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Southern water battle waged in Washington

11/02/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday, the governors of Florida, Georgia and Alabama met in Washington, D.C., with federal officials to craft an interim solution to a long-standing water dispute.

A severe drought in the southeast United States has contributed to decreasing water levels in Lake Lanier, a source of much of metropolitan Atlanta’s drinking water. Water from that north Georgia reservoir is also released into the Chattahoochee River and flows downstream to the Flint River and the Apalachicola River in Fl...

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Water war could affect Apalachicola, Gulf of Mexico

11/01/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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In northern Georgia a large, manmade lake at the center of a political battle over how to distribute water resources between Florida, Georgia and Alabama.

The area near Atlanta is experiencing the region's worst drought in decades.

Lake Lanier is the beginning of a a hydrologic eco-system that feeds the booming city of Atlanta about an hour's drive to the south. Some enviromentalists and people living downstream from Atlanta criticize the city, alleging that the city is consuming more t...

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Report: One in four Floridians under 65 are uninsured listen

11/01/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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One quarter of all Floridians under the age of 65 do not have health insurance, according to U.S. Census Bureau data citied in a report released on Monday by the Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board. The Board advises the Legislature and several executive departments on health insurance issues.

Based on 2006 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, there are more than 3.8 million Floridians without health insurance out of a total of 18.1 million. The total number of people in Florida without hea...

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Tampa to crack down on Ybor parking lots listen

11/01/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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As Ybor City continues to struggle to become a vibrant entertainment district, neighborhood associations and local businesses have cited a consistent source of trouble: some unpaved parking lots, most south of 7th Avenue.

Earlier this year, the Tampa City Council directed city staff to look at those parking lots to determine if they are under proper code.

Many of them are not, according to Laurie Moreda the city’s Land Development Department manager.

The Council directed city staff...

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Air America host: How politicians can communicate better listen

11/01/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Talk show host Thom Hartmann's daily radio show is broadcast throughout the country on Air America radio. He's also a four-time Project Censored award winning New York Times best-selling author.

His new book is called, Cracking The Code: How to Win Hearts, Change Minds, and Restore America's Original Vision. In it, he describes how politicians can employ certain communication techniques to be more effective in persuading others.

WMNF spoke with Thom Hartmann yesterday, and began by ...

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Florida Supreme Court: Lethal injection is not cruel

11/01/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Florida Supreme Court today ruled unanimously that the state’s procedure for carrying out execution by lethal injection does not conflict with the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

The ruling may clear the wary for the execution scheduled this month of Mark Dean Schwab, one of two inmates who have challenged the way Florida administers lethal injections to condemned prisoners. The other is Ian Deco Lightbourne.

The issue is also under review by the U.S. Su...

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Tampa City Council wants to discuss who speaks for city listen

11/01/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last week, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio wrote to members of the Hillsborough state Legislative delegation, informing them that she does not support a City Council proposal to have Tampa given representation on the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission.

The letter upset Councilwoman Mary Mulhern, who had made the proposal earlier this year after the County Commission attempted to dismantle the EPC’s wetlands protection division. Mulhern’s colleagues backed her motion at the t...

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