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Justice for Trayvon activists confront Governor Rick Scott in Tampa listen

07/18/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thursday Governor Rick Scott met with the CEO of Visit Tampa Bay about hosting next year’s International Indian Film Academy's awards.

Activist Life Malcolm joined two others from the Justice For Trayvon Coalition in Tampa there to greet the governor.

Can you tell us why you and the other protesters were at the Rick Scott event and what happened?

"We were there at t...

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Rallies in St Pete and Tampa for justice for Trayvon Martin after not guilty verdict listen

07/15/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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People furious with George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict protested on both sides of Tampa Bay Sunday.

About fifty activists chanted and held signs on the four corners of a busy South St. Petersburg intersection early in the afternoon.

And a few hours later nearly 200 marched from downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park to the Federal Courthouse and back.

Despite the 90 degree heat, many in the long line of marchers in Tampa are wearing hooded sweatshirts like the one Tra...

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Tampa Dream Defenders part of rally for Trayvon Martin Friday in Sanford as Zimmerman trial wraps up listen

07/12/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Some Tampa Bay area residents are organizing a rally that's being called a March to Sanford – Justice for Trayvon Martin Friday afternoon.

It’s scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. outside the Seminole County Courthouse.

WMNF News interviewed Jared Hamil with Tampa Dream Defenders.

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Tampa moms demand gun control listen

06/03/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A group of Tampa moms wants lawmakers in Washington to put gun control legislation back on the table. It failed earlier this year. During a rally Friday in Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Downtown Waterfront Park, members of the group Moms Demand Action called on the public to reach out to their elected leaders to push for expanded background checks and a ban on military assault weapons.

The group Moms Demand Action lined up twenty chairs, each with a photo of one of the young victims of the Sandy Ho...

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Call in show: Boston Marathon bombing has one dead suspect, one living and the Senate kills gun measure

04/19/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Two men of Chechnya decent were identified by the FBI. One of those men has reportedly been killed; the other is still at large. The dead suspect was said to have been wearing a bomb. The two men – or boys depending on how old you are – I’m kind of thinking boys is the better description- they are accused of all sorts of shenanigans including knocking over a 7-11, hijacking a car and temporarily kidnapping the owner, and killing an MIT police officer. Media outlets have reported that base...

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Gun control comes up as Hillsborough County approves forming a commission on violence listen

04/03/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners unanimously approved spending $150,000 to create a committee to investigate how to stamp out violence in the community. The effort was pushed by Commissioner Kevin Beckner. He said the result would be more specific solutions.

"Over the period of time, that's what we typically have done is just invested in services and programs without any specific, focused outcome. So, the whole point of bringing the prevention institute is to utilize their experience ...

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Hillsborough County School Board gets a lesson from Tampa Police in preventing school shootings listen

03/19/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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It’s been three months since the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting that claimed the lives of 20 first graders but the tragedy is still fresh on the minds of Hillsborough County school officials. During a school board workshop Tuesday, the Tampa Police Department shared a graphic police training video.

Sorrowful music played over a series of photos from various school shootings. That includes images of the Columbine High School gunmen dead in a pool of their own blood. Tampa Police t...

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Some Pinellas officials, including a Republican, want to change state gun laws listen

02/27/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Some elected officials in Pinellas County want state legislators to support tougher background checks for purchasing guns. But an attempt to disguise the effort through a name change met little support among state lawmakers during the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation meeting Tuesday in Clearwater. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, a Republican, asked legislators to consider renaming criminal background checks during the gun buying process to better reflect what the term really mea...

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Florida Rep. Dennis Baxley says kids will be safer if teachers are armed listen

02/15/13 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In the aftermath of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary legislators in states across the country are calling for changes in laws that prohibit guns from being brought on to school campuses.

One Florida lawmaker who has been a vocal advocate for doing away with what he calls “gun free zones” is Representative Dennis Baxley. The Ocala Republican helped sponsor the controversial “Stand Your Ground” ...

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Transcript of President Obama's 2013 State of the Union Address

02/13/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Here is the full text of the President's State of the Union Address as provided by the White House.

Remarks by the President in the State of the Union Address

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release February 12, 2013

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT

IN THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

U.S. Capitol

Washington, D.C.

9:15 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, fel...

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