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Deportation works to break family apart in Tampa listen

05/02/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Wendy Hernandez, Amado Hernandez, Deportation, immigration

Today Radioactivity covers a story of family struggling to stay together because of the repercussions of deportation. Wendy Hernandez shares the diffuclut dilemma her family is facing.

In July 2012, Wendy's Husband, Amado Hernandez was detained for driving without a license. Despite being a low priority case, and despite the extreme hardship his family would face without him, Amado was snatched away from his family and deported him in 2013. Doing what any good father would do, he returned...

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National Democrats back Ed Jany against David Jolly listen

05/02/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Ed Jany, Alex Sink, David Jolly, DCCC, elections, Pinellas County

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is throwing its weight behind a political newcomer named Eduardo Jany to run against David Jolly in November.

But Jany is not a Democrat and he doesn’t live in that Pinellas County district. He has served in the military for 33 years and lives near MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.

During a short phone conference with reporters Friday, Jany said he is looking for a home in Pinellas.

"Listen, I'm sure it's going to come off. I live 8 m...

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What is Common Core? Find out in this teaching demo listen

05/02/14 Crystal Farina
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Common Core, education, Pasco County

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Prepare to say good-bye to the FCAT and hello to Common Core Standards. It's a K-12 teaching and testing initiative that has been adopted by Florida and 44 other states, as well as the District of Columbia.

Dawn Beck is a first grade teacher at Dayspring Elementary charter school in Pasco County. She led her classroom through a common core math demonstration Thursday.

“Ok, which group has an answer? How many edges do you have. Marco? You have 12, you have to count all the edges, ...

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Activists promise to send Republicans opposed to Medicaid expansion packing next election listen

05/02/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Medicaid, Medicaid expansion, Kathleen Peters, SEIU

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The message from St. Petersburg activists to state lawmakers Friday is: accept Medicaid expansion or get voted out of office. During a soggy rally in front of Republican Representative Kathleen Peters’ office Friday, a group of about 25 protesters dressed up as things like the Grimm Reaper and wore cardboard coffins over their clothes.

They showed up despite heavy rain to highlight figures from a study that show six people in Florida die every day because of a lack of health care options. ...

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Tampa Bay celebrates May Day listen

05/02/14 Ashley Whitney
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: May Day, Voice of Freedom Park, West Tampa, Tampa Police

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To commemorate May Day, about 50 community activists gathered at Voice of Freedom Park in West Tampa Thursday night. They held a “free market” and potluck, welcoming all members of the community. But at the last minute, it was almost canceled when the hosts were notified by the police and the city that they required a permit.

Voice of Freedom Park, owned by Joe Redner, is where Occupy Tampa relocated after spending weeks on a downtown Tampa sidewalk. Since the park is private property, i...

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Hillsborough homeless count stays the same, but some populations shrink listen

05/01/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Homeless Coalition, Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative, Maria Barcus

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There are more than 2200 homeless people in Hillsborough County. The numbers from a February count were released Thursday and show that, though the total is about the same as last year, there was a 33% drop in the number of people considered chronically homeless.

“I think it says that the things being done are having an impact and hopefully that trend will continue and we’ll get even better.”

That’s Maria Barcus, CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative. A person with a disabi...

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Advocacy group, Progress Florida's executive director discusses state proposal to promote medical tourism listen

05/01/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Mark Ferrulo, Progress Florida, medical tourism

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Today on the second half of Radioactivity, Rob Lorei talks to Mark Ferrulo, executive director of Progress Florida about the state's proposal to expand aid to medical tourism. Yet, they're unwilling to expand Medicaid for the 1.1 million working Floridians who are in dire need of health insurance.

Mark Ferrulo has been working for public interest causes across the state for over two decades. He currently serves on the national board of directors for USAct...

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Tampa Bay Times reporter talks about Florida's environmental dilemmas and the push for Medical tourism in the sunshine state listen

05/01/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Craig Pittman, Florida state legislature, medical tourism

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Florida's Environment

Today on Radioactivity we examine 3 environmental issues here in Florida. There’s a controversy involving fracking in southwest Florida that the show explores. Next, the state legislature has not passed the springs protection bill this year and lastly, a libertarian oriented group wants the manatee to be removed from the endangered species list. Host, Rob Lorei speaks to one of the state’s top environmental reporters Craig Pittman about these topics.

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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.

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