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Tampa Bay environmental projects get $625,000 funding boost listen

06/03/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Tampa Bay Estuary Program, water, water quality, phosphorus, nutrient pollution, Holly Greening, environment, Steve Kornell

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

06/03/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: EPA, The Clean Power Plan

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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? listen

06/03/14 Rob Lorei
Last Call Monday

Tags: equality florida, Gay Marriage

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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EPA proposal could phase out coal-fired power plants by implementing CO2 emission regulations listen

06/02/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: environment, climate change, sea level rise, coal, TECO, Duke Energy, Sierra Club, EPA, Consumer Energy Alliance

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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 listen

06/02/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Progress Florida, Mark Ferrulo, redistricting, Florida Legislature, fair districts

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 listen

05/30/14 JoEllen Schilke
Art In Your Ear
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Tags: 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?

05/30/14 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Tags: solar, green energy, fossil fuels

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 responders push preparedness at 2014 Hurricane Expo listen

05/30/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: hurricane, storms, safety, MOSI

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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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The Nation sports editor on legacy of Malcolm Glazer listen

05/30/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Dave Zirin, Malcolm Glazer, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sports, football

The owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Malcolm Glazer, died this week. But his influence goes beyond the Tampa Bay area; Glazer also owned of one of the most popular soccer clubs in the world, Manchester United in England, which put him under a microscope.

Friday WMNF asked the sports editor of The Nation magazine, Dave Zirin, what Glazer’s legacy will be.

We’ll hear more from Zirin next week in an interview about protests in Brazil before the upcoming World Cup tournament.

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FL Gov. Rick Scott touts commitment to small business during campaign stop in Tampa listen

05/30/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Rick Scott, Charlie Crist, Carlos Lopez Canterra, Florida, small business, Let's Get to Work

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Florida Governor Rick Scott swung by a locally-owned Spanish market in Tampa Friday to tout his commitment to small businesses. The campaign stop doubled as a commercial shoot.

The immigrant-owned M&D Market on West Hillsborough Avenue has about five aisles, a meat counter, a small refrigerated section and a whole lot of produce. Scott filed into the store to a boom of cheers from Cuban, Venezualan and Mexican-Americans. He started his speech in Spanish.

“We’ve cut taxes about 40 times...

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