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World Refugee Day to be celebrated in Tampa Bay area this weekend listen

06/18/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This weekend is World Refugee Day. As the name implies, it's a day to recognize people who seek refuge when they’ve been forced to leave their homes because of violence or persecution. There will be events in Tampa Bay tomorrow to celebrate World Refugee Day.

Janet Blair is the region’s community liaison for Refugee Services with the Department of Children and Families.

“It’s a great opportunity to meet some of our new neighbors.”

Here's a list of events

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Three feet of muck lines portions of Tampa Bay floor listen

06/18/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Right now there may not be any crude lapping onto the shores of Tampa Bay, but water quality here has certainly seen better days, especially in the bay’s upper parts. A thick layer of muck covers much of the bottom of upper Tampa Bay, but scientists say there are a couple of easy fixes.

It’s shaping up to be a scorcher as Ed Sherwood, a scientist with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, drops what looks like a solid metal trap into the waters of Old Tampa Bay. It’s attached to a long rope...

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Kathy Castor takes on BP CEO Tony Hayward listen

06/17/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In the hearings on Capitol Hill, Tampa-area U.S. Representative Kathy Castor questioned BP CEO Tony Hayward. She asked why, with the frequent number of accidents, he claimed an accident is a one-in-a-million event.

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Howard Troxler on corruption in Tallahasssee

06/17/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Our next guest, Howard Troxler, has been writing a lot recently about corruption in state government. He joins us now to talk about the Public Service Commission, political donations, and recent scandals involving politicians, donors and political operatives.

You can contact Troxler at htroxler@sptimes.com.

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Special Places in Florida could be threatened by BP oil blowout part 2 listen

06/17/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last night we brought you the first half of our interview with Stephen Saunders, president of the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization. That group, along with the Natural Resources Defense Council, has released a new report called "Special Places at Risk in the Gulf: Effects of the BP Oil Catastrophe." It identifies fifteen areas that coul...

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Poor Peoples Campaign fights racism and Whirlpool in Michigan listen

06/17/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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As WMNF reported last week, The Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign is in the midst of a 12-week, 24-city march. The march begins in the Mississippi Delta and ends in Detroit, where the US Social Forum begins next week. A contingent of homeless from the Tampa Bay area is with the march, which is now making its way across Michigan. WMNF's Kelly Benjamin is travelling with the group and brings us this report from Benton Harbor.

The town of Benton Harbor in South East Michigan has se...

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Greg Palast on BP (Part II) listen

06/16/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Since the blowout at Deepwater Horizon, it has been revealed that the companies involved in the well’s operation had been less than diligent when it comes to safety regulation.

Investigative journalist Greg Palast has known this for some time. Palast investigated the Exxon Valdez disaster for a community of native Alaskans and found that BP had a hand in it. He wrote about his experience for http://buzzflash.com. WMNF’s Kate Bradshaw recently spoke with Palast, who said that BP prefe...

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Hillsborough BOCC fires Bean with cause listen

06/16/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In a six to one vote today, the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners opted to fire County Administrator Pat Bean with cause. It was one of three options attorney Robert McCrea presented to the commissioners, and it was the least costly.

But McCrea warned the board that the option may cost more in the long run.

The other two options were terminating without cause, which would have given Bean more than 450,000 dollars in severance pay. It would allow her to resign yet still remain ...

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Gulf Oil Spill Community Forum Discusses Long-Term Impacts listen

06/16/10 Allie Wilkinson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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More than 900 people crowded into the Palladium Theater last night to hear scientists, politicians, media experts and industry leaders discuss America’s largest, ongoing environmental disaster. WMNF’s Allie Wilkinson reports from St. Petersburg.

Nearly two months to the day since oil started seeping into the Gulf of Mexico the Tampa Bay community came together to discuss the long term implications and solutions relating to the spill. Chuanmin Hu, an Associate Professor at the College...

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BP will contribute $20 billion to Gulf recovery escrow fund listen

06/16/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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President Barack Obama met today with officials from BP and announced that the company would put aside $20 billion to pay economic damages associated with the Gulf oil disaster.

“Currently, under federal law, there is a $75 million cap on how much oil companies could under certain circumstances be required to pay for economic damages resulting from spills such as this. That amount would clearly be insufficient. That is why I am pleased to announce that BP has agreed to set aside $20 bil...

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Should BP Be Criminally Prosecuted For The Oil Disaster?

06/16/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Should BP be held criminally liable for the deaths and damage in the Gulf in the wake of the DH exposion? Our next guest says yes. he is RUSSELL MOKHIBER, http://www.corporatecrimereporter.com Mokhiber is editor of Corporate Crime Reporter. He said today: "BP is a recidivist corporate criminal. BP has three convictions and one deferred prosecution agreement in the last ten years. In his speech [Tuesday night] Obama did not once mention the words 'crime,' 'criminal' or 'justice.' Why not?...

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Unspoiled: Writer's Speak for Florida's Coast

06/16/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good afternoon, I'm Rob Lorei. First up today we'll hear the last portion of the Bookbabes program- which, because of a technical problem, we were unable to bring you earlier.

Now we'll hear from Susan Cerulean who is the editor of a collection of essays written by prominent Florida journalists, novelists and poets UNSPOILED: WRITERS SPEAK FOR FLORIDA'S COAST.

FMI: Friday June 18 , 2010 @ 7 PM

Join us for this timely book release event at Studio 620 to benefit the Suncoast Seabird Sa...

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In first Oval Office speech Obama calls for independent oil spill claims fund listen

06/16/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In his first prime-time address from the Oval Office, President Barack Obama attempted to reassure the American people about the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. In his 17-minute speech, Obama referred to what he called the “battle plan” to cap the gusher, clean up the environment, and help put Gulf residents back to work. But because of the BP oil disaster, Obama says many people in Louisiana, Mi...

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Special places in Gulf could be threatened by BP oil blowout - part 1 listen

06/16/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A new report called "Special Places at Risk in the Gulf: Effects of the BP Oil Catastrophe" identifies fifteen areas that could be threatened by oil gushing from BP’s rig. The report was prepared by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization. Stephen Saunders is president of the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization.

Tune in tomorrow when we bring you the [second half](http://www.wmnf.org/news_stor...

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Congress grills oil execs listen

06/15/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Executives from top energy companies testified before a congressional committee today on the safety of offshore drilling operations. Members of the House did not go easy on them.

US Representative Joseph Cao, a Republican from New Orleans, had some rather harsh words for BP America CEO Lamar McKay, who sat before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce looking pale, tired and defeated.

Earlier in the hearing, Representative Clif Stearns, a Republican from Central Florida, told McKay ...

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