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USDA program helps families build their own homes, and journalist Tony Ortega's latest book on Scientology

06/26/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: USDA, Self Help Housing Program, Earl Allen Pfeiffer, Florida Home Partnership, affordable housing, Ruskin, Hillsborough, Pasco, Tony Ortega, scientology, Mike Rinder, Paulette Cooper, Clearwater, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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June is national homeownership month and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the USDA Self-Help Housing Program, which helps families build their own homes through local partnerships. Over the years the program help build nearly 50,000 affordable homes for many low income and minority families in rural communities. Today we talk with Earl Allen Pfeiffer, Executive Director of Florida Home Partnership, one of the two affordable housing organizations that works with t...

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Hillsborough County Commission moving to stop wage theft listen

06/04/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: Hillsborough County Commission, wages, work, wage theft, Department of Labor, Hillsborough, workers

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The Hillsborough County Commission has moved a little closer to combating wage theft. At Wednesday's meeting commissioners voted to have an attorney draft a wage theft ordinance. Before the vote the commission listened to emotionally charged stories of residents who have had their wages stolen by employers.

Wage theft has many forms, like not paying overtime or withholding earnings and not paying on time. For unmarried low wage workers and families struggling to make ends meet, a fraudulen...

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Radioactivity remembers former state senator Helen Gordon Davis

05/21/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Helen Gordon Davis, Florida Senate, Hillsborough, equal rights, NAACP, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today on Radioactivity we listen back to a 2013 interview with former state senator Helen Gordon Davis, who died Monday at the age of 88. She was the first woman from Hillsborough county to be elected to the state senate, serving 6 terms and one term in the state house. She was the first white woman in Florida to join the NAACP and was a known advocate for minorities, the poor, and women's rights.

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Same-sex couples get legally wed all over Florida listen

01/06/15 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: LGBT, same-sex, gay, marriage, clerk of courts, Supreme Court, Tampa, Hillsborough, Saint Petersburg, pinellas, Pam Bondi

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Same-sex couples are rejoicing as they legally tie the knot in Florida Tuesday. In St. Petersburg about twenty couples lined up in front of the Pinellas County courthouse steps before the doors opened at 8:00 a.m.

After about 30 minutes of paperwork the first couple, Andrea DeFlippo and Erin Bell, were escorted into a small room cramped with reporters. Arricka Grant, performed the ceremony. Pinellas County Clerk of Courts St Pete branch manager, Vel Anderson, said that preparations had bee...

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Bus ridership continues to grow in Pinellas and Hillsborough listen

11/11/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: transit, psta, HART, TBARTA, pinellas, Hillsborough, Bob Lasher, Philip Hale, Connect Tampa Bay, Greenlight Pinellas

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The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit authority posted an all time high ridership record last month and Pinellas wasn’t far behind. But Kevin Thurman with the pro-transit group Connect Tampa Bay said that trend isn’t anything new.

“We’ve been getting record ridership month after month after month from both PSTA and HART and one month of not building on the last October doesn’t create a trend, I guess is the best way to put it. The trend is clear that we have a significant amount of deman...

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Hillsborough activists organize to advocate for mass transit listen

01/29/13 Ella Wind
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Pinellas County transit leaders recently sent a referendum for the 2014 ballot to county commissioners for a sales tax to fund light rail. Community leaders and activists from Hillsborough County met in downtown Tampa yesterday to plan a movement for mass transit in their county.

Thirty local activists and representatives from unions, environmental groups, city administration and others met to begin a plan for a political movement to demand that Hillsborough move forward with planning a...

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Debate over Hillsborough proposed transit tax

10/19/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Today we present a debate on the proposed one cent sales tax increase in Hillsborough County. This issue is on the November 2nd ballot. The money would be used to improve roads, the bus system, and most prominently to build a light rail system. If it’s built, Hillsborough’s light rail system would be the anchor to a region wide system, which if approved by adjacent counties would connect the region with an integrated transportati...

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Goodwill Is Looking For Some Good Guide Mentors

09/22/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Goodwill recently launched a teen mentoring program called GoodGuides. The program helps teens who face risk factors such as school failure and juvenile delinquency by pairing them with volunteer mentors -- caring people who can offer support and guidance. The goal is to encourage these young people to finish school and make choices that will lead to successful futures.

Unfortunately, the number of teens who want and need mentors currently exceeds the number of mentors. We're joined by Ste...

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