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Median CEO pay rises to $9.7 million in 2012

05/22/13 AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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CEO pay has been going in one direction for the past three years: up.

The head of a typical large public company made $9.7 million in 2012, up 6.5 percent from a year earlier.

That's according to an analysis by The Associated Press using data from the executive pay research firm Equilar.

CEO pay has never been higher. It fell two years straight during the Great Recession but rose 24 percent in 2010 and 6 percent in 2011.

Pay is up partly because a bigger proportion is coming from ...

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Howard Troxler on Media

05/22/13 Warren Elly
Last Call Wednesday
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In Wednesday's edition of Last Call, Warren Elly discusses the fall of the journalism industry with guest Howard Troxler, a political columnist and reporter.

Find the transcript below: Today… another in our series of broadcasts focusing on the decline and fall of Journalism and the American News Media… after the one-two punch of instant Internet and the contraction of the American economy.Among the consequences critics say; an ever more corrupt political system, reinforced by the constan...

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High speed ferry service may be in Tampa's transit future listen

05/22/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Traffic congestion in Tampa is among the worst in the nation. That’s one reason why former Hillsborough County Commissioner Ed Turanchik is pushing for expanded transit using high speed ferries. During the first of three presentations on the issue Wednesday, Turanchik said the boats would initially serve people who commute from southern Hillsborough County to MacDill Air Force Base.

“There is no other transportation option that can do so much for so little so fast with so much private i...

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New Book Tells History of Child Sex Abuse Scandal in Catholic Church

05/22/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up on the first part of today’s program we are going to talk about the child sexual abuse scandal sweeping the Catholic Church. Later we’ll hear what a friend of the victim had to say about the young man who was killed by the FBI today in Orlando. The victim allegedly had ties to one of the Boston bombers.

But first one comment about yesterday’s program on which we discussed some of the reasons why the IRS would have a legitim...

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Franken Farms Labs labels cans as activism to draw awareness to March Against Monsanto and GMOs listen

05/22/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This Saturday there will be coordinated protests across the country and around the world opposing genetically modified foods and the company Monsanto.

There are even March Against Monsanto rallies planned in Tampa and St. Petersburg.

In the meantime some activists have printed food label...

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Tampa's Barrio Latino Commission allows Roosevelt 2.0 to keep its Ybor City mural listen

05/21/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tuesday the City of Tampa dedicated a giant outdoor mural on an Ybor City warehouse along Adamo Drive.

But a much smaller mural caused controversy at this morning’s meeting of the Barrio Latino Commission. City staff recommended removal of a mural outside the R...

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Conservative groups protest at Tampa IRS building listen

05/21/13 Roberto Roldan
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As part of a series of nationwide protests, over one hundred concerned citizens lined the east and westbound lanes of Columbus Drive, outside of the Tampa IRS building this afternoon. Local conservative organizations stood with signs and megaphones calling on the federal government to hold the IRS accountable.

Members from Tampa Bay area Tea Party and 9-12 groups held signs and flags to speak out against extra scrutiny that the IRS has given to conservative groups. Sharon Calvert, co-found...

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Were There Valid Reasons for the IRS to Scrutinize Tea Party Groups?

05/21/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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On this edition of WMNF's Radioactivity Rob Lorei interviews Stephanie Mencimer who is a staff writer for Mother Jones Magazine. She recently wrote a piece about why some Tea party groups should have been given scrutiny by the IRS.

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Dr. Harvey Kaltsas

05/20/13 Robert Lorei
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On the Alternative Health show today (filling in for Eve Prang Plews) we'll talk with Acupuncture Physician Dr. Harvey Kaltsas who practices in Sarasota. His web site is http://www.hkacup.com

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Tampa Bay Times Reporter Ivan Penn Compares Cost of Nuclear Power v Cost of Natural Gas Power Plants

05/20/13 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 with Tampa Bay times reporter Ivan Penn who a few days ago wrote an article comparing the costs of building and operating a natural gas fired power plant v the cost of a nuclear plant.

We're also expecting a call from Congressman Alan Grayson who will be discussing [his opposition to some ...

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Despite challenges, some Democrats are getting behind former Democratic state Senator Nan Rich for governor listen

05/20/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Former state Senator Nan Rich is already hitting the campaign trail to try to unseat Florida Governor Rick Scott next year. Rich, a self-proclaimed progressive Democrat, wants to boost her name recognition, but during a meet and greet with the Democratic Women’s Club of Upper Pinellas in Safety Harbor Monday she said she’s not worried about facing a challenger in the primary.

“I believe that you have to put your credentials up against whomever enters the race and I’m very comfortable put...

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At Eckerd College commencement environmentalist Bill McKibben warns of climate catastrophe listen

05/20/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This month atmospheric measurements of carbon dioxide passed the 400-parts-per-million threshold for the first time since the beginning of human civilization.

Environmentalist and climate activist Bill McKibben has been out front alerting the public that scientists warn that level needs to be cut to 350 in order to avoid long-term climate catastrophe from the greenhouse effect. McKibben is the founder of 350.org and was the keynote speaker at Eckerd College’s graduation ...

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Governor Scott vetoes $360 million from state budget listen

05/20/13 AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Florida Governor Rick Scott hit back at the state Legislature today by vetoing almost $400 million from the state's new budget.

Scott praised the budget, which now stands at roughly $74.1 billion. The governor vetoed a 3 percent tuition hike for college and university students that had been championed by House Speaker Will Weatherford. There are legal questions, however, about the move and it could prompt a lawsuit from the Legislature.

The governor also said no to a $50 million item to...

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Senator Rubio tells Tampa audience recent Obama administration scandals are due to political culture listen

05/20/13 Naveen Sultan
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) spoke in Tampa on Saturday, but instead of focusing on immigration reform he railed against the recent IRS, AP and Benghazi scandals. At the Hillsborough County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner Rubio said he is concerned about excessive government. He said the Obama administration’s criticism of the GOP has created a culture of politics that is responsible for these scandals.

“When you go around demonizing your opponents, when you go around telling p...

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In Pinellas 200 alternative energy advocates hold hands to oppose offshore drilling listen

05/20/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Saturday 200 Tampa Bay residents protested against oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

They lined up along the shore of Treasure Island in Pinellas County, held hands and chanted "Hey ho, hey ho, fossil fuels have got to go."

For more than three years, Hands Across the Sand has been a way for people to show their support for alternatives to oil drilling.

Members of community groups and environmental organizations parti...

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