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FL Democrats take issue with bill banning insurance "discrimination" against gun owners that's heading to governor's desk listen

04/22/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: guns, Florida Legislature, Race, discrimination, NRA

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The Florida House has passed a bill preventing insurance companies from discriminating against people who own guns. But several Democrats, like Clovis Watson, Jr. from Gainesville, took issue with using the word “discrimination.”

The mostly-party-line vote was 74-44.

HB 255 would forbid insurance companies from refusing to serve or charging higher rates to applicants based on their ownership of a firearm. It is headed to the desk of Governor Rick Scott to sign. The bill also proh...

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Tampa Bay Times wins Pulitzer for homeless series and an Education program provides free newspapers to schools listen

04/22/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Pulitzer prize Tampa Bay TImes, Sue Bedry, Newspaper in Education, Elieen Flanagan, The Earth Quaker Action Team

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks to Tampa Bay Times reporters Will Hobson, 29, and Michael LaForgia, 30 who won a Pulitzer prize this year- one of journalism’s highest awards. Their series of reports on Hillsborough County’s Homeless Recovery program revealed that the agency funneled millions of public dollars to slumlords and placed families in unsafe living condition...

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Computer glitch causes FCAT problems in Pasco, Hernando and elsewhere listen

04/22/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: FCAT, FEA, unions

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Many kids in Florida, including in the Tampa Bay area, had trouble taking the state’s standardized test today because of a computer glitch.

Students in Pasco and Hernando Counties were unable to access the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test or FCAT.

Andy Ford is president of the Florida Education Association, the union for public school employees.

In an email to superintendents, the Florida Department of Education said the issue did not appear to be statewi...

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New book shares research on the soon-to-be massive extinction of animals

04/21/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: THE SIXTH EXTINCTION, Elizabeth Kolbert

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Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei speaks with Elizabeth Kolbert who writes of a massive move toward extinction about the mass die-off of millions of bats in the Northeast; one-third of all reef-building corals, a third of all fresh-water mollusks, a third of sharks and rays, a quarter of all mammals, a fifth of all reptiles and a sixth of all birds are headed towards oblivion,” she writes. Her new book is called THE SIXTH EXTINCTION (Henry Holt).

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Local political consultant Barry Edwards joins Last Call listen

04/21/14 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Tags: Barry Edwards, Congressional District 13 race, Medicaid expansion, Florida politics

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Local political consultant Barry Edwards has work worked to help elect both Democrats and Republicans. Currently, Edwards is working for Democrats. Today on Last Call, he talks with Rob Lorei about the Congressional District 13 race; redistricting; the governor's race; voter turnout; Medicaid expansion and Barry's nickname- The Mad Scientist of Local Politics.

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Tampa Police want to question person in pet clinic arson that killed 3 cats listen

04/21/14 Seán Kinane and Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: animals, pets, animal shelters, Tampa Police, fire, arson

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Tampa Police released the name and photographs of a man wanted for questioning about a fire this weekend at a low-cost animal clinic.

Tampa Police say Terrod Arrington is wanted for battery and is wanted for questioning about the arson of the animal clinic. They say he caused disturbances in the lobby several times last week, including pushing an ACT employee.

In addition to building damage, three cats died in the fire.

WMNF’s Samuel Johnson interviewed Frank Hamilton, the president...

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Latin evangelical pastors call for comprehensive immigration reform listen

04/21/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: immigration, reform, Hispanic, Latino, pentecostal, civil rights

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A large number of Latino evangelical leaders in Tampa are calling for a vote on comprehensive immigration reform. An Easter Parade last Saturday is where pastors and hundreds of their parishioners gathered at St. John Presbyterian Church on MacDill Avenue and marched along the 2 mile route.

Some of the pastors will be traveling from Tampa to Washington, D.C. at the end of the month to meet with their members of Congress about immigration reform. David Velazquez, a [pastor in Tampa](http://...

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Is marijuana medicine?

04/18/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: medical marijuana, Greg Gerdeman

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei explores the heated debate over marijuana. Are people dying from marijuana? Are their brains being changed forever? And are there any medical uses for the plant- which is outlawed in Florida. But that may change somewhat if voters approve a medical marijuana amendment this November. Is marijuana medicine? Rob talks about this issue today with Greg Gerdeman an assistant professor of biology at E...

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Kevin Beckner talks transportation, homelessness and development in Hillsborough County listen

04/17/14 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Tags: Kevin Beckner

Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner is now in his sixth year in office. The Democrat talked a lot of about transportation (including Uber, the PTC and what the county's plan are for mass transit), about how the Commission has handled development issues in recent years, and about the county's Homeless Recovery Program, which was embarrassed in published reports last year about the lack of accountability in that department.

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Peace advocates continue to raise awareness on Pinellas street corners listen

04/17/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: peace, Pax Christi, Kathleen Rumpf, Quakers, St. Petersburg

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Religious-based peace activists continue their weekly sign-waving on busy Pinellas County street corners.

During rush hour Wednesday afternoon, Kathleen Rumpf joined half-dozen others from Pax Christi and Quaker groups on the corner of U.S. 19 and 22nd Avenue South in South St. Petersburg.

They plan to peace corner again next Wednesday.



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