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11/30/09 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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On December 8th, the Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society and the St Pete Audubon Chapter will be having their annual Holiday Conservation Celebration at the Pinellas County Extension Center on 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. This event will start at 6:30PM and the speaker will be Professor Douglas Tallamy, author of “Bringing Nature Home”. Douglas Joined the program for a short interview about how native plants sustain wildlife, and related topics he will speak about next Tu...

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CFO Sink wants law to increase SBA oversight listen

11/30/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink wants more oversight of the state’s $110 billion pension fund. Sink, who is running for Governor, received a boost in that effort from former Florida Supreme Court Justice Major Harding affirming that oversight can be accomplished just through a legislative change. Kyra Jennings is communications director for CFO Sink.

Letter from Sink to Gov. Crist and Bill McCollum

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SB 360 Mobility Fees Underway for New Developments in Hillsborough County listen

11/30/09 Concettta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last Spring, the Florida Legislature passed and Governor Charlie Crist signed a controversial growth management bill. As the next step in implementing Senate Bill 360, a technical committee met today to discuss how to calculate the newly established mobility fees for new developments in Hillsborough County.

The mobility fee technical committee consists of elected officials and several transit and county staff. Kevin White is from the Hillsborough County’s Transportation and Land Developm...

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What Would Nature Do? with Janine Benyus

11/28/09 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Janine Benyus, writer and biologist extraordinaire, is the author of six books including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In Biomimicry she defines an emerging discipline that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature's designs and processes. For most of us, this is a new paradigm of thinking; however, it is a very ancient way of thinking that for all practical purposes has been lost in modern cultures. In 1998 Benyus co-founded the Biomimicry Guild and she is the presi...

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Metropolitan Ministries Sees Significant Drop in Donations listen

11/25/09 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Each Thanksgiving, Metropolitan Ministries distributes Thanksgiving food packages to thousands of Tampa Bay residents in need. This year, amid the throes of the worst financial crisis in recent history, they’re seeing more dire need than ever exacerbated by a major drop in donations.

As volunteers sort through boxes of spaghetti, stuffing and Jell-O, the line outside the Metropolitan Ministries food distribution center on Florida Avenue is strikingly long. People wait for what the nonpro...

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The Economic Vision Of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

11/25/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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As we head into Thanksgiving tomorrow, the nation is continues to experience uncertain economic times. We’ll talk about the economy in a moment, in light of two speeches given by Franklin Roosevelt, the President who led the country during the great Depression.

The number of newly laid-off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week to the lowest level in over a year. The concern is that the big improvement will be temporary as the weak economy con...

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Toy Safety listen

11/24/09 Mark Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A press conference was held today at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg for the release of the 24th annual Trouble in Toyland report. The report provides details on toy safety, important to parents as the holiday season approaches.

The Florida Public Information Research Group, or PIRG authored the toy safety report. Florida PIRG’s director Brad Ashwell says that dangerous toys are still on shelves.

In 2008 congress passed the Consumer Product Improvement Act, tightening th...

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An Inside Look At The Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia

11/24/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Our guest Robert Lacey has just written his second book on Saudi Arabia. For both books he spent time living in the oil-rich royal kingdom. His first book was banned in SA. In his second book (INSIDE THE KINGDOM: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia) he gives us a history the Kingdom, a description of the centuries-long Sunni-Shia struggle, the reaction of Saudi rulers to the rise of religious militancy and to 9/11. The Saudi Kingdom is full of contradicti...

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Volunteer to Save Birds listen

11/24/09 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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INDIAN SHORES- The Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary is inundated daily with phone calls from citizens who spot injured birds in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties.

Every day about 20-45 injured birds are brought in to the avian rehabilitation hospital and sanctuary, said spokesperson Michelle Glean Simoneau at the Volunteer Recruitment Luncheon on September 6. Most of the birds that come to the sanctuary are injured by fishing line and hooks, says Simoneau.

“Pelicans are hooked, tr...

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Florida ranks third in nation for coal power plant pollution listen

11/24/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A new report released today lists Florida as the third worst state for power plant pollution.

The report by Environment Florida is called “America’s Biggest Polluters: Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Power Plants in 2007.”

Sarah Bucci is an associate with Environment Florida.

Environment Florida

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ACLU sues Alachua Schools over anti-Islam suspensions listen

11/23/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Today the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida filed a federal lawsuit against the Alachua County School District.

The lawsuit charges school administrators with unlawfully censoring students’ free speech when students were suspended or threatened with suspension for wearing t-shirts promoting their religious beliefs in school and at school events earlier this year.

WMNF spoke with Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida.

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Baywalk protests continue after sidewalk privatization. listen

11/23/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last Friday night 20 people with St. Pete for Peace protested outside the Baywalk shopping center, opposing further privatization of sidewalks in downtown St. Pete.

The decision by the St. Petersburg City Council to privatize a portion of the sidewalk near Baywalk has met with resistance from local peace groups who they say they will continue to exercise free speech outside the Baywalk development.

Chris Ernesto with [St. Pete for Peace](www.stpeteforpeace.or...

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USF student group aims to help students say goodbye to plastic bottles listen

11/23/09 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A group of enterprising students at the University of South Florida is working on a project that could potentially keep millions of plastic bottles out of landfills and save a million dollars a year.

The members of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) plan to have filtering systems installed on some the Tampa campus’s most popular water fountains.

The idea has also attracted the attention of retail giant Wal-Mart which gave the project a $6,000 grant. Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton also...

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Health Clinic in Tampa Serves the Working Poor listen

11/23/09 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Despite the ongoing healthcare debate in Washington, one local clinic is not waiting to take action. The Judeo Christian Health Clinic on MacDill has been providing free healthcare for years and lately finds itself catering to the rising number of unemployed.

On any weekday morning, long lines to get into the Judeo Christian Healthcare clinic, sometimes start as early as 3 a.m. The doors open up at 9 a.m. Last year it served over 28,000 patients. The reason? Executive Director of the clin...

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America Unchained

11/21/09 Arlene Engelhardt and Carla Jimenez
From A Woman's Point of View

Carla Jimenez talked about America Unchained as observed by the Tampa Independent Business Alliance. On Saturday, November 21 there will be a nationwide observance promoting support of local, independent businesses. What difference does a day make? Independent businesses generate over 3 times the economic activity for their home towns as national chains.

http://www.tibatampa.org

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