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New activist movement in Tampa is targeting slumlords listen

01/17/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A group of activists is targeting slumlords in Tampa. Members of the Tampa Solidarity Network warned passing traffic not to rent from a USF-area apartment complex during a protest yesterday.

Two activists held a giant banner in front of Aaran’s Walk Condominiums calling Jennifer Rendahl a slumlord. Some drivers passing by honked in appreciation. Others slowed their cars to ask why. Protester Jake Vigness told them the complex’s management headed up by Rendahl enforced silly rules an...

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Researchers find Florida's election law disproportionately hurt minority voters listen

01/17/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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An elections law passed by the Florida Legislature and signed by Governor Rick Scott two years ago disproportionately reduced the opportunity of African American voters to have their voices heard in the November 2012 election.

That’s one of the findings by researchers from Dartmouth College and the University of Florida outlined in their report called “[Florida’s 2012 General Election Under HB 1355: Early Voting, Provisional Ballots, and Absentee Ballots.](http://library.constantcon...

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Discussion with filmmakers James LaVeck & Jenny Stein

01/16/13 Duncan Strauss
Talking Animals
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A conversation with Tribe of Heart founders, James LaVeck & Jenny Stein, about their award-winning documentary films, film functioning as activism, and more. We also incorporated some listener calls.

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President Obama announces executive actions to curb gun violence & wants Congress to beef up background checks & ban assault weapons listen

01/16/13 wire reports
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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President Barack Obama has announced a $500 million package of executive actions and legislative proposals aimed at reducing gun violence a month after a mass shooting in Connecticut killed 20 elementary school children. Obama signed 23 executive actions — which require no congressional approval — including several aimed at improving access to data for background checks. A presidential memorandum will instruct the Centers for Disease Control to research causes and prevention of gun violen...

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Will PollutersTry to Undermine New EPA Water Rules for Florida?

01/16/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Protectors of the environment won a battle late last year when the federal government announced new, tougher standards for water quality in Florida. But those new standards are being challenged by the groups that want to continue to allow pollution to degrade our springs and other waterways. We'll talk about this in a moment but first three listener comments about yesterday's show. yesterday we talked about a variety of issues- but all three comments we...

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Hillsborough County School Board rejects armed guards in elementary schools listen

01/16/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night Hillsborough County School Board members gutted a proposal by the Superintendent to add armed security guards to all of the district’s elementary schools. Not everyone was directly opposed to MaryEllen Elia’s idea, but all said the board needs more time and information to come up with a plan.

Elia wanted to spend $700,000 this year and more than $4 million next year to hire 130 security personnel to work in elementary schools. [Doretha Edgecomb](https://www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/...

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Clean Up Scheduled for University Area Community in Tampa

01/15/13 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 a community project taking place soon in North Tampa-- it's an effort to improve the lives of people who live in the area near the University of South Florida. But first- one listener comment about yesterday's show. Yesterday we spent much of the hour talking about guns and what to do to reduce gun violence. Here's what one listener had to say:

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This Saturday more than 500 volunteers from busines...

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Unwed couples can soon register as domestic partners in all of Pinellas County listen

01/15/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Unmarried couples in Pinellas County will soon be able to register as domestic partners to get a handful of benefits afforded to married people. After months of talks, commissioners voted 6 to 1 Tuesday to approve a registry that will also recognize people who registered in other municipalities.

Once registered, unmarried couples would be able to make healthcare and funeral choices for their partner, take part in the education of the other’s children, visit each other in the emergency ro...

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The Surprising History of the National Rifle Association

01/14/13 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to The last Call. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll talk with author Steven Rosenfeld who has been looking into the history of the NRA and recent gun laws. And he's found some surprising things: that for most of the 20th Century the NRA was one of the country's foremost gun control organizations- it even helped draft tough gun laws. He also writes that some prominent conservative constitutional scholars- so called originalists- take strong issue with recent court decisio...

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League of Women Voters of Florida suggests elections law changes listen

01/14/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In a letter sent Friday to Secretary of State Ken Detzner, the League of Women Voters of Florida laid out suggestions for improving the state’s elections. We spoke with their president, Deirdre Macnab.

Meanwhile, Florida elections supervisors want lawmakers to be less wordy when they put proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot. They also want greater flexibility in setting...

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Pinellas transit officials stick to plans for merger study after HART flip-flops listen

01/14/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s (PSTA) board is sticking to its guns about a recommendation to the Florida legislature that would further study the benefits of combining their agency with Hillsborough’s. Both boards had decided to ask the state to pay for a second merger study, but last week, leaders of the Hillsborough transit authority rescinded that request. PSTA CEO Brad Miller agreed with a board decision during a special meeting Monday to meet with HART once more before ...

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Coalition to Stop Gun Violence calls for substantive action from Biden task force

01/11/13 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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Guns headlined the news both nationally and locally all week. Vice President Joe Biden met with a variety of groups, including gun retailers, video game manufacturers and the NRA, as part of the White House task force on gun violence. He is expected to announce his findings early next week.

Ironically Biden’s press conference on Thursday was interrupted with news of another school shooting – this time in Taft, CA – where a 16-year-old student armed with a 12-gauge shotgun critical...

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Rep. Castor pushes for comprehensive immigration reform listen

01/11/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Despite the fact that there are 11 million people in the U.S. without proper documentation, the U.S. Congress has not passed comprehensive immigration reform. But in a press conference this morning in Ybor City, Tampa-area member of Congress Kathy Castor said she hopes that will change.

"There is no legal pathway to citezenship that exists right now. I hear from a number of people who say: "Why don't the Dream kids just apply for citzenship?" That pathway does not exist legally. That is w...

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Arming Hillsborough County schools

01/10/13 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Hillsborough County School Board chair April Griffin joined the program to talk about a variety of issues, but our callers mostly wanted to talk about Superintendent MaryEllen Elia's plan to expand an armed security force so it can guard every elementary school.

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Faith-based group's efforts to reduce unemployment among people with records delayed again by St. Pete City Council listen

01/10/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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St. Pete City Council members deferred a vote on an ordinance today that would require city contractors to hire Florida residents for certain jobs. The plan presented Thursday was met with opposition from people on both sides of the local hiring argument.

The politically-motivated coalition of religious groups, called Faith in Action for Strength Together, or FAST, wants a local hiring ordinance. But they want it to include a provision that would make contractors hire people with crimina...

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