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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

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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

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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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USF students for divestment meet with university foundation listen

05/06/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: USF, BDS, Palestine, Israel, SJP at USF

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University of South Florida students who are leading a drive to get the school to divest from companies profiting off the Israeli occupation of Palestine met yesterday afternoon with some members of the USF Foundation.

Tuesday WMNF spoke with a member of Students for Justice in Palestine at USF, Malak Fakhoury.

"We had a meeting with the USF Foundation in order to approach them about the demand for divestment that has arisen on campus over the past couple of months. As you know, we ha...

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Rick Scott touts $500 million tax cut, bashes Charlie Crist's record listen

05/06/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Rick Scott, Charlie Crist, 2014 election, tax cuts

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On the second day of his “Help is on the way” campaign tour, Florida Governor Rick Scott is patting himself on the back for cutting taxes. Scott stopped at Brandon Honda Tuesday to point out that most of the cuts will give drivers a little relief on their auto registration fees.

“$500 million back in Florida’s hands. $400 million of it was a fee that Charlie Crist increased back in 2009.”

That $400 million sounds like a lot of money, but what it translates to might not be so impressive...

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2 years later, Benghazi controversy continues to be debated in Washington listen

05/06/14 Robert Lorei
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Benghazi

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei opens the phone lines to discuss Benghazi. The following media pieces are included in the discussion:

Study: Bush, aides made 935 false statements in run-up to war



Rep. Trey Gowd...

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Tampa seeking input on Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park overhaul listen

05/06/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, Bob Buckhorn, parks and recreation, Tampa, North Boulevard Homes

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One of Tampa’s biggest parks may soon get a makeover. Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park has more than 20 acres of recreational space along the Hillsborough River with the downtown skyline as a backdrop. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will be among others at a community meeting Tuesday night where officials hope to get some ideas from those most likely to use the rehabbed space.

“The first step in a process like this is always to start with the community.”

The forum at Blake High School Tuesday ...

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Conference held in Clearwater challenges Church of Scientology listen

05/05/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Flag Down 2014, Church of Scientology, Pete Griffiths, Chris Shelton, John Sweeney

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Today on Radioactivity, we get a preview of a five day conference that begins today in Tampa Bay. The conference is designed to challenge the Church of Scientology and organizers say the conference, Flag Down 2014 will reveal the abusive conditions, financial exploitation, coerced abortions and broken families that lie behind the Scientology organization's veneer of religiosity.

Rob Lorei speaks to Pete Griffiths who was a member of the Church of Scientology fo...

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Supreme Court upholds right of governments to pray during meetings listen

05/05/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Stetson, SCOTUS, Religion, First Amendment, freedom of religion, separation of church and state, Supreme Court

A town in upstate New York will be allowed to continue its longtime practice of praying before government meetings after a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday. Louis Virelli is a professor of constitutional law at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, FL. WMNF spoke with him about the ruling that the town of Greece, NY does not violate the First Amendment.

The 5-4 decision also noted that most of the town’s religious congregations are Christian and that the city should not b...

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Deportation works to break family apart in Tampa listen

05/02/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Wendy Hernandez, Amado Hernandez, Deportation, immigration

Today Radioactivity covers a story of family struggling to stay together because of the repercussions of deportation. Wendy Hernandez shares the diffuclut dilemma her family is facing.

In July 2012, Wendy's Husband, Amado Hernandez was detained for driving without a license. Despite being a low priority case, and despite the extreme hardship his family would face without him, Amado was snatched away from his family and deported him in 2013. Doing what any good father would do, he returned...

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National Democrats back Ed Jany against David Jolly listen

05/02/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Ed Jany, Alex Sink, David Jolly, DCCC, elections, Pinellas County

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is throwing its weight behind a political newcomer named Eduardo Jany to run against David Jolly in November.

But Jany is not a Democrat and he doesn’t live in that Pinellas County district. He has served in the military for 33 years and lives near MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.

During a short phone conference with reporters Friday, Jany said he is looking for a home in Pinellas.

"Listen, I'm sure it's going to come off. I live 8 m...

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