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Florida to get $3.25 billion from BP in Gulf oil disaster settlement listen

07/02/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: RESTORE Act, BP, BP oil spill, Gulf Oil Disaster, Gulf Restoration Network, Gulf of Mexico, Florida

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The Department of Justice, five Gulf of Mexico states – including Florida – and the oil company BP announced a major settlement Thursday; BP will pay $18.7 billion to settle fines and penalties for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.

The settlement includes Clean Water Act civil penalties, funds for projects to restore natural resources damages and money for economic damages claims.

Florida’s share will be about $3.25 billion. Tampa will get $27 million dollars, which is more than...

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How much danger do sharks pose to us here on Florida's West Coast? listen

07/02/15 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: shark attack, shark bite, global warming, finning, mercury

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In North Carolina there have been seven shark attacks in the past three weeks. In Florida there have been eleven shark "attacks:" this year. Our guest is one of the leading local scientists on the question of shark behavior and conservation. He is Dr. Robert E. Hueter, Associate Vice President for Research at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota and he is a Senior Scientist and Director of the Center for Shark Research at Mote. He's been a leader in shark conservation since 1988.

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The Biggest Myths About the Confederacy listen

07/01/15 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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First up today---author and professor emeritus JIM LOEWEN.

He has an op-ed in the Washington Post this morning called: Why do people believe myths about the Confederacy?

Loewen taught race relations for twenty years at the University of Vermont. He is the author of Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of ...

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Is the Federal Government Ignoring the Danger of Right Wing Terrorism? listen

06/30/15 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: right wing terrorists, Domestic Terror, neo-Nazi, Islamic radicals, Daryl Johnson, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Is the federal government ignoring the danger of right wing violence? Our first guest today says yes. In the wake of the killing of nine people in a church in Charleston South Carolina by a 21 year old named Dylan Storm Roof-, a young man who had, according to new reports, been influenced by white supremacist ideology…. Our next guest says there has been more terrorism from right wing individuals in the US than by Islamic influenced terrorists.

DARYL JOHNSON was the senior domestic te...

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United Church of Christ national meeting votes to divest from Israeli settlements listen

06/30/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Tuesday
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Tags: Palestine, Israel, occupation, BDS, UCC, Divestment, christianity, First United Church of Tampa

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Another major Christian church denomination has voted to divest from companies doing business in Israeli-occupied Palestine; during a national meeting Tuesday in Cleveland the United Church of Christ overwhelmingly supported divestment. One of the UCC delegates is from Tampa -- Reverend Bernice Powell-Jackson is Pastor of First United Church of Tampa.

Tuesday’s UCC divestment decision is wider than one last year by another denomination: the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted to sell stock ...

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Head of Florida teachers union criticizes state education budget listen

06/30/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Tuesday
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Tags: education, Andy Ford, Florida, Rick Scott, FEA, unions, teachers, Florida Educaiton Association

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The state budget that was signed into law last week by Governor Rick Scott included a slight increase in funding for education; but many school advocates say it’s not enough.

WMNF interviewed Andy Ford, president of the Florida Education Association -- the state’s largest teachers union.

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Equality Florida responds to Supreme Court's marriage equality decision listen

06/29/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: equality florida, LGBT, marriage, Supreme Court, Same-sex marriage, human rights

On MidPoint, WMNF News' Sean Kinane interviews Stratton Pollitzer, Equality Florida's Deputy Director, about the Supreme Court's decision on marriage equality and what it means for Florida.

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Over the rainbow: St. Petersburg LGBT Pride Parade listen

06/29/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, LGBT, Rick Kriseman, St Pete, Saint Petersburg, Steve Kornell, same-sex, marriage, Supreme Court, Dwight Dudley, parade, Pride, ENDA, Employment Non-Discrimination Act, Caitlyn Jenner

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Size and significance matter in this year's Saint Petersburg LGBT Pride Parade. Last Saturday At dusk tens of thousands of supporters lined the crowed sidewalks along the Grand Central district route. Celebrating an end to years of struggle was top of mind but also realizing the struggle still isn't over.

On the heels of several Supreme Court decisions, the LBGT Pride parade capped off a historically progressive week. The Confederate Flag has fallen into disfavor and been taken down; Obam...

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USDA program helps families build their own homes, and journalist Tony Ortega's latest book on Scientology

06/26/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: USDA, Self Help Housing Program, Earl Allen Pfeiffer, Florida Home Partnership, affordable housing, Ruskin, Hillsborough, Pasco, Tony Ortega, scientology, Mike Rinder, Paulette Cooper, Clearwater, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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June is national homeownership month and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the USDA Self-Help Housing Program, which helps families build their own homes through local partnerships. Over the years the program help build nearly 50,000 affordable homes for many low income and minority families in rural communities. Today we talk with Earl Allen Pfeiffer, Executive Director of Florida Home Partnership, one of the two affordable housing organizations that works with t...

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Pasco WWII vet mustard gassed by U.S. experiments still waiting on VA benefits listen

06/26/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday
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Tags: military, Bill Nelson, Navy, mustard gas, veteran, VA, Florida, npr, World War, benefits

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American service members who were exposed to toxic mustard gas during secret testing by the U.S. military during World War II have developed severe physiological ailments. An NPR investigation found the Department of Veterans Affairs has not lived up to a promise to compensate the 4,000 men subjected to the most extreme tests. Here is the story of a Pasco County man who says he was exposed and is not getting medical treatment from the government.

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