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VA head Shinseki resigns while veterans' health care issues simmer listen

05/30/14 AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: VA, Veterans Administration, veterans, health care, Rick Scott, Bill Nelson, Eric Shinseki

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned amid widespread troubles in the VA health care system.

President Barack Obama said he accepted the resignation during a meeting Friday morning in the Oval Office.

Shinseki had faced mounting calls to step down from lawmakers in both major parties. In this audio provided by his office, Democratic Florida Senator Bill Nelson applauds Shinseki for resigning.

“He did the right thing, and he’s putting his country first. This is a stro...

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Pinellas County to welcome largest commercial solar power system in Florida listen

05/30/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Solar Energy Management of Tampa

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with local businessman, Scott McIntyre who is at the forefront of the solar revolution. His company Solar Energy Management of Tampa was awarded the largest commercial solar power system to be installed on the roof of the new Great Bay Distributors buildings in St Pete. It will be a 1.5 Megawatt American made Suniva paneled system with American SMA inverters.

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Examining the issues behind the madness of the latest mass shooting by a young white male listen

05/30/14 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday

Tags: Elliot Rodger

Last weekend 22-year-old University of California at Santa Barbara student Elliot Rodger went on a killing spree, ultimately killing six people, before killing himself. While some people say the issue is guns, others believe mental health needs to be addressed. Others say it may be psychotropic drugs or pop culture. We discussed it in this half-hour.

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Former Ohio Congressman Wants to Eliminate IRS and Federal Income Tax; to Speak Next Week in Pinellas County listen

05/29/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Jim Traficant

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with former Ohio Congressman Jim Traficant, who will be speaking in Pinellas County next week.

For seventeen years Traficant represented the Youngstown area in northeast Ohio in Congress as a Democrat. In Congress he was not easy to pin down. After Republicans took control of the House he voted more often with the Republicans than his own party. Traficant was was solidly anti-abortion but he did vote against the articles of impeachment against Pres...

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Oregon Farm Coalition's fight against Monsanto and The real reason why girls are outperforming boys in school listen

05/29/14 Rob Lorei
From A Woman's Point of View
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Tags: BRYCE COVERT, ELISE HIGLEY, Monsanto

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BRYCE COVERT, Economic Policy Director of Think Progress, contributor to The Nation, writer for many publications including the New York Times, Slate, the Atlantic and others. What started out to be an interview regarding the economic disadvantages women have in the workplace, particularly in light of the seemingly recent discovery that girls are outperforming boys in school, getting more degrees and are better e...

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Hillsborough Hackathon looks to ease driving woes with smart car apps listen

05/29/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Hillsborough County, Mark Sharpe, Hackathon, cars, technology, IT, Carvoyant

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Data gathered by new technology in cars could save drivers some trips to the mechanic. Software developers will be working around-the-clock this weekend at ITT Tech in Tampa during a Hillsborough County sponsored hackathon. Renz Kuipers is the CEO of Carvoyant, the company developing a new device to share a car’s data with drivers.

“Do you realize that the number one reason the check engine turns on is a loose gas cap? So, then you go into the dealership or repair shop and they charge yo...

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Tampa's First Woman Mayor looks back and forward 28 years after leaving office listen

05/28/14 Warren Elly and Sandy Freedman
Last Call Wednesday
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Tags: Sandy Freedman, Melvin Hair, Dwight Gooden, Tampa Police Department, Bob Buckhorn, Bob Martinez, City of Tampa history

Today on Last Call Warren Elly speaks to Sandy Freedman the first woman elected Tampa Mayor.

The two term Mayor talks about her battles to integrate Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and diffuse racial tensions that led to riots in the 1980s

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Dueling Pinellas groups argue transit sales tax in the rain listen

05/28/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Greenlight Pinellas, transit, buses, bus rapid transit, Transportation, Pinellas County, No Tax for Tracks

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The duel between pro-transit and anti-rail groups in Pinellas County is heating up ahead of November’s referendum. At issue, whether or not to hike sales tax by a penny to fund transit improvements including a cross-county passenger rail line. In demonstrations at the intersection of Bryan Dairy and Belcher Road Tuesday evening Groups were evenly split at about a dozen apiece. Shannon Evans carried a Greenlight Pinellas sign while holding her nine-month old son.

“It’s the only way to get ...

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Pro-Palestine divestment effort fails at USF Tampa listen

05/28/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Palestine, Students for Justice in Palestine, BDS, Divestment, Israel, USF, USF Foundation

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A USF Foundation committee killed an effort Wednesday to divest from companies considered human rights violators by pro-Palestinian groups. The move, initiated by USF Foundation board member Alan Bomstein, comes after Students for Justice in Palestine spent two months collecting more than 10,000 signatures supporting pulling investments from companies like Lockheed Martin and Caterpillar.

“The USF Foundation will not divest investments based on requests from individuals or groups nor will...

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National Coalition works to reduce gun violence listen

05/28/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Elliot Rodger, Ladd Everitt

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Yesterday, an estimated 20,000 people including students, families and community members at the University of California, Santa Barbara held a vigil mourning six of their fellow students who were killed last week in a deadly rampage.

The killer, Elliot Rodger, fatally stabbed his roommates and then went on a shooting rampage in the Isla Vista community near the campus, before apparently fatally shooting himself. Another 13 people were injured in the attack.

In recent years we’ve been ...

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