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King v. Burwell could push as many as 7.3 million Americans out of health insurance

03/06/15 Janelle Irwin
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday
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Tags: Florida CHAIN, Athena Smith Ford, Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, King v. Burwell, healthcare exchanges

The Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in a case that could fundamentally dismantle the provision of the Affordable Care Act that allows people to obtain private health insurance at a more affordable rate.

King v. Burwell challenges the federal subsidies given to U.S. citizens who earn a household income between 100% and 400% the federal poverty level. That means 7.3 million people who rely on the subsidy to pay for otherwise too costly premiums could lose that benefit...

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Orange is the New Black author, Piper Kerman, wants prison reform listen

03/06/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday
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Tags: Rick Scott, Florida, prisons, recidivism, Piper Kerman, Eckerd, Eckerd College, Orange is the New Black

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Orange is the New Black author, Piper Kerman, is asking Floridians to put Governor Scott’s close ties to the prison industry under the microscope. Her book is the basis for a popular Netflix series about her unsettling experiences in prison. Kerman spoke Thursday night at Eckerd College as part a series celebrating Women’s History Month. Before the event ...

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The campaign to draft Elizabeth Warren to run for the Dem. nomination for president listen

03/05/15 Mitch Perry
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: Elizabeth Warren

RunWarrenRun.org is the website devoted to drafting Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to run for the Democratic nomination for president. So far the former economics professor has resisted the siren call, but Vicki Kaplan from the group says that she was also resistant to run for Senate in 2012, and the rest is history.

Kaplan and her associates are members with MoveOn.org, the progressive group formed in the late 1990's during the middle of the Bill Clinton impeachment imbroglio. She...

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The fight to save what is left of the Everglades listen

03/05/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: The Everglades, pollution, environment, Amendment 1, water, Lake Okeechobe, Tom Van Lent, Julie Hill-Gabriel, Everglades Foundation, Audubon Society, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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In November, voters approved Amendment 1 to allocate money for environmental conservation in Florida. This brings renewed hope for the restoration of the Everglades, which has been devastated by development and pollution over the last century. Waters that once flowed in a wide river from Lake Okeechobe to the southern tip of the state have been dammed and diverted to the east and west coasts, polluting the estuaries there with agricultural pesticide run-off and starving the Everglades of wate...

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Governor Scott wants feds to keep funds flowing for low-income heath care listen

03/05/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: Rick Scott, standardized tests, education, health care, insurance, LIP, St. Petersburg, jobs, taxes, email

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A $2 billion federal program to reimburse hospitals that many poor and uninsured patients will expire at the end of June. Florida Governor Rick Scott sent president Obama a letter asking the feds to renew the LIP program. In St. Petersburg Thursday morning Scott reiterated his support for receiving the federal funds.

Scott was in St. Pete to champion his tax cuts he says have helped Florida companies stay in business and thrive. He held a press conference at the e-commerce company Jagged P...

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Home health care workers want higher wages and unions listen

03/05/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: home health, nursing, health care, Tampa, wages, minimum wage, poverty, union

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Home health care workers are rallying for living wages. In Tampa Wednesday, industry workers spoke up and announced they are looking for union representation to aid them in the fight. Home health care workers are fed up with providing life sustaining services while remaining near poverty level.

This bottom up surge for a living wage is being staged not only in Tampa but throughout the country. Although done out of a love of their job, keeping your head above the rising tide of debt is par...

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Middle East Studies Professor criticizes Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's Speech to Congress listen

03/04/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: ISIS, Netanyahu, Iran, terrorism, nuclear weapons, Jennifer Loewenstein, Congress, ADHD, Howie Glasser, Adlerian psychology, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Howard Glasser, Chairman of the Children Success Foundation, talks to us about his Nurtured Heart Approach, a method of dealing with difficult and hyperactive children through positive reinforcement and recognizing that a "problem" child's energy can be channeled constructively. Glasser offers his approach as an alternative to prescribing children powerful psychoactive drugs, an increasingly frequent practice especially for young boys . Glasser wi...

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Listen to Governor Rick Scott's annual State of the State address

03/03/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: State of the State, 2015 legislative session, Rick Scott, Arthenia Joyner

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Today we listen to Governor Rick Scott's State of the State address, which kicks off Florida's two-month long legislative session for 2015. In his speech Governor Scott outlines several key issues of the upcoming session,including tax cuts, education, workforce development, and the environment. We then hear a response from Senate Democratic leader Arthenia Joyner, of Tampa, who points out that most...

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The economics of weed in Florida listen

03/02/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Weed, marijuana, pot, cannabis, economics, Florida

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The concept of making money in the cannabis industry in Florida without marketing the plant brought entrepreneurs and business experts together. Organizers are poised to help launch marijuana minded businesses in Florida despite the obstacles.

The day long event Saturday was held in Ybor City. Medical or recreational weed is not legal in Florida but there is money to be made on things like hemp rope, rolling papers or vaporizers. Carlos Hermida of [Common Bond Collaborative](http://cbcg...

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Military Veterans take their stories to the stage in Telling:Tampa Bay listen

03/02/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Telling; Tampa Bay, Veterens, Iraq, Afghanistan, Lisa Powers, Tay Urruela

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Coming to the Tampa Bay area within the next few days are a series of dramatic performances centered telling the stories of military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. "Telling: Tampa Bay" is part of a national project focused on giving voice to the experiences of military veterans,who make up less than one percent of the general population. The performance scripts are based on interviews w...

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