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Occupy St. Pete Plans Protest Tomorrow Against Florida Progress and MSNBC Analyst/Mother Jones DC Bureau Chief David Corn on His New Book SHOWDOWN

04/20/12 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 with David Corn of Mother Jones Magazine about his new book SHOWDOWN: the Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back Against Boehner, Cantor and the Tea Party…..

And we’ll also hear from members of Occupy St. Petersburg who will be protesting state laws on nuclear power tomorrow in front of Progress Energy’s offices.

But first- four listener comments about yesterday’s program on which...

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Tampa approves purchase of up to two miles of special fencing for Republican Convention listen

04/19/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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On Thursday Tampa City Council approved almost a half million dollars for equipment and infrastructure for the Republican National Convention in August. Some of that money will be used to purchase lighter-duty uniforms for police officers.

Officers will wear patches on the new uniforms that will be attached by Velcro. Council member Lisa Montelione was concerned that the public wouldn’t be able to distinguish a bona fide law enforcement officer if the patch was somehow removed. But Ass...

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National Wildlife Federation warns of continued pollution 2 years after Deepwater Horizon disaster listen

04/19/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Two years ago tomorrow the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 rig workers and setting off the worst oil disaster in U.S. history.

The National Wildlife Federation has been studying the effects of the spill on plants, animals and ecosystems of the Gulf. Doug Inkley is their senior wildlife biol...

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Sexual Assault in the Military; Holistic Farmer Joel Salatin; and Rock Star Ted Nugent Sounds Off About President Obama

04/19/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll have three topics. First we'll meet the film-makers who've made a new film called UNIFORM BETRAYAL: Rape in the Military. Jenn Molina and Sarah Pusateri work for the Healthy State project and the film is an outgrowth of their work. It will premier at a public event at WUSF's TV studios next Monday at 11:30 AM. The showing will include a panel discussion about a problem that is larger th...

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Governor Rick Scott tells students it's not easy making a state budget listen

04/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida Governor Rick Scott ceremonially signed the state’s $70 billion \budget at a school in Tampa Wednesday afternoon. Scott touts it as the education budget because it adds a billion dollars to public school funding.

After touring the Rampello K-8 Downtown Partnership School geared toward parents who work downtown, Governor Scott was greeted in the media center by about 50 middle school students clad in red. He told them he was there to sign the sta...

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Belleair officials give investors an extra year to save historic Belleview Biltmore hotel listen

04/18/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Plans are moving forward in a town nestled between Largo and Clearwater to restore a historic hotel. Belleair’s 115-year-old Belleview Biltmore was set to be demolished until a group of investors came forward with plans to purchase it. Now those investors have been granted a one year extension on submitting building plans to the Belleair City Commission.

"I just want to say to y'all, and y'all...HOORAH!"

And so it went. Resident after resident followed Sally Meadows who is retired...

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Tax Day protesters march to Bank of America, ask for an end to tax loopholes listen

04/18/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Protesters in Tampa are calling for an end to tax loopholes for corporations. Tuesday afternoon a group organized by groups including Awake Tampa marched from downtown’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park to the Bank of America building. Thee protesters want the wealthy to pay more in taxes.

“Hey hey, ho ho, breaks for the rich have got to go.”

A group of about 20 protesters g...

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Hillsborough solicits input to preserve former Cone Ranch land in Lower Green Swamp Preserve listen

04/17/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Hillsborough County owns nearly 13,000 acres in the Lower Green Swamp and is now working on plans to preserve the land formerly known as Cone Ranch. On April 7 more than 40 people attended a public meeting about the proposed management plan at The Lower Green Swamp Preserve on the outskirts of Plant City.

The proposed preserve has habitats like rivers, wetlands, marshes, swamps, pine forests and cattle pastures. Scott Emery, director of Wetlands at the [Hillsborough County Environmental ...

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Tax Day brings Occupy tax protesters in St. Pete listen

04/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As people hurried into the main post office in St. Petersburg to file their taxes before tonight’s midnight deadline, 40 people stood outside waving signs demanding tax equality. The protesters representing at least three different advocacy groups said it’s not fair that wealthy individuals and corporations have access to tax credits and loopholes that often let them pay a lower tax rate than the middle class. Jasmine Carter, a member of Occupy St. Pete and Awake the State, said instead...

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Tampa Bay Water considers appealing $73 million lawsuit defeat listen

04/16/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tampa Bay Water lost a $73 million lawsuit against the engineering firm they say is responsible for cracks in the state’s largest reservoir. Board members still aren’t sure whether an appeal is in the works, but their attorney, Richard Harrison is filing a motion for a new hearing. At a board meeting this morning he said it will take 30 days to find out what motions have been filed by HDR Engineering, including their attempt to recover legal expenses.

Tampa Bay water is already out ...

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Community Stepping Stones offers classes for at risk teens listen

04/16/12 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Recent budget cuts have prompted some nonprofit organizations in Tampa Bay to scale back on their programs. But one organization in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood of Tampa instead offers more classes and extends their urban arts program to youth and adults.

Until the recent budget cuts at Hillsborough County public schools, for the past 15 years, artist Terry Klaaren has been transforming the walls of public schools into community mural projects.

"And the schools had better budgets a...

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Buckhorn signs domestic partnership ordinance because "it's the right thing to do" listen

04/13/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn signed a domestic partnership ordinance this morning that will give un-married couples some of the same rights as those that are married. Now that it’s official, the registry will be open sometime within the next 90 days.

Last week, Tampa City Council unanimously passed the domestic partnership registry. It will allow, among other things, un-married couples who complete the registry to have decis...

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Port of Tampa becomes Port Obama listen

04/13/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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President Barack Obama stopped at the Port of Tampa this afternoon on his way to the Summit of the Americas. Bus loads of people were transported from a terminal to the event where ship containers were placed in a near circle. Obama spoke to the crowd of hundreds of sweaty dignitaries and supporters about the importance of trade with Latin America.

According to Obama, American exports to Latin America are up significantly over the past few years. Continuing that rise is one way he says ...

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A Sarasota Whole Foods sidewalk could become fair game for demonstrators listen

04/13/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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An arrest at the end February prompted the ACLU of Florida to investigate the process used to issue trespass warnings in parts of downtown Sarasota. Charges in that case were dropped this week. One sidewalk in the area is, for now, fair game for demonstrators.

40-year-old Occupy Sarasota activist Chris Young was arrested in a park for writing messages on a sidewalk in Five Points Park. Now the ACLU is asking for – and receiving – a moratorium...

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor to the GOP: when education funding opportunity knocks, they won't answer listen

04/12/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The United States House of Representatives passed a budget that slashes spending while giving tax breaks to the wealthy. Education expenditures are on the long list of cuts in Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan’s plan. U.S. Representative Kathy Castor vowed to fight against it today at a press conference at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa.

It’s safe to say Kathy Castor isn’t happy with some of her colleagues.

“When opportunity knocks, the GOP is not going to answer.” ...

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