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Shorter yellow lights may lead to more red light camera citations

05/17/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Good Afternoon, welcome to the Last Call, I’m your host, Janelle Irwin. Alvaro Montealegre is our engineer. We’ll be opening up the phone lines to take your calls. Today we’ll be talking about Red Light Cameras.

An investigative report released this week by Noah Pransky of Channel 10 news shows that the Florida Department of Transportation changed its rules on yellow light intervals in 2011 to be less than federal recommendations. Just a half second reduction in the length of time...

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Lens lovers emerge victorious after contentious St. Pete Pier funding decision listen

05/17/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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St. Pete officials are moving forward with plans to build a new pier despite objections and a probable referendum. During a meeting Thursday, city council members approved more than $800,000 in scaled-back funding for the next design phase for the Lens.

Two weeks ago, city council put off deciding whether or not to allocate $1.5 million for the next step in replacing St. Pete’s iconic inverted pyramid. Instead, they asked for the funding request to be broken down into how the money wou...

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Jessica Mason Pieklo talks about Justice Ruther Bader Ginsburg's comments on Roe vs Wade

05/16/13 Jessica Mason Pieklo with Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Jessica Mason Pieklo is an attorney and an Adjunct Professor at Hamline University and specializes in Civil Rights, Politics, and Women's Causes. She is the senior legal analyst for Rh Reality check an online sight that focuses on women's reproductive rights. Jessica and Robin Marty are the co-authors of the recently released CROW AFTER ROE: HOW SEPARATE BUT EQUAL HAS BECOME THE NEW STANDARD OF WOMEN'S HEALTH AND HOW WE CAN CHANGE THAT. Jessica very strongly admires Justice Ruth Bader Gins...

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Leslie Savan writer, talks about the Cleveland kidnappings and the week in general for women.

05/16/13 Leslie Savan with Mary glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Leslie Savan blogs for the Nation about media and politics. Leslie was a 3 time finalist for a Pulitzer Prize with her columns and writings about advertising and mass media in the Village Voice. She has had articles in the New Yorker and the New York Times Magazine She is the author of SLAM DUNKS and NO BRAINERS. Leslie talked about the "week that was" in which not only the Cleveland women who were kidnapped and escaped were in the news, but as well the report of the increased sexual assau...

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Tampa water department hashes half million dollar plan to avoid power failures listen

05/16/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A water boil alert that went out to more than a half million Tampa residents in February was the result of a domino effect of electrical problems that all started with a squirrel chewing through a power line. The power outage meant part of the city’s water supply could have been tainted and left residents and restaurants scrounging for bottled water and ice for 37 hours.

During a Tampa City Council meeting Thursday, Brad Baird, director of the city’s water department laid out a half...

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Tampa State Representative Janet Cruz on the recently conducted Florida Legislative session

05/16/13 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Today on Last Call, House Democrat Janet Cruz spoke about the 2013 Florida Legislative session with a focus on medicaid expansion, election reform, education laws.

Cruz also gave her views on the Democratic race for governor, where she strongly supports Alex Sink.

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Tampa City Council approves noise ordinance on first reading listen

05/16/13 Roberto Roldan
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Seven Tampa residents lined up in Tampa City Council Chambers Thursday to speak in support of a proposed noise ordinance. The ordinance passed its first reading and would enforce “steep” punishments for drivers who blast car stereos.

Drivers whose music is audible from 50 feet away would face an initial fine of $250. The first draft of the ordinance only allowed officers to enforce the noise ordinance during the night and early morning. After hearing from members of the public, like Be...

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Parents of Teens Charge Their Children Were Executed By Right Wing Group Operating Out of Ft. Stewart

05/16/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Rob Lorei speaks with the parents of two teenagers who were allegedly murdered in cold blood by a secret Patriot group within the US military. Take a listen to this emotional and detailed account of their story .

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The murders took place near Fort Stewart Army base in Southeast Georgia.

