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Will Greece start to recover this year?

01/27/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Mark Weisbrot, Greece, The Guardian


Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei interviews Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, in Washington, D.C. about the economic recovery of Greece. Weisbrot recently wrote an article about the Greek economy for the Guardian.

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Residents speak out to Pinellas legislators about marijuana and Medicaid listen

01/27/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Pinellas County, Medicaid, marijuana, Weed, Jeff Brandes, Larry Ahern, medical marijuana


On Monday the Florida Supreme Court approved language for the medical marijuana constitutional amendment. Since last week it raised enough signatures, it will be on November's ballot.

Two supporters who signed up to address the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation didn’t show up to their meeting Monday in Largo. But one opponent, pharmacist Larry Golbom, said marijuana might be as dangerous as alcohol.

“The reality is that marijuana is n...

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Some flood insurance relief proposed by Pinellas Legislative delegation listen

01/27/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Flood insurance, Biggert-Waters, NFIP, FEMA, Kathleen Peters, emergency management, Carl Zimmerman


Devastating rate hikes to flood insurance premiums have become a focus for homeowners in low-lying and coastal areas. As Congress scrambles to delay implementation of a law that would remove subsidies on policies, Florida lawmakers are looking at ways to combat rising costs through flood mitigation planning. During a Pinellas Legislative Delegation meeting in Largo Monday, Florida Division of Emergency Management director Bryan Koon suggested rallying the state behind FEMA’s community rating ...

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A show about writing listen

01/24/14 JoEllen Schilke
Art In Your Ear
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Featuring a talk from poet Billy Collins, and a segment on how to get past writer's block...


Local theater facing threat of shutdown, The Minimalists begin 100 city tour in Tampa, and activists with Occupy Wall Street speak at World Peace Day listen

01/24/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Tampa Pitcher Show, The Minimalists, Occupy Wall Street, Zoltán Glück, Manissa McCleave Maharawal


Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei covers three topics:

First, saving an endangered local movie theater - One of the last independent movie theaters in the Bay area is in danger of closing. The Tampa Pitcher Show, on North Dale Mabry Highway, in Tampa is facing the possibility of shutting down if they do not raise enough funds to transition from 35 mm projectors to digital. Rob Lorei speaks with Wayne Valenti, the owner of the Tampa Pitcher Show.

Next, an unusual cross country tour...

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Bashing presidential vacations is partisanship at its worst listen

01/24/14 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Tags: Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Michelle Obama, partisanship, Janelle Irwin

First Lady Michelle Obama Celebrated her 50th birthday last week. Her White House soiree caused quite the media circus – who wore what, what did they eat, the First Lady was even criticized for lacking etiquette because her save the date cards asked guests to eat before they came. But that’s not what I’m talking about. Pundits on the right immediately latched on to the President’s birthday gift to his wife – a few extra days in Hawaii. It seems like a nice enough present, a few days away from...

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For Pinellas and Hillsborough transit officials want collaboration, not consolidation listen

01/24/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: HART, psta, TBARTA, transit, Transportation


A transit merger between agencies in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties may not be the best way to save money. An independent study was approved by the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority during a meeting Friday that shows collaboration between the two groups could cut costs without the risk of consolidating.

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority and Hillsborough Area Regional Transit hired the audit firm KPMG to start weighing the pros and cons of consolidating the two grou...

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Pasco Sheriff's Office releases movie theater shooting 911 call listen

01/24/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: theater shooting, Pasco County, Wesley Chapel, Chad Oulson, Curtis Reeves, Tampa Police, Pasco County Sheriff, guns

Friday the Pasco Sheriff's Office released audio of the 911 call from last week's shooting at a Wesley Chapel movie theater in which Chad Oulson was killed.

During the call the 911 operator attempts to notify the Sheriff's Office to tell them that there has been a shooting, but there is no answer for one minute and 40 seconds. Ringing can be heard on the 911 recording from 1:14 into the recording until the call is answered at 2:54.

The person who made the 911 call tells the Sheriff's Of...


Al Fox on new Tampa DUI rules and Perry Thurston on Rick Scott's perceived lack of concern regarding state's unemployment website listen

01/24/14 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday

Tags: Rick Scott, Perry Thurston, Al Fox, Tampa Police Department

In the wake of scandal inside the Tampa Police Department's DUI squad, a task force released a report with recommendations. WMNF spoke with Cuban activist Al Fox for his opinion. Fox is suing the TPD after he was detained for a DUI, despite the fact that his blood-alcohol content registered at 0.000.

Later in the program we were joined by Perry Thurston, Jr. He's the House Minority Leader in the Florida House of Representatives. He's also running for the Democratic nomination for Attorney ...

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Hillsborough County Commission approves Sheriff Deputies in elementary schools and creates new plans for the homeless & animal shelters listen

01/23/14 Sean Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Hillsborough County Commission, Jim Previtera, Karen Buesing, Metropolitan Ministries, Dexter Barge, animal services

Today the Hillsborough County Commission unanimously approved funds for a program that will place Sheriff Deputies in ten elementary schools for at least four years. Commissioners designated nearly $120,000 in matching funds for a $1.25 million grant to pay for the officers for three years. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Colonel Jim Previtera says the county will be responsi...


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