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The Fairness Doctrine tackles plastic shopping bag use, and the legacy of pollution at Lake Apopka

02/11/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Jennifer Sullivan, plastic bag, Friedemann Buschbeck, Mark McClure, Dale Finley Slongwhite, Lake Apopka, pollution, farm workers

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We kick off this morning's Radioactivity with another edition of the Fairness Doctrine, a debate-style segment hosted and produced by Jennifer Sullivan. Today we discuss the use of plastic shopping bags versus reusable canvas bags. arguing in favor of reusable bags is Friedemann Buschbeck of the Tampa Green Party, and for plastic bags is Mark McClure, Vice President of Operations at International Plastics Inc.

We then speak with Dale Finley Slongwhite, author of Fed Up: The High Cost of Ch...

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Veterans have new tool to find rides listen

02/11/15 Seán Kinane
News @ Noon Wednesday
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Tags: transit, Transportation, TBARTA, veterans

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If you’re a veteran needing help to find transportation in the Tampa Bay area, there’s an app for that; well, really a website. The new myRIDE service from the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority helps people find a ride. Alex English is the communications manager for TBARTA.

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Investigative journalist Linda Marsa discusses the looming consequences of climate change

02/10/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Linda Marsa, climate change, global warming, Unitarian Universalist Church

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Linda Marsa, investigative journalist and author of FEVERED: Why a Hotter Planet will Hurt Our Health and How We Can Save Ourselves., explains the science of climate change and its effects on Florida and the world. Marsa, along with other environmental experts, will be speaking at a climate change symposium titled "Fire, Floods, and Famine: What can we do about climate change" at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota tomorrow afternoon.

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USF Students for a Democratic Society will hold anti-war teach-in Wednesday listen

02/09/15 Seán Kinane
News @ Noon Monday
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Tags: USF, SDS, War, CENTCOM, MacDill, Tampa, peace

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Some area students are holding an anti-war teach-in at the University of South Florida this week. The Books Not Bombs teach-in on Wednesday is focused on ties between USF and the U.S. military. Andrew Curry is a member of the USF SDS; Students for a Democratic Society. He’s a student at St. Petersburg College and helping to organize the teach-in.

update: In a press release on 11 February, SDS wrot...

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Sami Al-Arian interviewed live on WMNF from Turkey

02/06/15 Samar Jarrah, Ahmed Bedier, Rob Lorei and Sean Kinane
True Talk
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Tags: Sami Al-Arian, USF, Tampa, Turkey, Palestine, Media

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Former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian was deported from the United States Wednesday night. He and his wife, Nahla, arrived in their new home, Turkey on Thursday. In only his second broadcast interview since being arrested in February 2003, Al-Arian spoke Friday on True Talk.

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Sami Al-Arian deported: "my time in the U.S. has come to an end" listen

02/05/15 Sean Kinane
News @ Noon Thursday
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Tags: Sami Al-Arian, USF, Tampa, Turkey

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Update: On Wednesday afternoon one of their daughters confirmed to WMNF News that Sami and Nahla Al-Arian had arrived in their new country, Turkey. In the days to come we'll bring you more on this story.

Former USF professor Sami Al-Arian was deported from the U.S. late Wednesday night; in an online statement he thanked friends and supporters, writing, "We look forward to the journey ahead and take with us the countless happy memories we formed during our life in the United States."

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In Tampa, Florida Cabinet addresses Gerald Bailey ouster listen

02/03/15 AP
News @ Noon Thursday

Tags: Rick Scott, FDLE, Pam Bondi, Tampa, Florida State Fair, Jeff Atwater, Adam Putnam, Gerald Bailey, Florida Cabinet

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Florida Governor Rick Scott is saying he mishandled the ouster of the head of Florida's main law enforcement agency.

Scott made the statement at the start of Thursday’s meeting of the governor and Cabinet at the Florida State Fair in Tampa. He did not explain what exactly he could have done differently.

Questions have been raised about Scott's decision to force out Gerald Bailey, the former commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Bailey said he was pushed out after re...

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StartUp Week Tampa brings entrepreneurs together listen

02/02/15 Gwyneth Dunsford
News @ Noon Monday
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Tags: Tampa

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TAMPA - From February 2 to 6, entrepreneurs are gathering for Tampa Bay Startup Week. WMNF's Gwyneth Dunsford spoke with organizer Ryan Sullivan about the technology conference.