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Some St. Pete officials ponder pulling money out of Bank of America in favor of smaller bank listen

03/18/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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St. Pete City Council member Steve Kornell will ask his colleagues not to renew a contract with Bank of America on Thursday. His push comes after a resident complained that Bank of America was not abiding by the foreclosure rules it agreed to. It also coincides with a related effort to invest taxpayer dollars into local banks.

“I happen to have a new business item that was referred to committee asking that a percentage of our deposits be referred to local banks.

Kofi Hunt, a St. ...

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Two-hundred mile march for farmworkers' rights doesn't hurdle Publix roadblock listen

03/18/13 Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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About 1500 farmworkers and their allies completed their 200 mile, two week March for Respect, Rights and Fair food yesterday in Lakeland. They gathered at the headquarters of Publix in hope that the supermarket giant would honor what they’re calling a Fair Food Program.

More than a decade ago south Florida tomato harvesters began a campaign for fair working conditions. Before the Coalition of Immokalee Workers organized, wages had not gone up in more than 20 years and workers are still ...

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New GOP Report Says Party Is Narrow Minded, Out of Touch

03/18/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. The web site Politico.com is reporting that "The Republican National Committee concedes in a sprawling report Monday that the GOP is seen as the party of “stuffy old men” and needs to change its ways.

Among the RNC’s proposed fixes: enacting comprehensive immigration reform, addressing middle-class economic anxieties head on and condensing a presidential primary process that saw Mitt Romney get battered...

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Seminole Heights Walmart? Residents say no!

03/15/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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The City of Tampa has approved waivers for Walmart to build driveways at a property on Hillsborough Avenue West of 22nd St in the Seminole Heights neighborhood. Some local businesses aren't worried about the impacts to their bottom line, but residents say they'll shun the big box store.

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Memorial for former Florida Supreme Court justice and Hillsborough County administrator Fred Karl listen

03/15/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The memorial service for former Florida Supreme Court justice and Hillsborough County administrator Fred Karl was this afternoon at the Tampa Convention Center. Karl died earlier this month.

His son, Fred Karl Jr. relayed a story about when his father represented West Volusia County in the Legislature at a time that the KKK was active and Governor Leroy Collins vetoed a bill that would have closed all public schools if the state enforced the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown versus Board of Edu...

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Former Florida Governor Bob Martinez says Medicaid expansion would be costly listen

03/15/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Former Florida Governor Bob Martinez stayed in line with Republican talking points during a luncheon at the Centre Club in the Westshore District in Tampa today. The former Democratic Tampa mayor turned Republican touched on everything from transit to healthcare in front of about 40 local business leaders.

According to Martinez, he was a Democrat for 27 years – he calls it his minority period – but for the last 30 years he has been a Republican. And like most Republicans he said he...

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Race Baiter: Eric Deggans on race and media listen

03/15/13 Christopher Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The news media sometimes covers issues of race -- but a recent book looks at whether that coverage can actually hurt race relations.

WMNF's Christopher Davis interviewed Tampa Bay Times media critic, Eric Deggans, after a community conversation on the topic last night at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg. Deggans' book is called Race Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation.

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A Female Catholic Bishop Comments on the New Pope

03/15/13 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 have open phones for most of the program.

But first we’ll hear from a voice rarely heard - a woman priest.

Even more than that - a woman who says she is now a Roman Catholic bishop.

She is Bridget Mary Meehan. I spoke with her yesterday - about the selection of the new Pope Francis from Argentina.

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Remembering American Rachel Corrie who was killed by Israeli military ten years ago listen

03/15/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Saturday is the ten year anniversary of the death of Rachel Corrie; the American college student was killed in the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip on March 16, 2003 while trying to prevent a family’s home from being destroyed.

Last April I interviewed Rachel’s parents, Cindy and Craig Corrie when they were in Tampa attending the United Methodist Church General Conference. They were trying to get the church to divest from companies supplying the Israeli occupation: Caterpillar, Motorola an...

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Rick Scott, CPAC and the state of Democrats in Florida

03/14/13 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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With the big conservative conclave known as CPAC taking over the political/media class this weekend in Washington, we talked with University of Central Florida political science professor Aubrey Jewett about the state of Washington and Tallahassee Republicans, and whether Democrats in Florida can exploit Rick Scott's apparent weaknesses as he looks at re-election next year.

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Walmart in Seminole Heights? Doesn't matter much to some local businesses listen

03/14/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Documents have surfaced that suggest Walmart might open a store in Tampa’s Seminole Heights neighborhood. But some locally owned businesses in the area aren’t sweating it. The big-box giant is feared in some communities for its propensity to put the little guys out of business. But Kendra Bailey, owner of Health Mutt on Central Avenue, said they can survive because they offer things Walmart doesn’t.

“What we do is we have a niche product. I know that Cleanse also has a Niche pr...

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TD Allman's New History of Florida: Finding Florida

03/14/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk with the author of a new book about the 500 year history of Florida. But first two listener comments about yesterday’s open phones. For much of the hour we discussed health care, health insurance and the proposed Big Gulp ban. Here’s what several listeners had to say.

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Most history books tell us that Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon discovered Florida for the Europeans in April 1513—500 years ag...

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Florida environmentalists pitch oil spill fine projects listen

03/14/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A committee of government representatives is collecting ideas from gulf coast residents about how to use money recovered from the 2010 Gulf oil disaster. The group was in St. Pete last night where they heard from environmental advocates about projects that could benefit from extra funding. Dave Howard with Friends of Tampa Bay Refuges suggested some of the money be set aside for beach renourishment at Egmont Key off the coast of southern St. Petersburg.

“It used to be over 500 acres; i...

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Terry Tempest Williams talks about her book When Women Were Birds

03/14/13 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Terry Tempest Williams the author of fourteen books, including Refuge, Leap, the Open Space of Democracy, Finding Beauty in a Broken World talks about her latest book WHEN WOMEN WERE BIRDS:FIFTY FOUR VARIATIONS OF VOICE. In the book, Williams explores her mother's identity and subsequently searches for her own. The San Francisco Chronicle states that "Williams displays a Whitmanesque embrace of the world and its contradictions...As the pages accumulate, her voice grows in majesty and power u...

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Medicaid and Florida

03/13/13 Warren Elly
Last Call Wednesday
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As Republicans in the Congress and the State House push back against the 2012 election returns… at their political peril some say, insisting that the majority of Americans support higher taxes for the rich and health care reform…

Those critics say the GOP may be divided over issues like Immigration, but continues, for example here in Florida, over its own Republican Governor’s objections, to pursue an agenda to deny Medicaid expansion in Florida to a million poor and uninsured...

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