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Conservation groups tell NMFS they intend to sue to protect sea turtles from shrimp trawlers listen

02/19/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Several conservation groups told the National Marine Fisheries Service Wednesday they intend to sue because the federal agency has not done enough to protect sea turtles.

The environmental organizations say that harvesting shrimp in the Gulf of Mexico and along the southeastern U.S. Atlantic Ocean leads to tens of thousands of threatened and endangered sea turtles being captured or killed every year.

WMNF interviewed Jaclyn Lopez, a staff attorney with the...

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Immigration reform supporters target Republican U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross listen

02/19/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Dream Defenders, Young Dreamers, Mi Familia Vota, immigration reform, Dennis Ross, immigration

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Pro-immigration reform groups from across the state rallied in front of member of Congress Dennis Ross’ Lakeland office Wednesday in an attempt to garner support from the Republican lawmaker. Before a press conference in front of his office, Ana Delarosa, state director for Mi Familia Vota, met with members of Ross’s staff to talk about a bill currently stalled in the U.S. House. Delarosa was told Ross would not support the bill and instead was hoping for a piecemeal approach.

“To which t...

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Signing up for the Affordable Care Act listen

02/19/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Affordable Care Act, health care

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Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei speaks with Kristen Nash a field organizer for Enroll America about signing up for health care. Rob also speaks with Alison Murano of Doctors for America about how the organization plans to travel across Florida on a tour called "Coverage is Good Medicine".

For more on local health care help go to https://localhelp.healthcare.gov. The phone number for ACA i...

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Two school board members want Hillsborough Superintendent MaryEllen Elia to change leadership or change jobs listen

02/18/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Isabella Huererra, Hillsborough County Schools, April Griffin, Susan Valdes, MaryEllen Elia

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At least two Hillsborough County School Board members want Superintendent MaryEllen Elia to either change the way she leads the district or get out of the way. April Griffin has a long history of clashes with Elia since taking office in 2009, but the zeal gained speed after reports started surfacing from employees who claim they were told not to document transportation-related incidents among students with special medical needs.

“A child on a bus was in a wheel chair and was not properly ...

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Local law professor says Michael Dunn hung jury is another reason Stand Your Ground must go listen

02/17/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Jordan Davis, Michael Dunn, Angela Corrie, Trayvon Martin, Stand Your Ground

Over the weekend 47-year old Michael Dunn was convicted of 4 out of 5 counts in the Jacksonville ‘loud music’ case. Dunn, who shot and killed teen Jordan Davis after firing ten shots into his SUV, was convicted of three counts of attempted murder and one of firing into an occupied vehicle. That he was not convicted of murder has enraged critics of the state’s controversial Stand Your Ground law including Stetson Law professor Charles Rose.

"The very real difficulty with the jury looking i...

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U.S. Rep. Castor calls on state lawmakers to restore voting rights to ex-felons listen

02/17/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: kathy castor, Voting rights, restoration of rights, NAACP, ACLU, Rick Scott, Pam Bondi

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Tampa area member of Congress Kathy Castor is calling on Florida lawmakers to make some drastic changes to the way ex-felons have their civil rights restored. During a press conference in downtown Tampa today Castor said that includes immediately giving them back the right to vote instead of making them wait 5-7 years.

“In most states across the country, once you have paid your debt to society, you’ve served your probation, you’ve paid your fines, your civil rights are automatically resto...

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Holistic doctor: GMO foods are weapons of mass destruction listen

02/17/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: GMO, food, Carlos Garcia, Health, cancer, holistic medicine

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Could genetically modified foods be causing cancer? Holistic Dr. Carlos Garcia thinks so. He’s so convinced GMOs can be deadly, he calls them a weapon of mass destruction. During a lecture at USF Tampa in January, he outlined the hazards and why they’re being ignored.

“The animals that were not fed or were fed non-genetically modified foods had a death rate of 20% female, 30% males before two years. They feed them the genetically modified foods – 70% of the female die, 75% of the males di...

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As Charlie Crist calls on lifting Cuba embargo, not all Cuban-Americans agree listen

02/14/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Cuba, Cuban-American, trade embargo, Charlie Crist, Bill Nelson

Last week, former Governor Charlie Crist, who is running to get his old job back, announced he supports lifting the half-century trade embargo against Cuba. Many Cuban-Americans support his stance, but opinions vary. During a lecture at Eckerd College Wednesday night, Patsy Feliciano, director of diversity and inclusion at USF said she thinks the embargo should stand.

“I don’t believe that lifting the embargo is going to change a thing in Cuba. In fact, I don’t see there is an embargo. Cu...

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Tampa celebrates black history with 26th annual expo listen

02/14/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: black history, kathy castor, Bob Buckhorn, Tampa

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For the 26th year, Tampa leaders came together with the African-American community to celebrate the city’s rich history during a lively ceremony Friday at the Tampa Convention Center. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn called on young African-American students to pay attention to the fight that paved the way for their own success.

“If you don’t know your history, you’re going to repeat the mistakes. If you don’t know the trailblazers that came before you and pay homage to their contributions and to...

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No on-campus early voting site could be a problem for some UF students listen

02/13/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Craig Latimer, early voting, UF, University of Florida, college Democrats, Bill Nelson, Voting rights

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Early voting may not be an option for some University of Florida students who don’t have cars. That’s because the Florida Division of Elections won’t let the school’s student union serve as an early voting location. Rachel McGovern, with the UF College Democrats said even though there is an early voting location off campus less than two miles away, it’s still a challenge for some students to get there.

“For some students who live on the opposite side of campus and have to then travel all ...

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