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USF grad students want more take home pay listen

06/19/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: USF, grad students, PhD, wages, collective bargaining, Student Loans, education

The USF graduate student union will start collective bargaining talks with the university Friday. Graduate Assistants United wants certain fees waived to increase the amount of take home pay students make teaching classes while pursuing advanced degrees. Josh Lenes and Megan Flocken are co-presidents of the group.

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Resident pushes back against Clearwater plan to move Countryside public library listen

06/19/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: libraries, Clearwater

There are plans for a public library in Clearwater to move to a nearby park, but some residents are fighting the plan. Margaret Mann wants the Clearwater Public Library System to keep the Countryside library where it is.

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The history behind Juneteenth and documentary, Freedom Summer details 10 important weeks of civil rights in 1964 listen

06/19/14 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Tags: juneteenth, NIKKI GIOVANNI, GWENDOLYN ZOHARAH SIMMONS, Freedom Summer

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From a Woman's POV feels privileged for all of us to celebrate Juneteenth and to speak with NIKKI GIOVANNI on this day. It took months for the message of the proclamation to spread through the land, but as NIKKI GIOVANNI, the shows first guest, says in her poem “The American Vision of Abraham Lincoln on the Lincoln Memorial”

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Resting in the comfort of the statue Of the 16th president of the United States Missing An equally impressi...

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Tampa Bay's Juneteenth celebration and Michelle Alexander's new book THE NEW JIM CROW examines high incarceration rates for people of color listen

06/19/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: juneteenth, Rev. Willie Dixon, The New Jim Crow

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Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei shares an interview with Michelle Alexander where she discusses her new book THE NEW JIM CROW about the high rates of incarceration for people of color. The show also highlights a local Juneteenth event.

http://billmoyers.com/segment/michelle-alexander-locked-out-of-the-american-dream/

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the...

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Kennedy Space Center prepares for sea level rise listen

06/18/14 Crystal Farina and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: climate change, NASA, sea level rise, Florida, Kennedy Space Center, science

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NASA is taking steps to protect Florida’s coastal Kennedy Space Center from rising seas.

Climate scientists say that sea levels will continue to rise because of melting polar ice and because warmer oceans will expand as the planet warms.

WMNF spoke with Kim Toufectis, the architect who coordinates master planning for NASA’s 15 locations, including KSC.

“Adapting to climate risks is part of what NASA needs to do in order to make sure our facilities can support our work going forwar...

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Reaction to trademark board calling Washington NFL team name "disparaging" listen

06/18/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Native American, NFL, football, racism

The nickname of the NFL team in Washington, D.C., is considered by many people to be a racial slur against indigenous Americans.

And today a federal trademark board concurred, calling it "disparaging of Native Americans" and recommending canceling the team's trademark protections. The team has faced pressure for years to change its name from the “R-word,” but it responded today by announcing it will appeal.

For reaction, WMNF spoke with Emelie Jeffries. She is host of Voices of Our Pe...

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Transportation talks in Hillsborough not appeasing pro-transit activists listen

06/18/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Transportation, transit, Hillsborough County, The Sierra Club, buses, Sandra Murman, Phil Compton

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Groups who want more transit options in Hillsborough County like improved bus routes and rail say there’s too much emphasis on roads. They’re pushing back against a plan that will be presented next week.

“We’re concerned that the policy leadership group spent 6 separate meetings talking about road projects, 5 separate occasions about governance, but now plans to talk about transit just one time before approving a plan for review and we’re afraid such a plan will be D.O.A.”

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Tampa Tribune veterans discuss the future of Newspapers listen

06/18/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Tampa Tribune, Michelle Bearden, Bob Ross, Walt Belcher

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Today Radioactivity discusses the future of newspapers with several former staff writers at the Tampa Tribune. Rob Lorei speaks with former film critic Bob Ross, the former TV critic Walt Belcher, and the former religion reporter Michelle Bearden who had long careers at the Tampa Tribune but they have since left the paper.

When WMNF started in 1979 there were at least seven daily newspapers serving the Tampa Bay area: The Tampa Tribune, The Tampa Times, The Clearwater Sun, The Lakeland L...

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Kids in St. Pete can get free breakfast and lunch all summer long listen

06/18/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: free lunch, nutrition, food, hunger, poverty, St. Petersburg, free

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The city of St. Petersburg has rolled out a program to feed kids for free this summer. The Free Summer Food Program provides both breakfast and lunch at city-owned properties across St. Pete. Alexis Shuder is with the Parks and Recreation Department.

"The city of St. Petersburg parks and recreation department is sponsoring summer food service program which is through the state's program through the department of agriculture at our play camp sites for June, July and August this summer. It'...

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$10 million to fund HIV treatment in Hillsborough County listen

06/17/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday

Tags: AIDS, HIV, healthcare funding, Hillsborough County Commission

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Hillsborough County’s Healthcare services division is getting almost $10 million dollars to spend on HIV treatment. That’s a more than $800,000 increase to the previous HIV Emergency Relief Program budget. Hillsborough County Commissioners approved the federal grant during a meeting Wednesday.

Gene Earley is the director of the department overseeing the program.

“And this is the largest increase in HIV funding in many, many years.”

The Ryan White Part A grant funds emergency HIV re...

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