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Florida Department of State launches "Culture Builds Florida" listen

10/25/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida’s Secretary of State announced the launch of Culture Builds Florida today. Almost 200 artists and businesses attended the launch of this initiative to help promote Florida’s arts and cultural communities, and their positive impact on the economy.

Arts and cultural programs are usually the first thing on the chopping block when the state of Florida whittles down the budget, but Florida Secretary of State Kurt Br...

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Florida Orchestra heads to Havana for historical music and education exchange listen

09/29/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This morning marked another milestone in Tampa Bay’s reconnection with Cuba. The Florida Orchestra sent five musicians from its wind ensemble to Havana to perform and teach master classes. This is the first time in 12 years that a professional American orchestra has sent musicians to Cuba, and only the second time since the 1959 revolution.

Flowing fanfares from fellow musicians in the brass quintet were a fine farewell for the members of the Florida...

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Environmentalists are still concerned about oil disaster impacts listen

04/18/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon well blowout in the Gulf. Many officials are touting a swift environmental recovery, but environmentalists see alarming signs that Gulf of Mexico is far from healthy.

It’s been more than nine months since gushing oil well in the gulf was permanently capped. The worst human-caused environmental disaster in US history may no longer be daily fodder for front page news, but scientists and environmental groups say the disaster ...

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Interview with organizer of Tampa We Are One Rally starts the Last Call conversation today

04/04/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to the Last Call. I'm Rob Lorei. We'll start today's program with an interview with Jason Smith of the Florida AFL-CIO who is organizing a We Are One rally today at Al Lopez Park in West Tampa.

At the time of his death on April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was marching in solidarity with 1,300 black sanitation workers in Memphis; the public employees were defending their right to collective bargaining for better wages, working conditions, respect and dignity...

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Tampa Bay economic scorecard delivers mixed results listen

03/18/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A study gauging Tampa Bay’s economy is showing a couple of small gains for the region. When compared to other cities, Tampa Bay isn’t remotely out of the woods.

Earlier this month, the Tampa Bay Partnership released results of its semi-annual regional economic scorecard. The prognosis is slightly improved, but far less than ideal. The study rated Tampa, Jacksonville, and four other cities in the southeast on factors like jobs ...

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What are the prospects for success of high-speed rail in Florida?

03/02/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll talk with a representative of America 2050, a non-profit group of planners, about their nationwide study of the prospects for success of high speed rail. Yesterday two members of the Florida legislature sued Gov. Rick Scott for rejecting federal funding for high speed rail. Our guest is Petra Todorovich, Director of the group America 2050. Her group did a study of the regions of the country wh...

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USF researcher: oil still causing trouble in Gulf listen

02/08/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Former Governor Charlie Crist and failed Democratic candidate for governor Alex Sink plan to reiterate their support for a constitutional ban on oil drilling in state waters tomorrow in Tallahassee. To those who watched last year’s gulf oil disaster from afar, the problem may seem all but gone. But to researchers at USF St. Petersburg it’s still out there, weathered beyond smithereens, menacing the Gulf of Mexico food chain. Speaking to students and faculty recently at USF’s St. Pete ca...

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Do Death Panels Already Deny Americans Medical Treatment?

12/29/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei.

A young mother dies in north Florida- waiting for a private insurance company to approve her liver transplant. The approval never came- leaving behind a family including a ten year old son. Is this an example of a death panel? We’ll talk about it in a few minutes.

But first some listener comments about yesterday’s program. Here’s what some listeners had to say on the topics of donations to WMNF, program changes, and yeste...

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EPA Tells Florida to Clean Up its Environmental Act listen

12/02/10 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Environmental Protection Agency is finally forcing Florida to clean up its environmental act. On November 15th the agency announced new state water quality standards. The legislation has raised the ire of industry polluters and has Republican lawmakers screaming “government intrusion” and threatening litigation. Meanwhile, environmental groups are busy trying to counter the barrage of misinformation ...

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Pam Bondi Pursues Health Care Reform Lawsuit listen

11/02/10 Kimberly Vlach
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Republican nominee for state attorney general Pam Bondi says it’s important to continue with the multi-state lawsuit against the federal health care reform law passed last March.

In the last push of her 11-month campaign, Pam Bondi looked full of energy and optimism. Surrounded by supporters, friends and family, including her parents, sister and nephew, all were waving Pam Bondi signs. Despite the pouring rain, Bondi still talked to me about Florida’s lead in the lawsuit, calling the ...

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