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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 Gr...

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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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State of the Union Address prompts Tampa Bay watch parties listen

02/13/13 Lenka Davis and Christopher Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night, President Barack Obama delivered the first State of the Union Address of his second term. WMNF’s Lenka Davis reports from two watch parties in Tampa, one organized by the Hillsborough County Young Democrats and the other one by Tampa Bay Young Republicans.

At Mangroves bar in South Tampa, just minutes before the president’s speech was televised, a member of the Hillsborough County Young Democrats, Tim Heberlein, highlighted three important issues he wanted to hear.

"The...

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Free gun training offer attracts over 200 Pinellas County teachers listen

02/11/13 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This Saturday, when most folks will be sleeping in, doing chores or taking the kids to soccer, a group of Pinellas County school teachers will be learning how to handle a gun.

Lenny Bogdanos is president of International Executive Protection, a Clearwater firm that provides body guard, self-defense and firearms training. He’s waiving the $75 fee he normally charges for a four hour class for Pinellas County school teachers. The class covers everything fro...

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Civil Rights Pioneer and Tampa Native Dr. Bernard Lafayette

02/04/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Our next guest is Bernard Lafayette who was born in Tampa. He is a longtime civil rights activist and organizer, who was a leader in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. He played a leading role in early organizing of the Selma, Alabama, voting rights campaign; was a member of the Nashville Student Movement; and worked closely throughout the 1960s movements with groups such as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and the Amer...

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Hillsborough gun buy-back nets two rocket launchers and hundreds of other firearms listen

02/04/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Update from HSCO, 7 Feb: "the final number of firearms collected at Operation Gun Swap was 2,808"

On Saturday the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office conducted a very popular gun buy-back program at five locations.

They collected hundreds of rifles and handguns and even a couple of rocket launchers and a flute that had been converted into a firearm.

WMNF spoke with Sheriff’s Captain Chad Chronister at their operations center in Ybor City midway through the event, while the l...

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Hillsborough County Sheriff wants to buy your guns listen

02/01/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Update: hundreds of firearms have been turned in including two rocket launchers.

More photos here; videos below

As gun control debates continue to heat up throughout the country, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office will be buying back unwanted guns this Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. They'll give people $75 and tickets to a Rays game and a Lightning game. All of the firearms and ammun...

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Non-Violent Activist Talks About Palestinian Peace Movement

01/31/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Coming up today we’ll meet a Palestinian peace activist who uses non-violence as a way to protest the Israeli occupation of territories once held by the Palestinians- before the 1967 war.

Our guest is Iyad Burnat. He lives in the farming village of Bil’in

Every Friday afternoon villagers, Israeli peace activists and members of the international community hold non-violent demonstrations against the Isareli security wall and the confiscation of ...

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Callers aren't sold on need for new Rays stadium; mixed opinions on gun control

01/30/13 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Where will Tampa Bay’s Major League Baseball team play a decade from now?

The team seems to be saying it wants out its lease of Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg but wants to stay in the region.

St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster wants the Rays to stay in his city.

This week Pinellas County officials said they are open to the team considering regional options.

The Rays spoke with Hillsborough County Commissioners last week.

We heard from listeners about their opinions.

We also c...

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