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Florida gulf oil blowout

05/08/10 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Riki Ott, who holds a PhD in marine biology with an expertise in oil pollution and a former commercial fisher-woman, discussed the recent explosion and continuing leakage of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Ott is the author of Not One Drop, which discusses her experience of living and fishing in the straits of Alaska before, during, and after the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Riki with her academic and personal experience is in a unique position to observe and give ad...

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The ultrasound bill

05/08/10 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Barbara Zdravecky, the executive director of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, discussed HB 1143 which forces physicians to perform ultrasounds and forces women to listen to the description of the ultrasound. This bill was never vetted through a committee nor allowed to be open to public comment.

Planned Parenthood is urging people to become informed and notify Governor Crist at 850/488-4441 or fax him at 850/487-0801 or Email Charli...

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Kris Radish

05/08/10 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Kris Radish, the author of six published works including The Shortest Distance Between Two Women, discussed her latest work Hearts on a String.

Kris, who now resides in Florida, delved into the emotions of five very different women who are thrown together by chance and bad weather in Tampa,Florida and find they have more in common then they ever could have imagined.

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Richard Heinberg on Peak Oil listen

05/07/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This week WMNF has been speaking to leading figures in the field of Peak Oil and asking them to add context to the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico. WMNF spoke with Richard Heinberg on the implications of the spill and the future of deep sea oil drilling.

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BP Oil blowout has Florida’s Nature Coast nervous listen

05/07/10 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Hundreds of thousands of gallons of black gold gush unabated daily since BP’s Horizon Discovery Oil rig blew up near New Orleans.

WMNF reports from Cedar Key on Florida's Nature Coast.

Cedar Key Mayor Sue Colson is mad as heck over the lack of communication she has seen from BP Oil and Federal officials.

Mayor Colson’s city has endured many disasters in its time: the No-Name storm of '93, the banning of net fishing in '95 and the disappearance of the Shrimp fleet. But nothin...

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Behind "Drill, Baby, Drill" listen

05/07/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said the Gulf oil spill makes it impossible to pass climate legislation. The bill is ostensibly aimed at curbing carbon emissions. Graham said there aren't nearly the 60 votes needed to pass it because of a provision for extended offshore drilling.

That law would have dealt with U.S. waters, but the idea of drilling off [Florida](h...

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Sen Bill Nelson visits oil spill incident command post in St Pete listen

05/07/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In order to respond to effects on the West Coast of Florida from the BP oil blowout, federal, state and local agencies have established an incident command post in St. Petersburg. Representatives from BP, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and the U.S. Coast Guard, are among the groups stationed at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute on the campu...

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St Petersburg Alcohol Sales Extended One Hour listen

05/06/10 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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St. Petersburg’s one hundred or more bars and restaurants can keep bar tabs going until three in the morning, thanks to a vote by the city council today. The ordinance to allow sales of alcoholic beverages from 2 a.m. until 3 a.m. passed in a 6-2 vote. Supporters of the ordinance spoke about the increase in revenue and better competition with Tampa. Duffy Iorio has bartended in downtown St. Peters...

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Veterans from Operation Free want less dependence on foreign oil listen

05/06/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A small group of military veterans is traveling the country and taking out television ads to convince Americans to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Robin Eckstein and Matt Victoriano from Operation Free are in Tampa to stress how climate change threatens national security.

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Two state legislators urge special session on drilling ban listen

05/06/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today, two state lawmakers urged the governor to hold a special session to get a constitutional amendment on November’s ballot banning offshore drilling in state waters. But despite the timing of the proposal, the pro-drilling camp might still flex its muscle.

They couldn’t have picked a better time and place for such an announcement. The late morning sun and breeze were gentle on the grounds of the Trade Winds Resort in [St. Pete Beach](http://www.stpetebea...

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Organizing For America supports Obama's Wall Street reform plans

05/06/10 Robert Lorei
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Coming up today we'll hear from Ashley Walker, who is the state director of Organizing For America. Today the group held a series of demonstrations showing support for President Obama's plan for Wall Street reform.

The group says it's aims are to create strong consumer protections and to ensure that taxpayers will never again have to bail out Wall Street.

She joins us now to talk about what exactly is being debated in Washington.

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Digital billboards closer to reality in Tampa listen

05/06/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Digital billboards are one step closer to reality in Tampa. This morning, City Council passed a digital-billboard ordinance on first reading. Only two members voted against it, including Mary Mulhern, who wants the city to wait until after a safety study is released.

*This is much better than what it could have been, but it still — I don't think, there's no public benefit from this decision today. I don't think ther...

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Hills BOCC suports resident Gandy bypass opposition listen

05/05/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners voted to support efforts to stop a South Tampa road project many residents say they don’t want. The state wants to connect the Selmon Crosstown Expressway to the Gandy Bridge using an elevated roadway. Commission Chair Ken Hagan put the item on the agenda.

*Essentially the residents' and businesses' concerns that they have there range from aesthetic degradation ...

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Hills. BOCC opposes expanded oil drilling listen

05/05/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today, the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners adopted a resolution that opposes expanded offshore oil drilling. Earlier in the day, commissioners heard from several environmental activists, including Phil Compton of the Sierra Club, who said a smaller spill in the Timor Sea late last year shows that no amount of drilling is acceptable.

*Well, ac...

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Nelson says BP might not pay full economic damage of its oil leak listen

05/05/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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BP has reportedly begun to continually spray oil dispersant at the site of the Deepwater Horizon well blowout at an unprecedented depth. That the impact of these chemicals is not well known, but they could be hazardous.

Since the April 20 blast sent millions of gallons of oil gushing into the gulf, BP has unloaded at least 372,000 gallons of dispersant into the water. Researchers say the effec...

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