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Ken Welch on all things going on in Pinellas County

02/07/13 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Pinellas County Commission Chair Ken Welch joined us for the entire hour, talking about Rays stadium issues, the Pier, a light-rail system in the county, and many other issues.

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Eleanor Cecil local President of NOW talks about events in the Tampa Bay Region with 'one billion women rising"

02/07/13 Eleanor Cecil with Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Eleanor Cecil from Hillsborough NOW discusses the "one billion rising campaign being staged to bring awareness to the violence against women both locally and globally . Events are being held in the Tampa Bay area on Feb 14 to join with the rest of the world in this "uprising" event. In Tampa,the event will be held at Oak Grove Church, 6830 N Habana (intersection with Sligh Ave) the event will begin at 12:14 pm and guests will include Jane Castor, the Tampa Bay Police Chief, and Sharon Scott.

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Juliana Gonen with Center for Reproductive rights discusses the proposed changes to contraceptive coverage in Affordable Care Act

02/07/13 Juliana Gonen with Mary Glennehy
From A Woman's Point of View
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Juliana Gonen, head of Government Policy with the Center for Reproductive Rights discusses the recent proposed changes for contraceptive coverage in the Affordable Care Act. She discusses her organization's concerns that this could be burdensome to women. She worried about the clarity of the new guidelines and the real possibility that women would be forced to "jump through hoops" to get the services that have been promised. Juliana also discusses the Draw the Line campaign that examines wo...

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Terry O'Neill Executive director of NOW discusses violence against women

02/07/13 Terry O'Neill/Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Terry O'Neill, the executive Director of NOW (National Organization For Women), discusses violence against women in the United States and her reasons for the passage of VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) that is being discussed in the Senate now. She discussed the changes from the bill that failed last year and the present status of the bill. Terry also discussed NOW's participation with so many other organizations in the "one billion rising" international celebration by dance and awareness ...

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V.M. Ybor residents want pool and less crowded housing units listen

02/07/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In the V.M. Ybor neighborhood of Tampa some residents are living in overcrowded lodging facilities. They also don’t have access to the community’s pool for the fourth consecutive year. This morning neighborhood leaders asked city council members to move forward with proposals that would solve both problems.

Community leaders from the historic neighborhood north of Ybor City often find themselves addressing Tampa City Council looking for ways to strike a balance between middle-class h...

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After girl's death, Tampa City Council member wants to know why a Busch Blvd. crosswalk is taking so long listen

02/07/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council member Frank Reddick wants to know why an extra crosswalk wasn’t installed along Busch Boulevard before an 8-year-old girl was struck and killed trying to cross the street. Reddick is asking city staff to look into what was taking so long.

The city already knew there was a problem with people jaywalking on Busch Boulevard where one mile separates two crosswalks. Reddick said adding another was i...

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Tampa banker honored by city council for feeding the less fortunate listen

02/07/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A Tampa banker and volunteer football coach was honored by city council this morning for his efforts to feed people without homes during the holiday season. But during a commendation ceremony at City Hall, Andre Kirwan asked that Neil Sayers, a local chiropractor and volunteer who passed away in November, also be recognized.

“He always told me, ‘Andre, we’ve got to go big or go home’ and it’s been hard for me to kind of wrap my brain around the fact that through his passing, hi...

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The Fallout from Duke Energy's Decision to Close the Crystal River Nuclear Plant

02/07/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning,

Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei- in a moment we’re going to talk with a reporter from the Tampa Bay Times and a state legislator about the announced closing of the Crystal River nuclear power plant…..

But first three listener comments about yesterday’s program. The comments were about a liberal peace group opposed to drones, the lack of solar power here in the Sunshine State and the 10 year anniversary of Colin Powell’s speech to the UN on supposed Iraqi...

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Eve Ensler on "one billion rising"

02/07/13 Eve Ensler
From A Woman's Point of View
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Eve Ensler, well known author, journalist, playwright and advocate to end the violence against women throughout the world discusses the status of "one billion rising". She noted that one billion women through out the world are raped or assaulted over a year's time and decided to bring attention to the severity of the problem by organizing women throughout the world to celebrate and dance on V-Day-February 14. To most in the USA, February 14th is Valentine's Day; to Eve Ensler and millions o...

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A conversation With Steven Wise, Founder of The Nonhuman Rights Project

02/06/13 Duncan Strauss
Talking Animals
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Steven Wise–the founder and president of The Nonhuman Rights Project; he’s also an attorney, author, legal scholar and professor who’s taught at Harvard Law School–discusses how the law he was practicing (personal injury) shifted focus 30-plus years ago upon reading Peter Singer’s “Animal Liberation.” His new focus became animal protection law. He traces his career path from there, including serving a decade-long stint as president of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and founding...

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New Report on Corporate Welfare in Florida

02/06/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll speak with Dan Krassner, executive director of Integrity Florida which has just issued a report on Enterprise Florida. EF is a publicly and privately funded non-profit designed to encourage job creation in Florida. But Integrity Florida's report says few jobs have been created, EF has spent millions in state money, and has not reached it's goals for private fundraising.

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Residents and small business owners ask Hillsborough County not to dole out subsidies to lure Bass Pro listen

02/06/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners weighed whether to spend more than $6 million dollars to Bass Pro Shops. During public comment today at the commission’s meeting, 14 community residents and small business owners opposed the measure. William Place owns Ace Golf. He called the county’s proposal corporate welfare.

“Currently we employ, in five businesses, 170 people. In twenty years we paid millions of dollars in sales [and] property taxes. Should the county give me a public tax ...

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Boy Scouts delay decision on lifting ban on gay scouts; Florida conservative pleased listen

02/06/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today, the Boy Scouts of America's national executive board delayed a decision on whether to lift its longstanding ban on gay scouts and leaders.

Instead, the organization will take action at its national meeting in May.

LGBT activists want the board to allow openly gay scouts and leaders to participate. The effort is supported by President Barack Obama.

But conservative groups are pushing for the organization to uphold its longstanding ban. John Stemberger is president of the [F...

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Political and environmental activists praise closing of Duke Energy Crystal River nuke listen

02/05/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Duke energy announced today that it will permanently close the Crystal River nuclear plant that has been sitting idle since 2009.

The plant won’t be decommissioned for several decades though to allow the power company to build its decommissioning funds.

Repairs to the cracked nuclear reactor were originally estimated at a billion dollars but soared to more than $6 billion. Customers have been paying for replacement power.

I spoke with the political director for the Florida Consum...

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Obama urges Congress to close tax loopholes and not spend the money on the rich listen

02/05/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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President Barack Obama urged Congress to avert impending mandatory budget cuts by agreeing to both spending cuts and revenue increases. During an address this afternoon, the President told reporters the proposals he made during last year’s fiscal cliff negotiations are still on the table.

The Presidents remarks came as the March 1st budget deadline approaches. If a deal is not reached by then, a process Washington insiders call Sequestration will force indiscriminate deep spending cuts...

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