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Here's why you should care about the health of the Gulf of Mexico listen

06/12/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Gulf of Mexico, environment, Florida, fishing, beaches, BP oil spill

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Most people look out at the sparkly blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico and figure it’s perfectly healthy. But Don Boesch, president of the University of Maryland’s center for environmental science says there are plenty of reasons to worry.

“For example, the whole water system in terms of the water that evaporates and comes back down in rain – it removes about 2/3 of the carbon dioxide that we produce excessively.”

A White House climate change report released earlier this year shows that...

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Florida Governor's wife, Ann Scott, supports lack of action on Medicaid expansion listen

06/11/14 Crystal Farina
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Ann Scott, Florida, governor, Rick Scott, Medicaid, Tampa General Hospital

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The governor’s wife, Ann Scott, doesn’t express her own opinion on Medicaid expansion.

In 2013, Governor Scott said he supported expansion of the federal Medicaid program in Florida. But so far the state has not accepted the 51 billion federal dollars

The SEIU, or the Service Employees International Union, recently estimated that 720,000 Floridians are not covered between the current Medicaid program and the Affordable Care Act.

On Tuesday afternoon, WMNF asked Scott what she th...

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Medicinal marijuana debated at Suncoast Tiger Bay club listen

06/04/14 Ashley Whitney
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: marijuana, medical marijuana, Tiger Bay, St. Petersburg, drugs, Florida, Constitution

Is Medical Marijuana an illicit drug? If Florida voters approve Amendment Two in November, will the Department of Health be able to regulate its distribution, and what consequences will Floridians suffer if loopholes in its legislation arise? Members of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club gathered in St. Petersburg Wednesday to ask these questions.

Lana Beck of the Drug Free America Foundation opposes the amendment.

“But I’d like to leave you with just asking if you would please read the a...

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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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Climate change means challenges for Florida agriculture: scientist listen

05/16/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: agriculture, climate change, farms, Florida

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You’ve probably heard about changes that could be in store because of climate change to sea levels, summer heat waves and intense hurricanes; but how will disruptions to the climate affect Florida’s agriculture industry?

To answer that, WMNF spoke with Jerry Hatfield, the director of the National Lab for Agriculture and Environment in Iowa. He was a lead author for the agricultural chapter of the recent National Climate Assessment.

"If you look at Florida, now you're talking about a t...

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Should Florida Give Tax Breaks to Homeowners Who Install Solar?

03/28/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: solar energy, Florida, intangibles tax

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Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. My guest is part of a coalition which says: "Florida’s solar energy industry and clean energy advocates are calling on state Representative Ritch Workman to stop blocking consideration of a resolution that would allow voters to decide whether or not to remove punitive taxes on solar energy systems. The solar industry supports letting the voters decide on the exemption of solar energy systems from the punitive tangible personal property tax. Removing thi...

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Florida DEP moves forward with numeric nutrient water standards as critics push back listen

03/26/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: water, numeric nutrient standards, TMDL, total maximum daily load, DEP, EPA, Florida

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Many Florida waterways still don’t have nutrient pollution standards. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is holding a series of meetings all over the state to talk about nutrient standards and how to make sure things like nitrogen and phosphorus are not contaminating water bodies.

“A healthy water body needs nitrogen and phosphorus so it makes plants grow and the plants grow and the aquatic fish and other life forms can eat the plants and you have a healthy system.”

Th...

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Bill Nelson warns Senate about effects of climate change and sea level rise on Florida listen

03/11/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: climate change, sea level rise, global warming, Senate, Bill Nelson, Florida

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Democratic senators clocked an all-nighter, working in shifts into Tuesday morning to warn of devastation from climate change and the danger of inaction.

More than two dozen speakers agreed with each other about the need to act on climate change. Republican naysayers largely stayed away, suggesting hours earlier that regulation would cost Americans jobs in a sluggish economy.

The last speaker was Bill Nelson (D-FL), who said he was "batting cleanup" because of how devastating sea level ...

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Governor Rick Scott's State of the State address listen

03/04/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Governor Rick Scott, Florida

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei plays Governor Rick Scott's State of the State address. Before the speech, Rob takes listener calls to hear comments on state policies and the governor's leadership.

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Children brought to Florida by undocumented parents could soon get college tuition break listen

02/26/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Jack Latvala, Ed Hooper, immigration, DREAMERS, Florida, 2014 legislative session

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Undocumented immigrants who want to go to college after attending high school in Florida might get a break on their tuition if a bill filed by state Senator Jack Latvala passes. During a press conference at the St. Petersburg College Clearwater campus Wednesday, Latvala announced the provisions of his bill.

“It would provide tuition equity for those students who may not have been born in the country, but who live here and attended a Florida high school for three consecutive years and enro...

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