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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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Environmentalists in 16 Florida cities demand state action to promote clean water listen

01/22/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: EPA, DEP, water, clean water, Florida, Kevin Beckner, Mark Danish, fertilizer

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Environmentalists in Tampa are joining 15 other communities across the state in signing a clean water pledge Wednesday. During a rally on the Riverwalk behind the Straz Center, Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner added his name to the list of elected officials and activists who are demanding the state do more to protect water.

“We also have an issue in Hillsborough County of individuals having access to clean, affordable drinking water. It’s something that so many of us take fo...

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The Hurdles Still Facing Medical Marijuana in Florida

01/02/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: medical marijuana, Florida, United for Care, Ben Pollara, petitions, Florida Supreme Court, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Good morning, welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up on the first part of today’s program we’ll talk about the effort to legalize medical marijuana in Florida. But first- one listener comment about the Jimmy Dore comedy show- which we featured on Tuesday.

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There’s an effort to put a ballot question before Florida voters this November. It’s a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize marijuana for medical purposes. But before Florida voters have the...

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A woman marries a carnival ride and candy canes represent white Jesus: 2013 wacky news year in review listen

12/27/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Tags: Florida, weird news, Janelle Irwin, Stephen Colbert, bongs, Bruce the Ferris Wheel

As you know, 2013 is almost over. In just a few days the world will usher in 2014, most of us in some sort of inebriated blur, no doubt. But here in Florida, the rest of the nation could likely think that the entire Sunshine state populous is in a perpetual fog of dumbness. So, in honor of yet another WTF Florida kind of a year, we bid 2013 adieu with a discussion on some of the whackiest stories.

Florida’s propensity toward off the wall news headlines have gotten attention from all over....

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State unemployment website glitches keep some Floridians from their only source of income listen

12/16/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Unemployment, labor, Rick Scott, Deloitte, Florida, Department of Economic Opportunity

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Glitches in Florida’s new unemployment compensation website have been keeping some people from receiving their only form of income. The CONNECT website launched in October, but still isn’t working up to par. Unemployed people like Susan McGrath say they can’t even get anyone on the phone to answer questions

“What happens is, they’ll say, ‘it’s a high-volume call period, please call back later.’”

McGrath had to wait to file a claim until the new website launched because the old one was ...

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