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Facing budget shortfalls WMNF lays off three employees listen

06/23/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Please note the important update to this story on 30 June: the layoffs were taken back.

The economy is hitting everyone hard, especially media organizations. This radio station, WMNF, 88.5 FM has faced economic difficulties in the past and has made budget cuts over the last few years. But for the first time in the station’s 31-year history, WMNF laid off employees yesterday because of budget cuts. We spoke with station manager...

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Gubernatorial hopeful Paula Dockery speaks about ultrasound bill, education and her opponents listen

05/21/10 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Republican State Senator Paula Dockery spoke at the Tiger Bay Club in St. Petersburg this afternoon as she begins her run in the gubernatorial GOP primary. Dockery is facing off against Attorney General Bill McCollum and wildcard Naples millionaire Rick Scott. Currently, Dockery has a ways to go in early voter GOP primary polls, which show the relatively unknown Scott with 22% and McCollum with 46%. Dockery, who in the same poll had only 3% of the vote, says that politics remains a game of mo...

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St Petersburg Alcohol Sales Extended One Hour listen

05/06/10 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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St. Petersburg’s one hundred or more bars and restaurants can keep bar tabs going until three in the morning, thanks to a vote by the city council today. The ordinance to allow sales of alcoholic beverages from 2 a.m. until 3 a.m. passed in a 6-2 vote. Supporters of the ordinance spoke about the increase in revenue and better competition with Tampa. Duffy Iorio has bartended in downtown St. Peters...

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Governor Crist on SB 6 listen

04/09/10 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida House members voted in favor of Senate Bill 6 last night. Now the fate of Senate Bill 6 is in the hands of Gov. Charlie Crist. Last night, Crist was in town speaking to students at USF St. Petersburg.

It was a late night in Florida’s capitol as lawmakers debated Senate Bill 6, which would overhaul how teachers are evaluated in the state’s schools. The debate ended with a 64-55 vote in favor of the le...

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Governor Crist speaks with students at USF St. Pete listen

04/09/10 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Despite a major education vote on Capitol Hill, Gov. Charlie Crist took time to speak with students last night at USF St. Petersburg.

USF St. Petersburg students enrolled in St. Petersburg Times columnist Howard Troxler’s Florida Politics class were treated to a personal discussion with Crist. Crist’s decisions are often the topics of heated debates every Thu...

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What's the cause of the tense political dialogue in the country right now?

04/08/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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With death threats made to members of Congress and evidence that some people are moved to anger by what they are seeing on television- today we are going to open the phones and talk about the deteriorating political dialogue in this country.

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Kendrick Meek, Candidate for US Senate

04/06/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Our guest on the first part of today's program is south Florida Congressman Kendrick Meek. He is running for the Democratic nomination for US Senate. He joins us now via cell phone; he's on I-95 driving up to a campaign appearance on Florida's east coast.

FMI http://www.kendrickmeek.com

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The Supreme Court gives greater power to corporations and unions to influence elections

01/28/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Last night in his State of the Union address, President Obama said last week's ruling removing campaign spending limits on corporations and unions would "open the floodgates for special interests, including foreign corporations" to influence elections.

Siting in the audience, Justice Samuel Alito, who was in the majority in the opinion, shook his head at the President's statement.

Joining us now is attorney David Cobb who is with a group called [MoveToAmend.org](http://www.movetoamend....

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Responses to Supreme Court reversal of corporate election spending ban

01/26/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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On today's show we'll discuss last Thursday's decision by the US Supreme Court granting freedom to corporations to spend money on behalf of candidates during an election.

Last Thursday, the US Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on independent corporate expenditures in Citizen's United v FEC. Before Citizens United, corporations were not allowed to spend money from their general treasuries to call for the election or defeat of federal candidates close to Election Day, even if they ...

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Haitian community in Manatee County responds to earthquake tragedy

01/21/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll discuss today's Supreme Court decision giving more power to corporations to influence elections. We'll also talk with some local activists who are addressing the needs of Haiti after last week's disastrous earthquake. But first some listener comments about yesterday's program, including comments about moving money out of big banks and the controversy over gay marriage.

Our first guests today are Mesack Dieudonn...

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