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Some Tampa Bay residents eligible for federal disaster assistance listen

07/17/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The National Weather Service Tampa Bay reported strong thunderstorms in Pasco, Hernando and Hillsborough counties today with gusty winds and even public sightings of a funnel cloud near Thonotosassa. Pasco is under a flood warning.

Today’s storms only contribute to the problems that began with Tropical Storm Debby. Renee Bafalis is a public information officer with FEMA. She says some Tampa Bay area residents are eligible to receive [federal disaster assistance](http://www.disasterassista...

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Dozens honor fallen Tampa soldier, some want troops home now listen

07/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Two soldiers killed in Afghanistan are being honored this week in Tampa. Today, a police motorcade escorted the body of Staff Sergeant Ricardo Seija and his family from MacDill Air Force Base through the streets of Tampa. Along Bayshore Boulevard dozens of supporters lined the road with American flags. The procession was a reminder of the high price of war. But Bruce Hockensmith with the Lutz Patriots said the event this morning was about respect, not politics.

“If they came home tomor...

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Advocates inform concertgoers about the affliction that killed Woody Guthrie: Huntington's Disease listen

07/17/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The hereditary brain disorder known as Huntington ’s Disease afflicts about 1 in every 10,000 people in the U.S. That’s according to the Huntington ’s Disease Society of America.

Local representatives passed out information about medical research and genetic testing for Huntington’s at last Saturday’s Woody Guthrie 100th birthday celebration hosted by WMNF.

n the 1960s, Guthrie died of complications resulting from Huntington’s.

WMNF spoke with Marilyn McCloskey, president of the C...

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Incumbent U.S. Senator not worried about poor name recognition in poll listen

07/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A recent poll conducted by the Tampa Bay Times has incumbent U.S. Senator Bill Nelson maintaining a slight lead over his likely Republican opponent Connie Mack IV. But in that same poll, 12% of respondents said they didn’t know who Nelson was. At a press event yesterday, Nelson disputed that claim.

“That would certainly not be ...

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The Tampa Bay Times Polls Likely Voters on Obama, Romney, Nelson, Scott, Health Care and Immigration

07/16/12 Robert Lorei
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF….In the past few days the Tampa Bay Times has published a series of stories based on a recent poll…..

The telephone survey of 800 registered Florida voters — all likely to vote in the November general election — was conducted July 9-11 for the Tampa Bay Times, Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, Bay News 9 and Central Florida News 13. The poll was condu...

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Nelson says Florida voter purge isn't the only challenge facing minority voters listen

07/16/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Department of Homeland Security granted Florida access to a database that will provide information about potential non-citizens. It will likely lead to the resumption of the state’s controversial voter purge. At a press event today, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson weighed in on what he thought of efforts to remove people from the voter rolls so close to an election.

“I have no problem with anyone who is not a legal citizen from not being able to vote because that’s what we’re supposed to ha...

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Debate: The Enemy Is Not Islam?

07/16/12 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, Welcome to Radioctivity. I’m Rob Lorei

Thanks to you if you donated last week during our membership drive. We did come up a little short and there is still time to donate—by going online to wmnf.org and selecting the “Give Now” button.

Today we’ll feature a debate that promises to be very spirited. Earlier this year Chris Ingram who is a contributing columnist for the Tampa Tribune and a Republican political analyst at Bay News Nine wrote a [column in May “Islam is not ...

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Environmental activists praise U.S. Senator Bill Nelson for RESTORE Act listen

07/16/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A piece of legislation that will bring billions of dollars to Gulf coast communities for restoration efforts was signed by President Obama earlier this month. U.S. Senator Bill Nelson was the lead sponsor of the RESTORE Act and he’s taking his success on the road. At a press conference at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa today, members of the environmental community thanked him for his part in helping make the Gulf of Mexico healthier after the BP oil disaster.

“It’s bi-partisan, it’s wel...

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Activists still want minimum wage increase despite "get a job" gaffe listen

07/13/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last week at a Fourth of July event in Treasure Island, member of Congress Bill Young told a constituent to “get a job”. The comment from the longtime Republican politician was in response to a question about raising the minimum wage and sparked national outcry from those who thought it was offensive. A YouTube video of the comment has more than 34,000 hits so far.

“Hi, I’m Pepe. How are you?

"I’m good."

"Happy Fourth of July."

"Thank you."

"Jesse Jackson Jr. is passing a...

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Republicans dominate Bell Shoals Baptist Church political forum listen

07/13/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Democrats were quiet at a massive political forum in Brandon last night where dozens of candidates for more state and local races gathered to meet voters. The mostly Republican crowd at Bell Shoals Baptist Church cheered any topic that aligned with Christian values. Jeff Meyer, the church’s executive pastor, said that’s what this nation was built on.

“It’s a nation that was built upon precepts that we find in scripture. It was built upon Your word. This nation was founded by Christian...

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Tampa Mayor Buckhorn brags he prohibited Occupy Tampa from staying in downtown park listen

07/12/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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During an interview with Politico Tuesday, Mayor Bob Buckhorn took pride in effectively keeping Occupy Tampa from camping in a public park.

“I didn’t let them occupy much of anything which didn’t endear me to them. They had one of my neighbors hang a big sign in his yard who was sympathetic to the Occupiers. He had this big bed sheet hung from a tree right across the street from me…”

Buckhorn continued to describe what happened in front of loc...

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Indian Shores condo residents can use their new community garden listen

07/12/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Residents in more and more cities are using public land to create community gardens. The Pinellas beach town of Indian Shores will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to open their new community garden on Thursday July 19.

The new garden is located north of 192nd avenue between Whispering Pines and 2nd street. Bonnie Dhonau, public information officer for the Town of Indian Shores says this resident-only project uses Earth Boxes.

“Well the town of Indian Shores is a condominium-centric tow...

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Coalition to March on the RNC granted parade permit for first day of Republican Convention in Tampa

07/12/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Coalition to March on the RNC announced today it had received a permit from Tampa to march along the city’s designated parade route on the first morning of next month’s Republican National Convention.

At 10 a.m. on Monday August 27 groups will gather at Perry Harvey Sr. Park, 1200 N. Orange Ave. About a half-mile away they'll march along the 11-block official parade route. It ends three blocks from the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the site of the convention. That’s where one of the designate...

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Natural Resources Defense Council releases beach water quality report listen

07/12/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Natural Resources Defense Council recently released their 22nd annual Vacation Beach Water Quality Report. The findings show an overall rise in pollution at beaches around the US, but Florida fared better than most states.

According to NRDC’s results, Florida’s beaches ranked 5th in Beachwater Quality out of 30 states. Only 3% of samples in the Sunshine State exceeded national standards for beaches in 2011. At beaches like Fort DeSoto, and Sand Key less than 5% of water samples exceed...

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Activists call on Florida Department of Law Enforcement to ditch anti-Muslim training contractor listen

07/11/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Thirty Muslim groups are asking the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to sever ties with one of their counter-terrorism trainers. Hassan Shibly, director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, said Sam Kharoba teaches law enforcement officers to unfairly stereotype Muslims.

“Kharoba claims radicals can be identified by ten to twelve physical markers such as headbands, types of facial hair or a prayer bump on the forehead from frequent contact with a prayer mat. One o...

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