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FL Democrats take issue with bill banning insurance "discrimination" against gun owners that's heading to governor's desk listen

04/22/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: guns, Florida Legislature, Race, discrimination, NRA

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The Florida House has passed a bill preventing insurance companies from discriminating against people who own guns. But several Democrats, like Clovis Watson, Jr. from Gainesville, took issue with using the word “discrimination.”

The mostly-party-line vote was 74-44.

HB 255 would forbid insurance companies from refusing to serve or charging higher rates to applicants based on their ownership of a firearm. It is headed to the desk of Governor Rick Scott to sign. The bill also proh...

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Panel discussion on race and media issues in Martin-Zimmerman case listen

08/09/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The implications of the Zimmerman trial and the subsequent nationwide discussion about racism was the topic of a community forum held at USF’s Patel Center Thursday evening. A group of lawyers, journalists and a representative from the NAACP mulled over legal details of the case before answering questions from the 100 member audience.

Jenise Morgan is president of the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists which organized the forum along with the [George Edgecomb...

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Dream Defenders continue "dream-in" at Governor Rick Scott's office after a week listen

07/22/13 AP & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Officials say George Zimmerman helped rescue four people from an overturned vehicle last week, just days after he was cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

A Sheriff's spokesperson said in a statement Monday that deputies responding to the wreck found Zimmerman and another man had already helped the couple and their two children out of the flipped sports utility vehicle.

Meanwhile in Tallahassee, a standoff between protesters and Governor Rick Scott is showing ...

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Justice for Trayvon activists confront Governor Rick Scott in Tampa listen

07/18/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thursday Governor Rick Scott met with the CEO of Visit Tampa Bay about hosting next year’s International Indian Film Academy's awards.

Activist Life Malcolm joined two others from the Justice For Trayvon Coalition in Tampa there to greet the governor.

Can you tell us why you and the other protesters were at the Rick Scott event and what happened?

"We were there at...

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Open phone lines to talk in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict.

07/16/13 Pat Kemp
Last Call Tuesday
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Open phone lines in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict and discussion about President Obama's comments on the how we move forward post verdict.

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Residents in Tampa and St. Pete react to Nelson Mandela's illness listen

07/15/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Former South African President Nelson Mandela was admitted to hospital on June 8 for a recurring lung infection.

Mandela became South Africa's first democratically elected president in 1994 after spending 27 years in prison for his fight against racist white rule.

WMNF’s Janelle Irwin asked people in downtown St. Pete, Ybor City and East Tampa what they thought about the anti-apartheid leader’s failing health and his contributions to racial equality.

“I think he’s h...

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Rallies in St Pete and Tampa for justice for Trayvon Martin after not guilty verdict listen

07/15/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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People furious with George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict protested on both sides of Tampa Bay Sunday.

About fifty activists chanted and held signs on the four corners of a busy South St. Petersburg intersection early in the afternoon.

And a few hours later nearly 200 marched from downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park to the Federal Courthouse and back.

Despite the 90 degree heat, many in the long line of marchers in Tampa are wearing hooded sweatshirts like the one...

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Tampa Dream Defenders part of rally for Trayvon Martin Friday in Sanford as Zimmerman trial wraps up listen

07/12/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Some Tampa Bay area residents are organizing a rally that's being called a March to Sanford – Justice for Trayvon Martin Friday afternoon.

It’s scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. outside the Seminole County Courthouse.

WMNF News interviewed Jared Hamil with Tampa Dream Defenders.

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Police brutality and car chases in black neighborhoods bemoaned by NAACP listen

06/19/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The NAACP is crying foul over the St. Petersburg Police Department’s use force and frequent car chases in predominantly black neighborhoods. Tuesday night during a town hall meeting at their midtown office, more than 40 people weighed in on the problem. Angela Owens is an attorney working with the group.

“The value of apprehending a suspect verses the possible danger to innocent people, that’s what they’re supposed to be weighing. But, the real irony of it is that, if they’re we...

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Race Baiter: Eric Deggans on race and media listen

03/15/13 Christopher Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The news media sometimes covers issues of race -- but a recent book looks at whether that coverage can actually hurt race relations.

WMNF's Christopher Davis interviewed Tampa Bay Times media critic, Eric Deggans, after a community conversation on the topic last night at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg. Deggans' book is called Race Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation.

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