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Democrats and Republicans clash over Medicaid expansion at Pinellas political panel listen

05/14/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Florida Legislature is still taking heat from people who want to see the state’s Medicaid system expanded under the federal healthcare law. The House’s failure to approve a plan that would have covered 1.2 million Floridians using federal dollars was the center of debate during a Suncoast Tiger Bay Club luncheon today in Pinellas County. State Representative Larry Ahern, a Republican, defended the House’s proposal.

"Because the House proposed a plan. We had a solution. But t...

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Organic Hydroponics & Urban Gardening

05/13/13 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Today’s program features Robert Tornello from 3 Boys Farm in Ruskin, a high tech hydroponic farm, the only Certified Organic hydroponic vegetable operation in the USA, and David Whitwam with Whitwam Organics, an urban garden designer and supplier near downtown Tampa. Robert discusses all the obstacles he overcame to finally become Certified Organic and the pitfalls of traditional hydroponic operations. David has been working with folks that have failed trying to do backyard hydroponic oper...

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BP disaster relief funds could promote new coastal businesses listen

05/13/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Money awarded to the five Gulf Coast states affected by the BP oil disaster will be split into five categories to be used for varying restoration efforts. But some of that money can be used for economic development too. During a meeting Monday in Pinellas Park, members of a Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council committee looked at ways to divvy up the dough once it’s handed out.

“The third pot is another 30% share and it is going to be distributed to the counties around the Gulf based...

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Town Hall Meetings in Tampa on Government Budget Cuts; and The GOP Compares Benghazi to Watergate

05/13/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll speak with Ward Cox with the non-profit group For The Family. FTF is holding a series of town halls to discuss how government budget cuts are impacting citizens. Tonight a town hall will be held at 7PM at the Beulah Baptist Church 1006 West Cypress in Tampa.

Later, the tragedy in Benghazi which too place in September of last year, is bringing conservatives to compar...

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Former Guatemalan dictator found guilty; we hear from survivors listen

05/13/13 Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In an historic verdict, former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt was found guilty late Friday of genocide and crimes against humanity and was sentenced to 80 years in prison.

Judge Yassmin Barrios announced the verdict and it was translated by Democracy Now.

Efraín Ríos Montt was found guilty of overseeing the slaughter of more than 1,700 indigenous people in Guatemala’s Ixil region after he seized power in 1982. Over the past two months, nearly a hundred witnesses testified ...

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White House denies allegations that Benghazi talking points were changed 12 times

05/10/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Conservative news outlets have claimed the Obama administration altered talking points on the 2012 Benghazi attack 12-times. Other allegations have surfaced claiming the words Al Qaeda were removed. The White House is denying those claims saying there was only one change made to the CIA-approved talking points and that was only changing "consulate" to "diplomatic post." Spokesperson Jay Carney also says officials released only the information that could be confirmed as it was received.

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Governor Scott triumphant on teacher raises; protesters not impressed listen

05/10/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Florida legislature approved $480 million in the state budget for teacher pay raises. Governor Rick Scott closed out his statewide celebratory tour Friday at Tampa’s Alexander Elementary but was also greeted by a small group of protesters.

Governor Scott made teacher pay raises one of his top budget priorities this legislative session.

“I want these pay raises to be across the board for our teachers. The way we ended up, all of our teachers are going to have an opportunity for...

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Guatemalans share their civil war stories as Ríos Montt's verdict is about to be announced listen

05/10/13 Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Update: After this story aired Friday, Ríos Montt was unanimously found guilty on all charges.

In an ongoing trial, former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Ríos Montt is charged with genocide and crimes against humanity. A verdict is expected later Friday. He ruled in 1982 and 1983 and is charged with planning a counterinsurgency that killed 1,771 members of the Ixil indigenous group.

WMNF reporter Lenka Davis traveled to Guatemala last month and brings us the stories of victims from one...

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Former PSC Commissioner Nancy Argenziano Criticizes Legislature for Not Repealing Nuclear Cost Recovery

05/10/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk with former Public Service Commissioner Nancy Argenziano. She’s one of the most outspoken people who ever served in state government.

The state legislature passed a bill during the session that gives the state’s Public Service Commission some power to limit electric companies from collecting the controversial nuclear cost recovery fee.

There had been calls for the legislature to repeal the nuclear c...

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Hillsborough EPC hosts 12th annual Clean Air Fair listen

05/10/13 Roberto Roldan
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In celebration of clean air month, Hillsborough county’s Environmental Protection Commission put on it’s 12th annual Clean Air Fair Thursday at Poe Plaza in downtown Tampa. It featured exhibits from local government agencies as well as local business’ showcasing their efforts towards addressing the environmental issues facing the Tampa Bay area.

The event was an effort to bring together local businesses and organizations together to help the EPC reach out and inform the community. On...

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Happening in downtown Tampa - the homeless, a new apartment tower and transit

05/09/13 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Tampa Bay Times editorial writer John Hill discussed the recent conflict between members of the Tampa City Council and Mayor Bob Buckhorn about potential further crackdowns on the homeless.

Also, we discussed a new apartment complex being proposed by developers in downtown Tampa that has elicited some strong opposition locally, and we discussed Senator Jack Latvala's latest bid to study a potential merger between the transit agencies of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

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Is Obesity Caused By Politics?

05/09/13 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 a doctor who thinks that our obesity epidemic has a political cause.

But first- several listener comments about yesterday’s program. Yesterday we had two guests on the whole hour who were experts on gun violence. Here’s what several listeners had to say afterward, and there’s a comment about yesterday’s Democracy Now.

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The obesity rate in the US is skyrocketing . Almost 36% ...

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Florida Supreme Court hears arguments on redistricting listen

05/09/13 AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida Supreme Court justices are weighing whether to end a lengthy legal battle over new political districts.

Thursday lawyers for the Republican-led Legislature asked the high court to throw out a lawsuit that says legislators violated strict new standards when they drew up new districts for the state Senate. The maps were adopted last year.

Raoul Cantero, a former Supreme Court justice hired by the Senate, contends that the Supreme Court has already upheld the map once and that the ...

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A conversation with Paul Shapiro, Vice President of Farm Animal Protection, Humane Society of The United States

05/08/13 Duncan Strauss
Talking Animals
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Paul Shapiro—Vice President, Farm Animal Protection, at The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)—recounts his formative years as an animal lover and advocate, including launching Compassion Over Killing and how that organization’s undercover video investigations in the pre-Internet age served as an important precursor to the more sophisticated ones later undertaken by HSUS, Mercy For Animals, PETA and others. On a related note, he also discusses so-called “Ag-Gag” laws and oth...

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The Spy Catcher

05/08/13 Warren Elly with Joe Navarro
Last Call Wednesday
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Joe Navarro retired from the FBI in 2003…since then he’s built a world-wide reputation as an expert on terror, as a teacher and as a prolific author. As Fidel Castro was tightening his grip on Cuba, shortly after the failed Bay of Pigs, Joe’s family brought their 8 year old son to America. At age 23, working as a policeman, the FBI recruited Joe and he may be the youngest agents ever hired… For 25 years he chased terrorists, and spies and liars. Joe was a pioneer in the FBI’s use ...

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