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101-year old Congressional candidate wants progressive policies

03/07/14 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Tags: Joe Newman, Vern Buchanan, Sarasota, Congress

Joe Newman is running for a Sarasota congressional district seat currently held by Vern Buchanan. As a progressive candidate, Joe hopes to unseat the conservative Republican. As a write-in, he

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George W. Bush to speak at lecture series in Sarasota and Republicans offer new ways to help the poor listen

01/09/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: George Bush, Sarasota, Ringling College of Art and Design, Gene Jones, War on Poverty, Marco Rubio

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Today Radioactivity talks about former President George W Bush

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Brazilians in Sarasota protest government corruption in their home country listen

07/02/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Protests over government corruption and poor social services in Brazil have slowed down, but a group of native Brazilians in Sarasota is just getting started. Nearly 50 people protested systemic problems in the South American nation at the famous kissing statue on Sarasota’s waterfront Monday night despite unrelenting rain.

“We want less money for soccer stadiums and airports for the World Cup and more money for what people need which is health, education, housing, a lot of things that ...

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Sarasota demonstration to support mass protests in Brazil listen

06/28/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This month hundreds of demonstrations across Brazil have attracted more than a million people protesting prices, government corruption and waste.

On Monday July 1 Brazilian ex-pats are holding their own demonstration in Sarasota to support the protesters and strikers.

It's at 6 p.m. at the corner of U.S. 41 and Gulfstream Ave.

We interviewed one of the organizers, Mica Martinelli.

"The protests starting in Brazil after...

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Dealing with the coyote influx in Sarasota County listen

03/25/13 Lauren Misa
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Coyote sightings are being reported in neighborhoods throughout Florida. There’s a free informational workshop Monday night in Sarasota to inform the public on how to coexist with coyotes. Carrie Nelson is a wildlife specialist in Sarasota County.

"Coyotes are found throughout the state of Florida and we also have a presence of them in Sarasota County. People have been reporting coyotes in their neighborhoods a little bit more commonly lately and so we wanted to hold a workshop to educate...

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Proposed Sarasota bicycle and pedestrian plan listen

02/25/13 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This month Sarasota County is holding several meetings to present a draft plan for bicycle and pedestrian routes. People who attend can comment on the new draft plan.

It’s part of an initiative for Sarasota to have a safer, more effective transportation system. Beth Rozansky, Sarasota County transportation planner says community safety is the number one topic on everyone's mind.

“Similar to what a lot of other communities identified when they went out for outreach on plans, the number...

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Some transit officials want lawmakers to support gas tax hike listen

02/22/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Some transit officials want the Florida legislature to let localities increase their local gas tax as much as ten cents per gallon. A Sarasota planning official suggested several possible ways to boost revenue during the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority meeting Friday in Tampa.

Michael Howe, executive director for the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization is pushing for a 2-cent increase to local gas taxes every year for the next five ...

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Some residents fighting proposed Walmart in Sarasota listen

01/08/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Some residents in Sarasota are fighting against a proposed Walmart; they got a boost in their efforts Monday night when the City Commission agreed to hold a new hearing, even though the planning board approved the site plan in November. Jerry Sparkman is a local architect who opposes the Walmart.

"Walmart has proposed a new super center on ...

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Debbie Terry talks about Sarasota's upcoming Fabulous Independent Film Festival

08/16/12 Debbie Terry/Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Debbie Terry talked about Sarasota's LGBT themed Fabulous Independent Film Festival coming to Burns Court Cinema on August 18 & 19. The festival, which includes 12 films and 3 parties, is a Broken Rules Production in association with and benefiting the Harvey Milk Festival, a Sarasota non-profit.

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Sarasota Schools get hefty health insurance refund compliments of the Affordable Care Act listen

08/09/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Sarasota County Schools are getting $800,000 back from their health insurance provider because of the new federal healthcare law. The rebate from Blue Cross and Blue Shield could have an impact on the district’s overall budget by mitigating potential tax increases. Al Weidner, deputy chief financial officer for Sarasota schools, said there’s no way to know for sure, but he’s hopeful the Affordable Care Act will continue to drive healthcare costs down for employees and the district.

“I p...

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