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How will Tampa police handle Republican National Convention protests? listen

07/29/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In fewer than thirteen months, Downtown Tampa will be swarming with protesters, politicos, and news teams from across the country who will be in town for the Republican National Convention. Police are already preparing for the onslaught – and so are civil liberties advocates.

The RNC has been heralded as an economic boon to any city it comes to, and Tampa is certainly no different. The question is, will the convention also leave in its wake the usual legacy of crackdowns on protesters and ...

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Norquist, Rubio, Sanders & Greenspan on debt ceiling; Kate Bradshaw on firing of two state employees investigating mortgage industry

07/29/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

We'll hear two listener comments about yesterday's program. We'll also hear WMNF's Kate Bradshaw reporting about the forced resignation of two staffers in Florida's Attorney General's office who had been investigating the mortgage industry and whether Floridians had been ripped off. Later we'll hear several different views on raising the debt ceiling: Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, Senator Marco Rubio, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan.

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Community organizers campaign against modern-day slavery and for fair food at Publix stores in Pinellas listen

07/29/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Anti-slavery protesters and activists for fair-food took their demands to three Publix grocery stores in St. Petersburg Sunday.

For nearly a decade social justice activists have struggled to get fair wages for Florida’s tomato harvesters. They’ve tried protesting, marching and chanting in front of Publix grocery stores to get the grocery giant to pay their suppliers a penny more per pound for tomatoes. But this weekend the activists decided to use a more personal approach – to talk to man...

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Senator Mike Fasano calls for special legislative session and repeal of SB 408

07/28/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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New Port Richey state Senator Mike Fasano comes on the program to discuss the outrageous rate increases announced this week by Citizens Insurance.

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn presents 2012 budget to City Council listen

07/28/11 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This morning, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn presented his preliminary city budget for fiscal year 2012. This is the new mayor’s first proposed budget. Buckhorn pitched the budget to the City Council in downtown.

Mayor Buckhorn has been saddled with the task of eliminating a $34.5 million shortfall in next year’s budget; a challenge he plans to meet without layoffs, raised property taxes, or reduced public services. But he said that he owes a great deal to ...

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Anti-tethering ordinance ready for a Hillsborough County vote listen

07/28/11 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A new ordinance is coming before the Hillsborough County Commission that would make it illegal to chain up dogs outside for long periods of time. After more than a year of consideration, the Hillsborough Animal Advisory Board voted to forward an anti-tethering ordinance to the commissioners for a vote.

Last night, animal rights activists held signs in front of the County...

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Suspicion over AG's abrupt investigator firings grows listen

07/28/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida is known nationally as an epicenter for foreclosure fraud. Earlier this year, two lawyers credited with uncovering the practice resigned at the insistence of Attorney General Pam Bondi. Some want the state to investigate the forced resignations.

Until this past spring, Attorneys June Clarkson and Theresa Edwards worked in the attorney general’s economic crimes division in Fort Lauderdale. Under Republican Attorney General Bill McCollum, they investigated several loan servicing comp...

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PSTA is cutting some transportation services listen

07/28/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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According to New York Public Transit Association, public transportation saves Americans the equivalent of 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually. But Tampa Bay might be missing out on some of those efficiencies because due to budget cuts, transit agencies are cutting bus services and next year, more citizens may be forced to carpool or drive.

Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) community relations manager Bob Lasher says because of declining property taxes or ad valorem revenues, ...

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Florida redistricting committee gets an earful from Pasco County residents listen

07/27/11 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Lawmakers are holding a series of meetings across Florida to establish what residents hope to see as Legislative and Congressional districts are-re-drawn early next year. One Pasco County resident called last night’s redistricting meeting in Wesley Chapel a dog and pony show. State legislators from Bradenton to Miami-Dade County heard an earful from residents like J Porter, who said Pasco County can’t be overlooked any longer.

“During the growth boom Pasco was the 2nd fastest growing coun...

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Pinellas County Health encourages children's oral and dental care listen

07/27/11 Atecia Robinson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Proper dental health can be important, especially to those who don’t have and can’t afford dental care. In Pinellas Park, the Pinellas County Health Department offered free dental exams for children and teens going back to school this fall.

When most people think of healthcare they sometimes forget about dental care and keeping their teeth in good shape. Faye Watson is a parent who was thankful for the free dental care that was provided to her daughter today. ...

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Callers weigh in on Florida's redistricting process

07/27/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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This week there were two redistricting hearings in WMNF's listening area. On Monday in Lakeland and on Tuesday in Wesley Chapel. Last Call listeners had their say about the hearings and the redistricting process.

You can find out more about redistricting and try your hand at dra...

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Interview with Pulitzer Prize winning tax reporter David Cay Johnston

07/27/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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With the debate over raising the debt ceiling in Washington almost at an impasse we're joined now by David Cay Johnston who is one of the nation's leading journalists on the issue of taxes. Johnston is a columnist for Reuters and author of Perfectly Legal, Free Lunch and early next year The Fine Print, all books about little known ways the economy is rigged to benefit the richest among us. He formerly covered taxes for the New York Times where he won a Pulitzer Prize.

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Jesse Jackson urges East Tampa residents to fight Florida's controversial elections laws listen

07/27/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Many Floridians are up in arms about changes to state election laws. Critics say the new laws aim to restrict turnout among those who tend to vote Democratic, especially low-income minorities. Yesterday one of the most well-known civil rights champions was in East Tampa urging residents to fight the new laws with all their might.

As fellow civil rights activists urged the crowd to do battle against changes to the way Florida votes, the Reverend Jesse Jackson sat on stage in a throne-like c...

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Panhandling policy workshop at Tampa Chamber fails to draw support for ban listen

07/27/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This morning the Tampa Chamber of Commerce tackled the controversial issue of a possible ban on Panhandling in Tampa. Only two in attendance supported a full or partial ban. Everyone else expressed with a show of hands, their desire to give the matter further consideration.

It took effect in St. Petersburg last June. Parts of unincorporated Hillsborough County adopted it early this year. So far though, the city of Tampa has managed to thwart a ban on street solicitation. That could cha...

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Water restrictions will continue in greater Tampa Bay region listen

07/26/11 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Despite rain this month, there’s still serious doubt about the Tampa Bay region’s ability to manage the recent drought. Today, the Southwest Florida Water Management District, or SWFWMD decided to continue water restrictions in order to maintain the regional water supply.

Robyn Felix is a spokesperson with SWFWMD. She says the water restrictions will continue across all 16 counties because the lack of water during the previous year continues to impact water resources.

For the last seve...

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