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Should law enforcement departments keep the spoils from seized money and property? listen

04/16/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: police, Florida, Florida Legislature, Jeff Brandes, Arthenia Joyner, Joe Negron

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A Florida Senate committee is considering a bill by St. Petersburg Republican Senator Jeff Brandes to direct money and property seized by police to charities instead of to the law enforcement agency itself.

Thursday morning in the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Republican Senator Joe Negron supported Brandes’ bill.

An amendment by Tampa Democratic Senator Arthenia Joyner attempted to keep seized assets in the hands of law enforcement.

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Florida House advances bill allowing groups to refuse adoptions to same-sex couples listen

04/02/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: Florida, Florida Legislature, Dwight Dudley, Jason Brodeur, adoptions, same-sex adoptions

Thursday the Florida House Judiciary Committee approved a bill (HB 7111) that would allow private agencies to cite religious or moral grounds and refuse to facilitate adoptions by same-sex couples.

Republican Representative Jason Brodeur said same-sex couples can seek adoptions through the Department of Children and Families or a private agency that doesn't have a problem with it.

But in one exchange, Brodeur was challenged by St. Petersburg’s Dwight Dudley, who like other Democrats su...

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Columnist Paula Dockery and State Senator Greg Evers address issues facing the State Prison System

03/31/15 Rob Lorei
MidPoint with WMNF News Tuesday
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Tags: Florida, prison, Department of Corrections, privatization, Paula Dockery, Greg Evers, wmnf

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Hosting today's talk portion of Midpoint is Paula Dockery, a former state senator from Lakeland and syndicated columnist whose work appears in 22 Florida papers each week. Today she takes on the state prison system. Joining the discussion is State Senator and Chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee Greg Evers. Together they discuss prison privatization,high leadership turnover, reports of corruption and a string of brutal inmate deaths that have plagued the system.

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Florida farmers paid by state to store water: conversation with Craig Pittman

03/30/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: water, Florida, Everglades, Lake Okeechobee, pollution, Rick Scott, Adam Putnam, Lobbyists, sugar, corporate welfare

On WMNF News' MidPoint we spoke about the crucial issue of water in Florida with Craig Pittman, staff writer for the Tampa Bay Times. His latest article is “Florida taxpayers pay ranchers millions to hold water back from Lake Okeechobee.”

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Center for Biological Diversity warns of climate crisis effects on Florida wildlife listen

03/23/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Center for Biological Diversity, CBD, Jaclyn Lopez, climate change, global warming, corals, Sea Turtles, endangered species, Florida, Rick Scott

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Jaclyn Lopez a lawyer and Florida Director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s office in St. Petersburg. She was interviewed by WMNF News' Seán Kinane on MidPoint about a range of environmental topics. That includes a possible downlisting of green sea turtles in Florida from endangered to threatened, Florida's endangered corals need a reduction in carbon pollution for recovery and two Florida plants threatened by sea-level rise could be helped through habitat protection. Callers asked ab...

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Bills could gut funding for Floridians with disabilities listen

03/17/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Tuesday
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Tags: Vocational Rehabilitation, disability, Florida, Ron Gaetz, Florida Legislature, repeal

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Millions of people in the disabled community could be affected by bills wending their way through the Florida Legislature. Senators and Representatives are seeking to inspect and evaluate the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and eventually repeal it if it doesn’t show solvency. Some in the disabled community are skeptical of state legislators’ overhaul proposals.

The federal Rehabilitation Act was established in 1973 and the Florida division is ...

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Radioactivity callers discuss Florida Environmental Protection's ban on Climate Change listen

03/16/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: climate change, Florida, Rick Scott, global warming, Rob Lorei, wmnf, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

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Host Rob Lorei opens up the phone lines for callers to voice in on an array of topics in local and national news, namely last week's story on the state Department of Environmental Protection banning the terms "Climate Change" and "Global Warming", per order of Governor Rick Scott's Administration.

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Orange is the New Black author, Piper Kerman, wants prison reform listen

03/06/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday
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Tags: Rick Scott, Florida, prisons, recidivism, Piper Kerman, Eckerd, Eckerd College, Orange is the New Black

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Orange is the New Black author, Piper Kerman, is asking Floridians to put Governor Scott’s close ties to the prison industry under the microscope. Her book is the basis for a popular Netflix series about her unsettling experiences in prison. Kerman spoke Thursday night at Eckerd College as part a series celebrating Women’s History Month. Before the event ...

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Audit of Florida's unemployment insurance system finds problems

03/02/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: CONNECT, Florida, Unemployment, jobs

Florida's unemployment website launched in October 2103. In the year-and-a-half since CONNECT opened Governor Rick Scott has defended the program. That's despite the fact that many residents have had trouble getting their benefits from the system.

On MidPoint, WMNF's Sean Kinane interviewed Michael Van Sickler with the Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau who wrote the recent article, [State audit highly critical of Florida's unemployment system CONNECT](http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/gu...

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The economics of weed in Florida listen

03/02/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Weed, marijuana, pot, cannabis, economics, Florida

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The concept of making money in the cannabis industry in Florida without marketing the plant brought entrepreneurs and business experts together. Organizers are poised to help launch marijuana minded businesses in Florida despite the obstacles.

The day long event Saturday was held in Ybor City. Medical or recreational weed is not legal in Florida but there is money to be made on things like hemp rope, rolling papers or vaporizers. Carlos Hermida of [Common Bond Collaborative](http://cbcg...

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