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BP awards consortium including USF $11 million for oil spill research

08/30/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A research consortium led by the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science has been awarded $11 million by BP’s Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to study the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The announcement was made today in Washington. USF was one of eight universities to receive funding. U.S. Representative Kathy Castor called it “vital in the ongoing effort to address the environmental and ecological implications of the BP blowout.” She...

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USF's solar-powered house will soon be a reality in Tampa listen

08/16/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A team of Florida students has been chosen as a finalist for a green design competition. Their entry, called FLeX House, is a solar-powered home that uses no net energy located near downtown Tampa.

Tampa’s green home is one of 20 international projects that will compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition this fall. Team Florida’s adviser is Stanley Russell, the director of the University of Sout...

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HIV/AIDS infections an epidemic among African-Americans listen

08/04/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida HIV infection rates have increased recently in two groups: gay and bisexual males, and African-American females. WMNF’s Josh Holton reports from today’s National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS conference at the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health.

A report released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, found that there have been about 50,000 new HIV infections in the country each year from 2006-2009, an...

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USF researchers study ghost crabs to find out more about impacts of Gulf oil spill listen

07/20/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Questions about the impact of last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil disaster and the effectiveness of the beach cleanups remain to be answered by researchers. A team of researchers from the University of South Florida say that their study on ghost crab populations and sediments of Gulf beaches might answer these questions.

Susan Bell, professor of biology and chair of the Department of Integrative Biology, and her research team will start to document the...

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USF Researchers Say Red Light Cameras Do Not Improve Traffic Safety

06/28/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. In recent years there's been a move by local governments to install red light cameras in order to improve safety at intersections. Our guest today, Etienne Pracht, PhD is part of a research team at the USF College of Public Health which has studied red light cameras. Their studies conclude that the cameras do little to promote safer intersections. And that there are other, cheap...

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Governor Scott leaves beach renourishment funding in budget listen

06/07/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The state of Florida boasts of more than 800 miles of beachfront. Some of these beaches erode so much that encroaching waters threaten buildings and worsen the impacts of storm surge. Across the state, a practice known as beach renourishment attempts to stop this. Such projects rely heavily on state funding, which Governor Rick Scott threatened to cut. But $16 million dollars for beach renourishment was not among the items he vetoed when he signed the state budget passed by the Legislature. B...

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International water experts, students, study Tampa Bay water supply listen

05/27/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida may once have had one of the world’s most richest water stores underlying most of the state, but now water managers across the state are scrambling to come up with more sustainable water sources for the coming decades. For example, Tampa Bay’s water utility is about to repair cracks in the 15 billion gallon CW Bill Young reservoir. The enormous surface water store is just part of the complex system the area uses to distribute the vital resource. An international team of water expe...

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Rick Scott signs Florida budget, slashes $600 million in line-item vetoes listen

05/26/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Republican Governor Rick Scott signed the state budget today. Florida lawmakers had cut nearly $4 billion from the budget for next fiscal year. But today in a private Republican Party of Florida event at The Villages, Scott announced he had vetoed $615 million in line items.

"There were 3,036 line items in the budget. 3,036. I know this because I looked at every single line item in the budget, and it took quite a ...

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The debt ceiling deadline approaches: What are the options?

05/25/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning. Welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. The federal government is heading toward an important deadline.

The national government’s accumulated spending is approaching the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling. Republicans are demanding huge deficit reduction concessions in return for raising it. The nation is expected to run out of money to pay its debts — on Aug. 2. Some fear that as we get closer - and as the debt ceiling is not raised - the markets will get spooked and they ma...

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Immigrant and youth issues propel USF student body president to claim political speech record listen

04/20/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Late this morning, University of South Florida student body president Cesar Hernandez wrapped up a record-breaking speech that lasted twenty-four hours. The aspiring doctor and politician hopes to catch the eye of lawmakers in Tallahassee and Washington.

"What struck me most forcibly about the NLF was the totality as a social revolution first and as a war second..."

It was a Mr. Smith Goes to Washington-style filibuster, but unlike the film, spectators wore flip-flops and carried iPo...

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