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Florida farmers paid by state to store water: conversation with Craig Pittman

03/30/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: water, Florida, Everglades, Lake Okeechobee, pollution, Rick Scott, Adam Putnam, Lobbyists, sugar, corporate welfare

On WMNF News' MidPoint we spoke about the crucial issue of water in Florida with Craig Pittman, staff writer for the Tampa Bay Times. His latest article is “Florida taxpayers pay ranchers millions to hold water back from Lake Okeechobee.”

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Center for Biological Diversity warns of climate crisis effects on Florida wildlife listen

03/23/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Center for Biological Diversity, CBD, Jaclyn Lopez, climate change, global warming, corals, Sea Turtles, endangered species, Florida, Rick Scott

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Jaclyn Lopez a lawyer and Florida Director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s office in St. Petersburg. She was interviewed by WMNF News' Seán Kinane on MidPoint about a range of environmental topics. That includes a possible downlisting of green sea turtles in Florida from endangered to threatened, Florida's endangered corals need a reduction in carbon pollution for recovery and two Florida plants threatened by sea-level rise could be helped through habitat protection. Callers asked ab...

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Bills could gut funding for Floridians with disabilities listen

03/17/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Tuesday
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Tags: Vocational Rehabilitation, disability, Florida, Ron Gaetz, Florida Legislature, repeal

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Millions of people in the disabled community could be affected by bills wending their way through the Florida Legislature. Senators and Representatives are seeking to inspect and evaluate the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and eventually repeal it if it doesn’t show solvency. Some in the disabled community are skeptical of state legislators’ overhaul proposals.

The federal Rehabilitation Act was established in 1973 and the Florida division is ...

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Radioactivity callers discuss Florida Environmental Protection's ban on Climate Change listen

03/16/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: climate change, Florida, Rick Scott, global warming, Rob Lorei, wmnf, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

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Host Rob Lorei opens up the phone lines for callers to voice in on an array of topics in local and national news, namely last week's story on the state Department of Environmental Protection banning the terms "Climate Change" and "Global Warming", per order of Governor Rick Scott's Administration.

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Orange is the New Black author, Piper Kerman, wants prison reform listen

03/06/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday
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Tags: Rick Scott, Florida, prisons, recidivism, Piper Kerman, Eckerd, Eckerd College, Orange is the New Black

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Orange is the New Black author, Piper Kerman, is asking Floridians to put Governor Scott’s close ties to the prison industry under the microscope. Her book is the basis for a popular Netflix series about her unsettling experiences in prison. Kerman spoke Thursday night at Eckerd College as part a series celebrating Women’s History Month. Before the event ...

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Audit of Florida's unemployment insurance system finds problems

03/02/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: CONNECT, Florida, Unemployment, jobs

Florida's unemployment website launched in October 2103. In the year-and-a-half since CONNECT opened Governor Rick Scott has defended the program. That's despite the fact that many residents have had trouble getting their benefits from the system.

On MidPoint, WMNF's Sean Kinane interviewed Michael Van Sickler with the Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau who wrote the recent article, [State audit highly critical of Florida's unemployment system CONNECT](http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/gu...

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The economics of weed in Florida listen

03/02/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Weed, marijuana, pot, cannabis, economics, Florida

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The concept of making money in the cannabis industry in Florida without marketing the plant brought entrepreneurs and business experts together. Organizers are poised to help launch marijuana minded businesses in Florida despite the obstacles.

The day long event Saturday was held in Ybor City. Medical or recreational weed is not legal in Florida but there is money to be made on things like hemp rope, rolling papers or vaporizers. Carlos Hermida of [Common Bond Collaborative](http://cbcg...

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Colleague remembers Mote's "Shark Lady," Eugenie Clark listen

02/26/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday

Tags: science, sharks, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, wmnf, WMNF News, Women, marine biology, Florida

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On Wednesday a pioneering researcher -- known as the "Shark Lady" -- who broke glass ceilings as a woman in science died in Sarasota, Florida.

Dr. Eugenie Clark founded the lab that would become Mote Marine Laboratory and inspired many people, especially women, to study science. She died at age 92 due to complications from battling lung cancer.

WMNF News' Seán Kinane spoke with one of Clark’s colleagues, Dr. Robert Hueter, Director of the Center for Shark Research at Mote Marine Laborat...

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Report exposes link between dirty money and Florida's dirty waterways listen

02/25/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: Enironment Florida, Buckeye, Koch, Darden Rice, Saint Petersburg, Clean Water Act, Florida Clean Water Network, pollution, EPA, Florida, water

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The advocacy group, Environment Florida, exposes top water polluters and the influence of dark money flowing into Florida in a report released today. The revelations impact local, state and federal policy makers.

On the steps of the St. Petersburg City Hall Tuesday, politicians and members of environmental organizations gathered to raise awareness of the importance of keeping the federal Clean Water Act in place.. According to the [report](http://www.environmentflorida.org/reports/fle/poll...

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ACLU of Florida criticizes Range-R radar use by police and other surveillance methods listen

02/02/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: ACLU, Florida, ACLU of Florida, Michael Pheneger, surveillance, Consitution, civil liberties, police, Sarasota, Range-R, StingRay

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The ACLU of Florida is criticizing a type of radar that is being used by police to penetrate buildings. The name of the device is Range-R. To talk about Range-R and other surveillance methods, WMNF's Seán Kinane was joined in the studio by Michael Pheneger, the local chair of the ACLU of Florida, who also took calls from listeners.

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