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Tampa City Council members sympathize with residents furious about FDOT plans for interstate expansion listen

06/11/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: Lexus Lanes, interstate expansion, FDOT, Florida Department of Transportation, Tampa Heights, Tampa City Council, Tampa, express toll roads, West Tampa, Occupy Tampa, North Boulevard Homes

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Residents packed the seats and stood along the walls of the Tampa Council chambers Thursday morning; most were there to oppose plans by the Florida Department of Transportation to expand the interstate highways in Tampa to include express toll lanes.

Fourteen people spoke out during public comment against these what are being called “Lexus Lanes.” Resident Jon Dengware expressed concerns...

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Midpoint quizzes listeners on presidential approval ratings, water consumption in farming

06/10/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: 2016 presidential race, approval ratings, California drought, water use, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today we have a little fun on Midpoint with a couple of news quizzes. From Washington Post's Wonkblog we ask listeners to rank the approval ratings of several presidential candidates and fictional characters. Is Darth Vader more popular than Jeb Bush? How about Hillary Clinton vs. Voldemort from Harry Potter? the results may surprise you.

The severe drough...

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Leading Environmentalist Gives Florida Legislature F Grade for Failing to Follow Constitutional Amendment One listen

06/10/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Audubon of Florida, Eric Draper, Amendment 1, environment, Green Swamp, The Everglades, Lake Okeechobee, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Joining us today is Eric Draper, Executive Director of Audubon of Florida, to talk about the millions of dollars promised to environmental conservation under Amendment 1 that the Florida Legislature has been unable to agree on how to spend. Draper goes over how the money could help conserve land around the Green Swamp, a large area of wetland which feeds many rivers that thousands of bay area residents rely on for drinking water. Many environmentalists also want law...

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Journalist Martin A. Lee discusses the science of medical marijuana and non-psychoactive compound CBD listen

06/09/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: medical marijuana, CBD, Martin A. Lee, Smoke Signals, drugs, ScienceDebate, Sheril Kirshenbaum, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today we talk with journalist and author Martin A. Lee on the science of medical marijuana, particularly CBD, a chemical compound found in pot that is like THC but does not give the user a psychoactive "high". CBD is claimed to shrink malignant tumors, improve insulin sensitivity, and ease anxiety and chronic pain.

Martin A. Lee has written extensively on drug politics, authoring the books Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana and *Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD...

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Activists oppose gas station on wetlands in Brandon listen

06/08/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: wetlands, Development, Hillsborough County, roads, Lexus Lanes, expressways, toll roads

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UPDATE: after a long debate on Tuesday (June 9) County Commissioners -- acting as the Land Use Board -- continued the issue until the July 21 Land Use Hearing. The vote was 6-0.

Community activists in Hillsborough County are pushing back against proposed development of a gas station on wetlands near Brandon; Lela Lilyquist is an activist in Brandon who opposes the development of a RaceTrac gas station at the corner of W. Lumsden Rd. and S. Kings Ave.

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Will express toll lanes transform neighborhoods like Tampa Heights? listen

06/08/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Tampa, Tampa Heights, Development, roads, Transportation, Linda Saul-Sena, transit

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Proposed express toll lanes could transform communities like Tampa Heights, a neighborhood north of downtown.

Joining us via phone on MidPoint is former Tampa City Council member Linda Saul-Sena. She has a column in the current issue of Creative Loafing. It’s called: [Their way or the highway? Suddenly Tampa Heights is faced with highway expansion once thought to be decades away](http://cltampa.com/politicalanimal/archives/2015/06/04/transforming-tampa-bay-their-way-or-the-highway-tampa-he...

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Florida This Week looks at senate bill on healthcare, Gov.Scott's economic summit, and land-buying for conservation listen

06/08/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: healthcare, Florida Senate, Florida This Week, Rick Scott, Daniel Ruth, Keith Fitzgerald, Adam Goodman, Susan Macmanus, WEDU, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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On today's show we listen to the latest episode of WEDU's Florida this week, a political panel discussion moderated by Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. We look at the recent bill passed by the senate last week during the special session, which would allocate billions of dollars to health insurance for over half a million Floridians. Gov. Rick Scott and House Republicans remain steadfast in their opposition to accepting federal money to expand healthcare.

We also look at an economic summit h...

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Green Party to hold annual meeting in Tampa, and ACLU official calls for investigation into profiling by Tampa Police.

06/06/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

Tags: Chris Eiler, Rich Carpenter, Green Party of Florida, Tampa. Joyce Hamilton Henry, ACLU Florida, Tampa Police, discrimination, Rob Lorei

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Today we talk with Chris Eiler and Rich Carpenter from the Green Party of Florida, a progressive political party whose platform is based on social justice, environmentalism, and grassroots organization. The party has been active in the state for over 15 years, having, most notably, backed Ralph Nader in the 2000 presidential run. They will be convening at several locations through out Tampa over the weekend, as part of their [annual members...

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Fast food workers protest in Tampa for minimum wage hike listen

06/05/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday
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Tags: minimum wage, Fight for 15, Tampa, fast food workers, labor, unions

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About twenty low-wage workers protested Friday outside a McDonald's restaurant in Tampa; they want a fifteen-dollar-an-hour minimum wage and the right to unionize.

At the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Central Avenue WMNF interviewed Tina McElroy. She works as a cashier at McDonalds on Dale Mabry Highway and Spruce Street in Tampa.

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Hillsborough County Commission moving to stop wage theft listen

06/04/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: Hillsborough County Commission, wages, work, wage theft, Department of Labor, Hillsborough, workers

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The Hillsborough County Commission has moved a little closer to combating wage theft. At Wednesday's meeting commissioners voted to have an attorney draft a wage theft ordinance. Before the vote the commission listened to emotionally charged stories of residents who have had their wages stolen by employers.

Wage theft has many forms, like not paying overtime or withholding earnings and not paying on time. For unmarried low wage workers and families struggling to make ends meet, a fraudulen...

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