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Jobs, economy at top of list of concerns for Floridians listen

09/11/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Sunshine State Survey, Florida, USF, Susan McManus, WMNF News, Seán Kinane

The results are in: Floridians care about schools, crime, immigration, the environment ... but most about jobs and the economy.

Those are the findings of The Sunshine State Survey. University of South Florida political science professor Susan MacManus announced the results in a telephone conference with media Thursday.

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Hillsborough Sheriff to stop ICE holds of undocumented immigrants listen

09/11/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: immigration, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Raices en Tampa, Marisol Marquez, Catherine Lim, WMNF News, Seán Kinane

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According to an Associated Press analysis of Homeland Security Department data, the agency is on pace to deport the fewest number of immigrants since at least 2007.

But even immigrants who are not destined to be immediately deported are often detained by local law enforcement departments. But the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is changing its policy and will no longer detain immigrants being investigated for deportation.

It’s an issue that has been brought to the forefront by a ...

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Endangered Species Act will protect 20 coral species listen

08/28/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: coral, Endangered Species Act, oceans, Center for Biological Diversity, climate change, ocean acidification, coral bleaching, Seán Kinane, WMNF News, corals

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Twenty coral species found in American waters now have Endangered Species Act protections.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Wednesday that the corals would be listed as threatened.

WMNF News' Seán Kinane interviewed Shaye Wolf, the climate science director for the Center for Biological Diversity.

“This decision is a really big step forward for coral conservation and for preventing the further decline of our nation’s coral reefs. And so what happened is...

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League of Women Voters upset judge accepts redrawn Florida Congressional districts listen

08/25/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: League of Women Voters, Florida, Deirdre MacNab, redistricting, Florida Legislature, WMNF News, Seán Kinane

Last Friday a judge in Tallahassee approved new congressional maps redrawn by the Florida Legislature. But for this year’s elections maps that the judge previously declared unconstitutional will be used.

For reaction WMNF News spoke Monday with Deirdre Macnab, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida.

Polls for the primary election are open from 7:00 a.m. Tuesday until 7:00 p.m.

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Florida scientists say Governor Scott should engage more on climate solutions listen

08/21/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: climate change, Rick Scott, FSU, Eckerd College, Seán Kinane, WMNF News

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This week scientists from around Florida met with Governor Rick Scott to warn him about the dangers the state is facing because of climate change; several of those scientists told the media about what they shared with the governor during a webinar Thursday.

Florida State University oceanographer Jeff Chanton says he advised Governor Scott that Florida faces unprecedented temperatures and sea levels because of skyrocketing carbon di...

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Three Florida springs could be getting additional protections listen

08/18/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: SWFWMD, springs, Crystal River, Rainbow River, Weeki Wachee, Gulf of Mexico, environment, rivers, water, Seán Kinane, WMNF News

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Three of the largest freshwater springs systems in our region could be getting more protection; the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is adding the Weeki Wachee, Chassahowitzka and Homosassa Rivers to a priority list.

The other two first-magnitude spring systems already on the SWIM program priority list are the Rainbow River and Crystal River / Kings Bay.

WMNF News' Seán Kinane interviewed Veronica Craw, springs manager with the Southwest Florida Water Management District ...

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