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Computer glitch causes FCAT problems in Pasco, Hernando and elsewhere listen

04/22/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: FCAT, FEA, unions

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Many kids in Florida, including in the Tampa Bay area, had trouble taking the state’s standardized test today because of a computer glitch.

Students in Pasco and Hernando Counties were unable to access the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test or FCAT.

Andy Ford is president of the Florida Education Association, the union for public school employees.

"In many cases today when the kids got to their classrooms and tried to get on the computer to take their FCAT...

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New book shares research on the soon-to-be massive extinction of animals

04/21/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: THE SIXTH EXTINCTION, Elizabeth Kolbert

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Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei speaks with Elizabeth Kolbert who writes of a massive move toward extinction about the mass die-off of millions of bats in the Northeast; one-third of all reef-building corals, a third of all fresh-water mollusks, a third of sharks and rays, a quarter of all mammals, a fifth of all reptiles and a sixth of all birds are headed towards oblivion,” she writes. Her new book is called THE SIXTH EXTINCTION (Henry Holt).

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Local political consultant Barry Edwards joins Last Call listen

04/21/14 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Tags: Barry Edwards, Congressional District 13 race, Medicaid expansion, Florida politics

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Local political consultant Barry Edwards has work worked to help elect both Democrats and Republicans. Currently, Edwards is working for Democrats. Today on Last Call, he talks with Rob Lorei about the Congressional District 13 race; redistricting; the governor's race; voter turnout; Medicaid expansion and Barry's nickname- The Mad Scientist of Local Politics.

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Tampa Police want to question person in pet clinic arson that killed 3 cats listen

04/21/14 Seán Kinane and Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: animals, pets, animal shelters, Tampa Police, fire, arson

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Tampa Police released the name and photographs of a man wanted for questioning about a fire this weekend at a low-cost animal clinic.

Tampa Police say Terrod Arrington is wanted for battery and is wanted for questioning about the arson of the animal clinic. They say he caused disturbances in the lobby several times last week, including pushing an ACT employee.

In addition to building damage, three cats died in the fire.

WMNF’s Samuel Johnson interviewed Frank Hamilton, the president...

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Latin evangelical pastors call for comprehensive immigration reform listen

04/21/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: immigration, reform, Hispanic, Latino, pentecostal, civil rights

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A large number of Latino evangelical leaders in Tampa are calling for a vote on comprehensive immigration reform. An Easter Parade last Saturday is where pastors and hundreds of their parishioners gathered at St. John Presbyterian Church on MacDill Avenue and marched along the 2 mile route.

Some of the pastors will be traveling from Tampa to Washington, D.C. at the end of the month to meet with their members of Congress about immigration reform. David Velazquez, a [pastor in Tampa](http://...

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Is marijuana medicine?

04/18/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: medical marijuana, Greg Gerdeman

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei explores the heated debate over marijuana. Are people dying from marijuana? Are their brains being changed forever? And are there any medical uses for the plant- which is outlawed in Florida. But that may change somewhat if voters approve a medical marijuana amendment this November. Is marijuana medicine? Rob talks about this issue today with Greg Gerdeman an assistant professor of biology at E...

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A Brief History of Beer listen

04/18/14 JoEllen Schilke
Art In Your Ear
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Tags: History of beer, Wish Experience

Wish Experience combines facts, sci-fi and drinkeractive theater in this presentation.

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Kevin Beckner talks transportation, homelessness and development in Hillsborough County listen

04/17/14 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Tags: Kevin Beckner

Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner is now in his sixth year in office. The Democrat talked a lot of about transportation (including Uber, the PTC and what the county's plan are for mass transit), about how the Commission has handled development issues in recent years, and about the county's Homeless Recovery Program, which was embarrassed in published reports last year about the lack of accountability in that department.

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Peace advocates continue to raise awareness on Pinellas street corners listen

04/17/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: peace, Pax Christi, Kathleen Rumpf, Quakers, St. Petersburg

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Religious-based peace activists continue their weekly sign-waving on busy Pinellas County street corners.

During rush hour Wednesday afternoon, Kathleen Rumpf joined half-dozen others from Pax Christi and Quaker groups on the corner of U.S. 19 and 22nd Avenue South in South St. Petersburg.

They plan to peace corner again next Wednesday.



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Bar owners convince Tampa City Council to hold off on large nightclub rules listen

04/17/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Tampa, nightclubs, Ybor City, alcohol

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Tampa has been working on an ordinance regulating large Ybor City nightclubs for months, but after hearing from frustrated bar owners Thursday, it’s on hold again.

The city wants to avoid repeating violations and aggression that came to a head in shootings two years ago.

But during public comment several bar owners said irresponsible owners were no longer around. Dave Hundley owns The Orpheum nightclub in Ybor and establishments in St. Petersburg.

Des...

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