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USF students traveling to final presidential debate to press candidates on climate change listen

10/19/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The issue of global climate disruption has not been emphasized enough during this presidential campaign.

That’s the position of some students from the University of South Florida who are heading down to Boca Raton for the final presidential debate Monday.

"The Student Environmental Association is a student group at USF that works on lots of different campaigns aimed at working with the community and with the local students to clean up the campus and push sustainability issues. We ...

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Voter suppression is partisan warfare: USF St. Pete professor listen

10/15/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Republican led State legislatures across the country have passed numerous laws they say will ensure only legitimate voters are casting ballots. Opponents call them voter suppression laws and say they disenfranchise minorities and people with low incomes. Seth McKee, an associate professor of political science at USF St. Pete tackled the issue this month during a lecture at the school’s library.

“Oh, there’s bi-partisan agreement that these laws are just done to protect the integ...

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USF study adds to knowledge of how to control invasive species listen

10/11/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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University of South Florida researchers have studied one of the most commonly known invasive species in the world, house sparrows. They found behavioral and stress hormone patterns that could help control and prevent house sparrows and other invasive species from future invasions.

The study was published in the biological research journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Andrea Liebl, a PhD candidate at USF, says in many cases invasive species are controlled after they’re already in...

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Tampa Bay area college students march for peace on anniversary of invasion of Afghanistan listen

10/08/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The war in Afghanistan is now in its twelfth year and some students in the Tampa Bay area have had enough. Ten members of Students for a Democratic Society, or SDS, rallied at USF Tampa today to speak out against the continued occupation of Afghanistan and other Middle Eastern countries. Matthew Hastings said the military spending can be better used to fund public education.

“Well, if we’re spending trillions of dollars to maintain a military that is fighting overseas, we’re not g...

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Searching for Subversives in Florida: The Johns Committee

09/19/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning—welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei.

Coming up we’ll talk about the Johns committee—which for ten years from 1956 to 1965 searched for subversives, homosexuals and communists in Florida’s schools—and weeded them out. The Johns committee was inspired by the anti-communist campaign waged nationally by such people as Senator Joseph McCarthy in the early 1950’s….

But first three listener comments that came in after yesterday’s show. On part of the program ...

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9/11 remembered by peace activists for resulting in more violence listen

09/11/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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While groups around the country are remembering the victims of 9/11, other groups are marking the day for a different reason. A group of Peace activists rallied at USF and downtown Tampa today to remind people that American lives weren’t the only ones lost as a result of the attacks that day. Gonzalo Valdes with the group Tampa Against the War on Terror said more people were lost post 9/11.

“9/11 was the beginning of this war on terror. That’s when the world changed. I personall...

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Group wants a switch to compressed natural gas to help clean up Tampa Bay air listen

08/14/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A trio of public and private groups in the Tampa Bay area is joining forces to reduce dependence on petroleum. The University of South Florida, the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County and TECO Energy committed funding to the Clean Cities Coalition this morning at USF’s Patel Center for Global Sustainability. USF president Judy Genshaft said transportation accounts for more than 71% of the nation’s petroleum consumption.

“Vehicles are major sources of greenh...

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Occupy Tampa protests Police killing of teen Javon Neal listen

07/30/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A week ago Tampa Police shot and killed a sixteen-year-old they say aimed a shotgun at them. On Saturday members of Occupy Tampa led a subdued protest in front of the police’s district 3 substation on 22nd Street.

Kelsy O’Morrow is a student at USF and a member of Occupy Tampa.

“I’m here because he’s a sixteen year old boy and the police department has yet to really reveal any details about what actually happened that night. All they have done is release and big, obscure pic...

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Conservation group wants Endangered Species Act protection for reptiles and amphibians listen

07/20/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Earlier this month the Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition to receive Endangered Species Act protection for rare amphibians and reptiles. The goal of this petition is to save 53 species across the country, 10 of which live in Florida.

Collette Giese is an attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity who specializes in reptiles and amphibians. She says species like the Florida Scrub Lizard and the Apalachicola King Snake can only be saved if they’re protected under the End...

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Analyzing the Supreme Court's ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act

06/28/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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A little after 10:00 a.m. on Thursday June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Obama's signature domestic achievement, the 2010 Affordable Care Act that aims to provide health insurance to 32 million people.

With us on the program to analyze are Florida State University Law Professor Paolo Annino, a Constitutional expert and wrote an amicus brief in support of the Affordable Care Act for the Supreme Court case.

Also joining us in studio is Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan, assis...

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