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Tampa man is one of eight sentenced with mandatory minimums that President Obama released listen

01/07/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Ezell Gilbert, mandatory minimum sentences, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, NAACP, Voting rights

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Eight federal sentences commuted by President Barack Obama last month have revitalized criticism of mandatory minimums. Critics of the sentencing argue they can result in what the president called unduly harsh sentences.

Greg Newburn is the Florida project director for Families Against Mandatory Minimums.

“Cases are different. Defendants are different. Crimes are different. Instead of punishing an offender, a particular defendant in a particular set of circumstances, we just pass a se...

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Frontline documentary investigates Wall Street trading scheme listen

01/06/14 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Tags: WEDU, Frontline, “To Catch a Trader”, Martin Smith

In New York City a trial will start in what prosecutors say is the most lucrative insider trading scheme on Wall Street of all time. The trial involves confidential information provided by two doctors about an Alzheimer’s drug that was showing poor results. But only a few insiders had access to that information.

Tomorrow PBS stations including WEDU in Tampa will air “To Catch a Trader”, a Frontline documentary that will focus on this case and how inside trading works.

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Local Permaculture Classes listen

01/06/14 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Tags: International Permaculture Convergence, Koreen Brennan

On today’s Sustainable Living Program our guests were a couple of local permaculture designers. Koreen Brennan recently attended the International Permaculture Convergence in Cuba and is the founder of Grow Permaculture, located in Clearwater. She’s also involved with just about anything that contributes to sustainability and regeneration of the environment, the local economy, culture and community. Bob Abbenzeller also joined the show. He’s a permaculture designer and local sustainable livin...

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Pinellas County Republicans running for Congress try to earn support from beach residents listen

01/06/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: David Jolly, Kathleen Peters, Mark Bircher, Bill Young, Alex Sink, Congress

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Pinellas County Republicans will decide next week who they want to pit against Democrat Alex Sink and others for a seat in Congress. During a debate today hosted by the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce, three diverse conservatives assured members, many of whom have homes or businesses in flood zones, they would take steps to combat rising insurance premiums. Current State Representative Kathleen Peters says that includes delaying scheduled rate hikes as a result of the Biggert-Waters Act...

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Is the Pentagon Wasting Hundreds of Billions of Dollars on the F-35?

01/06/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: F-35, Lockheed Martin, Winslow Wheeler, Project on Government oversight, wasteful military spending, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Good morning- welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei.

The most expensive military plane ever built- is still not ready for prime time. The hi-tech warplane is supposed to serve as the backbone of the future US fighter fleet. The plane—already 10 years behind schedule and 100 percent over budget—has cost taxpayers nearly $400 billion dollars, and will eventually cost $1.5 trillion. The costly plane – some of which are already deployed at Eglin Air Force Base in the Panhandle--has difficu...

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Health Resolutions, GMOs in our food, and other topics discussed on The Urban Cafe listen

01/05/14 Dwaine Terry
The Urban Cafe
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Tags: Health Resolutions for the New Year, Jeffrey Smith, GMO, HIV

1- Health Resolutions for the New Year- By now everyone should be working on their resolutions. Some people have committed to eat healthier, get diabetes under control, stop smoking, etc. As a result, many local hospitals offer FREE or LOW COST classes and seminars to help you get started and stay committed.

2- GMO Expert, Jeffrey Smith is coming to USF on Jan 16th. He has written a bestselling book "Seeds of Deception" and has a movie "Genetic Roulette." Brief explanation on what GM...

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U.S. Secreaty of Labor Thomas Perez urges Congress to pass emergency unemployment extension listen

01/03/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Dean Heller, Jack Reed, Thomas Perez, Unemployment

Democrats have been pushing Washington lawmakers to extend emergency compensation to 1.3 million long-term unemployed people who lost their benefits last week. During a conference call Friday, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez said he’s hopeful that a bi-partisan bill extending benefits for three months will pass when Congress reconvenes next week. The bill is sponsored by Rhode Island Democratic Senator Jack Reed and Senator Dean Heller, a Republican from Nevada. President Obama will also pres...

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Crystal Ball for Arts/2014 listen

01/03/14 JoEllen Schilke
Art In Your Ear
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Bob Devin Jones & Duncan McClellan talked about the arts.

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GOP congressional candidates Jolly and Bircher split on some positions listen

01/03/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: David Jolly, Mark Bircher, Kathleen Peters, Bill Young, District 13 Congress, Republicans, Alex Sink

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The Republican primary for Pinellas County’s congressional seat is heating up as the January 14th election creeps closer. Two candidates answered policy questions during a forum in Pinellas Park in front of more than 150 members of the party.

Washington lobbyist David Jolly is the frontrunner in the Republican primary for the District 13 seat. Jolly has repeatedly said that he would vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act even though that’s already been tried more than 40 times. Republicans...

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GOP Congressional Candidates Debate in Pinellas Park

01/03/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: David Jolly, Mark Bircher, Florida Congressional District 13, Pinellas Park, Republicans, F-35, Edward Snowden, Clemency, drones, due process

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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity, I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll hear part of a very interesting debate last night in Pinellas Park where the Republican candidates to replace the late Congressman Bill Young were invited to a debate. But first- a listener comment about yesterday’s program. Yesterday we talked about the hurdles still facing the medical marijuana amendment from getting on the ballot….Here’s what one listener had to say….

Tape Two of the three Republicans running in t...

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