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Mayors of St. Pete and Gulfport sign on with gun control advocacy group listen

04/16/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Every Town for Gun Safety, Rick Kriseman, Sam Henderson, guns, gun control


The mayors of St. Pete and Gulfport are joining forces with a new group aimed at stamping out gun violence. Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced Wednesday he’d throw $50 million of his own money into Every Town for Gun Safety.

During a press conference in front of St. Pete City Hall Wednesday, Mayor Rick Kriseman said police officers confiscate at least one gun per day in the city.

“Every Town opens the next phase in the fight to end gun violence. It will take the works of m...

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Researchers' new focus is on identifying remains of 55 boys found at panhandle reform school listen

04/15/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Dozier School for Boys, Erin Kimmerle, Bill Nelson, David Gee


Researchers haven’t identified any of the remains exhumed from 55 grave sites found at the former Dozier School for Boys in Mariana Florida. But they are getting closer. Tuesday in Tampa, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson heard an update from the team trying to find out who the boys are so their remains can be returned to family members.

“Especially the families who don’t know what happened; don’t know [if] there was a crime committed, don’t know how their loved one died.”

The Dozier School for...

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Are federal income taxes heavily used to support military spending? listen

04/15/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Randy Kehler, Defense Spending, tax day, federal income tax


Today is the deadline for filling out your forms and paying your federal income taxes for last year. One major component of those taxes, military spending is rarely discussed in-depth. Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei explores military spending and speaks with tax resistor who objects to paying his federal income taxes.

Depending on how you measure it, military or what’s usually called defense spending makes up either 20% of the federal budget. If you remove Social Security and Medic...

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Founder of grassroots citizen lobby to speak at USF

04/14/14 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Tags: Sam Daley-Harris, USF, Results

Today on Last Call, Rob Lorei welcomes guest Sam Daley-Harris. Sam is the founder of RESULTS, a non-profit, grassroots citizen lobby working to end hunger and poverty, as well as the Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation. Sam is also the author of Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break Between People and Government, which has been recently reissued for its 20th Anniversary Edition. He’ll be speaking this week on the USF Tampa campus on Thursday @ 6:30PM at the Collge of Pub...

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Infamous mob boss's daughter reveals untold stories of her father in new book listen

04/14/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)

Tags: DAUGHTER OF THE KING, Meyer Lansky


Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei speaks with the daughter of mob boss Meyer Lansky- who is breaking her silence about her father more than thirty years after his death.

In the Godfather Part two- perhaps one of the greatest films of all time- there’s a famous scene set in Cuba on the eve of the 1959 revolution in which the new Godfather- Michael Corleone (played by Al Pacino) meets with a friend of his father’s –Hyman Roth (Played by Lee Strasberg) in a Havana hotel room. Neither man tru...

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WMNF programmer Pat Kemp announces bid for Hillsborough County Commission listen

04/14/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Pat Kemp, Hillsborough County Commission, Mark Sharpe, Al Higginbotham, Last Call, wmnf

Pat Kemp, former host of WMNF’s Last Call Tuesday, has filed to run for Hillsborough County Commission as a Democrat. Kemp, a Tampa attorney, is running for the countywide district 7 seat being vacated by Mark Sharpe who will be term limited out of office.

Kemp stepped down from the Last Call on WMNF. According to the Supervisor of Elections website, current Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham, Don Cruse and Robin Lester, all Republicans, have filed to run.

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Greener Tampa Businesses and Bay area Biking listen

04/14/14 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Tags: Kate Hamilton, WMNF Sustainable Living, Sustany Foundation, Tampa Green Business, Bike Share program

We started the WMNF Sustainable Living program with a short piece on a project to construct edible gardens in juvenile detention facilities around Florida. They would be maintained, and the food consumed, by the children on site. Kate Hamilton, a law student at Stetson University, joined the show to talk about the challenges of doing a project like this in a privatized prison system. Next up, Jenna Civitello with Sustany Foundation, a local group that promotes sustainab...

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Hillsborough's environmental lands acquisition program celebrates silver anniversary listen

04/14/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: ELAPP, Hillsborough County, environment, Jan Platt, Frank Chillura, Temple Terrace, Mark Sharpe, Sandra Murman


Supporters are celebrating the silver anniversary of a program to protect environmentally sensitive lands in Hillsborough County. 25 years ago under the leadership of former county commissioner Jan Platt, the Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program started buying up properties in Hillsborough.

“More voters voted for this than they did for anything else on the ballot and it also passed by the greatest margin. That ought to tell the politicians something when they sit and vot...

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor upset with Florida Republicans over maintenance funding in public schools listen

04/14/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: PECO, public schools, education, kathy castor, Mark Danish, PTA


Seventeen schools in Hillsborough County have unfunded maintenance projects totaling more than $100 million. During a press conference in front of Woodrow Wilson Middle School in South Tampa Monday, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor rallied against budgets passed by the state House and Senate that would allocate more money for repairs to privately run charter schools than to traditional public schools.

“We’re here today to report a theft. There has been a theft of tax dollars from our public schools...

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Craft beer and school voucher legislation move in Tallahassee listen

04/11/14 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday

Tags: Josh Aubuchon, Florida Brewers Guild, Susan Smith

For four years craft breweries have been hoping to correct an anomaly in state law by having a law passed that allows them to sell 64-ounce growlers of beer. But each year Big Beer interests have thwarted that legislation. Josh Aubuchon from the Florida Brewers Guild talks about what's happening right now with bills in the House and Senate.

In the second part of the program, Susan Smith, the head of the Florida Democratic Party's Progressive Caucus, talks about her issues with a bill that ...

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