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Labor activists continue push for $15 minimum wage and fast food unions listen

05/15/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: fast food, minimum wage, Fight for Fifteen, McDonalds, Arby's, labor, unions

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More than 50 fast food workers and their allies flooded the sidewalk in front of McDonald’s on Kennedy Boulevard near downtown Tampa early Thursday morning protesting what they’re calling poverty wages. The rally is part of a worldwide worker’s strike that spans more than 150 cities on 6 continents.

Protesters carried signs saying $15 and a union highlighting their push for a nationwide minimum wage of $15 dollars an hour and the right to unionize without fear of repercussion. Critics of ...

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Same-sex couple denied divorce in Tampa and new developments on Florida shooting of a young Chechen man by FBI agent listen

05/15/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Hassan Shibly, CAIR, Ibragim Todashev, Same-sex marriage

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Today on Radioactivity, we discuss a story taking place here in Tampa, where a Hillsborough circuit judge has refused to grant a divorce to same-sex couple originally married in Massachusetts. The women seeking divorce plan to appeal and Rob Lorei speaks to the attorneys handling their case - Brett Rahall and Ellen Ware.

Later Rob speaks with Hassan Shibly, chief executive director of Counsel on American Islamic-Relations (CAIR) Florida Chapter about the latest update on a shooting that ...

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Understanding net neutrality and a new book examines treating disease in America listen

05/15/14 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Tags: JODIE GRIFFIN, Net neutrality, The Disease Delusion, DR. JEFFREY S. BLAND

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This week on From A Woman's POV we cover Net Neutrality and Medical Challenges in treating disease.

There are BILLIONS, if not TRILLIONS of dollars in “them there hills” – and it is all about digital information. The SEC has to decide – is the ISP a telecommunications carrier in which you decide and choose what you want coming in, or is it an information provider which has some say in your choice? JODIE GRIFFIN, Senior Staff Attorney at [Public Knowledge](http://www.publicknowledge...

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Political Update listen

05/14/14 Warren Elly & Wayne Garcia
Last Call Wednesday
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Tags: Wayne Garcia, Warren Elly, Maria Oliver, Charlie Crist, Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Johnny Cash

Today on the Last Call, Warren Elly speaks to Journalism Professor and former Political Consultant and Reporter Wayne Garcia on Politics of the day including craft beer, medical marijuana, race, Marco Rubio.

That anti-craft beer bill promoted by the powerful and moneyed Beer Distributors of Florida failed to make it to law by the end of the Legislative session. Based on emails and phone calls, Floridians don’t seem to care much about Stand your Ground or Extending Health Insurance benefit...

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Hillsborough County Schools one step closer to 100 new buses listen

05/14/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: MaryEllen Elia, Hillsborough County Schools, buses, Transportation, April Griffin, Stacy White, Cindy Stuart

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Hillsborough County School Board members will vote on a proposal to buy 100 new school buses at their next meeting in June. During a workshop Wednesday, Superintendent MaryEllen Elia said most of the more than $10 million cost will come from funding already set aside in this year’s budget for buses.

“That funding is still available and we have identified in our next five year plan which begins in July – we’ve identified the cost there. So, we have the money to purchase 100 buses.”

$7 m...

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New book explores the history of Florida's Lake Apopka and the impact of pesticides on farm workers listen

05/14/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Just a few miles to the west and north of Orlando- sits Lake Apopka. The third largest lake in Florida. It was once home to some of the best freshwater fishing in all of Florida. The lake supported thousands of birds and alligators.

In the early 1940’s the lowlands surrounding Lake Apopka were turned into farms- some of the most productive farms in all of Florida. the soil was some of the richest in the state. At the same time- what were then modern chemicals were used in large amounts- D...

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Dating website says growing number of single moms and female college students are seeking older, wealthy men to help with finances listen

05/13/14 Robert Lorei
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Institute for Science and Human Values, Seeking Arrangement

With the cost of attending college increasing 60% in the last decade, many Florida co-eds are resorting to a new form of financial aid: dating. One million college students worldwide have joined a dating website, in hopes of securing a wealthy benefactor to help pay for college. The website says the average student earning $3,000 a month.

And to combat low wages and the financial burdens of parenting, many single mothers are turning to a Sugar Daddy dating site.

Today on Radioactivit...

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Governor Scott and Cabinet approve new south Florida nuclear reactors listen

05/13/14 AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: nuclear power, nuclear energy, nukes, Rick Scott, Florida Power & Light, Florida Cabinet

Florida Governor Rick Scott and the three members of the Cabinet are green lighting a plan to build two nuclear reactors in South Florida.

Scott and the state's three other elected officials on Tuesday voted in favor of the plan that would allow Florida Power & Light to add nuclear generators at its existing Turkey Point facility near Homestead. The project would add approximately 2,200 megawatts of power or enough for an estimated 750,000 homes.

The state's largest utility also got app...

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Veterans get hiring boost from national group listen

05/13/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: veterans, military, Hiring our Heroes, Chamber of Commerce, jobs

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Military veterans and their spouses looking for a job had a chance to get face to face with Tampa Bay area employers Tuesday at a job fair in Temple Terrace.

“Their agreement basically reads that they’re expected to bring 3-4 jobs per employer.”

That’s Ernie Lombardi, Southeast regional associate for the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation that hosts Hiring our Heroes job fairs in cities across the U.S.

“Nationally, we’re seeing anywhere from 12-15% of some type of hires ...

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Democrats blast Florida abortion bills listen

05/13/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: abortion, Debbie Wasserman Shultz, Lori Berman, 2014 legislative session, Rick Scott

Two abortion bills are waiting on Florida Governor Rick Scott’s signature. One would make it a crime to cause the death of a fetus at any stage of gestation. The other would place further restrictions on how far into a pregnancy an expectant mother could obtain an abortion. During a phone conference Tuesday, Democrats, including Congress member Debbie Wasserman Schultz condemned both measures as interfering with women’s healthcare options.

“The overwhelming majority of Flordians support a...

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