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Crist allows interim property assessments to help homeowners affected by BP disaster listen

07/21/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Gov. Charlie Crist has taken a step to reduce property taxes for homeowners in counties affected by the BP oil disaster. In an executive order today, Crist said it would apply to the 26 Florida counties that are currently under a state of emergency, including Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.

"I have not asked BP's permission to dot his. we got it from the Constitution."

Crist says the interim property assessments will help homeowners file claims for economic damages against BP.

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Obama calls temporary cap on oil gusher good news listen

07/16/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday BP began testing its new well cap that has temporarily stopped oil from gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. This morning at the White House, President Barack Obama met with members of the press to give an update on progress on the cap.

“Now, our scientists and outside experts have met through the night and continue this morning to analyze the data from the well integrity test. What they're working to determine is whether we can safely shut in the well using the new cap without ...

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Gov Crist calls special session to ban oil drilling in Florida waters listen

07/08/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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"I feel a compelling duty to protect Florida. I'm going to be governor for about six more months, and I think I would not be doing my duty as governor if I didn't call for this special session."

This afternoon, Florida Governor Charlie Crist announced that he is calling the state Legislature back into a special session later this month. At a press conference, Crist said he hopes they will draft a state Constitutional amendment that, if passed by voters in November, would ban fossil fuel d...

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Documnentary filmmakers discuss new film on BP oil disaster in Southern Louisiana

07/06/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Coming up an interview with Loyola University (Chicago) film makers Elizabeth Coffman and Ted Hardin. they are making a documentary on southern Louisiana, "Veins in the Gulf." The documentary features Louisiana poet (and former University of Tampa professor) Martha Serpas who has served as their guide and narrator for the last eight years as they talk with Estuary program directors, musicians, writers, local politicians, and radio hosts who have worked to save the southern Louisiana coastli...

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Meek supports Constitutional ban on offshore drilling in Florida waters listen

07/02/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In dozens of countries and all fifty states last Saturday, people came together to join Hands Across the Sand to oppose offshore oil drilling and to support renewable energy.

At one event in St. Petersburg, WMNF spoke with U.S. Representative Kendrick Meek who says he supports amending the Florida Constitution to forbid drilling in state waters.

"Well I'm in support of standing with Floridians on this whole issue of offshore oil drilling. It's important that we don't expand it, especi...

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Volunteers Plant Hope listen

07/01/10 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The BP oil spill approaching Florida’s shores did not deter the community in St. Pete Beach from continuing its long-term natural beach erosion control project. About 150 volunteers, equipped with gloves and hand shovels, planted 5,000 sea oat seedlings to protect the beach and prevent beach erosion.

Carol Walker says that the sea oat seedlings give her hope. “I did this last year, I have been watching the growth of those we planted last year and it is very exciting to watch. I get involv...

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Voices from Gandy Hands Across the Sand listen

06/28/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In addition to St. Pete Beach, more than 160 Hands Across The Sand participants gathered on the beach on the St. Pete side of the Gandy bridge. These are the voices of just a few of those:

Michelle Cookson from Tampa who works in advertising and marketing:

"I am here today as i was on February the 13th for the first Hands Across the Sand event, because I love the ocean. I love the natural environment. I love the state of Florida. But most importantly i...

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Hands Across the Sand Fuels Local Support listen

06/28/10 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Since the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion on April 20th, hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil continue to gush into the Gulf. This Saturday, the public anger against BP rose above the level: thousands of people in 900 cities worldwide and about 6,000 protested against the oil spill in Tampa Bay.

Hundreds of people formed a line and joined hands at noon in a 15-minute-long metaphoric protest in St. Pete Beach calling for alternative energy and protesting against off-shore drill...

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Activists will join Hands Across the Sand this Saturday listen

06/24/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This Saturday, people all over the world will join hands to oppose offshore drilling and to support alternative energy sources. It’s called Hands Across the Sand and is an extension of a coordinated event that began earlier this year in Florida.

Phil Compton is the Sierra Club’s Regional Field Organizer.

“No to offshore drilling and yes to a clean energy future. It’s something that we’ve been talking about since, well, Jimmy Carter, and we haven’t...

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Special Places in Florida could be threatened by BP oil blowout part 2 listen

06/17/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last night we brought you the first half of our interview with Stephen Saunders, president of the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization. That group, along with the Natural Resources Defense Council, has released a new report called "Special Places at Risk in the Gulf: Effects of the BP Oil Catastrophe." It identifies fifteen areas that coul...

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