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Labor activists continue push to stop fast food restaurant wage theft listen

04/03/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: McDonald's, fast food, wage theft, minimum wage, labor

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Nationwide protests against low pay and wage theft at fast food restaurants continue. In Tampa, several fast food workers joined community activists at both Wendy’s and McDonald’s Thursday on West Kennedy Boulevard to raise awareness for what they consider unfair treatment of employees. Mareshia Knight works part time at the McDonald’s. She claims she worked 52 hours one week, but wasn’t paid for all of them.

“It’s kind of crazy that they only gave me, like, $12.50 back I think it was. So...

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Tampa extends red-light camera contract with 25% of net revenues earmarked for intersection safety listen

04/03/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: red light cameras, Tampa, City of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Tampa City Council, Bob Buckhorn, Hillsborough County

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The City of Tampa is renewing its contract with the vendor of its red-light cameras. City council voted 6-1 today to extend the contract by two years despite a vote last month against renewing the contract. What changed? Mayor Bob Buckhorn proposed using a quarter of the net revenue from red-light camera citations to improve the safety of intersections with the cameras.

But that didn’t sit well with the only person who spoke on the issue during public comment, St. Petersburg red-light cri...

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Florida State University professor re-invited to speak in Tallahassee after her lecture was cancelled by state officials listen

04/03/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Diane Roberts, Mission San Luis

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei welcomes Diane Roberts, professor at Florida State and an NPR commentator. Roberts is also a critic of Governor Rick Scott. She was scheduled to give a talk today at Mission San Luis in Tallahassee – about how Florida is ruining its environment but state officials cancelled the event. The cancellation became a news story and went viral. Yesterday she was re-invited to give the talk.

What makes this woman’s ideas so dangerous?

Diane Roberts serves on ...

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04/03/14 Warren Elly with Frank Robertson
Last Call Wednesday

Tags: local tv news, iraq war and the media, frank robertson

Today on the Last Call, Warren Elly discusses TV news. We’re told the great majority of us depend on local TV these days as our primary source of news and with 24 hour cable and hundreds of choices of what to watch, gone are the days when an anchorman could be the most trusted man in America. Elly welcomes guest Frank Roberston, a veteran anchor man at channel 13.

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Duke Energy subject of solar petition drive in St. Pete listen

04/02/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: environment, solar, Duke Energy, coal, Sierra Club

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About 100 environmental activists are asking Duke Energy to start investing in solar energy instead of continuing to rely on the coal-fired Crystal River plant. The group claims to have delivered more than 5,000 petitions to Duke Energy’s downtown St. Petersburg headquarters after rallying in the park across the street. Brooksville resident Deevon Quirolo says she single-handedly gathered 1,000 of them.

“Austin, Texas just launched a deal to use a solar array with 150 megawatts of energy ...

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Reverend Barry W. Lynn advocates for separation of church and state listen

04/02/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Reverend Barry W. Lynn, United for Separation of Church

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Reverend Barry W. Lynn about school vouchers, contraception and religious freedom. Reverend Lynn has been the Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State since 1992. He is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, and a prominent leader of the American religious left. He is a strong advocate of separation of church and state.

Reverend Barry Lynn will be speaking this weekend in Sara...

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Hillsborough commissioners support continuing red-light cameras listen

04/02/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: red-light cameras, Hillsborough County, Hillsborough County Sheriff, Hillsborough County Commission, Tampa, St. Petersburg

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Red-light cameras are receiving scrutiny in the Florida legislature and cities like Tampa and St. Petersburg could soon wind down their programs. But in unincorporated Hillsborough County commissioners reiterated their support for the cameras today.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Colonel Greg Brown told the county commission the ten cameras installed at six locations in unincorporated Hillsborough County have resulted in fewer crashes.

Brown estimated it would cost “hundreds of t...

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Florida in-state tuition bill for undocumented students moves closer to final vote listen

04/01/14 AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Arthenia Joyner, immigration, tuition, Florida Senate, Jack Latvala, Tom Lee

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In spite of some Republican opposition, state legislators keep moving forward with a bill that would allow qualified Florida students to pay in-state college tuition rates even if they are in the country without documentation. Senate Bill 1400 is sponsored by Republican Jack Latvala of Clearwater.

Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee a version of the bill was approved by a 7-to-2 vote. Committee chair [Tom Lee](http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/S...

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Environmental group asks Obama administration to stop doing business with BP listen

04/01/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Center for Biological Diversity, BP, BP disaster, Gulf Oil Spill, Gulf of Mexico, Barack Obama, Environmental Protection Agency

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An environmental advocacy group is asking the Obama administration to cut off the fossil fuel company BP from government contracts.

In March, nearly four years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Environmental Protection Agency allowed BP to begin bidding on oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico and other business with the government.

Now, the Center for Biological Diversity is petitioning the Obama administration to cut its ties with BP.

WMNF interviewed Jaclyn Lopez, st...

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Conservation Biologist says new U.N. Global Warming report understates the dire situation of the planet listen

04/01/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: global warming, Dr. Guy McPherson

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In a new U.N. report released yesterday scientists reached a stark conclusion: Unless the world changes course immediately and dramatically, the fundamental systems that support human civilization are at risk.

The new report from The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s new report—took seven years to compile—it draws on “widespread” evidence of “substantial” climate change impacts “on all continents and across the oceans.” For the first time, the IPCC has scientifically linked t...

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