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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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Environmentalists are still concerned about oil disaster impacts listen

04/18/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon well blowout in the Gulf. Many officials are touting a swift environmental recovery, but environmentalists see alarming signs that Gulf of Mexico is far from healthy.

It’s been more than nine months since gushing oil well in the gulf was permanently capped. The worst human-caused environmental disaster in US history may no longer be daily fodder for front page news, but scientists and environmental groups say the disaster ...

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USF student body president to lead talk-a-thon for student rights and immigration reform listen

04/15/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Some University of South Florida students are so upset about how lawmakers in Tallahassee and Washington are treating young people, they’re going to talk about it nonstop for more than three days. They don’t like cuts to education or policies that hurt immigrants. It’s being spearheaded by Cesar Hernandez, USF’s student body president who also serves on the university’s Board of Trustees.

One of their goals is for president Obama to notice their activism enough to come to USF to ...

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Youth LGBT author Alex Sanchez headlines USF Gala listen

04/15/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today marks the fourteenth annual Day of Silence, a day when students of all ages across the country take a vow of silence to draw attention to bullying and hate crimes against people who are gay. Last night more than 100 people gathered at USF to honor activists who promote tolerance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, which still struggles with homophobia. That school’s Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association event highlighted that progress that’s been made in recent de...

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How can children's mental health research be effective listen

03/30/11 Dawn Morgan Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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At last week’s 24th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference in downtown Tampa, WMNF’s Dawn Morgan Elliott spoke with several mental health professionals about how research can grow from an idea to a viable strategy in dealing with children’s behavioral issues and mental illness.

“We who are providing services in the field of children and families are being asked to prove that what we’re doing works.”

Robert Lieberman is the Executive Director of ...

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CEO of Children's Board on mental illness & early childhood education listen

03/25/11 Dawn Morgan Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Dr. Luanne Panacek is the CEO of the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County. This week she attended the 24th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference in Tampa, and sat on a panel that responded to keynote speaker Geoffrey Canada, a somewhat controversial education reformer and founder of the Harlem Children’s Zone in New York.

WMNF’s Dawn Morgan Elliott interviewed Panasek today, and began by asking her to explain the role of the [Children’s Board](http://w...

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