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Colleague remembers Mote's "Shark Lady," Eugenie Clark listen

02/26/15 Seán Kinane
News @ Noon Friday

Tags: science, sharks, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, wmnf, WMNF News, Women, marine biology, Florida

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On Wednesday a pioneering researcher -- known as the "Shark Lady" -- who broke glass ceilings as a woman in science died in Sarasota, Florida.

Dr. Eugenie Clark founded the lab that would become Mote Marine Laboratory and inspired many people, especially women, to study science. She died at age 92 due to complications from battling lung cancer.

WMNF News' Seán Kinane spoke with one of Clark’s colleagues, Dr. Robert Hueter, Director of the Center for Shark Research at Mote Marine Laborat...

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Report exposes link between dirty money and Florida's dirty waterways listen

02/25/15 Samuel Johnson
News @ Noon Wednesday
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Tags: Enironment Florida, Buckeye, Koch, Darden Rice, Saint Petersburg, Clean Water Act, Florida Clean Water Network, pollution, EPA, Florida, water

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The advocacy group, Environment Florida, exposes top water polluters and the influence of dark money flowing into Florida in a report released today. The revelations impact local, state and federal policy makers.

On the steps of the St. Petersburg City Hall Tuesday, politicians and members of environmental organizations gathered to raise awareness of the importance of keeping the federal Clean Water Act in place.. According to the [report](http://www.environmentflorida.org/reports/fle/poll...

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ACLU of Florida criticizes Range-R radar use by police and other surveillance methods listen

02/02/15 Seán Kinane
News @ Noon Monday
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Tags: ACLU, Florida, ACLU of Florida, Michael Pheneger, surveillance, Consitution, civil liberties, police, Sarasota, Range-R, StingRay

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The ACLU of Florida is criticizing a type of radar that is being used by police to penetrate buildings. The name of the device is Range-R. To talk about Range-R and other surveillance methods, WMNF's Seán Kinane was joined in the studio by Michael Pheneger, the local chair of the ACLU of Florida, who also took calls from listeners.

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Last Call with Daniel Ruth, award-winning columnist for the Tampa Bay Times

01/13/15 Rob Lorei
Last Call Monday

Tags: Daniel Ruth, Tampa Bay Times, Florida, Central Command, Cuba

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Daniel Ruth, Pulitzer Prize-winning Tampa Bay Times columnist and Times editorial board member, joins host Rob Lorei and listeners to discuss current events such as the recent Central Command twitter account hack, redistricting in Florida, and relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

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Political science Professor Matthew discusses how Jeb Bush changed the role of Florida Governor

01/07/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)

Tags: Matthew Corrigan, Jeb Bush, Florida, gun control, NRA, Jim Gilmore.

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Joining us today on Radioactivity is Matthew Corrigan, Ph.D. Chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Florida. His recently released book, Conservative Hurricane:How Jeb Bush Remade Florida, outlines how the former Florida governor changed the nature of the office since his two-term run from 1999-2007. Later we discuss gun control and the NRA with Jim Gilmore, who worked as an editor and producer on the PBS Frontline documentary *Gun...

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Host Rob Lorei interviews vice president and legal counsel to non profit opposed to gay marriage listen

01/06/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

Tags: Harry Mihet, Liberty Counsel, Florida, Gay Marriage

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Today, Rob Lorei speaks with Harry Mihet, Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Legal Counsel for Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit opposed to Florida becoming the 36th state to legalize same-sex marriage. The ban on gay marriage is scheduled to lift by midnight, although a county in South Florida is already issuing licenses. Meanwhile,in Jacksonville and other North Florida counties, chapels are being closed down to both gay and straight marriages.

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Same-sex marriages begin in Miami-Dade; after midnight in all Florida counties listen

01/05/15 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: LGBT, equality florida, Nadine Smith, Same-sex marriage, Florida

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The first legal same-sex marriages in Florida took place Monday afternoon in Miami-Dade County; that came soon after a judge there said the county could immediately start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Monday morning Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel lifted a stay on her July ruling that Florida's same-sex marriage ban violates equal protections under the U.S. Constitution.

Same-sex marriages were expected to begin statewide after midnight, when a separate ruling by a federal ...

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Unpacking the legal issues surrounding Florida's unconstitutional same-sex marriage ban listen

12/29/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: LGBT, Same-sex marriage, law, courts, Florida, Gay Marriage, Stetson University College of Law

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Next week a federal judge’s stay expires on his ruling that Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional; but that doesn’t necessarily mean there will be a flood of marriages the following day -- many of the 67 clerks of courts have said they will not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

To wade through the legal questions that are coming up, Monday WMNF News spoke with Michael Allen, an associate dean and professor at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Flori...

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A look at the struggle between the feds and Florida for regulation of some state waters listen

12/03/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: water, EPA, Environment Florida, Florida, environment

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It’s still an open question: who will regulate hundreds of small waterways and wetlands in Florida; will it be the federal EPA or the state?

To look at the history of the controversy and what the near future might hold, WMNF spoke with Jennifer Rubiello, a field organizer with Environment Florida.

According to a press release, Senator Bill Nelson's staff issued the following statement at Tuesday morning’s news conference:

“Florida’s tourism economy, fisheries and natural resources ...

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In St. Pete, Charlie Crist concedes governor's race to Rick Scott listen

11/05/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Charlie Crist, Rick Scott, Bill Nelson, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Pam Bondi, dark money, Democrat, GOP, election, governor, Florida

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Charlie Crist lost to incumbent governor Rick Scott in a tight, neck and neck race. Crist’s campaign hosted an election night event for staff and supporters at the Vinoy Hotel in downtown St.Pete. As the clock approached midnight, Crist conceded defeat in an address to 1000 attendees and to Floridians.

The election numbers trickled in all evening showing an edge to Rick Scott over Charlie Crist, but no clear winner until media outlets called the race for Scott after ten o’clock. Then at ...

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