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Nitrogen pollution in Santa Fe River; Acupuncture and herbal therapies

06/11/12 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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We started today's show with Drew Bartlett with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, about algae in the Santa Fe River in North Florida. There is a growing problem with nitrogen in our aquifer that will not be easily fixed. Septic systems, fertilizer run off, storm water run-off and agriculture all contribute to the problem. Florida has some extra money to address the problem, but for now visiting your favorite spring this summer may be a little slimy.

Next up, Bob Linde,...

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Tampa Mayor wants to reduce parks & rec fees despite budget deficit listen

06/11/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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If Mayor Bob Buckhorn gets his way, residents in and around the city of Tampa won’t have to pay as much to use some park services. In a press release Monday, Buckhorn announced a reduction in fees for services like gymnasium and shelter rentals. Greg Bayor, the newly appointed director of Tampa’s Parks and Recreation said the department needs to encourage more use by people who live outside city limits.

"I can tell you from our perspective, we’ve seen a significant drop off. When...

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The ACLU Challenges Florida Voter Purge in Federal Court; The Conservative Effort to Divide the Working Class

06/11/12 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 talk about the ACLU' s lawsuit against Florida over the voting purge. And we'll talk about the conservative strategy to divide working class voters. But first some listener comments about last Friday's program. Several listener comments wanted to discuss the voting purge and tax breaks for Wal-Mart. Here's what three listeners had to say.

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLUFL), the Lawyers’ Committ...

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Interview with Pulitzer Prize Winning Columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. on Voter Purges, Trayvon Martin, Birthers and His New Book FREEMAN

06/11/12 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to The Last Call. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up- Leonard Pitts Jr. is a columnist for the Miami Herald. in 1994 he won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. He's written a new book about the post-Civil War era called FREEMAN and this evening at 6 he'll be speaking at Inkwood Books in south Tampa. He earlier today he stopped by the WMNF studios to talk about voter purges, race, Trayvon Martin, Birthers and his new book about Africans Americans in the aftermath of the Civil War....

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Florida #1 in Corruption and Congressman Ted Deutsch Criticizes Florida Voter Purge

06/08/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll talk about a new report on government corruption here in Florida. And later we'll discuss the controversy over voter purges here in Florida. First four listener comments about previous programs.

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First up today: The Palm Beach Post reports today that: "Florida leads the nation in federal public corru...

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Activists protest Congressman who gives millions in contracts to companies employing his children listen

06/08/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday

A local activist group is pushing Republican congressman Bill Young to start siding with the poor and middle class. Yesterday they took their activism to the Science Applications International Corporation in St. Petersburg. It’s a company the Florida Consumer Action Network, or FCAN says has received millions of taxpayer dollars. So Greg Stem, along with about 40 other protesters, asked Young yesterday, where are the earmarks for the 99%?

According to FCAN, The National Forensic Scien...

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Adele Stan discusses the recent Vatican displeasure and effort to conrol the LCWR

06/07/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Adele Stan, the Washington Bureau Chief for Alter Net discusses the recent Vatican displeasure and efforts to control the LCWR- The Leadership Conference of Women Relgious-The LCWR is an umbrella organization of religious communities with 1500 members who represnet 80% of the Catholic Sisters in the United States..The Vtican reprimands the nuns for "focusing its work too much on poverty and economic injustice, while keeping 'silent' on abotion and same sex-marriage. As punishment, the vatic...

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Terry O'Neil President of NOW talks about the recent defeat of the Equal Pay Act

06/07/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Terry O'Neill the President of NOW-the National Organization for Women- talks about the failure of the U.S. Senate to support the Paycheck Fairness Act from being brought up for a debate and receiving a vote. In a 52-47 vote the Senate failed to get the needed 60 votes to invoke closure to end a fillibuster on the Act. Terry then discussed the importantce of this act to corect some of the loop holes lin the Equal Pay act which was passed in 1963 but has not been able to achieve parity for wo...

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The labor movement after Wisconsin

06/07/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Less than 48 hours after Scott Walker's big victory in the Wisconsin re-call election, the Last Call speaks with Harold Meyerson, editor-at-large with the American Prospect and syndicated columnist with the Washington Post.

We spoke with him about the ramifications for labor and the Democratic Party after the decision in Wisconsin, as well as what labor does now, and how might it affect this November's elections?

In the second half, we took phone calls from the listeners to talk abou...

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Tennessee fighter goes up against St. Pete native for Pinellas judgeship listen

06/07/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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And in continuing coverage of contested judicial candidates in Pinellas and Pasco counties, we’ll here from the final two. Brian Battaglia and Kim Campbell are running for the 6th Circuit Court Group 31. Battaglia is the former Secretary for the St. Petersburg Bar Association and former adjunct professor of law at Stetson.

“I understand the great impact that the court system has on our daily lives. I’ve practiced for 26 years and I’ve been involved in the community during that ...

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Tampa to give $500,000 for homeless shelter listen

06/07/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council today approved a half a million dollar grant to Metropolitan Ministries to expand their housing shelter on North Florida Avenue. The project is expected to soar around 13 million dollars. Brian Evjen is a senior director for the organization. He said even though the city’s contribution only accounts for a small percent of the overall cost, it still represents a huge commitment.

The Tampa Bay area is home to one of the densest homeless populations in the count...

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Stetson grads face off for judgeship listen

06/06/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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And today we continue our coverage of Pinellas and Pasco contested judge races. Today we’ll highlight the candidates for Pinellas County Court Group 2, Cathy McKyton and Scott Andringa. McKyton is an assistant statewide prosecutor in the office of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

“I’m also a community volunteer. I’ve been active with the Junior League of St. Petersburg for almost nine years now. For those of you who don’t know about Junior League, it’s a volunteer organ...

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Former Congressman Alan Grayson: the time has passed for Democrats to play nice listen

06/06/12 Liz McKibbon
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Florida officials appear to be continuing the fight to purge non-citizens from voter rolls this election cycle. Democratic and human rights activists gathered at the Marriott in St. Petersburg last night where former Congressman Alan Grayson blamed Republicans for a lack of solutions.

Community leaders lectured to a standing room only crowd of nearly 100 attendees that included activists and area residents. Frank Dellert heads the Commi...

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Stand Your Ground Series in the Times and Sticking It to the Poor?

06/06/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today- How corporations and governments are extracting large amounts of money from the poor…we’ll talk in the second half hour with an author who writes for the newly created Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

But first The Tampa Bay Times this week carried a two part series on the impact of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. The newspaper identified nearly 200 “stand your ground” cases and found that the law ha...

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Sea Level Rise is real, predictions still to come listen

06/05/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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New technology is making it easier for scientists to study changes in sea levels. During a UNESCO Ihe international water institute conference on May 24th, experts talked about what coastal regions might expect in the coming decades. Gary Mitchum, the Associate Dean of USF’s College of Marine Science, celebrates the huge influx of data over the past several years. But he said it’ll still take ten years before there will be enough to make accurate projections.

“Right now, we can...

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