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Sulphur Springs neighborhood is getting a facelift including demolishing dilapidated houses listen

01/29/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The City of Tampa plans to knock out blight in some at-risk neighborhoods. Most of the attention is on the Sulphur Springs neighborhood where Mayor Bob Buckhorn had some fun with a giant claw this morning.

“Now if I were you, I would hide the children and move out of the way because I’m going to knock this building down.”

And so he did.

Buckhorn took to the controls of a giant excavator to bring the condemned house down as part of a new neighborhood revitalization program cal...

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Group Calls for the Wealthy and Corporations to Pay Their Fair Share of Taxes

01/29/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning,

Welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll talk about calls by a group called Americans for Tax Fairness to get wealthy Americans and corporations to pay their fair share of taxes- as part of any new budget agreement.

But first- four listener comments about yesterday's program. For a good portion of yesterday's open phone segment, callers wanted to discuss 9/11 conspiracy theories. Here's what several listeners had to say.

Tomorrow afternoon a group ...

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Times report points to flaws in Florida's aquifer water flow model listen

01/28/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The model that Florida regulators use to issue water pumping permits is likely to severely underestimate the rate of water flow in the aquifer because of a type of geology called 'karst.'

According to an article in Monday's Tampa Bay Times by reporter Craig Pittman, that could be contributing to pollution and low flow of springs in the state.

The story is ca...

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Energy, Electric Rates, the Environment and Solar Power

01/28/13 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Interview with safe energy activist Susan Glickman, director of the Florida Clean Technology Business Council. FMI http://www.cleanenergy.org

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Nearly 200 immigrants become U.S. citizens while Senators push for comprehensive immigration reform listen

01/28/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Some Republicans and Democrats in the Senate announced an immigration reform framework today that would benefit undocumented immigrants. Senator Charles Schumer, a Democrat from New York, said the agreement is a major breakthrough because Americans oppose illegal immigration, but support legal immigration.

The push came as nearly 200 Tampa Bay area immigrants became American citizens during a naturalization ceremony at Eckerd College Monday morning.

People from 56 countries ranging in...

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Pedestrians/Cyclists look forward to a new link between counties with the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail

01/25/13 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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On today's Last Call we heard details about a project now under construction that is sure to please both bicyclists and hikers – especially those who used to use the Friendship Trail Bridge. It’s called the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail. The eight-mile path will eventually link Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties connecting Tampa to Clearwater. On the Pinellas side it will run along the south side...

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Florida schools implement algebra help via Facebook listen

01/25/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This morning in Pinellas County, educators and Governor Rick Scott kicked off a new system that lets Florida students get free algebra help while they Facebook. Algebra Nation is a statewide service created for schools by the University of Florida and a private company called Study Edge that interfaces mobile apps and social media.

A simple algebra problem headlined the white smart board in the library at Dixie Hollins High School in Kenneth City. A student solved it and the answer – 5...

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GOP Plan to Change the Electoral College System in Blue States and The ACLU of Florida Criticizes Governor and Cabinet Over Denial of Ex-Felon Voting Rights

01/25/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)

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Good morning, Welcome to Radioactivity.

Republicans in Florida and several other blue states are planning to change the way electoral votes are counted in their states. They hope to increase the chances to elect a Republican president in the next election. Is the plan fair- and how far along is the process? We'll talk about that in a moment. We'll also talk with an official of the Florida ACLU- about how the state's new rules barring ex-felons from voting may violate an international treat...

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Shirley Sherrod on how she stood up to the "politics of fear" listen

01/25/13 Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In 2010 Shirley Sherrod was forced to resign from position as Georgia state director for Rural Development for the USDA when heavily edited remarks were used to accuse her of discriminating against a white farmer.

After setting the record straight, the Obama Administration offered Sherrod a new position at the USDA which she later declined.

In this second half of her interview with WMNF’s Lenka Davis, Sherrod shares the story of her memoir “The Courage to Hope: How I stood up to t...

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Lorraine Langlois CEO of Metropolitan Wellness Centers Tampa Bay region

01/24/13 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Lorraine Langlois, the CEO of the Metro Wellness and Community Centers, talk about the programs that the agency offers for a comprehensive response to the needs of HIV-affected, GBLT and other at risk communities of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, and Hernando Counties.The agency serves nearly 3000 people at any one time and through substance abuse treatment and prevention, counseling, case management, a food pantry, prevention services, a thrift store and social and recreational programs assi...

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Sarah Erdreich author of Generation Roe; Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement

01/24/13 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Sarah Erdreich, journalist and women's health advocate talks about her book Generation Roe; Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement. Sarah has been identified as a leading pro-choice activist by Newsweek and her writings have appeared in Lilith, Feminists for Choice, RH reality choice and many other publications. Sarah feels that 40 years after Roe vs Wade it is time to demystify abortion. She discusses many of the issues of autonomy, privacy and sexuality that are so inextricably tang...

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New apartment complex offers housing for Tampa's chronically homeless listen

01/24/13 Ella Wind
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Two years ago, Tampa government officials began to investigate options for addressing Tampa's homeless population, which numbered around 18,000 people. On Wednesday, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Cypress Landing housing complex in North Tampa, the first permanent housing complex for the chronically homeless in Hillsborough County.

The Cypress Landing complex will house the chronically homeless, those who are repeatedly homeless or have been homeles...

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Hillsborough rejects domestic partner registry listen

01/24/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today the Hillsborough County Commission rejected the issue of a domestic partnership registry where non-married couples can get a few of the rights that married couples have.

Four Commissioners opposed the idea: Al Higginbotham, Ken Hagan, Victor Crist and Sandra Murman.

Jennifer Gordon is the legislative assistant for Florida Representative Mark Danish and during public comment this morning read a le...

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Shirley Sherrod: I hope the administration learned from my case listen

01/24/13 Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In 2010, Shirley Sherrod was forced to resign from her position at the US Department of Agriculture after a conservative commentator posted a heavily edited video of a speech, which suggested that Sherrod discriminated against a white farmer. The video set off criticism, mainly by conservative networks, but the full recording of the speech proved Sherrod was telling a story with the opposite meaning.

WMNF’s Lenka Davis interviewed Sherrod after she spoke at a leadership luncheon hosted...

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Journalist Michael Hastings on the 2012 Campaign and Zero Dark Thirty

01/24/13 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 journalist Michael Hastings about his new book on the 2012 Presidential campaign. We’ll also discuss with him his criticism of the new film Zero Dark Thirty and its positive view of torture….

But first- two listener comments about yesterday’s program. Yesterday we spent some time talking about the President’s inauguration and gun laws. Here’s what two listeners had to say:

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