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Montana's alternative food movement, a NOVA documentary on sinkholes, and a film about the child welfare system on today's Radioactivity

01/27/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Liz Carlisle, Lentil Underground, farming, industrial agriculture, PBS NOVA, sinkholes, Byron Anderson, Tampa Theater, Tough Love, children, welfare system, Yvonne Marrone, Robin Rosenberg


We interview Liz Carlisle, fellow at UC Berkeley’s Center for Diversified Farming Systems and author of * The Lentil Underground*.A book Carlisle calls a "long form country song" for a growing food movement based out of Montana and centered around farming legumes,the lentil underground seeks to break free from industrial agricultural practices such as monoculture farming and heavy pesticide and fertilizer use.

Tomorrow night, PBS will be airing a NOVA episode on the growing prevalence of ...

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Preview of Citizens sinkhole insurance rate hike hearing at Tampa Convention Center listen

09/13/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Many homeowners in the Tampa Bay region could face steep rate hikes on sinkhole insurance premiums. This afternoon there is a hearing at the Tampa Convention Center on proposed rate increases by state’s government-backed insurance program. State legislators held a press conference to voice opposition to the hikes this morning.

Citizen’s Property insurance has reacted to a higher number of sinkhole claims...

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Tampa Bay homeowners outraged over Citizens sinkhole insurance rate hikes

08/17/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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More than a hundred furious protestors shouted and waved signs outside Pasco County government offices yesterday. They rallied to protest massive rate hikes proposed for sinkhole insurance coverage.

Last year there were far more sinkhole rate claims in the Tampa Bay area than in previous years. While many say the drought is to blame, some politicians in Tallahassee think fraud is at work. So State Senate Bill 408 was written to address the fraud, but also did away with a 10% annual rate h...


SWFWMD Board Considers Impact of January Freeze listen

03/30/10 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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During this January’s hard freeze, farmers sprayed well water onto their plants to protect them from the cold. There’s still controversy over who will pay for damaged wells and roads.

More than 50 people today attended the Southwest Florida Water Management District Board meeting at Hillsborough Community College Plant City campus. Plant City homeowner Steven Gambrells is concerned that the high volume of water pumped from the F...

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Sinkholes cost the state over half a million dollars. listen

02/01/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Sinkholes and depressions along the I-4 corridor have cost Florida taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in repair costs. WMNF spoke with Marian Scorza from the Department of transportation.

Marian Scorza: "The preliminary costs are approximately $675,000. That's doing the grouting, that's checking with the ground penetrating radar,and in some cases milling and resurfacing the area, so it's a variety of different things. There was an actual sinkhole on the Branch Forbes entrance ...

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Are the sinkholes that are closing highways due to agricultural water use? listen

01/13/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In Polk and eastern Hillsborough counties, many wells are drying up and several sinkholes have developed. Some of these sinkholes have closed major highways.

Sinkholes can form when groundwater levels drop dramatically, leading to the collapse of underground limestone caverns. According to Southwest Florida Water Management District spokesperson Robyn Felix, rates of groundwater pumping have been high during the last two weeks of freezing and near-freezin...

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