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Tampa officials and the ACLU of Florida prepare for legal issues during Republican convention listen

07/11/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Next month’s Republican National Convention will bring with it additional regulations from the city of Tampa. The Florida ACLU held a webinar Tuesday night to inform citizens about what to expect.

More than 70 participants viewed the presentation put together by representatives from the ACLU and various city and county departments. [Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor](http://www.wmnf.org/news_stories?ta...

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St. Pete has $10 million budget gap, may charge fire service fee to close it listen

07/11/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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St. Pete City Council is considering whether to impose a fee on properties to pay for the city’s fire services. On Thursday, council will vote on whether to implement the suggestion proposed by Mayor Bill Foster in order to avoid cutting city services. City Council member Steve Kornell voted against the measure on first reading in June, but it advanced anyway.

“It bothered me – especially as a social worker – that now we’re going to say this is a fair way to do it because gran...

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Healthcare law helping 1.2 million get free preventative care listen

07/10/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Statistics released today show that more than 1.2 million Americans have been able to get at least one preventative healthcare service at no cost during the first half of this year. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reacted to the news about the positive impacts of the new healthcare law on Medicare recipients during a conference call.

“Before 2011, millions of seniors and people with disabilities who had Medicare, had to pay what were often significant co-pays...

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Hillsborough trash haulers are deputies' new set of eyes listen

07/10/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with their trash haulers to beef up community surveillance along their routes. Today, drivers in the county took a class to learn what red flags to look for and what to do if something seems out of place. Larry McKinnon, a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s office said it’s a little like neighborhood crime watch programs.

“When you have individuals that drive that same route every single day, they’re in that neighborhood every...

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Anonymous video on YouTube: when Tampa RNC protests are illegal "there's no other option left but to fight" listen

07/10/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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On Monday a new YouTube account from user "Victor Robert" posted this video "Anonymous Message To Mayor Buckhorn And RNC Protesters"

The voice is computer generated. The video includes scenes of Occupy Wall Street protests and police violence. Much of the video is of a person wearing a Guy Fawkes mask walking outdoors near cabbage palms - the video is altered by an electronic effect.

Here are some quotes from the video:

"Mayor Bob Buckhorn has created "Clean Zones" ... a desperate ...

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Environmentalists explore proposed development in a Terra Ceia state preserve by boat listen

07/10/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A group of investors wants to swap land with the state of Florida at the south end of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The Tampa Bay Sierra Club opposes the development and hopes to retain the land as a preserve. Sunday, some environmentalists toured the proposed development site by boat.

The group of seven rented a pontoon boat and cast off from a small dock in Cortez, located about 10 miles south of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The boat heade...

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Local farmers featured at 2012 Small Farm Conference

07/09/12 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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We started today’s Sustainable Living Program with Susan Kelly, the publicity chair for this year’s Florida Small Farms & Alternative Enterprises Conference July 27 to July 29th in Kissimmee. Also joining us was one of the Innovative Farms Award winners for this year, Pam Sindlinger. She and her husband Hank are owners of Gateway Organic Farm a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in Pinellas County. Gateway is one of the two organic farms in our ar...

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Two Activists Have Tense Encounters with Congressman Bill Young

07/09/12 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll meet Pepe Kovanis and Bill Hurley who's efforts to talk with Congressman Bill Young on the Fourth of July were captured on video. The congressman chose to ignore or dismiss their questions abut veterans and the minimum wage. View Pepe's encounter here and Bill's here

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Some West Tampa residents to Occupy Tampa: Clean up or get out listen

07/09/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The neighborhood association around the Occupy Tampa encampment wants the group to go. People have been camping in Voice of Freedom Park since December. It’s privately owned which leaves the city and community without many options.

“What happened was, progressively more and more there was more trash and more tents that were junky looking.”

That was Mike Vannetta, president of the [Old West Tampa Neighborhood Association](http://www.hillsborough.communityatlas.usf.edu/general/?i...

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Local Groups to Stage Dramatic Reading ofPlay About Trial of Goldman Sachs

07/09/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up on this program we'll talk about the local performance of a play about the Wall Street bailouts. It's called "The Mock Trial of Goldman Sachs" and it will be performed tomorrow night at 7:30PM at Studio 620 in St. Petersburg. The play was written by Chris Hedges and Cornel West. The event is presented by Occupy St. Petersburg and two of that group's members are here: Wendell Wilson and Greg Stem. (FMI 727-542-6958).

Later w...

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Environmentalists Plan Boat Tour to Area on South End of the Sunshine Skyway Slated for Development

07/06/12 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 speak with Kent Bailey who is Co-Chair of the Growth Management Committee of the Sierra Club, Tampa Bay Group.

Bailey says: "A bold plan to trade a large tract of tidal land for a much smaller tract of public land at the south end of the Sunshine Skyway has generated a great deal of concern for the Sierra Club. Developers plan to construct seawalls and dredge a deep basin on publicly owned land where they will ...

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Treasure Island drum circle regulars worried about arrests and regulations listen

07/06/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Drum enthusiasts who flock to Treasure Island on Sunday nights might be facing more regulations. City officials are already beefing up police presence at the weekly drum circle.

According to Treasure Island city manager Reid Silverboard, participation at the long-time drum circle gathering has soared to more than 400 people over the past month and it’s starting to cause problems. He said that forced the city to increase police ...

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Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is a longshot; still hopeful listen

07/06/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This year’s presidential election is expected to be a close call between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Gary Johnson ended a four day tour of Florida today in Ybor City asking supporters to make sure their friends new they had another option.

Johnson started his presidential bid in the Republican primary but is now running as a Libertarian. Johnson said he agrees with both Republicans and Democrats on some issues and disagrees on others. One thing he hates is the federal healthcare law....

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Bill Young to constituent asking about minimum wage increase: Get a job listen

07/06/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Most of Pinellas County has been represented in Congress by C.W. "Bill" Young for 41 years. The longest serving Republican in the House of Representatives is a prominent member of the Appropriations committee. On Wednesday at the American Legion in Treasure Island the Florida Consumer Action Network organized an action to challenge Representative Young about his support of policies that benefit the richest Americans.

One person, Pepe Kovanis asked Young whether he would support a bill to ...

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A look at the sports world / Petition to get Pier decision put on St. Pete ballot

07/05/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Two guests graced the airwaves on the day after the July 4 holiday.

Dave Zirin has the distinction of being the first ever true sportswriter to be on the masthead of the Nation magazine. Writing from a distinctly progressive view about politics, Zirin shared his thoughts on some recent issues which he's either written or blogged about in the Nation or his own blog.

Also on the program Tom Lambdon with voteonthepier.com, a local group in St. Pete fighting to have the citizens of St. Pete...

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