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$15 minimum wage debate hits St. Pete listen

06/17/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Rick Kriseman, unions, minimum wage, living wage, poverty, Fight for Fifteen

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A union in St. Pete is trying to get the city to pay its workers at least $15 an hour. That would affect more than 300 city employees – some of whom make only about $9. Brian Brehm is a mechanic at one of the city’s sewage treatment plants.

“What about these poor guys who are out working in the sun all day long keeping our city beautiful and they’re living below the poverty level making $9.50 an hour, maybe a little bit more, really isn’t anything to live on.”

Brehm already makes more ...

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Author Edward Haslam's book explores controversy surrounding the unsolved murder of a leading cancer researcher 50 years ago

06/17/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Dr. Mary’s Monkey, Edward Haslam

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei interviews Edward Haslam, author of the book Dr. Mary’s Monkey. Haslam will be speaking tomorrow at the Oxford Exchange in Tampa.

His book is about the unsolved murder of Dr. Mary Sherman a leading cancer researcher 50 years ago in New Orleans. Edward T. Haslam believes that he knows the truth and in his book he discusses the murder, a secret laboratory in New Orleans and cancer-causing monkey viruses linked to Lee Harvey Oswald, the JFK assassination a...

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Charlie Crist says if elected he'll reconvene annual climate change summit listen

06/16/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Charlie Crist, Florida, Rick Scott, economy, The Everglades, Cuba, jobs, environment, marijuana, Space X, Elon Musk, education, Steve Kornell, Saint Petersburg, climate change

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If Charlie Crist is re-elected governor this year he says he will reconvene two environmental summits that were held at the beginning of his previous term as governor. One hundred or so Crist supporters were on hand Saturday to help launch a new St. Petersburg campaign office.

During his first two years as governor, Crist convened what were billed as annual summits on global climate change. But then, in his last two years as governor the [summits stopped without notice](https://www.wmnf.or...

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Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly worried Baghdad will be the next Benghazi listen

06/16/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: David Jolly, Bowe Bergdahl, Veteran's Administration, Iraq, terrorists, Taliban, Tiger Bay, Baghdad

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Congress member David Jolly doesn’t want Baghdad to be the next Benghazi. During a political forum in St. Petersburg Monday the Pinellas County Republican fielded questions about the Sunni insurgency that has taken control of parts of northern Iraq.

“We have thousands of Americans at the Baghdad embassy right now in Iraq that is being marched on and the president should recognize the danger and threat that is posed to them and should afford enough intervention to protect their lives just ...

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Author Peter Golenbock's new book THE CHAIRMAN: the Rise and Betrayal of Jim Greer reveals secrets of Charlie Crist's governorship listen

06/16/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Peter Golenbock, Jim Greer, Charlie Crist

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei discusses the much anticipated book about Jim Greer- a close confidante of then-Governor Charlie Crist who is finishing an 18 month prison sentence.

Jim Greer was a business man and city council member in Seminole County when he was plucked from relative obscurity by then-Governor Charlie Crist to be the chairman of the Florida Republican Party- a powerful position given the electoral importance of the state and the rich donor base.

In the new book THE ...

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Pedestrian crossing signal could save lives on deadly Florida roads listen

06/13/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: pedestrian, walking, Cycling, traffic, Transportation, Florida Tax Watch

A new Florida Department of Transportation crosswalk signal is saving lives and taxpayer dollars. During a celebration in Tampa Friday Florida Tax Watch awarded the team that made it.

The Tampa Bay region ranks the second most fatal area in the country for pedestrians.

“We’re one of the leading states. It’s a number one that we don’t want. It averages about 500 pedestrian deaths a year.”

That’s Mark Wilson, traffic operations engineer for the Florida Department of Transportation. Ma...

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Bee Against Monsanto plans actions for Pollinator Week listen

06/13/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Bee Against Monsanto, March Against Monsanto, bees, Monsanto, pollinators, food, agriculture, farms

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Many plants that produce important fruits, vegetables and nuts rely on pollinators like bees. Next week is Pollinator Week but a local bee advocacy group is planning an edgier celebration by going a bit against the pollen grain.

They plan actions beginning tomorrow in Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park for Pollinator Week.

WMNF interviewed Kriz Partridge, an organizer with Tampa’s Bee Against Monsanto.

"An official Pollinator week was put on by the Pollinator Partnership and it runs from Ju...

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Civil Rights movement veterans discuss voter registration in the 60s and how the media feed fear to the masses listen

06/13/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Race-Baiter, Eric Deggans, Freedom Summer, civil rights movement, Voting rights

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Eric Deggans a veteran newspaper reporter, music writer and a media critic. Deggans now works for National Public Radio as a TV critic. He’ll be speaking at the Mirror Lake Library this Monday in St. Petersburg at 5PM. In his book Race-Baiter, Deggans dissects the powerful ways modern media feeds fears, prejudices, and hate, while also tracing the history of the word and its consequences, intended or otherwi...

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Art and science converge at MOSI 3-D printer exhibit listen

06/12/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: USF, Dali Museum, 3D printer, technology, Star Trek, MOSI, STEM, Salvador Dali, University of South Florida

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The evolution of 3D printers might be the next big technology quantum leap. The new exhibit at Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry showcases the emerging frontiers of 3D printing, which are only limited by the imagination.

Anthony Pelaez, director of innovation at MOSI says the initial development of the 3D printer was similar to the core of the internet boom: tinkering around through trial and error. He said this technology will be guided by the people; for good...

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Brian Willis of Connect Tampa Bay on Hillsborough County's Transit needs listen

06/12/14 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Tags: Connect Tampa Bay, Greenlight Pinellas, Brian Willis

Local Tampa-based attorney is one of the founding members of Connect Tampa Bay, a Hillsborough County backed group that is pushing for more transit options throughout the Tampa Bay area. On the program Brian talked about the referendums in both Pinellas and Polk Counties this fall that would increase bus service and in the case of Pinellas, create a light-rail network.

He's a critic of some of the plans already announced by the Hillsborough Transportation Economic Development group, sayin...

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