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Rae Abeleah, co-director of Code Pink previews their RNC schedule

08/23/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Rae Abeleah the co-direcvtor of Code Pink talked about Code Pink and their plans for the Republican Convention schedule for next week in Tampa, Fl. For more information go to the code pink websight and the wmnf web sights- events too numerous to mention.

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor doubts Tropical Storm Isaac will hinder RNC plans in Tampa listen

08/23/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Wind and storm surge from Tropical Storm Isaac could wreak havoc on the Republican National Convention next week even if it doesn’t score a direct hit on Tampa. But at an event in St. Pete Beach Thursday morning, member of Congress Kathy Castor said the show will likely still go on.

“I seriously doubt the convention’s going to be called off.”

In an interview with CNN yesterday, Mayor Bob Buckhorn raised the specter of the convention be...

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Businesses that suffered from the BP oil disaster have a new claims process listen

08/23/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Some businesses along the Gulf coast are getting a second chance to get reimbursed by BP for lost revenue as a result of the 2010 oil disaster. But thousands of businesses in Florida haven’t taken advantage of the settlement. Thursday morning in St. Pete Beach business leaders met with a lawyer whose job it is to get them their money.

Any business along the Gulf coast that can prove they lost revenue during and after the BP oil spill can file a claim to get their money back. And Patri...

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The RNC is here. What's going to happen?

08/23/12 Mitch E. Perry
Last Call Thursday
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University of Central Florida Political Science Professor Aubrey Jewett, the Coalition to March on the RNC's Jared Hamil and Florida Consumer Action Network's Mike Long talk about the upcoming Republican National Convention in Tampa.

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Getting the Straight Story on Medicare and the Affordable Care Act

08/23/12 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 talk with two doctors about the raging debate over Medicare, Paul Ryan’s plan, health care reform and take your phone calls….

But first one listener comment- not about yesterday’s guests—but about the controversial statements of Missouri Congressman Todd Akins about women and rape. Here’s what one listener had to say.

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This morning we’re joined by two doctors who are active in improving ...

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Conservative group stands behind Todd Akin listen

08/23/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Conservative political groups are in town to help craft the Republican Party platform. At least one is standing by its support of a controversial candidate for U.S. Senate in Missouri. This week Representative Todd Akin apologized for suggesting women who are victims of legitimate rape might not get pregnant because their bodies can shut down a pregnancy. Connie Mackey, president of the [Family Research Council Action PAC](http://www.frcaction.o...

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Atheists rent billboard in Tampa during Republican convention: "God fixation won't fix this nation."

08/23/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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An atheist group has rented a billboard in Tampa during next week's Republican convention.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation wants to tell visiting delegates to keep religion out of politics. In a press release they say the billboard will be displayed beginning today on Kennedy Boulevard west of Arrawana Street. It says "God fixation won't fix this nation."

The group will display the [same billboard](https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151128462082229&set=a....

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Hillsborough Public Defender office prepares for arrests during GOP convention listen

08/22/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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The Republican National Convention’s kick-off party is Sunday in St. Petersburg. There are at least three major protests planned outside Tropicana Field that day and many more once the official events move to Tampa on Monday.

If previous political conventions are any measure there will be dozens, if not hundreds of arrests. On this show we found out about how people caught up in arrests will get processed and what their court experience might be like.

Joining us to talk about this w...

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Florida Pricing Higher Education Beyond Reach of Floridians? And What's Causing Algae Outbreaks in Florida?

08/22/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today well talk about corporations trying to make it easier to pollute Florida’s freshwater rivers, lakes and springs. We’ll also talk about the burden of the high cost of education here in Florida. But first, two listener comments about yesterday’s program. Yesterday we talked about the militarization and heavy surveillance that accompanied the Republican National Convention four years ago in St. Paul Minnesota. He...

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Republican convention protesters say they won't be scared off by tropical storm listen

08/22/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Some forecast models predict Tropical Storm Isaac could affect Tampa during the Republican National Convention. Most of the secure area cordoned off for the event is in the first evacuation zone. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn told CNN this morning that the city has been preparing for hurricane contingencies and will evacuate the area if needed.

“Absolutely we’re prepared to call it off. I mean, human safety and human life trumps politics….the only difference will be that there’s a f...

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Ethics questions for media attending Republican convention kick-off party listen

08/22/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Some experts in media ethics are wondering if it’s appropriate that some 15,000 journalists will be wined and dined at a kick-off event for the Republican National Convention in St. Petersburg on Sunday. Kelly McBride, senior faculty at the Poynter Institute, said journalists who go might give the public the wrong impression.

“Most independent newsrooms have a policy that says you cannot take freebies from sources that you intend to cover because it could compromise your independence...

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Some in Tampa want to lift Cuba trade embargo listen

08/21/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A lot of people in Florida are coming around to the idea of reducing trade and travel restrictions with Cuba. People can now catch a direct flight from Tampa to Havana, but there’s still a lot of red tape and most trade is still off limits. On Tuesday, a panel of political and business professionals discussed reasons why it’s time to lift the longstanding trade embargo. Al Fox, president of the Alliance for responsible Cuba Policy Foundation, said it’s time for the U.S. to bury the h...

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What Happened During the Last RNC?

08/21/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Note: This is a replay of an interview which originally aired on 4/26/12.

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 ci...

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Researchers witness spawning of male and female pillar coral for the first time in Florida listen

08/21/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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On a recent dive near Key Largo, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation researchers witnessed a rare species of coral in the process of reproduction. This discovery marked the first documented sighting of male and female pillar coral spawning in the state of Florida.

Pillar coral are listed as threatened within the state of Florida. Kate Lunz, Associate Research Scientist for the Corals Program at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute says this finding confirms the presence of m...

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Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen Says Ryan Medicare Plan Is Bad Deal For Americans

08/20/12 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to The Last Call. I'm Rob Lorei. Our guest - Congressman Chris Van Hollen who is the ranking Member of the House Budget Committee, says that the Romney-Ryan plan would turn Medicare into vouchers and increase costs for seniors. Van Hollen charges that under the Romney-Ryan plan, which repeals Obamacare, seniors would face higher Medicare premiums and prescription drug costs, and would be forced to pay out of pocket for preventive care. He says the plan would turn Medic...

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