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Thursday July 31, 2014

Medicinal marijuana debated at Suncoast Tiger Bay club

Is Medical Marijuana an illicit drug? If Florida voters approve Amendment Two in November, will the Department of Health be able to regulate its distribution, and what consequences will Floridians suffer if loopholes in its legislation arise? Members of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club gathered in St. Petersburg Wednesday to ask these questions.

Lana Beck of the Drug Free America Foundation opposes the amendment.

“But I’d like to leave you with just asking if you would please read the a...

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ACLU of Florida sues city of Sarasota over police cell phone surveillance

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks to ACLU's Michael Barfield about police surveillance in Sarasota. The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is suing the city of Sarasota for information from the police department about cell phone surveillance equipment called StingRay.

The StingRay devices are used by law enforcement to get cell phone signals and track the movements of phones.They often capture innocent bystanders, and legal questions about the technology are being raised acro...

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Tampa Bay Estuary Program executive director Holly Greening annonces 2014 funding for environmental restoration projects.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Tampa Bay environmental projects get $625,000 funding boost

Water and habitat restoration in Tampa Bay are getting a $625,000 boost this year. The Tampa Bay Estuary Program announced nine projects during a press conference at Clam Bayou in St. Petersburg Tuesday. Holly Greening, executive director for the program said despite continuing need for water quality improvements, Tampa Bay is the cleanest and clearest it’s been since the 1950s.

“We’ve got over 18 projects now that we’ve been able to fund over the last two years through the environmental ...

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Emissions from smokestacks at TECO's Big Bend plant in Hillsborough County

photo by Sean Kinane, WMNF 2010

EPA reveals plans to cut power plant carbon emissions by close to 40% in Florida

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei opens the phone lines to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency plan 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 Obama’s initiative to reduce pollution linked to climate change.

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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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