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Trinity Cafe opens in V.M. Ybor despite neighborhood objections listen

04/30/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Despite objections from some neighbors, a local charity will serve lunch to more than 200 of Tampa’s impoverished and homeless. Trinity Café opened its doors on Nebraska Avenue in the V.M. Ybor neighborhood Tuesday morning at 11:30. More than 100 people were already lined up waiting for a hot meal.

‘These folks are struggling, obviously. Some are homeless. Some are what we refer to as working poor. They’re making tough decisions deciding whether they’re going to eat dinner o...

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A Better Path for the U.S. in the Middle East? And the Green Shadow Cabinet

04/30/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll speak with Pulitzer Prize winning reporter David Rohde about his new book BEYOND WAR: Reimagining American Influence in a New Middle East (Viking). Rhode has covered U.S. military involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and other parts of the Middle East and South Asia. He was held captive by the Taliban for seven months beginning in 2009.

Later we'll talk with Kevin Zeese who is the Attorney General in a new project-...

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U.S. Rep Kathy Castor blames Republicans for cuts to Head Start listen

04/30/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Thousands of parents who rely on a federally funded program for childcare so they can go to work or school may be out of luck next year. Across the board spending cuts known as the sequester are slashing funding by 5% this year. During a press conference in front of a Head Start center in Town ’N’ Country Tuesday, U.S. Representative Kathy Castor called on her colleagues to do something about it.

“Now in Hillsborough County, we [serve thousands](http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/i...

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Tech Students, Teachers, and EV's

04/29/13 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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[link text][1][link text][1][link text][2]The Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa Florida has an Energy Whiz Olympics for students the first week of May each year and it’s all about clean energy and creative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) students. Among many other events on Saturday May 4 there will be an Electrathon Race. Tampa Bay has an electrathon group of tech students from different schools that design small electric vehicles and will be participating in the FSEC...

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Gambling With State Worker's Retirement?

04/29/13 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to The Last Call. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today- A coalition of groups in Florida is taking aim at a plan in Tallahassee to shift more public employees into a 401(k)-like retirement plan. We heard a moment ago on the news that House Speaker Will Weatherford hopes that he can get a mandatory 401K plan for state workers passed this week in the last days of the legislative session.

We’re joined now by Alan Stonecipher who is director of the [Florida Retirement Se...

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Bill speeding up Florida foreclosures clears house despite objections listen

04/29/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A bill that would speed up foreclosures in Florida is one step closer to the governor’s desk. The measure sponsored by Naples Republican Kathleen Passidomo passed the House Monday 87-26.

“The mortgage foreclosure cases need to be moved along to final resolution expeditiously in order to get the property back into the stream of commerce.”

The bill would shorten the amount of time banks can collect mone...

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Ethics Reform in Tallahassee? And the Political and Cultural Importance of Cooking

04/29/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk about the importance of cooking our own food with author Michael Pollan—who has written a series of best selling books- including BOTANY OF DESIRE. His new book is called COOKED. We’ll talk with him at 11:30 this morning. On the first part of the program- the state legislature has passed ethics and campaign finance reform. How big of a step is it? That’s the topic in the first half hour today. But fi...

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Inter-faith group calls on Washington lawmakers to support pathway to citizenship listen

04/29/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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An inter-faith group is pushing for federal legislation that would create a pathway to citizenship. PICO United Florida is kicking off a month-long campaign Monday to garner support from Florida members of Congress including Lakeland Republican Dennis Ross.

The group plans to hold prayer vigils in front of his office every weekday from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. through the first week of May.

Nanci Palacios is a spokesperson for PICO United Florida.

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Operation Medicine Cabinet nets hundreds of pounds of prescription drugs for disposal listen

04/29/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tampa Bay area residents turned in hundreds of pounds of unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday.

Rich Mills is a sergeant with Tampa Police Department.

He oversaw the Operation Medicine Cabinet collection at a Sweetbay Supermarket on North Dale Mabry Hwy.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said at two locations they collected 74 boxes – about 1300 pounds – of unwanted drugs, almost double what they collected last September.

The take-back initiative was also supported...

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Florida's ban on bongs looks imminent

04/26/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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The Florida Senate, Friday, approved legislation that would ban drug paraphernalia used to smoke marijuana. The ban on bongs was introduced by St. Petersburg area Rep. Darryl Rouson who is an admitted ex-addict. If signed by Governor Rick Scott, the law would take effect on July 1st.

Sellers would be charged with a misdemeanor for first offenses. Subsequent offenses would be a third degree felony.

Critics are outraged over the decision arguing that Florida has it backwards. Several ...

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Regional transit in Tampa Bay is getting an updated vision listen

04/26/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The board coordinating transit agencies from all over the Tampa Bay area is updating its master plan this year. The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority discussed the changes during its meeting Friday. Even though the board considers the update minor, it includes opportunities for increased regional connectivity.

Much of the focus will be on making it easier to get between Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. Bob Clifford is TBARTA’s executive dire...

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Director Oliver Stone: films cast imprint on American culture listen

04/26/13 Jim Bleyer
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Film director Oliver Stone has challenged socially accepted views of American history through films like Platoon and Wall Street. Stone spoke this month at Rollins College in Winter Park and he emphasized the roll of film on society.

Stone asserts movies wield enormous power to persuade and manipulate. The controversial director laments that unconventional views are underrepresented in the cinema. We were not allowed to interview Stone or record [his speech](http://www.rollins.edu/wpi/eve...

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Will Florida pass a distracted driving bill this legislative session?

04/25/13 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Florida is one of just 10 states in the country that doesn't have any serious legislation addressing distracted driving, but that might change in a week.

The state Senate has passed a bill sponsored by Sarasota's Nancy Detert that would make texting while driving a secondary offense, subject to a fine. It's not as far as groups like AAA would like, but the group's public policy director, Karen Morgan, tells WMNF that it's a start, and she is advocating that the House pass a companion bill ...

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St. Pete residents weigh city budget options listen

04/25/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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St. Pete officials are taking input from residents on how to manage the city’s money. During the first of three budget summits last night in Northeast St. Pete, residents weighed in on what services and projects they think officials should prioritize. Lou Brown III has worked on a project called the people’s budget review that surveyed more than 500 residents.

“Ten percent responded with ending racism, segregation and enhancing the southside. Nine percent of responses were Pier r...

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YWCA Sponsoring Conference on Ending Racism; Conservatives Reversing Themselves on Support of Constitution?

04/25/13 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 Lenice Emanuel of the YWCA Tampa Bay about the upcoming Stand Against Racism event this Friday night at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg.

And later we’ll look at how conservatives are changing their tune on the Constitution.

This Friday night at Eckerd College the YWCA Tampa Bay will hold it’s Fifth Annual Stand Against Racism event. It’s part of the YWCA’s national effort to raise a...

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