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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


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


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.


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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


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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What's coming up at this year's Sarasota Film Fest? and Corporations Want to Deny Birth Control to Employees listen

03/27/14 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Through Women’s Eyes/Sarasota Film Festival

It looks like a great SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL coming up April 4-13. A very important part of this film festival is the 15th annual “THROUGH WOMEN’S EYES,” films by, for and about women Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6. All of these films, and most of the festival films are shown at the Regal Cinema Hollywood 20 in Sarasota.

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Florida DEP moves forward with numeric nutrient water standards as critics push back listen

03/26/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: water, numeric nutrient standards, TMDL, total maximum daily load, DEP, EPA, Florida


Many Florida waterways still don’t have nutrient pollution standards. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is holding a series of meetings all over the state to talk about nutrient standards and how to make sure things like nitrogen and phosphorus are not contaminating water bodies.

“A healthy water body needs nitrogen and phosphorus so it makes plants grow and the plants grow and the aquatic fish and other life forms can eat the plants and you have a healthy system.”


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The Golden Age of Television listen

03/26/14 Warren Elly with Walt Belcher
Last Call Wednesday
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Tags: Walt Belcher, Warren Elly, Television, I love Lucy, MASH, Edward R, Murrow

Today on the Last Call Warren Elly discusses early American television and evolving social values as reflected in TV programing with Walt Belcher who has covered television for The Tampa Tribune for 35 years.

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Hillsborough School Board member suggests governor might use public school for politics listen

03/26/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Rick Scott, April Griffin, Hillsborough County Schools


Governor Rick Scott came to Tampa Wednesday afternoon to speak with Jefferson High School students about the costs of college tuition.

But Hillsborough School Board member April Griffin suggests the governor could be using public school resources and students as a backdrop for a re-election campaign commercial.

We asked the governor’s press office for a response. They said they could not answer whether Scott’s campaign planned to film at Jefferson.

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Contraception coverage under the Affordable care Act. listen

03/26/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)

Tags: contraception coverage, David Cobb


Today Radioactivity explores yesterday’s arguments at the US Supreme Court over whether corporations should be required to supply contraception coverage under the Affordable care Act. Rob Lorei interviews David Cobb who is a spokesperson for the group Move to Amend a group that wants to amend the US Constitution to end the practice of giving corporations the same rights as people.

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Mayor Buckhorn announces plan to keep police chief one more year during State of the City address listen

03/25/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Bob Buckhorn, Jane Castor, Tampa, North Boulevard Homes, transit, Transportation, economic development, Rays


Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced during his State of the City address Tuesday that police Chief Jane Castor will stay on for at least one more year after retiring in May. That means she’ll stay in “the drop” which some consider double dipping - collecting a paycheck and pension. Buckhorn said he wants to keep Chief Castor on board because crime has dropped 69% in the city.

“You know what that means? That means there’s over 150,000 less victims. That’s us. The men and women of the Tampa ...

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