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A conversation Amy Fultz, co-founder of Chimp Haven

03/13/13 Duncan Strauss
Talking Animals
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Amy Fultz– a co-founder of Chimp Haven, the 200-acre Louisiana sanctuary for chimpanzees who had been used for biomedical research (and other purposes) before retiring to the facility–discusses the history of the facility, including the years of planning and research before they broke ground on the sanctuary

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Reaction to resignation of Florida's Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll listen

03/13/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Florida’s Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll resigned in a letter to Governor Rick Scott dated yesterday. The Governor’s office said she did not want her ties to a company embroiled in a major crack-down on internet sweepstakes cafés to be a distraction. Carroll's public relations firm once represented Allied Veterans of the World, a supposed charity that law enforcement officers say was instead a front for an internet gambling ring.

We spoke with Aaron Sharockman, deputy government and...

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Religious group demands help for impoverished Pinellas County residents listen

03/13/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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More than 3,000 faith-driven residents are demanding help for Pinellas County’s poor. During an action at downtown St. Pete’s Tropicana Field last night, the group Faith and Action for Strength Together, or FAST, asked elected officials to implement programs that would improve healthcare, housing, jobs and schools. Glad McCurtain is a member of FAST’s education committee.

“We know that if a child cannot read at grade level by the third grade, there is a huge likelihood that the child will...

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Farmworkers march to Tampa to challenge Publix to honor the Fair Food Program listen

03/13/13 Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Wednesday the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and their allies pass through Tampa on their 200 mile march from Ft Myers to the headquarters of Publix in Lakeland; the marchers are calling on Publix to honor the social responsibility agreement for farm labor reform known as the Fair Food Program.

Right after sunrise, about seventy marchers gather in Riverview´s Mosaic Park to start walking. Oscar Otzoy is with the farmworkers’ coalition.

In its official statement about the Coalition of I...

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Some Tampa Bay law enforcement agencies use same flammable tear gas that led to fugitive cop death listen

03/12/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A few weeks ago in Southern California, police who tried to arrest a former LA Police officer accused of murder burned down the house where the suspect was hiding using incendiary tear gas. Some police agencies in the Tampa Bay area are equipped with the chemical weapon. It’s used by specially trained police units to smoke out dangerous suspects during certain situations. But the consequences of an unintended fire can be deadly. We spoke to several law enforcement agencies in the area to f...

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Tampa Bay Estuary Program announces which ecosystem restoration programs it would like to see funded from BP oil disaster money listen

03/12/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Gulf Coast will get millions of dollars for ecosystem restoration as part of fines resulting from the 2010 BP oil disaster.

A partnership of estuary protection groups and local communities has come up with a list of environmental improvement projects they hope will be funded.

One of the partners is the Tampa Bay Estuary Program and Holly Greening is their executive director.

"Last year Congress approved the Restore Act, last July. That act allows 80 percent of the Clean Water ...

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Was the Iraq War Worth It?

03/12/13 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 look back at the US invasion of Iraq- which began ten years ago this month. We’ll look at the money we spent on Iraq reconstruction and where that money went.

But first we’ll speak with a former foreign service officer- Peter Van Buren. He spent a year in Iraq as a State Department Foreign Service Officer serving as Team Leader for two Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs). Now he writes about Iraq and the Midd...

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Listen to full audio of Bradley Manning's court statement

03/12/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Freedom of the Press Foundation has released a leaked audio recording of the entire statement made by Pfc. Bradley Manning.

Manning talks about why he leaked documents, including what Wikileaks calls the "Collateral Murder" video of journalists being killed in Iraq by the U.S. military.

Here's a link to the text of [Bradley Manning's full statement, trans...

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Pinellas keeps breaking its bus ridership records listen

03/11/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) broke another ridership record in February.

It’s the sixteenth month in a row that more people rode the bus in the county than did the same month the previous year.

Bob Lasher, the spokesperson for PSTA, says ridership numbers have been outstanding.

HART also announced Monday its ridership continues to be strong.

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Faith leaders and immigrants urge comprehensive immigration reform listen

03/11/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Monday in Orlando faith leaders and immigrant students held a prayer rally to reform the nation’s immigration system.

Minutes before the rally was to begin, WMNF spoke by phone with one of the organizers, Rev. Errol Thompson, pastor of New Life Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Orlando.

He’s also chair of PICO (People Improving Communities for Organizing) United Florida.

"The rally is about a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million people here in the United States that hav...

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A Venezuelan Citizen Discusses the Legacy of President Hugo Chavez; Right Wing Hate Groups on Rise in US

03/11/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll speak with a Venezuelan citizen, living here in the Tampa Bay area, who has been traveling back and forth between the US and Venezuela for years. Ruben Ferrer owns a business in the Sarasota/Manatee County area. He says that the Chavez administration was very positive- enhancing democracy and dealing with neglected issues such as poverty, education, health care and pensions. He'll join us live.......

Last week t...

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St. Pete activists remember Fukushima disaster listen

03/11/13 Lauren Misa
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Today marks the two year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that hit the coast of Japan; killing over 15,000 people. There’s a vigil in St. Pete Monday afternoon to remember the tragedy.

The earthquake and tsunami caused the Fukushima Nuclear Plant disaster. It forced more than 150,000 people to evacuate their homes, yet to return for fear of radiation.

Concerned citizens are holding a Fukushima Candlelight Vigil Monday afternoon from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. It will be in the park acro...

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Some Hillsborough schools share $9 million performance rewards from state; Title I schools only get a quarter of it listen

03/08/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Some Hillsborough County Schools are splitting almost $9 million in rewards from the state for high performance. But even though more than half of the district's schools have a large number of students in poverty, only about a quarter of the funds are going to those Title I schools.

“Today’s a great day to give away money because of success.”

Governor Rick Scott announced the appropriation at Plant High School in South Tampa this m...

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St. Pete for Peace celebrates "10 years of resistance" listen

03/08/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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One of the most active anti-war groups in the Tampa Bay area is celebrating ten years of resistance Saturday.

We spoke with Chris Ernesto, a co-founder of St. Pete for Peace, about what they've done since 2003 and what's to come for the anti-war and social justice group.

At the anniversary celebration hey will debut a film about their ten years of activism.

It's at 7 p.m. Saturday March 9 at L-Train, 900 Central Ave. in St. Pete.

"Ten years ago befor...

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Tampa will celebrate Women's History on March 19 listen

03/08/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The City of Tampa will celebrate Women’s History Month on March 19 at the Tampa Convention Center from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

On Thursday Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern recognized the Women’s History Month Committee and their incoming chair, Jillian Howard.

"During Women's History Month we recognize the national theme: Women inspiring innovation through imagination. Celebrating women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Tampa strives to be a place of growth for fem...

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