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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor sides with former teacher of the year on bashing Florida lawmakers on public education listen

03/31/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: kathy castor, Megan Allen, education, public education, charter schools, voucher programs

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U.S. Representative Kathy Castor is joining a former Florida teacher of the year in lashing out at state lawmakers for unfriendly public education measures. At an unrelated press conference at Al Lopez Park in Tampa Monday, Castor said Megan Allen is one of the best public school teachers she’s ever met and is glad the former Hillsborough County educator is speaking out against Florida’s education policies.

“Florida has created a mess with a lot of their accountability system. This over t...

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Last minute glitches don't seem to be deterring Obamacare enrollment listen

03/31/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, healthcare, Navigators, Medicaid, kathy castor

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Despite some more glitches on healthcare.gov, turnout is high in Tampa on the final day to enroll in Obamacare. More than 30 people were already waiting in line by 10:30 a.m. Monday at Al Lopez Park to get help enrolling in private health insurance under the federal healthcare law. Most of those people, like Myrta Mayor, are hoping that their last minute enrollment can save them some money on coverage that is now required.

“The one that they’re offering at my job is very expensive - $753 ...

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Dealing with Debt listen

03/29/14 DT
The Urban Cafe

Tags: The Urban Café, Geneva Dobson, debt

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The Urban Café welcomes Geneva Dobson who owns a debt management company whose main function is to reduce student loan debt, resolve default and qualify clients for forgiveness. She has also written a book titled; Failing Successfully: Life after Debt that details her life and key aspects of living beyond debt.

We will also discuss;

• Credit Repair

• Filing Bankruptcy

• Chapter 11 & 13

• Credit Rating

• Student loans

• Credits Cards

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Obamacare, Medicaid and dentists - how are they affecting your health and pocket book?

03/28/14 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Tags: Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, dental care, single payer

The deadline for enrollment is Monday, March 31st and supporters of the healthcare law are stepping it into high gear to end open enrollment with as many participants as possible. That’s important to Democrats coming into mid-term elections where the federal healthcare law will be a cornerstone talking point for Republicans against the law.

So far more than 6 million people have signed up for coverage under the law. That’s a number the Obama administration is proud of even though it’s a ...

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Corey Avenue makeover could include re-routed traffic in St. Pete Beach listen

03/28/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: st. pete beach, Corey Avenue, Beach Theatre, Beach Theater, Gulf Boulevard

St. Pete Beach’s downtown may be in line for a major facelift. That’s if a vision plan created by an outside consulting group goes through. The city commission is getting some backlash from residents.

Consultants are recommending that traffic around downtown be re-routed away from its main street. Right now the east and west sides of Corey Avenue are split by 5 lanes of traffic by Gulf Boulevard. That’s a problem says city manager Mike Bonfield.

“Because now we historically have a coup...

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Free dental care fair in Tampa rescues more than 1500 from pain listen

03/28/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: dentist, dental care, healthcare, Tampa, Mission of Mercy

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As many as 2,000 people from across the state are receiving free dental care Friday and Saturday at the Florida State Fairgrounds. This is the state’s first Mission of Mercy where the goal of hundreds of dentists and dental hygienists is to get people who don’t have access to oral healthcare out of pain.

In a giant expo hall at the fairgrounds, several generators powered more than 100 dental chairs – all of them occupied by patients. The whirring of drills and suction hoses signaled to mor...

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Should Florida Give Tax Breaks to Homeowners Who Install Solar?

03/28/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: solar energy, Florida, intangibles tax

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Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. My guest is part of a coalition which says: "Florida’s solar energy industry and clean energy advocates are calling on state Representative Ritch Workman to stop blocking consideration of a resolution that would allow voters to decide whether or not to remove punitive taxes on solar energy systems. The solar industry supports letting the voters decide on the exemption of solar energy systems from the punitive tangible personal property tax. Removing thi...

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Peter Schorsch on Rick Scott's bad week & other Florida political news of the week listen

03/28/14 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday

Tags: Charlie Crist, Peter Schorsch, Rick Scott, Uber

Political blogger Peter Schorsch joined us to talk about the latest in the Charlie Crist-Rick Scott governors race, as well as the latest goings-on in the state Legislature.

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Activists call on Republican FL Rep. Kathleen Peters to support Medicaid expansion listen

03/27/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Medicaid expansion, Kathleen Peters, Awake Pinellas, healthcare, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act

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It costs more for a person earning below poverty wages to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act than it does many middle class people. That problem would be solved if Florida lawmakers expanded the state’s Medicaid program. Activists protested the refusal of federal funding in front of Republican State Representative Kathleen Peters’ office in St. Pete Thursday.

Activists including Terrie Weeks hope they can persuade holdouts in the legislature to change their minds.

“Beca...

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Author and Activist James W. Douglass to deliver talks on JFK and peace in Florida listen

03/27/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: James W. Douglass, JFK

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei welcomes author and activist James W. Douglass to discuss JFK and a series of events he will be hosting this week in Sarasota and St. Pete.

Douglass will lead a retreat called “Gandhi and the Unspeakable: Will We Wake Up to Nonviolence?” He will start with Gandhi shivering on the train platform in South Africa and take retreatants all the way to Gandhi’s final confrontation with the Unspeakable. The retreat is at the Dayspring Conference Center, a wooded...

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