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Governor Scott vetoes $360 million from state budget listen

05/20/13 AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Florida Governor Rick Scott hit back at the state Legislature today by vetoing almost $400 million from the state's new budget.

Scott praised the budget, which now stands at roughly $74.1 billion. The governor vetoed a 3 percent tuition hike for college and university students that had been championed by House Speaker Will Weatherford. There are legal questions, however, about the move and it could prompt a lawsuit from the Legislature.

The governor also said no to a $50 million item to...

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Clearwater breaks ground on second reverse osmosis plant listen

05/06/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This morning the City of Clearwater broke ground on its second reverse osmosis municipal water treatment plant to get drinking water from brackish water. Nearly 100 people gathered in a vacant lot to listen to government officials commemorate the new construction. When the second water treatment plant is finished Clearwater will be able to produce almost 100% of its drinking water.

The official name of the plant is the Reverse Osmosis #2 Brackish Water Treatment Plant; or RO2 in governmen...

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Preview of protest against new Clearwater policies affecting people without homes

10/03/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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This summer, the Pinellas county city of Clearwater approved ordinances ranging from strengthening the city’s ban on panhandling, to restricting whether people can sit or lie on sidewalks, docks or piers.

But some homeless advocates aren’t taking the new rules well. This Saturday they’re organizing a demonstration, food sharing and music at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater to protest To protest what they call an inhumane and un...

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City council member Bill Jonson and homeless advocate Sarah Snyder weigh in on Clearwater's new laws targeting the homeless

07/20/12 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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Good afternoon and welcome to Last Call, I'm Lisa Marzilli, joined by engineer Alvaro Montealegre. Today we’re going to talk about a set of laws unanimously approved by Clearwater city officials this week that specifically target the homeless. They range from tightening the city’s current ban on panhandling (adding more banned areas and replacing the current punishment of a fine with...

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Janet Reitman: author of Inside Scientology (The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion)

07/18/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei.

Scientology, a religion founded by science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard describes itself as the world’s fastest growing religion. The Church of Scientology is a significant player locally—owning significant amounts of real estate in Clearwater and Ybor City.

For years the church has been embroiled in scandal. Some describe it as a cult. But faithful Scientologists say the church has helped them. The Church has been embroile...

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Habitat for Humanity goes partially solar on some Pinellas homes listen

07/12/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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You hear it all the time – this is the Sunshine State; where’s all the solar energy? Critics say capturing power from sunlight is too expensive to ever catch on, but today one of Florida’s largest utilities paid for the installation of solar water heaters in low income housing.

Suzanne Grant is a spokesperson for Progress Energy Florida. She said the solar collector workers were installing overhead could store enough energy to meet the hot water needs of the average family.

The ro...

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Tampa Bay residents gather in Clearwater to discuss race in the 21st century listen

01/17/11 Zack Baddorf
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In the run-up to Martin Luther King Day, the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater hosted a workshop and discussion on race in the 21st century. About 25 participants came together over the weekend for several hours of discussions.

Eliseo Santana, Jr., is Puerto Rican. He says he changes the way he conducts himself with people of other races so that he can succeed. Yet, people still look at him differently.

“When I walk into a room in a professional setting, too often my assistants,...

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Human Trafficking Awareness Month Recognized in Pinellas Park listen

01/13/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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President Obama declared January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month. In response, the Tampa Bay Area Task Force on Human Trafficking gathered today to discuss various aspects of the problem that is still widely regarded as unknown.

Representatives from various law enforcement agencies as well as some non-government organizations met today in Pinellas Park to raise awareness about human trafficking. Lieutenant George Koder of the Clearwater Police Department said that ...

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Clearwater's American flags spared for now listen

08/03/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The news of the demise of Clearwater’s American flags has been greatly exaggerated. In a workshop this morning, City Council put to rest newspaper rumors that “The city of Clearwater can no longer afford to fly the American flag.”

On Saturday, the St. Petersburg Times reported that 13 of Clearwater’s flagpoles had been removed because of budget cuts to staff needed to care for the flags. But after Monday’s meeting, Mayo...

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Religious minority persecuted in Iran listen

03/23/09 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Bahá'í faith focuses on peace, justice and unity. But in Iran, Bahá'ís are being persecuted for their religious beliefs. Bahá'ís are barred from higher education, unable to find work, and sometimes arrested and executed.

In Clearwater yesterday afternoon, a local Bahá'í center held a conference to raise awareness of this persecution.

The Bahá'í religion was founded in Persia in 1844, and it has more than 5 million followers all over the world. Since its origins, Bahá'ís...

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