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Bill Nelson supports health care reconciliation package listen

03/24/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Florida’s senior U.S. Senator, Democrat Bill Nelson, says he will vote for the package of health care reform fixes passed Sunday by the House. Nelson says the reform will “improve the lives of tens of millions of Americans”

*“I want to say that this reconciliation bill deepens and extends the promise of health-care reform and the health care reform bill that was signed into law just yesterday. … Therefore, despite its flaws, I will vote to pass this legislation.”*

Despite wh...

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A New Report Outlines How Much Oil Is In Florida Waters Off The Gulf Of Mexico

03/24/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Next up- Frank Alcock is a professor of political science at New College in Sarasota. He teaches about, among other things, sustainable development. He's the co-author of a new report on oil drilling in Florida's waters 3-10 miles offshore. The report was prepared by the Collins Center and the Century Commission for a Sustainable Florida. The report has conclusions that will support and anger all sides of the debate on expanded oil drilling.

FMI http://www.collinscenter.org

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Pulitzer Prize Winning Columnist Cynthi Tucker On The Decline Of Civility In Washington

03/24/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll hear from Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper columnist Cynthia Tucker. We’ll talk about the mood in Washington after a year of the Obama presidency… and later—how much oil is in the Gulf of Mexico in areas that are close to Florida’s shores? We’ll talk about that with the author of a new study on oil drilling in the Gulf.

But first some listener comments about yesterday’s program. On the second part of yesterdayâ€...

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Bean and Lee placed on paid leave listen

03/23/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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After weeks of spirited debate, the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners has finally made a decision on the issue of whether to fire two highly-paid county staffers. The administrator and attorney were placed on paid leave this afternoon.

Today’s discussion of an issue that has captured headlines for weeks has been put to rest – for now. The question of whether or not to fire County Administrator Pat Bean and County Attorney Renee Lee for possible records law violation will have...

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12 attorneys general join McCollum to sue over health reform law listen

03/23/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This afternoon, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum filed a lawsuit against the federal government. He was joined by the attorneys general of 12 other states. They allege the health care reform law signed today by President Barack Obama is unconstitutional.

In our judgment and the judgment of twelve other state attorney generals [sic] is unconstitutional and invades the sovereignty of state. … The freedoms of Americans … were impaired by this bill and...

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The sexual trafficking of young women

03/23/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Our guest for this segment is former Congresswoman Linda Smith, who founded Shared Hope International to fight sex-trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

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The future of water availability and desalination in Florida listen

03/23/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Yesterday was World Water Day. We brought you the first half of an interview with Sandra Postel, an international water expert and the National Geographic Freshwater Fellow in 2010.

Today, in part two, Postel speaks about how Florida is affected by water issues.

The Apr...

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Tampa locals speak out on the new Health Bill listen

03/22/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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With the health care bill passing the U.S. House last night, many Republicans are outraged, Democrats are encouraged, and some don’t seem to really know anything about the bill. Today, WMNF asked students and Tampa locals what they thought about the bill outside the Marshall Center at the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus.

*I think it’s a good thing, just because so many people are uninsured i...

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Environmental activist promotes feed-in tariffs

03/22/10 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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On today’s Sustainable Living program, our first guest was a member of the Gulf Coast Conservancy, an environmental advocacy group located in Pasco County. Presently, they’re fighting the development of some of Florida’s last remaining natural coastline, called Southwest Harbor Towne. This item will be voted on by the Pasco County Commission this coming Tuesday, March 23, 2010.

Next up, we were honored to have Randy Hayes, founder of the Rainforest Action Network, joining the pro...

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Pinellas to Launch Transit Task Force listen

03/22/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As a penny transit tax referendum inches closer to the November ballot in Hillsborough County, some might wonder how, or even if, the rest of the Tampa Bay region is going to tackle public transit. Today, officials met in Largo to discuss a possible transit overhaul in Pinellas. They announced the formation of a task force to help make this idea a reality. Florida’s most densely populated county may have a thing or two to learn from another auto-dependen...

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Anti-war protesters hit the streets in Englewood, too listen

03/22/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The protests at MacDill Air Force Base were not the only anti-war rallies on the seventh anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

In Englewood, Florida, about 30 miles south of Sarasota, two people stood on corners of a busy intersection Saturday holding signs against the war.

Dick Nelson is with Englewood Peace Coalition.

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Veterans for Peace protests the 7th Anniversary of the Iraq War listen

03/22/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Military supporters flocked to see the Blue Angels fighter jets swoop and soar around MacDill Air Force Base for the annual air show. But dozens of people gathered near the base to protest the war in Iraq, a country that the US invaded seven years ago.

With traffic to the air show backed up for miles, the anti-war protesters took the opportunity to display their message to hundreds of passing cars.

Sonic booms, honking horn...

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World Water Day focused on important natural resource listen

03/22/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A United Nations report out today says that polluted water kills more people than all violence and war combined.

The report, called “Sick Water?” was released on World Water Day by the U.N. Environment Program.

One finding of the report is that three liters of water are needed to make just one liter of bottled water. The bottled-water industry in the United States uses...

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Bill allowing corporate logos on license plates advances in Florida Legislature listen

03/19/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today, a Florida Senate panel approved two bills that would reduce annual license plate fees by $6 and give drivers the choice to save even more if they purchase a tag with a corporate logo.

The bill is sponsored by Republican Senator Mike Fasano.

*Last year, because there was a deficit, the Legislature had to deal with that, and ...

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EPA won't set estuary pollution standards until 2011 listen

03/19/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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On Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it’s not going to enforce key pollution restrictions in the state’s estuaries. That is, not until next year.

In 2008, several environmental groups sued the EPA, claiming it wasn’t enforcing the Clean Water Act in the Sunshine State. As a result, it developed standards for the amount of nitrogen and phosphorous that can flow into Florida’s lakes, rivers and e...

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