Civilian prosecutors allege that four members of a right wing group killed 19 year old Michael Roark- a former member of the group and his 17 year old girlfriend Tiffany York ...

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Jessica Mason Pieklo discusses Justice Ginsburg's discussion of Roe vs. Wade

05/16/13 Jessica Mason Peiklo
From A Woman's Point of View
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Jessica Mason Pieklo, is a senior legal analysis at the RH reality check which is a comprehensive website that discusses the reproductive rights of women. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the School of Law at the Hamline University. She has had articles appear in many publications including the Nation.. She is the co-author of the recently published CROW AFTER ROE; HOW SEPARATE BUT EQUAL HAS BECOME THE STANDARD OF WOMEN 'S HEALTH AND HOW WE CAN CHANGE THAT. Jessica discussed the ...

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Ina May Gaskin excerpts from the Right Livelihood Award in 2011

05/16/13 Ina May Gaskin
From A Woman's Point of View
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Ina May Gaskin, pioneering midwife, was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 2011 (Many call the Right Livelihood Awards the alternative Nobel Prize.) She is the first midwife to receive the award. In accepting the award, Ina discusses the lack of confidence in women's ability to birth children without medical and too often surgical intervention. Ina is the only midwife for which an obstetrical procedure is named. Listen to excerpts from her speech by clicking the link above.

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A conversation with Ian Hallett, Director of Hillsborough County Animal Services

05/15/13 Duncan Strauss
Talking Animals
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Ian Hallett, Director of Hillsborough County Animal Services, discusses his formative years in Riverview, how his educational path took him to Austin, where he began volunteering at the animal shelter there, taking on various volunteer roles, then getting hired as a staffer, ultimately ascending to Deputy Chief Animal Services, where he helped guide the facility into "No Kill." He's returned to Tampa, as Director of Hillsborough County Animals Services, and describes the key tenets of his new...

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Planners look to transform Tampa's East Hillsborough Avenue corridor listen

05/15/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday

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Regional planners are looking at ways to revamp an important urban corridor along Hillsborough Avenue in East Tampa. Tuesday at the Cyrus Green Recreational Center some 20 people gathered to listen to a progress report and offer their suggestions.

The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization, or MPO, commissioned a study on traffic congestion and safety. It identified the East Hillsborough Avenue corridor as an area with motorized and non-motorized...

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Gun Violence Surges in Florida

05/15/13 Warren Elly with Eric Barton Florida Center for Investigative Reporting
Last Call Wednesday

Warren Elly takes an in-depth look into the gun crisis and its presence in Florida. Listen to his discussion with investigative reporter Eric Barton.

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Today… It is perhaps the single most divisive issue in America – GUNS. Driven by the slaughter of young school children, multiple public opinion polls said that Americans by a wide margin favor tougher background checks for gun ownership. A Congressional majority, perhaps persuaded by ideology or the threat...

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The IRS Scrutinized Liberal and Conservative Groups; Which Got the Most Publicity?

05/15/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Today on Radioactivity, host Rob Lorei took a closer look into the investigation on the IRS for its scrutiny of the Tea Party. His guest, a Tea Party media spokesperson went into further detail about the party's stance on the report. The show also touched on the role of the IRS during the Bush administration and how they went after peace, civil rights and environmental groups.

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[The Los Angeles Times is reporting this morning](http://www.latimes.com/news/nati...

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Lens critics deliver more than 20,000 petitions to St. Pete City Hall to force a referendum listen

05/15/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday

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A group opposing plans for a new St. Petersburg Pier delivered more than 20,000 petitions to City Hall Wednesday to force a referendum in August. During a press conference calling on city council to stop spending money on the project until after the election, Fred Whaley responded to claims by critics that it’s not hard to get that many people to sign a petition.

“What it’s hard to do is get 20,000 of them to do it and I guess it was a daunting task that we didn’t realize how long...

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