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Nelson gets barrage of bin Laden questions, but won't describe graphic corpse photos listen

05/13/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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It’s been a busy week in national politics. Lawmakers grilled fossil fuel executives on Capitol Hill, Republicans Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich announced their presidential runs, and questions continue to follow in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death. A US Senator facing a tougher-than-normal reelection bid stopped by in the Tampa Bay area today, and commented on a range of topics – though there was one thing on which he wouldn’t comment.

At a Lakeland press conference, upon the reque...

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The BP disaster and rising gasoline prices: Tyson Slocum says oil companies should not be trusted

04/20/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, one year ago the BP oil disaster began. Joining us now is Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program. Yesterday he said:

"On Wednesday, 365 days will have passed since an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig triggered the worst environmental disaster our country has ever seen.

"For 87 of those days, we watched helplessly as the government, BP and countless contractors failed to stop the oil from gushing into the Gulf of ...

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Rep. Castor gets update on Gulf oil spill's economic, environmental impacts listen

04/19/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tomorrow marks one year since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank into the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven and causing untold economic and environmental havoc. Today, Democratic US Representative Kathy Castor convened a panel of stakeholders to assess the disaster’s impacts one year on. The group of hoteliers, seafood industry leaders and environmentalists said there’ve been some ups and downs. One key problem, they said, is perception – even though Pinellas County Beaches ne...

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Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force gets citizen input in Sarasota listen

04/19/11 Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force is gathering input about how the Gulf of Mexico should be restored after last year’s oil disaster. Last night in Sarasota, the task force organized a listening session to hear concerns and recommendations from citizens.

More than 44 million people live in states along the Gulf of Mexico and many of them depend on the Gulf for their income. Even before the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the coastal marsh in the Gulf region was disappearing at ...

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On Radioactivity today: The BP disaster: should our Governor start legal action against the companies involved? And where do our federal income taxes go?

04/18/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

Coming up today we'll hear from local attorney Steve Yerrid who says the state of Florida needs to be more aggressive in pursuing legal action against those who are responsible for the BP oil disaster. Yerrid had been an advisor to former Governor Charlie Crist for legal claims involving the BP blowout. He worked pro bono. But since Governor Rick Scott has taken over the reigns of power Yerrid has had no communication with the new administration. Yerrid and his team devoted more than 1,000 ...

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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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Working people critical of Governor and Legislature

04/15/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll hear from local labor activists who are concerned about anti-union proposals being pushed by the Governor and being passed by the state legislature.

Our guests are: Jean Clements, President, Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association; Stephen Sarnoff, President, Communication Workers (CWA) 3179, represents city workers in Pinellas and Pasco Counties; Cheryl Schroeder, Executive Director, West Central Florida Fed...

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Report: Florida will reap economic benefits by not drilling listen

12/08/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last week the Obama Administration announced it will not lift its ban in offshore oil drilling in the Eastern Gulf.

Tomorrow the Sierra Club and Environment Florida will discuss the results of a study they say reaffirms the administration’s decision. They will be joined by representatives from the seafood, tourism, and real estate industries at John’s Pass in Madeira Beach.

Phil Compton is regional head of Sierra Club Florida. He says the concern now is what a Republican supermajo...

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Castor - new bill would designate 80 percent of BP fine money for Gulf states listen

11/22/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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With the recent election, Black Friday, and body scans dominating the public sphere, it may be easy to forget that the Gulf coast is still hurting from the BP oil disaster. One Tampa member of Congress has filed a bill that would tackle region’s oil disaster troubles in a range of ways.

The millions of gallons of oil that shot out of the sea floor for months are out of sight, out of mind for many. But while the collective consciousness has moved on from the BP oil disaster, Florida’s $...

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Panel of USF scientists present oil spill findings to the public listen

11/17/10 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night in St. Petersburg, a panel of USF based marine scientists shared their findings on the impact of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Bob Weisberg is a Professor of Physical Oceanography at the University of South Florida, and a leading expert on the role of the Gulf’s loop current.

"It provides the connectivity between the Caribbean and southeastern United States. It flows into the Gulf of Mexico through the Yucatan, out through the Florida straights and then up the east ...

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