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Hillsborough will add LGBT protections to human rights ordinance listen

07/16/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Ronda Storms, Kevin Beckner, equality florida, LGBT, Hillsborough County, Pride

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Hillsborough County is now on track to add protections for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

In a 7-0 vote Wednesday morning, commissioners asked county legal staff to update Hillsborough’s human rights ordinance with legal protections to prevent LGBT discrimination for things like employment and housing.

It was introduced by the county’s first openly gay commissioner, Kevin Beckner.

Fewer than ten members of the public spoke out against the additional protectio...

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Center for Public Integrity's investigative reporter discusses how the IRS turns a blind eye towards political non-profits listen

07/16/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Julie Patel, IRS

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Today Radioactivity discusses the controversy surrounding the IRS and non-profits. IRS critics say that conservative groups are being unfairly targeted by the Internal Revenue Service. Rob Lorei speaks with Julie Patel a reporter with the Center for Public Integrity. After a six month investigation she’s written a new article entitled HOBBLED IRS CAN’T STEM DARK MONEY FLOW. Patel writes that the Tea Part...

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Sarasota journalist uncovers hospital privatization plot listen

07/15/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Sarasota Memorial Hospital, privatize, Susan Nilon, HCA

There’s a push to privatize Sarasota’s only public hospital. A political action committee tied to hospital giant Healthcare Corporation of America, or HCA, is reportedly trying to buy support for privatization from candidates running for the hospital’s board. If the efforts are successful, it could mean a reduction in care for expensive services like maternity, prisoner and indigent care.

HCA came under fire this spring after the Tampa Bay Times reported bills for some accident victims ...

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Immigration group calls on Hillsborough Sheriff to join others in ditching unnecessary detentions listen

07/15/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Driver's licenses for all, Raices en Tampa, Marisol Marquez, Jared Hamil, immigration

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The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office keeps undocumented immigrants in jail for a federal immigration enforcement agency instead of letting them bail out. An immigration’s rights group is asking them to join other local agencies who have stopped that practice.

According to an analysis by the group Raices en Tampa, more than 80% of undocumented immigrants held in the Hillsborough County jail aren’t charged with a crime. Marisol Marquez is the founder of that group.

“We found out th...

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Port Tampa Bay discusses dispute over purchase of Channelside listen

07/15/14 Lisa Kauffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Tampa Port Authority, Port Tampa Bay, Paul Anderson, Sandra Murman, Florida Department of Transportation, Channelside

Controversy over who will purchase the Channelside shopping center could be resolved during a hearing in Delaware Tuesday.

The Tampa outdoor mall is being sold by the Tampa Port Authority, which got a $7.1 million bid by a company controlled by the owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

During a board meeting Tuesday in Tampa, Port Tampa Bay’s director Paul Anderson laid out the disagreement erupting because of a more recent offer by a challenger.

"CBP LLC was declared the highest and ...

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Max Blumenthal criticizes U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) for inaction on Tampa teenager beat up by Israeli police listen

07/14/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Tariq Abu Khdeir, kathy castor, Max Blumenthal, Gaza, West Bank, Palestine, Israel, Hassan Shibly, CAIR, Tariq Khdeir

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The Tampa teenager who was allegedly beat up by Israeli Police could be on his way home as early as this week; Tariq Khdeir was beaten and jailed and remains on house arrest in East Jerusalem.

But a well-known author is questioning how much help the Khdeir family is getting from their federal representatives from Florida. Max Blumenthal’s latest article in AlterNet is called “[Fl...

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Fort DeSoto mega-cruise ship port buzz decried by environmental group listen

07/14/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: environment, mega ship, cruise ship, Sunshine Skyway, Fort DeSoto, birds, Egmont Key, Port Tampa Bay

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Some Tampa Bay officials want to figure out how to accommodate monstrous new mega-ships too big to call Port Tampa Bay home. But making that happen would be both costly and environmentally controversial. The latest idea being batted around is building a port near the coast of Fort DeSoto. But that idea is opposed by Barbara Howard, president of Friends of Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges.

Another $2 billion possibility is to replace the already massive Sunshine Skyway Bridge with an eve...

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Pass-A-Grille making a move to ban McMansions listen

07/14/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Pass-A-Grille, Development, beaches, sea level rise

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St. Pete Beach is getting ready to make some changes to its historical Pass-A-Grille district. The small barrier island at the southern-most tip of the beach is seeing a burst in new development and is high risk for sea level rise. Residents will have a chance to weigh in during a public meeting on Thursday. Chelsey Weldon is the urban planner for the city.

The community meeting is Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at the Warren Webster Building on Pass-A-Grille Way. The city is working with a consul...

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Anti-GMO group launches new Tampa farmer's market listen

07/11/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Organarchy Market, farmer's market, GMO, Nathan Schwartz, March Against Monsanto

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There’s a new farmer’s market coming to Tampa Saturday.

They’re calling it Organarchy and it will only offer non-genetically modified foods. Organarchy non-GMO Farmer’s Market organizer Nathan Schwartz is with March Against Monsanto-Tampa.

The Stained Market Place is hosting the market. That address is 2106 E. 15th Ave in Tampa. It starts Saturday at 8:00 a.m. until noon and will run every Saturday between now and October 25.

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St. Pete Indian Mounds to get a major technological facelift listen

07/11/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Indian mound, Native American, St. Pete, parks, technology

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St. Petersburg has a rich Native American history and lots of Indian Mounds. The city is continuing efforts to protect and enhance the mounds and surrounding parks.

Parks and Recreation planner Mike Vineyard talks with WMNF News about what’s already been done and some really cool stuff still to come.

There’s a public forum 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Sunshine Center Auditorium in downtown St. Pete. More information about the technology St. Pete hopes to integrate into these parks [here](...

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