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Wednesday July 8, 2015

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5 years later, effects from the BP oil spill still felt in the Gulf today

Monday is the 5th anniversary of the BP oil spill that devastated The Gulf of Mexico's ecosystems and the coastal economies that depended on them. Raleigh Hoke of the Gulf Restoration Network, an environmental coalition focused on the continued clean-up of the Gulf, says that despite what BP would like the public to think, there are still lingering effects of the oil spill on the Gulf waters today. The Network will be organizing a series of protests and events over the weekend leading up to t...

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Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St.Petersburg).


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Should law enforcement departments keep the spoils from seized money and property?

A Florida Senate committee is considering a bill by St. Petersburg Republican Senator Jeff Brandes to direct money and property seized by police to charities instead of to the law enforcement agency itself.

Thursday morning in the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Republican Senator Joe Negron supported Brandes’ bill.

An amendment by Tampa Democratic Senator Arthenia Joyner attempted to keep seized assets in the hands of law enforcement.

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New pesticides pose risks to environment and farmworkers

Jeannie Economos, pesticide safety coordinator for the Farmworker Association of Florida, discusses the environmental and health effects of heavy pesticides in agriculture and residential use. Economos names herbicide glyphosate, commercially known as Roundup, as a particularly toxic offender that has been linked to groundwater contamination and health problems in humans. She also points out new fumigant Paladin, which contains ozone-depleting chemical Methyl Bromide, that has led to [numerou...

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Florida state Senator Arthenia Joyner campaigns for Barack Obama in 2008 in Tampa.


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Florida Senate committee advances abortion waiting period bill

A Florida Senate committee advanced a bill Wednesday that would require women seeking an abortion to wait 24-hours; the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected an amendment by Tampa Senator Arthenia Joyner (D) that would have waived the waiting period in cases like rape or incest. Democratic Senator Darren Soto questioned the bill’s sponsor, Republican Anitere Flores, about the constitutionality of the waiting period.

Like in a previous committee stop, time constraints led to many members of t...

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Fight for $15 on the steps of St Pete City Hall


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Workers strike and rally in St. Petersburg demanding higher minimum wage

Food food workers, home health care workers, adjunct professors and many other types of workers walked off the job today in St. Petersburg and around the country. The Fight for $15 movement, advocating a $15 an hour minimum wage, took their grievance to the steps of Saint Pete City Hall.

Fast food workers at Burger King started the day long events in South Saint Petersburg by walking out at 6 this morning. The grassroots organization, Fight for $15, four hours late...

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War tax refusers redirect money to civil improvement, and corporations that pay next to nothing in taxes

On this April 15 edition of Radioactivity, we talk about taxes.

Bill Ramsey is an anti-war activist and war tax refuser, one who rejects paying the federal income tax in protest of the use of those funds in military and war efforts . He has participated in peace and social justice movements since the Vietnam War. He has resisted the war tax for just as long, an act that had once landed him in jail for 30 days. Today he works for [Conscience and Military Tax Campaign Escrow Fund](http://n...

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The Craftmans House Event


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Report: offshore banking by big business puts the tax burden on the rest of us

A couple loopholes are closing for US multinationals and other big businesses who hold their money in offshore tax havens. Tuesday afternoon at a conference in St Pete a report was released in which companies in the US, particularly Florida, are the beneficiaries these and other corporate tax breaks. A group of small business owners are fed up with big business tax breaks.

The report claims that the US loses roughly $110 billion in tax revenue because of offshore banking by large corporati...

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Sex, Politics, and Putin: Political Legitimacy in Russia by Valerie Sperling


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Author Valerie Sperling discuss the sexuality and gender politics of Vladimir Putin's regime

Today we speak with Clark University political science professor Valerie Sperling. She is the author of Sex, Politics, and Putin, which explores the gender politics of Vladimir Putin's reign in Russia and how he leverages stereotypical concepts of masculinity to legitimize his power. This includes images of Putin as a rugged outdoorsman, a fearless firefighter, and object of adoration...

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EcoFest Tampa

On today’s Sustainable Living Program we had three guests that will be speaking at this year’s Earth Day EcoFest Celebration this coming Saturday at Lowry Park in Tampa. We talked about composting with a last semester student at the USF Patel College of Sustainability, Ericka Leigh. Florida Friendly Landscaping was the second topic and David Bracciano, Tampa Bay Water’s Demand Management Coordinator joined us. Our last topic was “Using Your Natural Environment and Garden to Create a Sense of ...

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Floridians opposed offshore drilling in this Hands Across the Sand protest on Treasure Island in 2013.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

USF researcher looks back at five years of impacts on Gulf of BP disaster

Five years ago this month the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico; in this WMNF MidPoint conversation we spoke with a professor of Marine Science at USF and took calls and texts from listeners.

Professor Steve Murawski from the University of South Florida College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg. Murawski studies population dynamics and Marine ecosystem analysis and is studying the effects of the BP oil disaster on the health of the Gulf of Mexico. He spoke about h...

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