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Workshop targets human trafficking, offers victim support listen

07/31/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Human Trafficking occurs when someone is held involuntarily and forced to work for little or no wages.

There are an estimated 800,000 to 900,000 victims in the world and as many as 20,000 in the United States.

This afternoon the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay instructed social service providers how to identify and assist victims of human trafficking.

Tom Mueller is the Director of Education Services at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. He led the workshop and said human trafficking happens...

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Emergency management director on hurricane preparedness

07/31/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Larry Gispert is the director of emergency management for Hillsborough County. It's the agency responsible for planning and coordinating the evacuation and sheltering of county residents in the event of a natural or manmade disaster.

The agency is also responsible for planning and coordinating response actions and continuity of government in the aftermath of a major disaster.

Gispert appeared live on WMNF today to cover the following issues:

What’s your worst fear about a hurrican...

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Hillsborough commission bickers over budget cuts listen

07/31/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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For a few short moments today, supporters of restoring at least some funding for Hillsborough County’s Public Access Channel felt good.

As the Board held a workshop to review budget cuts proposed by County Administrator Pat Bean last week, Commissioner Rose Ferlita argued that it would be unfair to entirely cut funding for the public access channel.

Ferlita proposed restoring half of the funding for Speak Up Tampa Bay, the access channel. The motion passed 4-3.

But Commissioner Al ...

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FCC rules against reporters who sued Fox 13 listen

07/31/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last week the FCC ended a media dispute that goes back over a decade in the Tampa Bay.

On July 23rd, the FCC found that Fox 13, WTVT did not distort the news in their airing of a story about Bovine Growth Hormone, or BGH.

Two and a half years ago, Fox reporters Steve Wilson and Jane Akre sought to have the FCC revoke WTVT’s license. The pair claimed they were fired from the station after management caved into threats from the additive’s manufacturer, Monsanto.

The plight of Wils...

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Expert discusses effects of electricity on global economy listen

07/31/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Electricity plays a vital part in everyone’s life. But in the U.S., and especially here in Florida, most people never pay attention until a storm knocks out local power. In the summertime, that means no air conditioning, which means misery.

But electricity industry expert Jason Makansi says Americans – who are only 3 percent of the world’s population but consumer 25 percent of the world’s electricity - should begin to start paying attention.

WMNF interviewed Makansi today in the...

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Sustainable Living

07/30/07
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Rob Heath, the co president of the Tampa Bay Audubon Society, updated us on local bird issues.

Loren Westenberger, a local arborist, talked about tree issues such as high winds, bentifits to enviroment, health, etc.

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USF students propose designs for Transit Village

07/30/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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What would a Transit Village featuring a light rail hub and mixed-use development look like in East Tampa?

That is a question that graduate students in the School of Architecture and Community Design attempted to answer at the University of South Florida this afternoon.

Five groups of three students each presented their visions of a Transit Village at the corner of Hillsborough Avenue and 30th Street, on the current site of the Tampa Wholesale Produce Market.

The projects were the cu...

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Journalists part of community conversation on Iraq

07/30/07 Dawn Morgan
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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About 200 Tampa Bay residents braved an afternoon downpour Saturday to attend a community conversation on the Iraq war at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg.

The theatre-in-the-round style discussion that featured ABC News' Senior White House Correspondent Martha Raddatz and Washington Post Assistant Managing Editor Rajiv Chandrasekaran.

Bob Steele is the Nelson Poynter scholar for journalism values at the Poynter Institute, the non-profit media education center that owns the St. ...

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Democrats cry foul over conflicting presidential primaries

07/30/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Florida’s presidential primary is scheduled for Jan. 29. the same date that South Carolina’s Democratic Primary.

The conflict has the Democratic National Committee threatening to penalize Florida by limiting the number of delegates for the party’s convention, as well as taking away delegates won by Democratic candidates who campaign in Florida.

The St. Petersburg Times quoted DNC Chairman Howard Dean on Sunday as telling a Myrtle Beach television station that “the Florida dram...

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Bill on fuel standards may stall in the House

07/30/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The U.S. House of Representatives begins debate this week in Washington on its energy bill. What may or may not be included in that piece of legislation is a provision on increasing Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards, or CAFÉ.

The legislation mandating that US Automakers begin increasing the average mile per gallon standard to 35 mpg by the year 2020 was approved by the Senate earlier this year.

If the House passes similar legislation and it is signed by the president, it would m...

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Crist pitches for renewable energy listen

07/27/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Governor Charlie Crist yesterday announced plans for the country’s largest waste-wood biomass power plant, that will be in the Panhandle, in rural Liberty County.

The project is an example of one of the key elements in Governor Crist’s far-reaching energy initiative. As a means of reducing greenhouse gases in Florida, Crist wants the state's utility companies to generate 20 percent of their power from renewable energy sources, like biomass or wind or solar power.

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Dave Zirin on Barry Bonds listen

07/27/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Many members of the national sports media are in San Francisco tonight, as the San Francisco Giants play host to the Florida Marlins in a weekend series.

Those sports writers aren’t there to cover a game between 2 very average to poor baseball teams – but to hope to see whether or not controversial slugger Barry Bonds will hit a home run .

The baseball star, who just turned 43 earlier this week, remains 2 home runs away from tying one of major league sports most hollowed records â...

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Bold proposal offered to save access channel listen

07/27/07 Mitch E. Perry
Alan Watts

The Hillsborough County Commission will meet next week to confer on possible changes to the budget cuts proposed earlier this week by County Administrator Pat Bean.

The $56-million in cuts were mandated by property tax reform passed by the state Legislature last month. Among the highest profile services on the chopping block is the station’s public access and education channels.

But Louise Thompson, the Executive Director of the Tampa Bay Community Network, says she has an idea that w...

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Crist speaks at Florida Economic & Job Summit listen

07/27/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today at the Renaissance Vinoy in St. Petersburg, the two-day Florida Economic and Job Summit wrapped up. The St. Pete Chamber of Commerce sponsored the summit, which featured panelists addressing Florida’s economic challenges regarding job growth, job retention, and workforce development. Governor Charlie Crist delivered the keynote address. WMNF’s Seán Kinane reports.

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Neighborhood group battles Tampa City Council listen

07/26/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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There was a contentious discussion today at the Tampa City Council meeting.

The Council is proposing an ordinance insuring that all city neighborhood associations receive site plans for proposed developments after they have been reviewed by city staff.

The slight change in code was precipitated last month, after City Councilman Charlie Miranda questioned the appropriateness of a developer giving money to neighborhood associations. It came on the same day that news broke of a develop...

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