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Proposed private toll road in Pasco County may catch criticism from environmental groups listen

08/23/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A new private toll road proposal in Pasco County could spark debate among environmentalists. They’re worried the long stretch of highway could lead to natural environments giving way to new development.

A company called International Infrastructure Partners submitted a proposal to lease state owned land for the project. Kris Carson is a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Transportation.

“What they would do is design, construct, operate and maintain a toll facility that woul...

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Citizens Property Insurance rate hearing fails to attract many policyholders listen

08/21/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Citizens Property Insurance is proposing a 7.5% overall rate increase for policyholders in Florida, including increases for sinkhole coverage. The state-backed insurance company appeared before the Office of Insurance Regulation Tuesday night in Tampa to plead its case. Barry Gilway, the head of Citizens, said the agency is working hard to keep rates affordable.

“We also have an obligation to all Florida policyholders, whether they are Citizens policyholders or not, who will be called u...

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Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years for giving classified documents to Wikileaks listen

08/21/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for releases hundreds of thousands of classified military documents. During a press conference after the sentencing hearing Wednesday, Manning’s defense attorney, David Coombs said he and other supporters are asking President Obama to grant a pardon, but if that doesn’t work, there are still other ways to get Manning out before he’s eligible for parole.

“Well, to get attention to what’s happened here, I w...

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Manatee County celebrates World Breastfeeding Month at Bradenton Riverwalk on Wednesday listen

08/20/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Advocates of breastfeeding say it improves the health of infants and even educational outcomes later in childhood.

The Florida Department of Health in Manatee County is hosting a celebration of World Breastfeeding Month Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until noon at the Bradenton Riverwalk. There will be breastfeeding counselors, education materials and nutrition educators.

WMNF spoke with Debora Castanon, breastfeeding coordinator for the Manatee County WIC and nutrition program.

*For mo...

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Are Recent Gains in Fishing Stock Being Wiped Out In Gulf of Mexico By Illegal Fishing?

08/16/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning. Welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Illegal fishing is a huge and growing problem in the Gulf of Mexico and it’s putting the Gulf Coast economy and our national security at risk. Illegal fishing boats, mostly from Mexico, come into U.S. waters to steal fish, costing our economy dearly. (Globally, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing costs the economy up to $23 per year.) Many of these boats are also used for drug smuggling and other crimes. Yet as big as this pro...

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New Book Tells History of Child Sex Abuse Scandal in Catholic Church

05/22/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up on the first part of today’s program we are going to talk about the child sexual abuse scandal sweeping the Catholic Church. Later we’ll hear what a friend of the victim had to say about the young man who was killed by the FBI today in Orlando. The victim allegedly had ties to one of the Boston bombers.

But first one comment about yesterday’s program on which we discussed some of the reasons why the IRS would have a...

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Were There Valid Reasons for the IRS to Scrutinize Tea Party Groups?

05/21/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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On this edition of WMNF's Radioactivity Rob Lorei interviews Stephanie Mencimer who is a staff writer for Mother Jones Magazine. She recently wrote a piece about why some Tea party groups should have been given scrutiny by the IRS.

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Are We Really Running Out of Fossil Fuels? And May Day Demonstration Planned in St. Pete

05/01/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Today we’re going to talk about a vast new energy source that has the potential to make the US energy independent- but it also has the potential to vastly increase the amount of green house gases and destabilize nations.

First one listener comment about yesterday’s segment on the Green Shadow Cabinet. Here’s what one listener had to say.

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There’s a huge cache of fossil fuel on the planet-largely untapped. And a huge port...

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Do "Gun Free Zones" Invite Gun Deaths? And A Leading Muslim American Human Rights Activist Speaks Out

04/04/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning,

Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll look at those proposals from the NRA for school safety. We’ll talk with a journalist from Mother Jones Magazine who has been covering the gun safety issue closely since the Newtown massacre.

Later we’ll talk with a leading Muslim American civil rights activist……

But first: U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein is blaming the National Rifle Association and gun manufacturers for the reluctance among many of he...

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Major Conference on International Issues Scheduled this Week at USF St. Pete; Hosted by Former US Ambassador

03/27/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei.

Tomorrow and Friday on the USF campus in St. Petersburg Diplomats, military leaders, academic experts, journalists and members of the public will gather at USF St. Petersburg for the first World Conference on International Affairs. Among the topics on the agenda---Cuba, Venezueala, the Middle East, energy policy and how to slow the spread of nuclear weapons.

The organizer of the conference is Doug McElhaney- a retired diplomat ...

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