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Governor Rick Scott's State of the State address listen

03/04/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Governor Rick Scott, Florida

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei plays Governor Rick Scott's State of the State address. Before the speech, Rob takes listener calls to hear comments on state policies and the governor's leadership.

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Children brought to Florida by undocumented parents could soon get college tuition break listen

02/26/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Jack Latvala, Ed Hooper, immigration, DREAMERS, Florida, 2014 legislative session


Undocumented immigrants who want to go to college after attending high school in Florida might get a break on their tuition if a bill filed by state Senator Jack Latvala passes. During a press conference at the St. Petersburg College Clearwater campus Wednesday, Latvala announced the provisions of his bill.

“It would provide tuition equity for those students who may not have been born in the country, but who live here and attended a Florida high school for three consecutive years and enro...

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Environmentalists in 16 Florida cities demand state action to promote clean water listen

01/22/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: EPA, DEP, water, clean water, Florida, Kevin Beckner, Mark Danish, fertilizer


Environmentalists in Tampa are joining 15 other communities across the state in signing a clean water pledge Wednesday. During a rally on the Riverwalk behind the Straz Center, Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner added his name to the list of elected officials and activists who are demanding the state do more to protect water.

“We also have an issue in Hillsborough County of individuals having access to clean, affordable drinking water. It’s something that so many of us take fo...

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The Hurdles Still Facing Medical Marijuana in Florida

01/02/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: medical marijuana, Florida, United for Care, Ben Pollara, petitions, Florida Supreme Court, wmnf, Rob Lorei


Good morning, welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up on the first part of today’s program we’ll talk about the effort to legalize medical marijuana in Florida. But first- one listener comment about the Jimmy Dore comedy show- which we featured on Tuesday.


There’s an effort to put a ballot question before Florida voters this November. It’s a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize marijuana for medical purposes. But before Florida voters have the...

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A woman marries a carnival ride and candy canes represent white Jesus: 2013 wacky news year in review listen

12/27/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Tags: Florida, weird news, Janelle Irwin, Stephen Colbert, bongs, Bruce the Ferris Wheel

As you know, 2013 is almost over. In just a few days the world will usher in 2014, most of us in some sort of inebriated blur, no doubt. But here in Florida, the rest of the nation could likely think that the entire Sunshine state populous is in a perpetual fog of dumbness. So, in honor of yet another WTF Florida kind of a year, we bid 2013 adieu with a discussion on some of the whackiest stories.

Florida’s propensity toward off the wall news headlines have gotten attention from all over....

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State unemployment website glitches keep some Floridians from their only source of income listen

12/16/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Unemployment, labor, Rick Scott, Deloitte, Florida, Department of Economic Opportunity


Glitches in Florida’s new unemployment compensation website have been keeping some people from receiving their only form of income. The CONNECT website launched in October, but still isn’t working up to par. Unemployed people like Susan McGrath say they can’t even get anyone on the phone to answer questions

“What happens is, they’ll say, ‘it’s a high-volume call period, please call back later.’”

McGrath had to wait to file a claim until the new website launched because the old one was ...


Florida Polytechnic University opens first building for admissions listen

12/04/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Florida Polytechnic, JD Alexander, Lakeland, Florida, education, university


Florida’s 12th public university is months away from teaching its first class of students, but Wednesday its first building was opened in Lakeland. Florida Polytechnic now has a sterile-looking building open for prospective students to speak with admission counselors. Scott Rhodes, executive director of enrollment services, says the goal is to enroll 500 students by the start of the school’s inaugural semester next August.

“It’s a 5,000 square foot facility. We have ten full time staff th...

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Tampa scores high in new report on LGBT equality; St. Pete and other Florida cities above average listen

11/19/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: LGBT, equality, Human Rights Campaign, equality florida, Tampa, St. Pete, Florida, marriage equality, domestic partnership


Tampa ranks high for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in American cities in a report released today by the Human Rights Campaign.

The LGBT rights group gives Tampa 89 points and St. Petersburg 66 points out of 100.

The Municipal Equality Index report was written by Cathryn Oakley, legislative council for state and municipal advocacy at the Human Rights Campaign. ...

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A look ahead at 2014 Florida elections listen

11/07/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Florida, Adam Smith, St. Petersburg, David Jolly, Alex Sink, Bill Young, Rick Kriseman, Bill Foster


As the dust settles in St. Petersburg after an election that resulted in progressive sweep, voters are looking ahead to two other important races – the Pinellas County seat in Congress and the governor’s mansion in Tallahassee. During a Suncoast Tiger Bay Club luncheon Thursday, members bounced questions about the elections off two prominent local reporters.

Lobbyist and former Bill Young staffer David Jolly announced Thursday he will run for Young’s old seat in Congress. He could face Dem...

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Florida. The Worst State?

08/02/13 Life Elsewhere, your weekly show on Art, Media and Culture
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Is Florida the worst state? Recent news events have provoked derision from many pundits and comedians. On the next edition of Life Elsewhere we look at why Florida has such a bad reputation and if it's deserved. We'll also try to learn what's good about Florida. Our guest will include David Warner, Editor in Chief, Creative Loafing and Janet Zink, Director of Communications, Tampa International Airport. Plus we'll present this week's Hit That Never Was. For more in...

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