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Anonymous guest discusses Florida's growing unemployment scandal listen

06/25/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Unemployment, Florida, wmnf

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei's guest was wrongly asked to repay $10,000 in unemployment benefits by the state. "Barry" who asked us not to use his real name, says he was terminated by his employer, applied for and received unemployment benefits, exhausted the benefits and (five months later) was asked by the state to repay all the money. The state claimed that he had wrongly been granted unemployment benefits. Barry says he was legally entitled to the benefits and hired a lawyer to fight...

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Right-wing group advocates political lobbying in church listen

06/24/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Liberty Counsel, Religion, conservative Christian, abortion, pro-life, immigration, Gay Marriage

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

“Not one single church has ever in the history of America lost its tax exempt status for either endorsing or opposing a particular candidate or endorsing or opposing legislation or lobbying. Not one in America.”

That’s Matthew Staver, founder...

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The champions of Florida’s middle class in this year’s legislative session listen

06/24/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Champions of Florida’s Middle Class, Mark Ferrulo

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Who were the champions of the middle class in this year’s legislative session? Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Mark Ferrulo of Progress Florida a statewide progressive activist group which has for the past several years named an annual list of Champions of Florida’s Middle Class.

Whether it’s handing out tax breaks for their campaign donors, funneling public school funding to unaccountable for-profit schools, blocking access to health care ...

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Peace activists to demonstrate against action in Iraq Friday at MacDill listen

06/24/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Iraq, CENTCOM, MacDill, Macdill AFB, St. Pete for Peace, peace, War

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Local peace groups will protest possible U.S. military actions in Iraq this week near the Tampa command center for southwest Asia.

United States Central Command is housed at South Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base and for years, anti-war demonstrations have used the location to oppose military strikes.

During a forum on Iraq in St. Petersburg Monday night hosted by St. Pete for Peace, participants decided to [protest outside MacDill this Friday at 4 p.m.](htt...

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Tampa rolls out new wildflower project in parks listen

06/24/14 Brenton Honeywell
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Tampa wildflower project, Florida native plant society, wmnf, Manhattan trail

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The City of Tampa is trying out a new project to plant wildflowers at three parks in hopes to save money while also beautifying the parks.

The wildflowers have been planted at Gadsden Park, Rowlett Park, and the New Tampa Overpass. Brad Suder is a superintendent in the city’s parks and recreation department.

“When we started looking at this we also realized, well is that aesthetic to the roadways we can actually reduce cost of our maintenance operations in terms of our mowing contrac...

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Southwest Florida drilling plan faces new bump in the road listen

06/24/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: drilling, Oil, compressed natural gas, environment, Fracking, Everglades, Mike Schwartz, South Florida Wildlands Association

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is requiring a drilling company to answer questions during a series of public meetings in Southwest Florida. The head of South Florida Wildlands Association, Matt Schwartz, weighs in on a drilling proposal near the Everglades in Collier County.

"One question I've asked from the beginning that never got answered is to show us an actual map of the lease area and lay that map over the public lands in the area. What I've seen is just kind of ...

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Florida on the hook for $250,000 for firing whistleblower listen

06/23/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: whistleblower, Florida, Rick Scott, Diane Parcell

Lawyers for a fired state worker say Florida could owe nearly $2 billion to people who were incorrectly reported to credit agencies. Former Department of Economic Opportunity employee Dianne Parcell spoke during a press conference in Tallahassee Monday.

Parcell’s lawyer released video of the woman talking about what happened to her.

A jury is making the state pay $250,000 in attorney’s fees and damages for Parcell’s firing.

To date, the state of Florida has not taken steps to addres...

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Director for Iraq Veterans Against the War discusses the current situation in Iraq listen

06/23/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Iraq, Matt Howard, Iraq Veterans Against the War

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Radioactivity welcomes guest is Matt Howard communications director for Iraq Veterans Against the War, who served two tours in Iraq as a US Marine.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said he wants U.S. troops sent back in Iraq to halt Sunni militants now conquering large parts of the country to and support resistance fighters in Syria.

We play a part of this Cheney interview with Jonathan Karl on ABC yesterday morning:

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FUN-gus Permaculture Show listen

06/23/14 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Tags: Kip Curtis, National Farm to Fork School movement

On today’s show we started with a short interview with Kip Curtis, founder of the Edible Peace Patch Project in South St Pete about a talk he’ll be doing Friday, June 27, from 5 to 8 PM at Tanja & Jared’s Sulphur Springs Urban Farm about the National Farm to Fork School movement. Then mycologist, Florida Earth Skills Gathering Founder, and Florida off- grid homesteader and permaculturist, Mycol Stevens, joined...

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Hillsborough County forums could cut back on slumlord claims listen

06/23/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: tenant, landlord, slumlord, Hillsborough County, code enforcement

Hillsborough County and Tampa have been having trouble with slumlords. Jim Blinck is the county’s division director of code enforcement. Blinck is talking to residents and owners at a forum about their rights and responsibilities.

The Landlord and Tenant forum Tuesday at the University Area Community Development Corporation on North 22nd Street in Tampa. It starts at 9:00 a.m. and will last about two hours.

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