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Students in eight low-income Hillsborough County schools get free dental care listen

02/18/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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More than 450 students in Hillsborough County have received dental screenings and sealants at no cost to their parents. The new program helps students in eight schools with high poverty levels. It targeted 100 more kids at Bryan Elementary School in Plant City today. Randy Valdez, a dentist and director of Suncoast Community Health Centers said the program is for second graders.

“Because that’s when they’re at their prime, optimum exposure to decay so we want to cover those firs...

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St. Pete City Council member Steve Kornell opposed red light cameras

02/15/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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They snap pictures of cars who may be running a light with a tell tale flash. They're red light cameras.

The idea was to eliminate potentially fatal intersection collisions, but the issue has sparked debate across party lines. Some argue it is a violation of privacy – others that the tickets issued aren’t accurate.

As legislation to overturn a state law that allows the cameras to be used is making its way through Tallahassee, St. Petersburg officials are facing their own backlash o...

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Local Effort to Undo Citizen's United; What Happened to America's Middle Class?

02/15/13 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 David Cobb, the former Green Party presidential candidate who now heads Move To Amend—the effort to turn back the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision. And later we’ll talk with Hedrick Smith, the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who has written a new book called Who Stole the American Dream? Both of our guests will be making speeches locally in the next few days.

But first one listene...

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Tampa celebrates Black History silver anniversary listen

02/15/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today marked the 25th anniversary of Black History Celebrations in Tampa. The annual ceremony at the Tampa Convention Center was even more festive this year as volunteers honored some of the city’s most accomplished movers of African-American equality.

Every year, the black history committee puts on one heck of a shin dig to honor the culture’s rich history in Tampa. In between lively gospel music, speakers regaled memories of growing up in the African-American communities of Tampa. ...

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Florida Rep. Dennis Baxley says kids will be safer if teachers are armed listen

02/15/13 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In the aftermath of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary legislators in states across the country are calling for changes in laws that prohibit guns from being brought on to school campuses.

One Florida lawmaker who has been a vocal advocate for doing away with what he calls “gun free zones” is Representative Dennis Baxley. The Ocala Republican helped sponsor the controversial “Stand Your Gr...

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Rick Kriseman talks about why wants to be the next Mayor of St. Petersburg

02/14/13 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Rick Kriseman has served on the St. Pete City Council and in Tallahassee as a state Representative. On Monday, February 11, he announced he would be a candidate for mayor in St. Petersburg. On our show, he talked about why he's the better choice for the city than incumbent Bill Foster moving forward.

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League of Women Voters claims campaign contribution limit increase is bad news listen

02/14/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Proposed legislation that is moving its way through Tallahassee would increase the amount of money individuals can contribute to political campaigns from $500 to $10,000. During a conference call Thursday, Lloyd Leonard, director of advocacy for the League of Women Voters said the proposal would discourage some people from writing checks to candidates.

“We need to have more participation by a larger number people in our government and the way to do that is to encourage small contributi...

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Labor groups warn against changes to Florida's pension program listen

02/14/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Proposed legislation in the Florida House would force new state employees hired after 2014 to use a 401k-style retirement fund instead of the current pension program. During a conference call Wednesday, critics of the measure said the change would hurt public employees. Diane Oakley, executive director for the National Institute on Retirement Security said seniors enrolled in the type of retirement program being proposed are nine times more likely to live in poverty during their final years...

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Eve Ensler reads from the Vagina Monologues

02/14/13 Eve Ensler
From A Woman's Point of View
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In conjunction with "one billion rising"-the international celebration on V-Day or Violence against women's Day, February 14, with dance and music to bring attention to the extent of violence against women in the world, Eve Ensler reads from her play The Vagina Monologues. Eve Ensler conceived the idea for an international celebration of women rising against the violence and since one billion women throughout the world are assaulted or raped every year the event has become"one billion rising...

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Event at the Tampa Theatre with the Gasparilla Film Festival and Watoto

02/14/13 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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The Gasparilla Film Festival and Watoto, an international non-profit that provides rescue for orphans and widows in Africa will partner to present a film and concert benefit at the Tampa Theatre on Sunday February 17. The evening will premiere the documentary :"Restore Gulu: Child Soldier No More. A performance by the Watoto Children's Choir will follow the screening. The doors open at 4:30 pm and the screening of the film will be at 5 pm

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The Director of the Film Chasing Ice; and evolutionary biologist Lee Dugatkin

02/14/13 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 met the director of the award winning film on global warming called CHASING ICE.

And we’ll discuss evolution and altruism—are humans wired to be altruistic- or is being selfish a natural habit- embedded in our DNA. We’ll also be taking your phone calls.

First up today- Jeff Orlowski is director of the film CHASING ICE- which will be shown several times over the next few days in the Bay area. The fil...

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A conversation With Michael Jernigan & Judy Bordignon, about Southeast Guide Dogs' Paws For Patriots

02/13/13 Duncan Strauss
Talking Animals
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Michael Jernigan & Judy Bordignon–staff members at Southeastern Guide Dogs; she’s the trainer for Veteran Service Dogs And Facility Therapy Dogs, he’s the Community Outreach Coordinator–discuss how the Palmetto, Florida based facility launched its Paws For Patriots program to serve veterans. Jernigan, who helped create the program, describes how Southeastern initially expanded its fundamental service of providing guide dogs to people with visual impairments (something it’s been doin...

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One Billion Rising events in Tampa Bay call attention to violence against women listen

02/13/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tuesday the U.S. Senate passed an extension of the Violence Against Women Act.

It includes new provisions to protect gays and lesbians, immigrants and Native American women.

The act expired in 2011.

Ending violence against women is the goal of activists organizing events called One Billion Rising.

There are two in the Tampa Bay area Thursday and one is organized by Ayele Hunt, executive director of [I Am Choice](https://...

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Tampa officials break ground on renovation to old downtown courthouse listen

02/13/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tampa officials broke ground on renovations to the more than one century old federal courthouse in downtown Wednesday. After a lot of debate over what to do with the historical structure, Mayor Buckhorn got the wheels rolling in 2011 by asking for proposals to turn the building into a high-end hotel. Today, Buckhorn is celebrating what will soon become Le Meridien.

“I couldn’t be more excited. It’s been vacant and boarded up for ten years, at least. It is the most magnificent st...

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Forrest Gump actor Gary Sinise kicks off 2013 wounded vet project in Tampa listen

02/13/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Actor Gary Sinise – better known as Lieutenant Dan to Forrest Gump fans -- is heading up an effort to build twelve severely wounded soldiers specially-equipped homes. Sinise, along with other charity leaders and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced the 2013 Building for America’s Bravest program during a ceremony in downtown Tampa Wednesday morning. Sinise said he enjoys giving injured soldiers some of their normal life back.

“They’re going to have life challenges for a long time ...

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