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EPA Tells Florida to Clean Up its Environmental Act listen

12/02/10 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Environmental Protection Agency is finally forcing Florida to clean up its environmental act. On November 15th the agency announced new state water quality standards. The legislation has raised the ire of industry polluters and has Republican lawmakers screaming “government intrusion” and threatening litigation. Meanwhile, environmental groups are busy trying to counter the barrage of misinformation ...

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Pam Bondi Pursues Health Care Reform Lawsuit listen

11/02/10 Kimberly Vlach
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Republican nominee for state attorney general Pam Bondi says it’s important to continue with the multi-state lawsuit against the federal health care reform law passed last March.

In the last push of her 11-month campaign, Pam Bondi looked full of energy and optimism. Surrounded by supporters, friends and family, including her parents, sister and nephew, all were waving Pam Bondi signs. Despite the pouring rain, Bondi still talked to me about Florida’s lead in the lawsuit, calling the ...

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Nearly six months after Deepwater Horizon explosion, cleanup continues listen

10/13/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Next week marks six months since the blowout at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. The well is dead … the Obama Administration lifted its ban on deepwater drilling … but the story is far from over.

For those who watched the disaster unfold in what seemed like slow motion, it may feel like years since those initial reports of an explosion that killed eleven rig workers in the Gulf. At times, it almost seemed like a suspense flick. But the narrative arc of the biggest environmental disaster ...

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The Milk Party Demands Children Be Made Top Priority listen

09/22/10 Kimberly Vlach
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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By now, we’re all familiar with the Tea Party movement. But have you heard of the Milk Party? Well, in Florida, the Milk Party traveling around the state, making waves of its own. Since Labor Day, the non-partisan group called The Children’s Movement of Florida has gathered 8,500 Floridians in, so far, ten rallies. There, people have been calling upon the state to make children the number one priority in health insurance and education. The co-chair of the movement is David Lawrence, who ...

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NOAA reopens federal waters off Panhandle listen

09/03/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced it’s reopening a large chunk of federal waters of Florida’s panhandle to fishing. The announcement comes after sensory and chemical testing of area fin fish.

Roy Crabtree, Fisheries Administrator for NOAA’s Fisheries Service, said in a teleconference today there were three steps in assuring seafood in the more than 3,000 square-mile area was safe. The first was making sure there was no oil in the water. The next was ...

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Backers of Amendment Four: Florida Hometown Democracy

09/02/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll hear about Hometown Democracy—it’s on the ballot this November and it’s backers say it’s a way for Floridians to curb the sprawling development that’s spoiled much of Florida’s natural beauty.

This November Florida voters will decide on proposed Amendment Four to Florida’s Constitution. It’s better known as Hometown Democracy and would give voters across Florida the right to vote on any maj...

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"Pharmageddon" in Florida listen

03/05/10 Rob Piccirillo
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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It’s being called “Pharmageddon in Florida”. That’s the title of a two-day summit highlighting the growing trend of prescription drug use, misuse and abuse in the Sunshine State.

The Florida Society of Addiction Medicine held its Medical and Scientific Conference on Addictions at the Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office in Tampa today.

Dr. Bruce Goldberger, Director of Toxicology at the University of Florida College of Medicine, was the keynote speaker. Goldberger ...

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Bill Foster hosts public forum listen

02/12/10 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last night, the Mayor of St. Petersburg held the first Mayor’s Night Out, where the Mayor and representatives from more than ten municipal departments gather to hear the voice of residents. Promising to stay as long as necessary, the mayor and others answered questions ranging from speeding complaints to stop signs. But the one issue that most people wanted to discuss was the proposed firing of Boyd Hill Nature Preserve’s small staff of park rangers.

The small nature preserve abutting ...

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New political books at Tiger Bay Club listen

10/16/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Tiger Bay Club of Tampa met today, showcasing two new books that are concerned with the lapse of integrity in today’s political system. Former State Senator Robert McKnight and Bill Williams introduced their latest books at the presentation.

McKnight was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1974. He was reelected to the House in 1976, and defeated two state senators to win a four-year term in the Florida Senate in 1978. McKnight talked a...

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Forum on threat of offshore oil drilling in Florida listen

08/29/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and presumptive Republican Presidential nominee John McCain are in favor of reversing decades of precedent to allow oil drilling off the coast of Florida.

Tomorrow a coalition of environmental groups will hold a forum in Clearwater to educate residents about the threat of offshore oil drilling. Today WMNF spoke with Joe Murphy, Florida coordinator for the Gulf Restoration Network.

The forum tomorrow night about the threat of oil drilling off the coast of Flor...

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