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Last Call with Dan Ruth

03/31/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Dan Ruth talks about his career and state/national and local politics.

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NATO looking into reports of air strikes causing civilian deaths listen

03/31/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The new NATO commander of the international military operation in Libya says he's looking into reports that air strikes on Tripoli have killed at least 40 civilians. Lieutenant General Charles Bouchard, a Canadian now heading the international operation, noted the alleged incident happened before NATO took command early Thursday.

"I am aware of this report. It is a news report and I appreciate the source of the news report. I take every one of those issues seriously, in fact, however our ...

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Florida Senate budget measure would would make public workers pay 3 percent of gross income into retirement listen

03/31/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In Tallahassee the Senate Budget Committee approved a bill that would drastically change public employee retirement plans. Reports, dozens of government employees implored the panel to vote down the bill, which among other things would require them to pay three percent of their gross income into their retirement.

State Senator JD Alexander is a Republican from Lake Wales. He is the grandson of late Florida citrus magnate Ben Hill Griffin. He is great-grandson of former Florida Governor Nap...

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Big power companies putting smaller solar companies out of business? And media monopolies blocking fair debate in US?

03/31/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Coming up today an interview with Scott McIntyre, CEO of Solar Energy Management, a small solar company in St. Petersburg. He says legislation moving through Tallahassee will give giant utility companies an edge over small businesses such as his.

And later, what impact is media consolidation having on political discourse, elections, public safety and honest reporting? All thos...

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Coral reefs can be damaged through global trade in corals and reef animals listen

03/30/11 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Coral reefs, like those found in Florida, are a vital economic and ecological resource. But WMNF’s Matthew Cimitle reports, reef ecosystems can be damaged though the international trade in corals and reef organisms.

According to the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, coral reefs provide $375 billion a year in goods and services through tourism, shoreline protection, food, and sources of new medicine. They are also believed to be more biologically diverse than rainforests. But Cara C...

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Obama proposes nuclear as one way to reduce dependence on imported oil listen

03/30/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Seeking to show the public he understands the burden of rising gas prices, President Barack Obama set an ambitious goal of reducing U.S. oil imports by one-third by 2025, and vowed to break through the political gridlock that has stymied similar initiatives for decades.

Obama touted a series of initiatives - some new, but many he's previously announced - that he said would boost domestic oil production, increase the use of biofuels and natural gas, and make vehicles more energy efficient. ...

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House committee passes budget that could lead to privatization of some prisons listen

03/30/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Florida House Committee on Appropriations approved that chamber’s version of the state budget along party lines today. The $66.5 billion proposal includes massive cuts to corrections, higher education, and cancer research.

All eight Democratic budget subcommittee members voted against the house proposal. All Republicans in attendance voted for the measure, which would close a $3.7 billion gap without raising taxes – something promised on many a campaign trail in the lead-up to the ...

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St. Pete Times columnist Howard Troxler kicks off a conversation about the growing power of Money in Tallahassee

03/30/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. This past Sunday St. Petersburg Times columnist Howard Troxler wrote what he himself admitted was a harsh column. He called the state legislature “The Whore of Babylon” because it has just legalized bribery, payoffs to itself. We’re joined now by Howard Troxler… Howard, welcome back to WMNF.

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How can children's mental health research be effective listen

03/30/11 Dawn Morgan Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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At last week’s 24th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference in downtown Tampa, WMNF’s Dawn Morgan Elliott spoke with several mental health professionals about how research can grow from an idea to a viable strategy in dealing with children’s behavioral issues and mental illness.

“We who are providing services in the field of children and families are being asked to prove that what we’re doing works.”

Robert Lieberman is the Executive Director of ...

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Attacks on Libya have cost U.S. taxpayers $550 million so far listen

03/29/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A U.S. defense official says U.S. ships and submarines unleashed a barrage of cruise missiles at Libyan missile storage facilities in the Tripoli area late yesterday and early today.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss military details, said 22 Tomahawk cruise missiles were launched from the Mediterranean - the most in at least several days.

The Pentagon says the military intervention in Libya has cost the United States about $550 million so far, beyond what it ...

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Florida House panel advances renewable energy bill listen

03/29/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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You’ve heard it many times before – Florida is the Sunshine State, so why doesn’t it the nation lead in solar power? Today the state House energy and utility subcommittee tackled that very question by passing a bill encouraging the state’s major utilities to invest in renewable energy. Pensacola Representative Clay Ford is the bill’s Republican sponsor.

"If you want to have a clean state that you can breathe the air and you can drink the water, you've got to get to renewables. T...

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Giving the Governor the power to end regulations and pushing for an end to the Cuba embargo

03/29/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll look at an effort by the Governor of Florida to concentrate more power in his office and the Cabinet by repealing hundreds of state agency rules ... and we’ll hear about a local movement that is pushing for open trade with Cuba.

But first some listener comments about yesterday’s call-in shows. One comment about the interview with Dan Savage about his project It Gets Better; and another about the Last Call ...

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Is the Governor backing measures in Tallahassee that will benefit him personally?

03/28/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Last week Florida Governor Rick Scott signed an executive order requiring drug testing testing for many current state workers and job applicants, The Miami Herald reports today that legal scholars say the governor has overreached, and that his order contradicts what many consider to be settled law regarding drug-testing of government employees.

Joining us to talk about this and what might be a conflict of interest for the Governor is Joy-Ann Reid, she's the editor of the [Reid Report](ht...

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Did radioactive iodine in Florida's atmosphere originate at troubled Japan nuclear plant? listen

03/28/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Power company officials say plutonium has been detected in the soil outside of the stricken Japanese nuclear complex.

Tokyo Electric Power Company says in a statement that the plutonium was discovered today in five locations around the plant, which has been leaking radiation for nearly two weeks. They say the amounts were very small and were not a risk to public health. But the U.S. EPA says “[internal exposure to plutonium is an extremely serious health hazard](http://www.epa.gov/rpdweb...

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Activists rally against Scott, GOP legislature over a slew of issues listen

03/28/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Since the start of the legislative session, droves of people unhappy with Rick Scott and the Republican-controlled legislature have been spending Friday afternoons rallying against numerous state policies. Protesters don’t think they’ll be changing the governor’s mind any time soon, but they do hope to draw attention from fellow voters.

Republican State Representative Dana Young’s Tamp...

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