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Greenlight Pinellas transit proposal gains supporters listen

10/02/14 Gwyneth Dunsford
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Yes to Greenlight, St. Petersburg, kathy castor, transit, psta, Greenlight Pinellas, Transportation


A transit plan for Pinellas County is gaining momentum. On Thursday, Congress member Kathy Castor endorsed the Yes to Greenlight initiative during a media conference in Midtown St. Petersburg.

“Oftentimes, the buses don’t run on a regular schedule,” said the representative for Florida’s 14th district. “Many people don’t have a couple of cars to fight the traffic… We need better transit options.”

Organizers of the campaign said the transit proposa...

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From A Woman's POV Fall Marathon Special: Tackling the misuse of power listen

10/02/14 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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The theme of the show was POWER – so often reflected now by its misuse, abuse and wanton directives to satisfy one’s own needs and greed. It doesn’t have to be that way… Climate change, endless wars, a wealth gap that has rendered meaningless our terms of rich and poor. We are living in a climate of fear and helplessness. Wake up – we are now living in the world designated by anthropologists as the anthropocene, the human age. These problems are a result of an unparalleled dominion of...

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Emerge Tampa Bay hosts "Tomorrow's Tampa" summit on downtown and transportation listen

10/01/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Tampa, Transportation, Emerge Tampa Bay, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce


What will downtown Tampa look like in several years? What about transportation in the region? These are two of the questions young professionals will try to answer during a summit Thursday evening. WMNF interviewed Brian Seel, chair of Emerge Tampa Bay, which is hosting the “Tomorrow’s Tampa” summit.

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Water management district seeks input on minimum water flows and levels listen

10/01/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: SWFWMD, water, rivers, streams, lakes, ecology, environment


To make sure the ecologies of the region’s freshwater rivers, lakes and wetlands stay in balance, the Southwest Florida Water Management District sets minimum flows and levels, then makes sure too much water isn’t taken out.

In a workshop Wednesday night, SWFWMD is asking for public input in setting those levels. Doug Leeper is their chief advisory environmental scientist.

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Slavery historian sheds light on the dark past that continues to shape the present listen

09/30/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday

Tags: slavery, Randy Browne, Eckerd College, Xavier University, slave drivers, Caribbean, Ferguson, reparations, Haiti, Navajo

Because of America’s role in the history of slavery, many people think the U.S. has a responsibility to repay those who are still being affected by this centuries-long legacy. Randy Browne is a history professor at Xavier University in Cincinnati and an alumnus of Eckerd College. He spoke Tuesday night at Eckerd in St. Petersburg. Browne thinks repaying the debt is all about acknowledging and accepting the role slavery played in shaping the Americas.

The ...

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Mayor Buckhorn responds to having a reelection challenger from Occupy Tampa listen

09/30/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Bob Buckhorn, Becky Rubright, Tampa, elections, Occupy Tampa, Republican National Convention, RNC


Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has a challenger in his race for reelection next March; Monday we brought you an interview with Becky Rubright, a veteran of the Occupy Tampa movement. She criticized Buckhorn and the response of the Tampa Police Department during occupy beginning three years ago. WMNF interviewed Mayor Buckhorn for his response to having a challenger in the March 2015 election.

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Florida This Week panel discussion on the governor’s race

09/30/14 Rob Lorei
Last Call Monday

Tags: Florida This Week, WEDU, Rob Lorei


Today on Last Call, Rob Lorei airs WEDU's Florida This Week with panel Leslie Dougher Chair, Republican Party of Florida, Dr. Keith Fitzgerald Former State Legislator/Professor (Democrat), Mike Deeson, Senior Investigative Reporter 10 News and William March Political Writer, Tampa Tribune.

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Woman claiming to be Lee Harvey Oswald's girlfriend tries to clear his name

09/29/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Lee Harvey Oswald, Judyth Vary Baker

Rob Lorei speaks to guest Judyth Vary Baker who claims to be Lee Harvey Oswald's former lover. Baker has spoken out to clear Oswald's name.

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Plant Diseases & Herbs listen

09/29/14 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Tags: Florida AG Expo, ROOTS Seed and Plant

Today’s show started with an announcement about the ROOTS Seed and Plant share that takes place on October 4th from 2pm to 6pm at The Ale and The Witch, 111 - 2nd Ave. N.E., St. Petersburg, FL. Then we talked about growing herbs in our fall gardens with Sydney Park-Brown, Associate Professor in Consumer Horticulture with the University of Florida IFAS Extension Service. Also, Dr. Bob Linde, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Herbalist and owner of Acupuncture & Herbal Therapies joined the conversa...

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Group wants $15 minimum wage in St. Pete listen

09/29/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: minimum wage, St. Pete, 15 Now, poverty, labor, Green Party


A campaign is underway to change the minimum wage in St. Petersburg to fifteen dollars an hour.

For that to happen, a Florida law prohibiting local minimum wages would have to be repealed.

WMNF interviewed Jeff Roby, part of a group called 15 Now and is taking the fight to raise the minimum wage to the St. Pete City Council.

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