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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.

[http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2014/04/29/b...

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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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Senate Democrats push back against proposed Florida pension change listen

04/30/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Jack Latvala, pensions, Florida Legislature, Wilton Simpson, Bill Montford, Jeff Clemens

The Florida Senate is still considering whether to remove a guaranteed retirement benefit from future state employees. Instead, the bill heard Wednesday would force employees who don’t choose the benefit plan into a risky 401k-type retirement fund. Senators are expected to vote on the bill this afternoon. It’s getting push back from many Democrats, including panhandle Senator Bill Montford.

“My experience in public service has been, you’ll find very few gamblers because the retirement sys...

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Immigration activists rally for the ending of deportation on May Day listen

04/30/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Raices en Tampa, Marisol Marquez, Jared Hamil, immigration

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei interviews immigration rights activists Marisol Marquez and Jared Hamil of Raices en Tampa about a May Day rally that they will be hosting tomorrow to end deportation from this country. The event will take place in front of the U.S. immigration building in Ybor City 1624 East 7th ave at 5:00 pm. There will be a second event at Centennial Park on May 3 at 4:00 pm.

Raices En Tampa: 813-449-3500

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Fate of immigrant in-state tuition bill still not clear in Florida listen

04/30/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Jack Latvala, Aaron Bean, immigration, public education, university, in-state-tuition

The Florida Senate is still considering a bill that would let undocumented students who have lived and attended high school in Florida pay in-state college tuition. The watered down measure wouldn’t give the student residence status. Some critics argue it doesn’t go far enough. But during debate on the Senate floor Wednesday, several Republicans countered that it goes too far. And Jacksonville Senator Aaron Bean added the bill isn’t necessary because universities already have the power to wai...

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Vote by Mail: Where does it come from and where does it end up? listen

04/29/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: vote by mail, absentee ballots, mail in ballots, Craig Latimer, Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections, Voting

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Ever wonder what happens to a mail in ballot after it’s dropped off at the post office? In Hillsborough County, that ballot gets shipped off to the Supervisor of Election’s office on Falkenburg Road where it’s passed through a giant machine that reads voters’ signatures.

“We then take a picture of that signature so we can compare it electronically so that we don’t have ballots all over the office and then after everything is verified, they’re then sorted into precinct order.”

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