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Dental care is a much needed part of overall health but isn't always affordable listen

12/14/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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With or without insurance, dental care is often neglected in health care decisions because it’s so expensive. But good dental care is about more than just a pretty smile, it’s a vital part of overall health.

“From a medical standpoint, there’s a link between poor dental care and systemic problems – heart attack, strokes, cancer – so we’re doing our part to alleviate that.”

  1. Merrell Williams is a dentist at his own private practice on N. Armenia in Tampa. He said tho...
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Chris Hedges on Third World America

12/03/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll listen to a recent talk (11/21/12) that Chris Hedges (Days of Destruction Days of Revolt) gave to a group called United Against Poverty. In this lecture, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedges will examine how America has devolved, economically and politically, into a Third World country and the role that inverted totalitarianism plays in consolidating the control of rapa...

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Dilapidated mobile home lot catches Tampa City Council's eye listen

11/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A cluster of mobile homes in Southeast Seminole Heights is falling apart and no one has done anything about it. Until now. Pete Johnson, a civilian code enforcement guru, told Tampa City Council members earlier this month that the homes violated multiple city codes.

“There is sewage leak. There is electrical components close to water. This is the most grotesque living conditions I have ever seen and abuse of elderly people by this property owner. I cannot understand why code has no...

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Incumbent Ken Welch faces challenger Buck Walz in Pinellas County Commission race listen

11/05/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Three incumbent Pinellas County Commissioners face challengers in tomorrow’s election. One of them, Democrat Ken Welch, hopes to be re-elected over his challenger Republican Buck Walz. In the District 7 race Welch is emphasizing community health.

At a town hall meeting last month in Saint Petersburg Welch said although education is the county’s top priority it’s only part of the focus. He said with a limited budget combating systemic poverty will be the c...

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Romneyville campers may struggle with finding a place to sleep after Republican convention listen

08/30/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Romneyville camp in downtown Tampa was set up as a place for both protesters and people without homes to sleep during the Republican National Convention. Now that the event is drawing to a close people are going to have to start finding other places to go.

Shortly after all of the delegates and journalists leave Tampa, Romneyville residents will have to pack up their tents and go somewhere else. The Poor People’s Economic and Human Rights Campaign leased the property where they’r...

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Tampa Police give leftover Republican convention lunches to Romneyville homeless camp listen

08/30/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Police presence around the Romneyville camp has been tight this week, but today they showed up not for security, but to hand out food. Hundreds of left over boxed lunches were given to people sleeping in tents in downtown Tampa.

Inside the white boxes were massive sandwiches, chips and fresh fruit. Most of the people staying at Romneyville don’t have homes and often wonder where their next meal will come from. The camp had a bus that...

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Amid Republican convention's glamour, Tampa homeless move into abandonded house listen

08/27/12 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In preparation for the Republican National Convention, the City of Tampa has spent a large amount of money sprucing up some of its finest neighborhoods in an attempt to bolster the city image to the international community. But not all of Tampa is lined with mansions, palm trees and newly paved roads, like its iconic waterfront along Bayshore Boulevard. Only a few blocks away from the city’s busy financial and nightlife districts lie unnoticed pockets of poverty which local activists point ...

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Hillsborough coalition has ten-year goal to eliminate and prevent homelessness listen

07/30/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County has come up with a ten year plan to address the problem after a week-long discussion with members of the community. It’s a comprehensive list of changes to how services are provided that streamline the system. Edi Erb, interim CEO for the coalition, said the changes will help more people get the help they need.

“And wrap around them with services that they need, not that somebody goes into a program and hears the services of that program...

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Today Is the Anniversary of the Last Time the Minimum Wage Was Raised

07/24/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. On the first part of today's program we'll talk about the minimum wage. Today (July 24) is the anniversary of the last federal minimum wage increase to $7.25 in 2009. The minimum had been increased on July 24 on 2007, 2008 and 2009 and not since. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa and Rep. George Miller of California have proposed raising the minimum wage to $9.80 by 2014 in three annual steps and then adjusting it for inflation.

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Tampa's Romneyville is the new Hooverville for Republican Convention listen

07/18/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Another activist encampment has popped up in Tampa ahead of next month’s Republican National Convention. Supporters of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign are slowly setting up a camp they’re calling Romneyville. Bruce Wright is leading the effort to make the area accessible to protesters and safe for people seeking refuge.

“A lot of the homeless community and poor people are going to be displaced and persecuted anyway during this time frame and so this is also a s...

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