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US Supreme Court Expands Corporate Personhood Rights in 5-4 Decision

06/30/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Supreme Court, Hobby Lobby decision

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks to Stetson Law School assistant professor, Ciara Torres-Spelliscy about the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision.

Professor Torres-Spelliscy teaches courses in Election Law, Corporate Governance, Business Entities, and Constitutional Law. Prior to joining Stetson's faculty, Torres-Spelliscy was counsel in the Democracy Program of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law where she provided guidance on the issues of money in politics and the...

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Colombian Ambassador to the United States, Luis Carlos Villegas on The Last Call

06/30/14 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Tags: Ambassador Luis Carlos Villegas, Colombia

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Today on The Last Call, host Rob Lorei talks with the Colombian Ambassador to the United States. His visit coincides with the arrival today of the Arc Gloria- a tall ship used for training by the Colombian Navy. Ambassador Luis Carlos Villegas most recently served as President of the National Business Association of Colombia and is a member of the government’s negotiating team in the ongoing peace talks with FARC.

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SCOTUS decision says religion is an OK reason to deny contraception to employees listen

06/30/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Hobby Lobby, Women's rights, birth control, contraception, Religion, First Amendment, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

Some employers won’t have to provide birth control for employees through coverage in their health plans. A landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday sided with the retail chain Hobby Lobby that argued they shouldn’t have to pay for contraceptives. Stetson University College of Law professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy called the case another corporate person-hood issue.

“That’s one of the reasons that if you have a religious objection you can’t be drafted to go to war. If you have a religious...

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SCOTUS throws partial victory at unions listen

06/30/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: unions, healthcare, labor, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

Another Supreme Court ruling was something of a draw for unions. A group of home healthcare workers in Illinois argued they shouldn’t have to pay a cost sharing fee if they aren’t a member of the union, and the court agreed. But Unions dodged a bullet. Lisa Madigan is the attorney general for Illinois.

“Today’s decision from the court is a very narrow one. It does not change Illinois’ program. The court, in essence, ruled that home healthcare workers who choose not to join their union wil...

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Tampa demonstration against further U.S. military intervention in Iraq listen

06/30/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Iraq, Uhuru Solidarity Movement, Uhuru, MacDill Air Force Base, St. Pete for Peace

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President Obama is still weighing what further action will be taken to deal with the Islamist insurgency in Iraq.

On Friday, peace activists demonstrated against further military action.

About 30 peole held banners and waved signs at the corner of Dale Mabry Highway and Gandy Boulevard in South Tampa, about a mile north of the main entrance of MacDill Air Force Base.

WMNF interviewed Jesse Nevel, national chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement



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Is separation of church and state even still a thing?

06/27/14 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Tags: church, separation of church and state, Constitution, Liberty Counsel

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Dr. T. Wayne Bailey is a professor of political science for Stetson University College of Law in DeLand. He specializes in constitutional law and he’s here to talk to us today about the Liberty Counsel’s push for political advocacy in churches.

Here's Monday's story

A conservative Christian group is asking church leaders to ramp up political advocacy. During one of several statewide “rallies”, leaders with the Who Will Stand campaign showed a video telling pastors it’s OK to talk poli...

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Environment Florida to draw attention to Clean Water Act with paddle on Hillsborough River listen

06/27/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Environment Florida, EPA, hillsborough river, wetlands, Clean Water Act

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The federal Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a rule to strengthen protections for wetlands and small waterways under the Clean Water Act.

The advocacy group Environment Florida is drawing attention to public input on the rule by organizing a group paddle down the Hillsborough River tomorrow morning.

WMNF interviewed Jennifer Rubiello, a field organizer with Environment Florida.

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Civil rights group looks to boost voter education and community involvement listen

06/27/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Dream Defenders, Voting rights, Voting, civil rights, police brutality, The Bloc is ours

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It’s been 50 years since the civil rights movement’s Freedom Summer where activists fought for voting rights. A national group called the Dream Defenders is commemorating the anniversary with its own project called “The Bloc is ours”.

WMNF News spoke with Alekos Zambrano, the Bloc leader in Hillsborough County.

A local office for the freedom schools will open on July 19.

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Free bike helmets for kids with hearing loss in New Port Richey listen

06/27/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: bike, Cycling, hearing loss, Deaf, Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation of Florida, helmets, bike safety, children, New Port Richey

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Kids with hearing loss can get a free bicycle helmet in New Port Richey on Saturday. The Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation of Florida will hand out 75 helmets between 10:00 a.m. and noon. Debra Golinski is the director of development for the foundation.

“Because they’re hard of hearing, it’s hard for them to be familiar with their surroundings and really know what’s going on as far as noise or hearing a car coming or someone maybe yelling at them or they don’t hear it. So, we thought ...

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Florida Education Association Vice-President's discusses Common Core, school safety, voucher expansion, and standardized tests listen

06/27/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: School safety, voucher expansion, Common Core, standardized tests

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei discusses the controversies over Common Core, school safety, standardized tests and school vouchers with Joanne McCall, vice president of the Florida Education Association. She’s taking part in the FEA’s national convention this week in Denver.

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