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U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross talks immigration to angry Lutz residents at Town Hall meeting listen

07/03/13 Naveen Sultan
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Republican U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross held a Town Hall meeting in Lutz yesterday where residents addressed concerns about immigration. Several members of the audience were furious about the U.S. Senate’s bill to create a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented people.

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Two St. Pete mayoral candidates would consider decriminalizing marijuana in the city listen

07/03/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Two St. Petersburg mayoral candidates said they would consider making marijuana offenses civil rather than criminal in the city. During a debate last week, three candidates weighed in on issues of race. Former state representative Rick Kriseman most strongly supports decriminalizing marijuana use and possession.

“If we can redirect and give that young person an opportunity to make a change in a life and not destroy their life by putting them a record, whether or it’s the arrest or a m...

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USF student helping classmates access unauthorized textbook downloads to promote open source ideals listen

07/03/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The cost of college textbooks can add to the financial burden of being a student -- but there’s an undergraduate at USF who may be skating on legal thin ice by helping students find free electronic copies of their textbooks.

But Tristan Lear’s main motivation isn’t just to save a few hundred dollars per semester.

He says he created the Facebook page Textbook Liberation Project at USF today to help spread the word about free ...

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Pat Kemp with Stratton Pollitzer of Equality Florida following the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). What will it mean in Florida and across the country?

07/02/13
Last Call Tuesday
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Pat Kemp with Stratton Pollitzer of Equality Florida following the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). What will it mean in Florida and across the country?

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Celeb John Cusack endorses anti-secrecy rallies on 4th of July listen

07/02/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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More than 90 protests against NSA spying are scheduled across the country Thursday. During a phone conference Tuesday, Hollywood Celebrity John Cusack jumped on the fight by supporting the Take Back the Fourth national day of protest demanding Congress protect citizens’ Fourth Amendment rights.

“We have prosecution of whistleblowers at an all time high, we have kill lists, we have drone assassination programs, we have people jailed without trail, the destruction of habeas corpus, we...

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Brazilians in Sarasota protest government corruption in their home country listen

07/02/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Protests over government corruption and poor social services in Brazil have slowed down, but a group of native Brazilians in Sarasota is just getting started. Nearly 50 people protested systemic problems in the South American nation at the famous kissing statue on Sarasota’s waterfront Monday night despite unrelenting rain.

“We want less money for soccer stadiums and airports for the World Cup and more money for what people need which is health, education, housing, a lot of things t...

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Kids Healthcare Foundation reaches out to Tampa's uninsured children listen

07/02/13 Roberto Roldan
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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More than 2 million children in Florida are enrolled in the Florida KidCare Program, but it’s estimated that 35,000 qualifying children in the Tampa Bay area remain uninsured.

To help remedy that, the Kids Healthcare Foundation provided information and application assistance Tuesday afternoon at the Glazier Children’s Museum in Tampa.

Melanie Hall, the executive director of...

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Possible Witness to FBI Killing Being Pushed out of US?

07/01/13 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Over the weekend the Boston Globe reported: "An immigration judge has ordered a potential witness in the investigation into the fatal shooting of a Chechen man by an FBI agent last month to leave the United States no later than July 1, and to remain in jail until she departs, raising an outcry from a civil rights group seeking a full accounting of the man’s death.

Federal immigration officials arrested Tatiana Igorevna Gruzdeva, a 19-year-old aspiring foreign language teacher from Russia...

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Saint Pete Shows its Pride listen

07/01/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Saint Petersburg Pride parade and festival was in full swing on Saturday, despite the rainy weather. The celebrants were still savoring the euphoria unleashed last week from the Supreme Court’s favorable decisions on same-sex marriage.



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New Study Shows Latinos and Blacks Suffered Long Lines in 2012 Election

07/01/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Last week the US Supreme Court threw out a portion of the Voting Rights Act because it relied on 40 year old data. Today, Radioactivity looks at the latest data on discrimination in voting with a University of Florida professor who has studied voting across the state.

Hispanic voters waited longer at the polls last November than any other ethnic group, a statewide study has concluded, with black voters also experiencing longer delays than whites. The study, was presented last week to a ...

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