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New campaign asks for yes vote on Pinellas transit referendum listen

02/07/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Greenlight Pinellas, transit, Pinellas County, psta, Brad Miller, rail


The campaign for a Pinellas County transit referendum officially launched Friday. The Yes for Greenlight initiative is gathering support for a one penny sales tax increase that would fund massive transit improvements including light rail and bus rapid transit.

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is looking forward to a November ballot question asking voters to approve the increased sales tax to replace property taxes that currently fund the agency. Brad...


A look at Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan with former diplomat Walter Andrusyszyn listen

02/06/14 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Tags: USF, Walter Andrusyszyn, St. Petersburg in the World Conference

The St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs takes place Feb 13 - Feb 15 on the USFSP campus. The three-day forum will feature current and former diplomats who will discuss a myriad of foreign policy issues. To advance the event, WMNF spoke with USF adjunct professor of Business Walter Andrusyszyn. He spoke with us about Iran, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the threats of a cyber war. For more information go to

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Tampa alcohol and nightclub regulation discussion will continue for at least two more months listen

02/06/14 Ashley Whitney
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Tampa City Council, Hillsborough County, Hillsborough Avenue, Seminole Heights, City Council women Lisa Monteleone, night clubs, alcohol regulation

For months Tampa City Council has found itself in the middle of a conflict between citizens who are concerned about alcohol and violence at late-night bars and nightclub owners who don’t want more regulation. At a council meeting Thursday, nearly everyone involved said they want a resolution and more transparency.

Cindy Grant supports making changes to nightclub regulations. She is the director of the Hillsborough County Anti Drug Alliance. She said she has faith that community business...

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Residents want more input on proposed Walmart on Hillsborough Avenue in Seminole Heights listen

02/06/14 Ashley Whitney
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Tampa City Council, Seminole Heights, Walmart, Tampa

Walmart is proposing a new store on Hillsborough Avenue, in Seminole Heights. But at Thursday’s Tampa City Council meeting a half a dozen residents, community organizers and business owners spoke against it, saying they have not been included in the decision-making process. Half the people in the audience stood up and applauded Pastor Essie Sims after he spoke during public comment.

“I won’t delay, but this is the one key points that most of the residents are here today for, is the good n...

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Jacksonville progressive group demonstrates at opening of Michael Dunn trial listen

02/06/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Michael Dunn, Jordan Davis, George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin, Jacksonville, guns, Stand Your Ground

Prosecutors gave opening statements Thursday in the trial of a white man who is charged with the shooting death of a black teenager during an argument over loud music in Jacksonville. Yesterday twelve jurors and four alternates were selected for the trial of Michael Dunn for the killing of Jordan Davis.

The trial is drawing comparisons to George Zimmerman’s trial for killing Trayvon Martin because of race and Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.

Thursday I spoke with Richard Blake, he is ...

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Evolution Vs. Creationism and 2nd Annual Darwin Day Celebration in Tampa Bay listen

02/06/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Bill Nye, Michael Hoffman, Ryan Cragun, evolution vs. creationism


Today on Radioactivity we discuss evolution Vs. creationism. The Tampa Bay Coalition of Reason, an umbrella group of several humanist, free thought, and atheist organizations is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Darwin Day Celebration this weekend in Clearwater. Rob Lorei interviews Ryan Cragun PhD who teaches sociology at the University of Tampa and Michael Hoffman MD. Both guests will be speaking at the celebration about Fall...


Sue Monk Kidd discusses her best selling book Secret Life of Bees and Is Keystone XL a Pipeline to Disaster? listen

02/06/14 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Tags: Sue Monk Kidd, Secret Life of Bees, Zoe Carpenter


This week on From A Woman's POV the following topics were covered:

Sue Monk Kidd, Best selling author of Secret Life of Bees, tackles racism in her new book.

What is the cost of freedom? SUE MONK KIDD addresses this in her new book, The Invention of Wings. The intersection of racism and sexism goes to the heart of freedom. But it goes deeper. See the awakening of publicly connecting women to attain their freedom. The Grimke sisters were the forerunners of the American Women’s L...

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A Reporter Remembers listen

02/06/14 Warren Elly with Brian Brewer
Last Call Wednesday

Tags: Brian Brewer, Warren Elly, WFLA Radio, Joe Redner, decline of radio news

Today on the Last Call Warren Elly interviews radio reporter Brian Brewer who covered the Bay area for WFLA Radio from 1982 till 1998.

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Pinellas seniors to David Jolly: Hands off my Medicare listen

02/05/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: David Jolly, Alex Sink, Lucas Overby, CD 13, Bill Young, Pinellas County, Medicare, seniors


A dozen Pinellas County Medicare recipients are asking congressional candidate David Jolly to keep his hands off their healthcare. During a protest Wednesday at Jolly’s campaign headquarters across from St. Pete-Clearwater Airport the group waved signs at passing motorists cautioning them against what they see as a plan that would gut Medicare. Dave Dovar, a retired computer programmer, said if Jolly had his way, the senior safety net would be hawked off to the private sector.

“Anytime so...

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Passenger ferry proposal moves forward in Hillsborough listen

02/05/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Ed Turanchik, Ferry, passenger ferry, MacDill Air Force Base, Hillsborough County, Hillsborough County Commission, transit, Tampa, St. Petersburg


Hillsborough County moved ahead today with a high-speed passenger ferry partnership. The County commission approved an interim public-private partnership agreement with HMS Ferries and South Swell Development Group to study a ferry linking the south part of the county, perhaps near Apollo Beach, with MacDill Air Force Base. Former County Commissioner Ed Turanchik is the public face of the project.

"We've already said this, no other transportation option can do so much for so little so fas...

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