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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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Coalition to March on the RNC holds organizing meeting at USF in Tampa listen

06/18/12 Michelle Friedline and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Coalition to March on the RNC is solidifying its plans to march on the first day of the Republican Convention in August. On Saturday Representatives from community and student groups from around Florida and as far away as Atlanta and Asheville traveled to the University of South Florida in Tampa to learn tactics used in past large-scale protests which they could apply this year to increase their numbers and effectively maintain a strong presence. Mick Kelly, an activist in the anti-war an...

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Sea Level Rise is real, predictions still to come listen

06/05/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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New technology is making it easier for scientists to study changes in sea levels. During a UNESCO Ihe international water institute conference on May 24th, experts talked about what coastal regions might expect in the coming decades. Gary Mitchum, the Associate Dean of USF’s College of Marine Science, celebrates the huge influx of data over the past several years. But he said it’ll still take ten years before there will be enough to make accurate projections.

“Right now, we can...

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UNESCO water conference at USF emphasizes sustainability listen

05/25/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A group of researchers is coming up with ways to make sure that people in the Tampa Bay area and throughout the world continue to have enough usable water. During an international research institute conference at USF this week, water experts mulled ways to keep water from becoming a scarce commodity.

Tampa Bay Water’s water quality assurance officer Christine Owen said the region’s water deficit until 2009 was more than 70 million gallons. Now they are implementing ways of getting mo...

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The state of print/web journalism in Tampa Bay and beyond

05/24/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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USF Mass Com Professor Wayne Garcia was our guest for the hour. A former print journalist and political consultant, Garcia talked about the state of reporting in 2012, with the immediate focus being the news of the day that the New Orleans Times-Picayune announcing it would stop publishing daily.

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USF lecture reminds audience that future diplomacy with Iran should involve understanding history of U.S. role in Mosaddegh coup listen

05/22/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today Iran agreed in principle to allow U.N. inspectors to restart probes into a military site suspected of harboring tests related to atomic weapons. The tentative accord — announced as envoys headed to the Iraqi capital for negotiations — is likely to be used by Iran as added leverage to seek concessions from the West on sanctions. It follows on the heels of yesterday’s vote by the U.S. Senate to approve tough new penalties on the Tehran regime.

Last night at the [University of So...

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New electric vehicle charging stations installed in St. Petersburg listen

05/09/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Several electric vehicle charging stations have recently opened in St. Petersburg. Two charging stations are open at the University of South Florida’s St. Petersburg campus and ten other stations have opened throughout downtown and the Grand Central district.

Now electric vehicle motorists can charge their cars for free in St. Pete. The installation of the new charging stations creates opportunities for residents to use alternate energy sources instead of fossil fuels as a way to promot...

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Geologist says Florida panhandle beaches still affected by tar balls from Deepwater Horizon disaster

05/09/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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More than two years ago the Deepwater Horizon exploded, setting off the worst maritime oil accident in U.S. history. The petroleum industry as well as people in the seafood and tourism sectors would like you to believe the effects of the oil disaster are long gone. But our guest has found lingering evidence of oil and dispersant on the beaches of Florida’s Panhandle. In a manuscript published last month, Rip Kirby i...

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Hillsborough County moves forward with plan to make USF area an "Innovation Destination" listen

05/02/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County commissioners unanimously voted today to move forward with plans to create an economic opportunity district. It includes the USF area and some surrounding neighborhoods. What commissioner Victor Crist is calling an “Innovation Destination” will create a master plan to improve both low-income and middle class areas in northern Hillsborough.

The “Innovation Destination” area was determined by using data from the 2010 census to establish what areas would be best ...

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Herman Cain tells USF students to stay away from liberals listen

04/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Herman Cain preached a conservative message to about 50 student Republicans at USF Tampa Thursday afternoon. The former presidential candidate said he’s starting a foundation called Solutions Revolution to figure out how to fix what he says President Obama broke.

Cain soared through his professional history from burger-flipping to pizza-baking with the enthusiasm of a motivational speaker. His final point to them though was to avoid liberals and make sure to vote out President Obama. ...

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