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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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Local delegate selection is this weekend

02/27/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Going into next week’s series of four primary elections, Barack Obama hold a 91-delegate lead over Hillary Clinton. But who are these delegates? And when the question comes to Florida, will they count?

That has yet to be decided. But the Florida Democratic Party will decide this Saturday who those representative delegates are.

The delegates are broken down by Congressional District. So in the 25 districts throughout the state, those delegates will be chosen Caucus-style on Saturda...

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Report: Lawsuit against DNC still alive

02/27/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A lawsuit filed by a Tampa Democrat against the Democratic National Committee over Florida’s loss of all of its delegates to the convention has been given a second life.

In August, political consultant Vic DiMaio filed suit against the DNC, claiming that stripping Florida of its Congressional Delegates because of the early primary voting date was unconstitutional. But in October, federal Judge Richard Lazzarra threw out the case.

But DiMaio and his attorney, Michael Steinberg appealed...

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