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Discussion of the high cost of a college education and local law enforcement spies on hydroponics shoppers

12/05/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

Two topics today: first we'll discuss the rising cost of a college education. We'll talk with Tamara Draut who is a vice president at DEMOS. She's the co-author of a new study on the cost of college. Among other things the study found: "...most U.S. adults age 18 to 34 also view college as harder to afford than just five years ago. They feel that people are leaving school with too much debt, and they oppose proposals to cut federal student aid, according to a survey released today by three ...

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Public employees sue FL Gov. Rick Scott over order to drug test state workers listen

06/01/11 Sean Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A public workers union and a state employee from St. Pete are suing Governor Rick Scott because of an executive order requiring random drug testing of all state workers. A lawyer from the ACLU of Florida is joining with Peter Walsh, a Miami trial lawyer, to represent the plaintiffs.

"Executive order 11-58 calls for random drug testing. It requires the state to set up a regime of random drug testing for all state empl...


Randy Heine running for Pinellas County Sheriff on marijuana legalization platform listen

05/20/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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After the 2012 elections Pinellas County residents will have a new Sheriff in town. In a field of other candidates, Randy Heine announced his bid for Pinellas County Sheriff this morning at the Supervisor of Elections office in Largo.

Randy Heine wants to change the face of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office: by supporting and proposing policies that aim to legalize marijuana for both medicinal and recreational use. It’s a stance he’s always had, but this morning he made official...

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FAST assembly addresses citizen's concerns listen

04/08/08 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Faith and Action for Strength Together (FAST) is a Pinellas County faith-based orginization that works toward community justice.

FAST held its annual Nehemiah Action Assembly in Largo last night, where local community leaders, members of law enforcement and local government officials were invited to answer questions about issues that FAST members feel should be addressed.

The topics included education, affordable housing and crime. Members of FAST asked a series of yes-or-no questions t...

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New report, same old story on race and drug sentences listen

12/10/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last week a report came out showing that blacks are far more likely to be locked up for drug offenses than whites.

Robert Batey is a professor of criminal law at Stetson University College of Law. He’s reacting to the report from the Washington-based Justice Policy Institute, which after examining nearly 200 of the nation's largest counties, found that 97 percent had racial disparities in drug incarceration rates.

Overall, African Americans were 10 times more likely than whites to be...

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