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The ocean as power plant listen

10/08/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last month at the University of South Florida, researchers from around the state gathered to discuss all types of renewable energies. Compared with some other technologies, energy from the ocean energy is undeveloped but shows potential.

Commercial ocean energy harvesting systems do not exist today. Many efforts are underway around the world, but there is no unifying infrastructure in the United States or abroad to support wider technology development.

At the Center for Ocean Energy Te...

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Tampa native helps form Akilah Institute for Women in Rwanda listen

10/08/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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About a million people were killed during 1994 in the African country of Rwanda. But a woman from Tampa is trying to make life better for women in that country. Elizabeth Davis is helping to shape the Akilah Institute for Women in Rwanda.

Elizabeth Davis: "I grew up in Tampa and moved to Rwanda right after I graduated from university a couple of years ago. And we are setting up the Akilah Institute for Women to provide education and training for women in ...

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Hillsborough Commissioners vote to not sue Kevin White listen

10/07/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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An attempt by Hillsborough County Commissioner Rose Ferlita to have the commission sue her colleague Kevin White failed today in an evenly-divided vote. The Commission voted 3-3 against Ferlita’s motion to bring a suit against White to compel him pay part of the fees owed because of a sexual harassment verdict.

Ferlita stated, "Between the county's attorney's fee ... the amount to be paid to the plaintiff, over 400k, that have been currently paid, we there still is 7k plus from the Appel...

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Highlands County says no to military training facility listen

10/07/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A proposed private military training facility has been rejected by the Highlands County Commission. As we reported earlier this week, proponents of the planned Eagle National Security Training Center hoped to change zoning to allow it in the rural community of Venus, Florida, near Lake Okeechobee. But after 11 hours of public hearing, all five Highlands County Commissioners voted against...

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President Clinton speaks in Sarasota listen

10/07/09 Virginia Hoffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Former President Clinton visited Sarasota last Wednesday as the kick-off speaker for the Ringling College Library Association Town Hall series.

Standing in a packed hall, Clinton joked that he had second thoughts about speaking in a hostile political territory. He said today's political battles are not new.

Clinton then moved to the core philosophy that motivates him, and warned about the dangers of news dependence.

He continued to encourage civil action, saying that cynicism is a co...

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Veterans Reintegration

10/06/09 Mark Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The University of South Florida held a forum on the issues surrounding the integration of veterans back into society this morning. Retired U.S. Marine Corps General Martin Steele presented his views on the challenges facing returning veterans.

General Steele started his military career as a private in Vietnam, rising to the rank of Lieutenant General, and subsequently served as President and CEO of the Intrepid Air and Space Museum in New York City. Steele said that Iraq and Afghanis...

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SWFWMD hosts district-wide open house listen

10/06/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In a district-wide open house last Thursday night, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) solicited input from the public about possible lands the district should acquire for protection, management, and restoration.

Only a handful of citizens attended the meeting and voiced concerns about local and regional land acquisition. SWFWMD’s Eric Sutton points out how public funds are used to purchase land.

“Through documentary stamp taxes, l...

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African vs American Journalism at USF St Pete listen

10/06/09 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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On Saturday, USF faculty and students met with 17 African journalists from 13 different countries for a weekend-long event at the Vinoy Hotel in St. Petersburg, to discuss the differences between African and American journalism.

Robert Dardenne is an award-winning journalist and head of the journalism department at USF St. Petersburg. He may seem successful and powerful now, but he’ll tell you that money isn’t the reason people go into journalism. Robert Clark is a journalist for St...

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Martina Navratilova lawsuit could assist in separation rights of LGBT couples listen

10/05/09 Mark Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Toni Layton, the former long-term partner of tennis great Martina Navratilova, recently filed suit in Sarasota County, seeking a share of the couple’s earnings and assets as compensation for her contributions during their 8-year relationship. The case involving the 9-time Wimbledon’s Women’s tennis singles winner could pave a way to provide legal protection for the breakup of long term same sex marriages in Florida, where such marriages are not legally recognized.

The couple were ...

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Military training facility could be approved in rural Highlands County listen

10/05/09 Robert Lorei
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tomorrow morning the Highlands County Commission will hold a public hearing on a controversial proposal to build a private military training facility near Venus, Florida, about sixty miles southeast of Tampa.

A private company called The Eagle National Security Training Center wants to build a 6,000 foot long runway; 100,000 square feet of classrooms and offices; 40,000 square feet of military style “shoot houses” and housing for more than 1200 people.

Eagle says the priv...

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Solar home tour spotlights renewable energy listen

10/05/09 Carson Frame
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Saturday, USF’s Clean Energy Research Center brought the ASES National Solar Tour to Tampa. The tour is an annual event aimed at educating the public about solar technologies and energy innovation. Carson Frame reports.

The American Solar Energy Society Solar Tour is the largest grassroots solar event in the U.S. The program kicked off at USF’s Research Park with energy authorities explaining the details of solar photovoltaic technology. Dr. Lee Stefanakos, director of the Clean Ene...

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Supreme Court rejects ACLU challenge to Pledge requirement listen

10/05/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Today the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal to review a state law requiring public school students to say the Pledge of Allegiance every day unless they have written permission from a parent.

WMNF spoke with Randall Marshall, legal director of the ACLU of Florida, the group that filed the appeal.

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University of Tampa hosts Annual Women's Conference This Weekend listen

10/02/09 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today at the University of Tampa, the Florida Consortium for Women’s and Gender studies held their annual conference. The first panel of the three day conference was on Women and Health.

Jennifer Ellerman is a women’s studies graduate student; Women and Health is a topic she is quite familiar with. This afternoon Ellerman presented her paper, “Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: An Exploration of Experience and Contestation of Knowledge.” The paper was prompted by Ellerman’s own exper...

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2009 Florida Energy Services Consortium listen

10/02/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The 2009 Florida Energy Consortium Summit was held at the University of South Florida on Wednesday. It was organized to bring together energy experts in the State University System of Florida to share their energy-related research findings and promote future collaboration.

Dr. Yogi Goswami is a chemical engineering professor and co-director for the Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) at University of South Florida. He is doing research alongside CERC director Elias Stefanakos on Solar The...

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Deadlock kills Baywalk privatization listen

10/01/09 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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After a hearing that lasted nearly six hours, the St. Petersburg City Council voted 4-4 to reject an ordinance that would have privatized the sidewalk that lines the front portion of Baywalk.

Councilmember Herb Polson cast the final “no” vote on an ordinance that would have in effect barred protesters from demonstrating at the public entryway to the ailing shopping center. The site, once symbolic of Downtown St. Pete’s revival, has recently come to symbolize the disconnect between f...

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