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St. Pete voters weigh in on governor, medical marijuana and Greenlight Pinellas listen

11/04/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: elections, St. Petersburg, St. Pete, marijuana, medical marijuana, Amendment 2, Greenlight Pinellas, Pinellas County, taxes, transit, light rail, Rick Scott, Charlie Crist


Probably the most closely-watched race in Florida is for governor.

Tuesday morning at the Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg WMNF spoke with voters about who they supported for governor.

We heard from Henry Weinsheimer, Susie Buckley, Ross Johnson and Robin O’Dell.

Florida voters will also decide whether to add the right to use marijuana for medical purposes to the state constitution.

In Pinellas County, residents will decide to add a penny to the sales tax to fund transit an...

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Political experts Paula Dockery and Barry Edwards discuss Election Day listen

11/04/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Governor’s race, medical marijuana, Barry Edwards, Paula Dockery


Today is Election Day and Radioactivity will discuss the race for governor and some of the other state and local races.

The polls opened here in the Bay area at 7 this morning and they’ll close tonight at 7PM. At stake are the Governor’s race, the entire Florida cabinet, every Congressional seat, every state house seat and several Florida Senate seats.

Rob Lorei speaks with two political experts. Paula Dockery is a syndicated columnist who served in the Florida Legislature for 16 years...

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Tampa Bay Times columnist Daniel Ruth discusses November 4 Election

11/03/14 Rob Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Tags: Daniel Ruth, General Election

Today's Last Call featured an interview with Tampa Bay Times columnist Daniel Ruth on the November 4th election: the race for governor, the race attorney general plus a discussion about the influence of money in the political process. Ruth is one of the most straight-talking and knowledgeable people writing about Florida politics.

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Tampa Bay event welcomes Florida photographers to the historic Kress Building listen

11/03/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: John Moran, Carousel, Kress Building


This coming Wednesday night Carousel brings together nine Florida photographers (mostly from the Bay area) who will show their work in a night of presentations on Wednesday, November 5 6:30 p.m. at the historic Kress Building in downtown Tampa.

Rob Lorei speaks to the special guest of the event , John Moran, photographer and Co-Director of Springs Eternal Project. For more than 30 years, he has been photographing the springs of Florida his photos show the ...

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Ocean explorer Fabien Cousteau in St. Pete for Blue Ocean Film Fest listen

11/03/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: oceans, Jacques Cousteau, Fabien Cousteau, Blue Ocean Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Conservation


This week St. Petersburg is hosting the Blue Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit highlighting the importance of ocean research and protection.

One explorer and filmmaker who is in St. Pete for the festival is the grandson of Jacques Cousteau, Fabien Cousteau, who describes himself as an ocean explorer, aquanaut and voice of the oceans.

He broke his grandfather’s record by living and working underwater for 31 days in what’s known as Mission 31.

The ...

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Florida residents asked how to spend $4 million for marine research after BP oil disaster listen

10/31/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: BP oil spill, environment, RESTORE Act, Madeira Beach, marine, Florida Institute of Oceanography, Audubon, Transocean


Florida will receive $4 million for research as part of the Transocean settlement after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.

Thursday night at Madeira Beach City Hall, residents had an opportunity to say how they want that money spent. Eight people showed up for the forum to give their input.

Congress passed the Restore Act to compensate the states around the Gulf of Mexico that were affected by the BP oil disaster....

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Eckerd College professors offer context about Iraq conflict listen

10/31/14 Gwyneth Dunsford
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: ISIS, Iraq, Syria, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg


ST. PETERSBURG - On Thursday night, a forum at Eckerd College offered context about the ongoing conflict in Iraq. As part of the Presidential Events Series, history professor Adam Guerin spoke about the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

“I want to take tonight to reframe the story of the [Islamic State],” Guerin told a group of about 50 students and community members. “Not as this great evil that just appeared out of the ether. But… a militant, violent but seemingly logical response by marg...

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Greenlight Pinellas supporters take pro-transit message to commuters stuck on Tampa Bay bridges listen

10/31/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Greenlight Pinellas, Yes on Greenlight, transit, Pinellas County, Transportation, light rail, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Howard Frankland Bridge, Tampa Bay Partnership


In a push to influence voters during the last few days before the election, Yes on Greenlight is flying a banner from a sailboat near heavily trafficked bridges across Tampa Bay.

The group is encouraging voters to support the Greenlight Pinellas ballot initiative to fund transit by increasing sales tax by a penny and eliminating the transportation portion of the property tax.

Friday morning they sailed near the Howard Frankland Bridge.

On the Tampa end of the bridge, several peopl...

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Fast Food workers in Denmark paid two and half times more than American wage workers and Investigative reporter discusses new voter purge listen

10/31/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Denmark for fast food workers, fast food workers, purge voters


Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks to a New York Times reporter, Steven Greenhouse about a story covering how different life is in Denmark for fast food workers.

Earlier this week the New York Times reported that fast food workers in Denmark are paid the equivalent of $20 dollars an hour – two and a half times what many fast food workers earn in the US. And says ...

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Green Tea Coalition leader Debbie Dooley makes the conservative argument for solar power listen

10/30/14 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Tags: Debbie Dooley, tea party, Conservatives for Energy Freedom

Debbie Dooley, national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots , co-founder of the Atlanta Tea Party, and now the leader of the Green Tea Coalition, a coalition of progressives and conservatives fighting for alternative energy in Georgia and now in Florida.

Dooley has been making more appearances in Florida as she helps introduce her new group, Conservatives for Energy Freedom, to the Sunshine State. On the Last Call, she talked about the beginnings of the national Tea Party, and how her a...

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