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Tampa Bay celebrates May Day listen

05/02/14 Ashley Whitney
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: May Day, Voice of Freedom Park, West Tampa, Tampa Police

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To commemorate May Day, about 50 community activists gathered at Voice of Freedom Park in West Tampa Thursday night. They held a “free market” and potluck, welcoming all members of the community. But at the last minute, it was almost canceled when the hosts were notified by the police and the city that they required a permit.

Voice of Freedom Park, owned by Joe Redner, is where Occupy Tampa relocated after spending weeks on a downtown Tampa sidewalk. Since the park is private property, i...

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Hillsborough homeless count stays the same, but some populations shrink listen

05/01/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Homeless Coalition, Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative, Maria Barcus

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There are more than 2200 homeless people in Hillsborough County. The numbers from a February count were released Thursday and show that, though the total is about the same as last year, there was a 33% drop in the number of people considered chronically homeless.

“I think it says that the things being done are having an impact and hopefully that trend will continue and we’ll get even better.”

That’s Maria Barcus, CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative. A person with a disabi...

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Advocacy group, Progress Florida's executive director discusses state proposal to promote medical tourism listen

05/01/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Mark Ferrulo, Progress Florida, medical tourism

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Today on the second half of Radioactivity, Rob Lorei talks to Mark Ferrulo, executive director of Progress Florida about the state's proposal to expand aid to medical tourism. Yet, they're unwilling to expand Medicaid for the 1.1 million working Floridians who are in dire need of health insurance.

Mark Ferrulo has been working for public interest causes across the state for over two decades. He currently serves on the national board of directors for USAct...

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Tampa Bay Times reporter talks about Florida's environmental dilemmas and the push for Medical tourism in the sunshine state listen

05/01/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Craig Pittman, Florida state legislature, medical tourism

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Florida's Environment

Today on Radioactivity we examine 3 environmental issues here in Florida. There’s a controversy involving fracking in southwest Florida that the show explores. Next, the state legislature has not passed the springs protection bill this year and lastly, a libertarian oriented group wants the manatee to be removed from the endangered species list. Host, Rob Lorei speaks to one of the state’s top environmental reporters Craig Pittman about these topics.

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman wants more community engagement in choosing new pier listen

05/01/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Rick Kriseman, St. Petersburg, the pier, The Lens

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman announced a plan Thursday that would give residents a chance to weigh in on what to do with the city’s downtown waterfront pier.

“We are still finalizing the process, but what we’re envisioning is something where, over a week to two weeks period of time, the public will have an opportunity to actually go and cast a vote for the three designs they like the best.”

But residents won’t necessarily go to the ballot box. It’ll likely be more like a survey,...

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From A Woman's POV tackles Florida Legislature's attack on women and new guidelines on campus assaults and rapes listen

05/01/14 Robert Lorei
From A Woman's Point of View
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Tags: EMILY CROCKETT, KRISTEN LOMBARDI

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

The Florida Legislature is wrapping up its 2014 session – and as usual, assault on women’s bodies is in full throttle. EMILY CROCKETT, Reporting Fellow at Rh Reality Check, has been following the many states that are fearlessly defining life, and will give her analysis on Florida and some of the other states.

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Gov. Scott declares State of Emergency in 26 northwest Florida counties because of rains listen

04/30/14 AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: storms, flooding, Florida Panhandle, Rick Scott

The Florida Panhandle and Alabama Gulf Coast are being hit with widespread flooding, the latest blow from a dayslong chain of severe weather across the South and Midwest.

Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Wednesday over 26 counties.

Over the past four days, storms hit especially hard in places such as Arkansas' northern Little Rock suburbs and the Mississippi cities of Louisville and Tupelo.

At least 37 deaths have been reported.

"We have had severe weathe...

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Legislature supports possibility of speed limit increase on Florida roads listen

04/30/14 AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Speed Limit, Florida Legislature

Speed limits on Florida highways could be raised to 75 miles per hour under a bill that's going to Governor Rick Scott.

The Florida House voted 58-56 Wednesday to pass the bill, despite several lawmakers who said it would cause more deaths.

That includes Democratic Representative Dave Kerner from Palm Springs.

The measure would allow the Department of Transportation to raise the speed limit on interstate and limited access highways from 70 to 75 miles per hour, from 65 to 70 miles ...

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A Tampa man who's spent a lifetime being in the right place at the right time listen

04/30/14 Warren Elly with Tony Zappone
Last Call Wednesday
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Tags: Tony Zappone

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Today on the Last Call Warren Elly interviews Tony Zappone, a journalist who took Iconic photos of John F. Kennedy in Tampa, 4 days before the assassination. Zappone’s pictures of JFK smiling and waving through the streets of Tampa became evidence in the investigation of the assassination.

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Florida legislature passes bill to limit foreign law in state courts listen

04/30/14 AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Sharia, SB 386, Florida Legislature

A measure that would limit the recognition of family law from other countries in the state's courts has passed the Florida Legislature.

The House passed the bill 78-40 Wednesday after accusations from detractors -- like Katie Edwards a Democrat from south Florida -- that the measure is based in anti-Muslim sentiment and addresses no existing problem.

"Members I would point you to the staff analysis p...

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