/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Funding for public education nationwide is taking a hit. In Florida, educators saw $1.3 billion in cuts last year; $1 billion were restored this year. The shrinking budgets mean fewer teachers with lower pay. At a screening of a film in Tampa last night that documents how low salaries affect teachers nationwide, a panel of professionals answered the question, ‘why is paying teachers more so important?’

American Teacher, a documentary featuring several current and former teachers n...

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Pasco County seniors want elected officials to take a look at retirement benefits listen

04/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A group of 50 senior citizens in the Land O’ Lakes area is worried that Medicare and Social Security benefits might be in trouble. The American Association of Retired Persons, or AARP, conducted a question and answer session with them Friday morning and plan to take the results all the way to Washington D.C.

“You’ve earned a say.” That’s what AARP officials are calling...

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Explorers from Florida Wildlife Corridor Expediton Discuss Their Journey

04/27/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Earlier this week a group of modern day explorers finished a 3 month, 1000 mile journey through Florida wilderness- from the Everglades to the Georgia border. The expedition was designed to increase public awareness and generate support for the Florida Wildlife Corridor project

The leaders of the expedition join us now--Bear biologist Joe Guthrie and photojournalist Carlton Ward Jr.

http://www.floridawildlifecorridor.org/

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Florida Supreme Court rules new Senate redistricting maps are "constitutionally valid"

04/27/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This morning the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the new state Senate redistricting maps are "constitutionally valid." Here's their decision:

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Hillsborough County Democratic Executive chair Chris Mitchell

04/26/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Hillsborough County DEC chair Chris Mitchell was the guest.

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Hillsborough County Democratic executive chair Chris Mitchell

04/26/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Hillsborough County Democratic Party chair Chris Mitchell was our guest for the entire hour. We discussed the chances for Barack Obama in Hillsborough, a crucial county that has been a bellwether since 1960 in deciding the presidency.

Also, the local party has had a tough time in recent years in recruiting candidates, an issue we talked about as there was news on that front from Mitchell.

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Tampa City Council to ask Florida Governor & Legislature for ability to regulate concealed weapons during Republican Convention listen

04/26/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Next Thursday, Tampa City Council will take its first vote on temporary rules for August’s Republican National Convention. Many types of weapons would be banned inside the proposed Event Zone, which was originally called a Clean Zone. But that restriction would not apply to people with concealed weapons permits because of a Florida law prohibiting local municipalities from placing such limits. Today City Council member Lisa Montelione proposed sending a letter to the Governor, Attorney Gene...

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Democrat Rick Kriseman not running for re-election in Florida House; undecided on future in politics listen

04/26/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Democratic State Representative Rick Kriseman announced this week that he will not seek another term in the Florida House of Representatives. Despite speculation that he may be considering a bid for mayor of St. Petersburg, the 12-year politician says he’s not making any decisions yet.

Kriseman said this past legislative session was the first time his family really expressed their distaste at his leaving for an extended trip to Tallahassee. Running for mayor would alleviate that, but Kr...

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A Civil Libertarian Describes Events at the Last GOP Convention in Minnesota

04/26/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. In four months Tampa will host the Republican National Convention. When delegates, staff, journalists and demonstrators are counted as many as 50,000 people will be in the area for the convention.

The mayor of Tampa has proposed a large "clean-zone" around the convention site in downtown Tampa in which certain items and activities will be restricted.

Four years ago the city of St. Paul Minnesota hosted the Republican Convention. And to get an id...

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Tampa Police say they'll work with local reporters on Republican Convention logistics listen

04/26/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Earlier this month, Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor hosted a media roundtable to gather concerns from local journalists about reporting during August’s Republican Convention. Representatives from news organizations across the Bay area asked about everything from parking to wearing gas masks.

Most of the answers to reporters’ questions started with the words “We’ll tell you in June”. That’s when Chief [Jane Castor](http://www.tampagov.net/dept_police/about_us/files/chief_castor...

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Parents of Rachel Corrie in Tampa to get United Methodists to divest from Caterpillar

04/25/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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My Last Call guests are Cindy and Craig Corrie; in March 2003 their daughter, Rachel Corrie was killed in the Gaza Strip when she was run over by a Caterpillar bulldozer being driven by a member of the Israeli military.

They’re in Tampa this week to attend the United Methodist Church General Conference. A group called United Methodist Kairos Response will be asking the United Methodist Church’s General Conference in Tampa to [divest](http://www.wmnf.o...

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