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Legislative wrap up forum turns to Rick Scott vs. Charlie Crist discussion listen

05/09/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Rick Scott, Charlie Crist, 2014 legislative session, immigration, in-state tuition, Darryl Paulson, Steve Bousquet


There is a flurry of bills waiting for Governor Rick Scott’s signature now that the 2014 legislative session is over. During a Suncoast Tiger Bay luncheon Friday in St. Petersburg two political wits looked at the winners and losers in Tallahassee politics this session.

One of the biggest asks from Governor Rick Scott this year was for the legislature to pass a tuition freeze on public universities. He got that. He also succeeded in getting $500 million in tax cuts. Another bill Scott supp...

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Former Pinellas County congressional candidate Jessica Ehrlich discusses what's next for her listen

05/08/14 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Tags: Jessica Ehrlich, David Jolly

Former congressional aide and attorney Jessica Ehrlich has turned into a regular cable news pundit of sorts in the past few months, appearing almost daily on the Fox News Channel or Fox News Business. The Pinellas County Democrats also tells WMNF she's part of a new project helping out Democrats in the Southeast that she'll officially announce later this year. In her appearance on WMNF, she talked about the recent issues with Pinellas County Democrats and their inability to find a candidate w...

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Farmers markets to get big boost thanks to Farm Bill listen

05/08/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Farm Bill, farms, farmers market, USDA, agriculture


The USDA is pumping almost $80 million into local food programs. Department secretary Tom Vilsack announced a program during a conference call Thursday that will offer $30 million in grant money for things like farmers markets. The rest of the funding will guarantee loans for small and medium-sized agriculture businesses.

“The industry loan program will clarify that these resources can now be used for an urban project so long as it’s benefiting rural producers.”

The funding is availabl...

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St. Pete activists warn TPP could inflate prescription drug costs and sacrifice American jobs listen

05/08/14 Crystal Farina
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: NAFTA, trade, economy, jobs, TPP, Trans Pacific Partnership, foreing relations, prescription drugs


The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a secretive trade deal being negotiated between the U.S. and several Asian countries. On Wednesday, about a dozen local citizens gathered in front of the Tampa Bay Times’ office in Downtown St. Petersburg to protest the TPP.

Eleven countries in the Pacific, excluding China and including New Zealand and Australia would be part of the agreement. Christopher Radulich, the council organizer for, says that although this p...

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Former state representatives Paula Dockery and Keith Fitzgerald discuss the outcome of annual state legislative session listen

05/08/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Paula Dockery, Keith Fitzgerald, Governor Rick Scott


The annual state legislative session ended last Friday. This week Governor Rick Scott began traveling around the state on his “Help is on the Way” tour- touting the $25 auto fee cut he championed in the legislative session. The fee cut will result in 400 million dollars in savings to companies and individuals that own cars.

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei talks to columnist and former Republican state representative, Paula Dockery about the fee cut and the other results of the state ...

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Tropical Heatwave performers join From A Woman's POV and The 19th Annual Sunshine and Soul Concert benefits Tampa Bay's domestic violence centers listen

05/08/14 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Tags: Good Graeff, Tropical Heatwave, The 19th Annual Sunshine and Soul Concert, Bree


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

Brooklyn (Brooke) Graeff of Good Graeff.

Brooke and her twin sister Brittany will perform Saturday at 7:30 at New World Brewery for Tropical Heatwave. They started out busking on the street corners of Sarasota at age 16. At 18 they went different ways, and reunited in Hanoi, Viet Nam in 2012. They still have dedicated followers in Viet Nam. The twins are ...

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Civil Liberties Under Fire listen

05/07/14 Warren Elly & Mike Pheneger
Last Call Wednesday
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Tags: Mike Pheneger, Edward Snowden, NSA, surveillance

Today on Last Call Warren Elly speaks to guest Mike Pheneger about Surveillance and other challenges to our liberty. Pheneger is the president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and he spent 30 years as a US Army Intelligence officer.

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Hillsborough County schools need 349 buses listen

05/07/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: MaryEllen Elia, Hillsborough County Schools, Transportation, school buses, April Griffin


Hillsborough County Public Schools have a shortage of dependable buses – 349 to be exact. During a nearly two hour workshop Wednesday, school board members and the Superintendent shook their heads at the scathing report from school bus consultant Tom Platt.

“Since 2006 you have bought a grand total of 32 buses. This is the outcome. This is the result of what you see and what you see is a very aging fleet with an average age of 12 years. This is a problem and it’s having a dramatic impact ...

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Hillsborough Commission okays studying stormwater fee increase to support aging infrastructure listen

05/07/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: stormwater fee, infrastructure, climate change, Les Miller, Sandra Murman, Hillsborough County Commission


On Wednesday the Hillsborough County Commission unanimously agreed to study increasing residents' $12 monthly stormwater fee in order to fund aging infrastructure.

Commissioner Les Miller also convinced his colleagues to allocate a one-time, $5 million investment in stormwater, citing both climate change and last week’s torrential rains and flooding.

"It is time that we start looking at where we are and what we're doing with our infrastructure. The county's infrastructure is aging, it...

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Militias still blocking roads in Southern Nevada in dispute between millionaire rancher and Feds listen

05/07/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Cliven Bundy, Bureau of Land management, Claire Conner Mork


Today Radioactivity talks with author, Claire Conner about the militias that are still active in southern Nevada. They had come first to protect a millionaire rancher from the Bureau of Land management. But it has morphed into a low-level standoff. The show puts the militias and the confrontation in Nevada in historical context.

A Nevada congressman is calling on Nevada officials to rid a town in his district of militia members who have rallied around rancher Cliven Bundy in his battle...

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