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Solar energy tour hits Tampa listen

10/03/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: solar, solar energy, solar power, USF, alternative energy, sustainable living, energy efficiency


If you’re considering installing energy efficient technologies or solar in your home or business, there’s a program at USF this weekend can help you.

The Tampa Bay Solar Tour kicks off at 10:00 a.m. Saturday.

WMNF spoke with Rachana Vidhi, the founder of the International Solar Energy Society’s student chapter at USF. She's the supervisor of the Tampa Bay Solar Tour and recently received her ...

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League of Women Voters &Florida Nurses Association hold candidate forum on healthcare listen

10/02/14 Crystal Farina
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: League of Women Voters, Florida Nurses Association, elections, St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Democrats


Many Florida voters who requested their November general election ballots by mail are receiving them this week. That means there will be candidate forums like the one on healthcare issues Wednesday night in St. Petersburg sponsored by the Florida Nurses Association and the League of Women Voters.

No Republican candidates showed up, and all five of the candidates who were there support the proposed constitutional amendment allowing the medical use of marijuana. That includes the Democratic...

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Greenlight Pinellas transit proposal gains supporters listen

10/02/14 Gwyneth Dunsford
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Yes to Greenlight, St. Petersburg, kathy castor, transit, psta, Greenlight Pinellas, Transportation


A transit plan for Pinellas County is gaining momentum. On Thursday, Congress member Kathy Castor endorsed the Yes to Greenlight initiative during a media conference in Midtown St. Petersburg.

“Oftentimes, the buses don’t run on a regular schedule,” said the representative for Florida’s 14th district. “Many people don’t have a couple of cars to fight the traffic… We need better transit options.”

Organizers of the campaign said the transit proposa...

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From A Woman's POV Fall Marathon Special: Tackling the misuse of power listen

10/02/14 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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The theme of the show was POWER – so often reflected now by its misuse, abuse and wanton directives to satisfy one’s own needs and greed. It doesn’t have to be that way… Climate change, endless wars, a wealth gap that has rendered meaningless our terms of rich and poor. We are living in a climate of fear and helplessness. Wake up – we are now living in the world designated by anthropologists as the anthropocene, the human age. These problems are a result of an unparalleled dominion of...

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Emerge Tampa Bay hosts "Tomorrow's Tampa" summit on downtown and transportation listen

10/01/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Tampa, Transportation, Emerge Tampa Bay, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce


What will downtown Tampa look like in several years? What about transportation in the region? These are two of the questions young professionals will try to answer during a summit Thursday evening. WMNF interviewed Brian Seel, chair of Emerge Tampa Bay, which is hosting the “Tomorrow’s Tampa” summit.

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Water management district seeks input on minimum water flows and levels listen

10/01/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: SWFWMD, water, rivers, streams, lakes, ecology, environment


To make sure the ecologies of the region’s freshwater rivers, lakes and wetlands stay in balance, the Southwest Florida Water Management District sets minimum flows and levels, then makes sure too much water isn’t taken out.

In a workshop Wednesday night, SWFWMD is asking for public input in setting those levels. Doug Leeper is their chief advisory environmental scientist.

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Slavery historian sheds light on the dark past that continues to shape the present listen

09/30/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday

Tags: slavery, Randy Browne, Eckerd College, Xavier University, slave drivers, Caribbean, Ferguson, reparations, Haiti, Navajo

Because of America’s role in the history of slavery, many people think the U.S. has a responsibility to repay those who are still being affected by this centuries-long legacy. Randy Browne is a history professor at Xavier University in Cincinnati and an alumnus of Eckerd College. He spoke Tuesday night at Eckerd in St. Petersburg. Browne thinks repaying the debt is all about acknowledging and accepting the role slavery played in shaping the Americas.

The ...

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Mayor Buckhorn responds to having a reelection challenger from Occupy Tampa listen

09/30/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Bob Buckhorn, Becky Rubright, Tampa, elections, Occupy Tampa, Republican National Convention, RNC


Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has a challenger in his race for reelection next March; Monday we brought you an interview with Becky Rubright, a veteran of the Occupy Tampa movement. She criticized Buckhorn and the response of the Tampa Police Department during occupy beginning three years ago. WMNF interviewed Mayor Buckhorn for his response to having a challenger in the March 2015 election.

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Florida This Week panel discussion on the governor’s race

09/30/14 Rob Lorei
Last Call Monday

Tags: Florida This Week, WEDU, Rob Lorei


Today on Last Call, Rob Lorei airs WEDU's Florida This Week with panel Leslie Dougher Chair, Republican Party of Florida, Dr. Keith Fitzgerald Former State Legislator/Professor (Democrat), Mike Deeson, Senior Investigative Reporter 10 News and William March Political Writer, Tampa Tribune.

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Woman claiming to be Lee Harvey Oswald's girlfriend tries to clear his name

09/29/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Lee Harvey Oswald, Judyth Vary Baker

Rob Lorei speaks to guest Judyth Vary Baker who claims to be Lee Harvey Oswald's former lover. Baker has spoken out to clear Oswald's name.

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