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Wednesday July 23, 2014

Does Gay Marriage impose significant public harm to the people of Florida?

Does Gay Marriage impose significant public harm to the people of Florida?

Florida’s attorney general says it does. According to the Associated Press: The attorney general of Florida says in court documents that recognizing same sex marriages performed in other states would "impose significant public harm."

Eight gay couples and the American Civil Liberties Union have sued the state in federal court. The lawsuit argues Florida is discriminating against the couples by not recognizing sam...

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Emissions from TECO's Big Bend power plant in Apollo Beach can be seen on this clear, chilly day in January 2010.

photo by Seán Kinane.

EPA proposal could phase out coal-fired power plants by implementing CO2 emission regulations

The Environmental Protection Agency rolled out a plan Monday to cut carbon emissions by almost 40% in Florida and 30% nationally in the next 16 years. The Clean Power Plan is part of President Barack Obama’s initiative to reduce pollution linked to climate change. A spokesperson for the Sierra Club, Jenna Garland, says the proposed rule is a longtime coming.

“We are already experiencing the effects of a destabilized climate and here in Florida with water quality issues, water availability...

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Activist dissects Florida's congressional redistricting process

The hearing to determine whether or not lawmakers violated the 2010 Fair Districts amendment in Florida when they re-drew congressional districts in 2012 continues this week.

The state is being sued by some individuals and the League of Women Voters. They allege lawmakers intentionally drew district lines to favor incumbents or political parties. If a judge rules in favor of the plaintiffs, lawmakers could have to go back to the drawing board.

WMNF's Janelle Irwin spoke with Progress ...

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Tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou

We played an excerpt from Maya Angelou's 'Academy of Achievement' speech; her inauguration poem, On the Pulse of the Morning; a reading of Touched by an Angel (totally not the tv show!); Peas & Rice, off her Miss Calypso album; and Gil Scott Heron's The Revolution Will Not be Televised; Alicia Keys' Caged Bird; and started off with Jimmy Scott's version of the Talking Heads' Heaven.

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Solar roadways: bad idea or awesome technology?

A married couple who are both engineers have been developing solar panels that could be used as roadways. The panels would contain LED lights so paint wouldn't be necessary. A viral YouTube video also points out the panels could be used on any surface. So recreational parks could have a solar basketball court that could turn into a tennis court or hopscotch with basically the flip of a switch. And, they're solar panels.

Sounds pretty nifty. What's the hold up?

Aerospace engineer Tony Ra...

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Emergency vehicles will be on display at MOSI for the 2014 Hurricane Expo.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Emergency responders push preparedness at 2014 Hurricane Expo

Hurricane season starts Sunday and emergency responders in Hillsborough County are asking residents to be prepared. The 2014 Hurricane Expo at the Museum of Science and Industry is Saturday and will offer resources to stay safe if a storm hits.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts 8-13 named storms this year with one or two being major. Even though that’s considered a below average p...

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The Nation sports editor on legacy of Malcolm Glazer

The owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Malcolm Glazer, died this week. But his influence goes beyond the Tampa Bay area; Glazer also owned of one of the most popular soccer clubs in the world, Manchester United in England, which put him under a microscope.

Friday WMNF asked the sports editor of The Nation magazine, Dave Zirin, what Glazer’s legacy will be.

We’ll hear more from Zirin next week in an interview about protests in Brazil before the upcoming World Cup tournament.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott touts commitment to small business at a Tampa Spanish market.

photo by Janelle Irwin

FL Gov. Rick Scott touts commitment to small business during campaign stop in Tampa

Florida Governor Rick Scott swung by a locally-owned Spanish market in Tampa Friday to tout his commitment to small businesses. The campaign stop doubled as a commercial shoot.

The immigrant-owned M&D Market on West Hillsborough Avenue has about five aisles, a meat counter, a small refrigerated section and a whole lot of produce. Scott filed into the store to a boom of cheers from Cuban, Venezualan and Mexican-Americans. He started his speech in Spanish.

“We’ve cut taxes about 40 times...

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Veterans chat with local employers in search of civilian jobs

photo by Janelle Irwin, WMNF file photo 2014

VA head Shinseki resigns while veterans' health care issues simmer

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned amid widespread troubles in the VA health care system.

President Barack Obama said he accepted the resignation during a meeting Friday morning in the Oval Office.

Shinseki had faced mounting calls to step down from lawmakers in both major parties. In this audio provided by his office, Democratic Florida Senator Bill Nelson applauds Shinseki for resigning.

“He did the right thing, and he’s putting his country first. This is a stro...

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First Solar Housing HQ near Kennedy and Willow street in Tampa's Hyde Park

Pinellas County to welcome largest commercial solar power system in Florida

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with local businessman, Scott McIntyre who is at the forefront of the solar revolution. His company Solar Energy Management of Tampa was awarded the largest commercial solar power system to be installed on the roof of the new Great Bay Distributors buildings in St Pete. It will be a 1.5 Megawatt American made Suniva paneled system with American SMA inverters.



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