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Human Rights Day celebrated at University of Tampa listen

04/28/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Douglas McElhaney, United Nations, human rights, immigration, medical marijuana, University of Tampa

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Could access to medical marijuana be considered a basic human right?

That was one of the novel as well as conventional interpretations at Saturday’s Human Rights Day on the University of Tampa campus.

When referring to basic human rights, things like access to medicine, food, water and safety, come to mind. University of Tampa Professor, David Krahl, said access to medical marijuana should also be added to that list.

“So what we want to do is take a look at the access to medical ...

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Activist decries Florida Senate passing bill forbidding use of foreign law in state's courts listen

04/28/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: islam, Muslims, Florida Legislature, Laila Abdelaziz

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Florida would become the eighth state to outlaw the use of foreign law in the state's courts under a bill passed by the Senate Monday. But opponents contend the action is unnecessary and targets Muslims. The bill is sponsored by Senator Alan Hays, a Republican from Umatilla

Not everyone agrees with Senator Hays.

Laila Abdelaziz is Tampa Bay regional director for Emerge USA, a non-profit, non-partisan group with the goal to engage Muslim Americans in the political process.

"Senate b...

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Shaun McCutcheon's attorney wants more money in politics listen

04/28/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: McCutcheon, FEC, Dan Backer, Citizens United, money in politics

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Critics of loose campaign finance laws are reeling after a decision earlier this month that will allow wealthy individuals to throw even more money into political campaigns and parties. The McCutcheon verses FEC ruling removes caps on individual contributions directly to candidates and their parties. Washington attorney Dan Backer is the guy to thank.

“The only purpose it served was to benefit incumbents, keep marginal dollars out of the most transparent part of the political system and t...

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Evangelical ministers demand Washington to work on immigration reform listen

04/25/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Rev. Evelyn Chaparro, Rev. Gabriel Salguero, immigration

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei discusses immigration reform with two evangelical ministers who are heading to Washington to demand that Congress and the White House take action. Rev. Gabriel Salguero, President of National Latino Evangelical Coalition represents 3,000 churches will be speaking at the event and Rev. Evelyn Chaparro, Pastor at the River Church represents 3,000 members.

Rev. Salguero (917) 484-0179 president@nalec.org Rev. Chaparro (407) 252-3959

Later Rob talks abo...

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Listeners mourn the death of net neutrality listen

04/25/14 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Tags: Net neutrality, Google, Netflix, Apple, Comcast, Verizon

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Net neutrality supporters say a new FCC rule proposal kills their efforts.

The proposal would allow internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to charge websites for a special "lane" to provide better web access to users. Critics argue this will stifle smaller startup websites like Vimeo or Buzzfeed while allowing larger companies like Netflix to reap the benefits of better service. They say it would frustrate users who may find themselves easily accessing one website while having...

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Port Tampa Bay can be key regional economic driver listen

04/25/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Port Tampa Bay, Port of Tampa, Tampa Bay Port Authority, TBARTA, Sandra Murman, John Thorington

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Port Tampa Bay is in its first few months under a new name and leaders there are expecting big things. Local transit officials took a boat tour of the Tampa Port Authority’s massive 5,000 acre property.

John Thorington is the vice president of government affairs for Port Tampa Bay. He told members of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority the port is the largest economic driver in the region.

“It has a $15 billion economic impact on the region each year and it supports, in some ...

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USF students want university to divest from companies profiting from occupation listen

04/25/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: USF, Palestine, BDS

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Student activists at the University of South Florida are asking the university to divest from companies doing business in occupied Palestine.

They’ve collected ten thousand signatures on what they’re calling a human rights petition.

WMNF News interviewed Ahmad Saadaldin, president of Students for Justice in Palestine at USF.

"Our petition is a human rights petition calling on the University of South Florida to stop investin...

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Nine Ten-minute Play Fest by Theatre Odyssey listen

04/25/14 JoEllen Schilke
Art In Your Ear
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Tags: theater

Tom Aposporos of Theatre Odyssey talked about their upcoming Ten Minute Play fest.

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George Sheldon on why he wants to be Florida's next Attorney General listen

04/24/14 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Tags: George Sheldon, Pam Bondi, Perry Thurston, Charlie Crist, Kathleen Sebelius

Democrat George Sheldon has had a distinguished career as a Florida public servant. A former member of the state House first elected in the 1970's, he served in high ranking positions in the Attorney General's office (under Bob Butterworth) and the federal dept. of Health & Human Services under Kathleen Sebelius in Washington. He also was appointed by Charlie Crist to run the troubled Department of Children and Families several years ago.

Now the lifelong Florida Democrat is in the race t...

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St. Pete officials start budget planning with community forum listen

04/24/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Rick Kriseman, St. Petersburg, The People's Budget Review, David McKalip

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman is getting ready to write his first city budget since being sworn in this year.

More than 50 residents flooded the Walter Fuller Community Center Wednesday night for the first in a series of budget review meetings where city officials will hear what taxpayers want their money spent on.

Kriseman said the budget will be a reflection of the city's priorities.

“St. Petersburg will be a city of opportunity where the sun shines on all who come to live,...

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