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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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Some Pinellas County state Legislators defend the 2012 session, others slam it listen

04/25/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This year’s regular legislative session resulted in an boost to public education funding and paved the way for the creation of Florida’s 12th public university. Legislators representing Pinellas County recapped all things good and bad to come out of Tallahassee this year at a Suncoast Tiger Bay Club luncheon Wednesday.

Both chambers of the Florida legislature have a Republican super-majority. Democratic State Representative Rick Kriseman, who has announced he won’t be running for a...

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The Young Invicibles engage with USF students about student debt, health care and employment listen

04/12/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In the U.S. student debt now exceeds credit card debt. A group called the Young Invincibles are traveling the nation to capture the voices of these students. They made a stop at the University of South Florida Tuesday morning.

Young America is … you fill in the blank. That’s what members of the Young Invincibles asked students to do at USF. The group of young professionals and volunteers are on a national b...

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USF students stand in solidarity with the Trayvon Martin family and rally against racism listen

04/05/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Public outcry continues as a result of the shooting of Trayvon Martin earlier this year. Yesterday, a group of USF students rallied together in solidarity with the family. They focused on broader issues of race, still prevalent in American society.

Twelve students gathered on the USF Martin Luther King Plaza, on the 44th anniversary of his assassination. The students held signs reading, “Ju...

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USF's Genshaft talks to Polk political club about Polytechnic split listen

03/12/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Governor Rick Scott now holds the power turn USF’s Polytechnic campus in Lakeland into the state’s 12th independent public university. At a well-attended Polk County Tiger Bay meeting this afternoon, state Senator JD Alexander defended the measure.

The state’s Board of Governors that oversees Florida’s public university system had recommended that USF Polytechnic first meet a series of nine benchmarks before becoming independent...

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USF students protest budget cuts on both sides of the Bay listen

03/01/12 Janelle Irwin & Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Occupy Education, an off-shoot of the Occupy Movement, called for a national day of action today demanding legislation that would increase educational spending instead of cutting budgets. At the University of California, Santa Cruz, student protesters shut down most of the campus. Students at USF campuses in Tampa and St. Pete held events today in solidarity with that effort. Students at both campu...

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USF president, students glad for restored funding but still want fewer cuts listen

02/24/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Some of the sting was taken away from the cuts proposed for the University of South Florida. That’s because the state Senate voted yesterday to more evenly spread 400 million dollars in budget cuts across all Florida public universities. They also approved plans to immediately make the USF Polytechnic campus in Lakeland the state’s 12th independent university. USF students and the university president reacted to the news last night on the Tampa campus.

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Head of USF St. Pete says they are suffering from budget cuts too listen

02/23/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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USF St. Petersburg faces a two to three million dollar budget cut under Florida Senator JD Alexander’s budget plan. It pales in comparison to the deep cuts proposed for its parent university in Tampa. But, at a Suncoast Tiger Bay luncheon Thursday afternoon, the Chancellor of USF St. Pete, Margaret Sullivan, said the drop in funding still hurts.

USF St. Pete’s proposed fun...

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