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Proposed bill targets environmental groups with legal fees for challenging state permits

Listen: A bill, filed in both the state senate and house in early December, would force environmental groups to pay up to $50,000 in legal...
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Environmental group responds after Florida turns down $320 million in federal funding to reduce tailpipe pollution

The Florida Department of Transportation turned down $320 million in federal funding to reduce carbon emissions.
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Anna Paulina Luna talks Israel, impeachment and Pinellas beach restoration

St. Pete’s representative in the U.S. House, Anna Paulina Luna, was a last-minute guest on this week’s episode of WMNF's The Skinny.
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A surprising statistic sparks concern for the endangered Florida panther

The Florida Panther is our state’s official animal and one of the most endangered mammals in the country. WMNF's Chris Young reports.
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What we know about the latest possible tear in a Mosaic gypstack liner at its New Wales plant in Florida

There’s a possible leak of water at a Polk County phosphogypsum stack owned by the giant fertilizer company Mosaic.
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Pinellas County emergency beach restoration projected to cost over $20 million

The county’s new emergency beach restoration project is projected to cost upwards of $20 million dollars. WMNF's Chris Young reports.
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A record number of manatees are flocking to an Apollo Beach canal. Why?

Listen: Manatees have been flocking to a popular canal in Apollo Beach at record rates. The manatees gather in the clean, warm water discharge canal of a Tampa Electric Power Station. Above the canal is...
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Photographer Carlton Ward Jr. widens conservation efforts to the Gulf of Mexico

Photographer Carlton Ward Jr., who has spent years trying to protect and preserve the Florida Wildlife Corridor, is now turning his conservation efforts on the Gulf of Mexico. Ward, whose images of Florida panthers and...
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Manatee deaths decrease in 2023 in Florida

©2024 The News Service of Florida After seeing a surge of deaths in 2021 and 2022, the number of manatees that died in Florida last year dropped to 556, according to preliminary information posted on...
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Bead-Free initiative for Gasparilla

Participants are encouraged to drop off their beads at the Florida Aquarium for recycling, there is a promotion from 1/20 through 2/11.
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The Florida Legislature is considering using gambling money to help the environment

Gambling money could help pay for further expansion of the Florida Wildlife Corridor and other environmental projects.

How to dispose of your Christmas Tree

 If you’re looking to get rid of your live Christmas tree, here is how you can determined by the county that you live in.
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Florida House Rep. Lindsay Cross discusses upcoming legislative session

Florida’s 2024 legislative session opens on Jan. 9, with big topics (free speech, the budget, insurance, healthcare and others) and has to tackle them, and more, before session is scheduled to wrap on March 8....
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Endangered Rice’s Whale faces threat after 1.1 million gallon oil spill

Listen: After over a million gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in November, one environmental advocate is raising concern for one of the most endangered whales in the world. In 2021, scientists...
The Scoop: WMNF Daily News Digest

The Scoop: Wed., December 27, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Rent caps and grants State lawmakers will discuss bills related to housing in Florida in the upcoming legislative session. Two bills could help Florida renters and homeowners amid record-high housing costs.   Homes for the...
The Scoop: WMNF Daily News Digest

The Scoop: Tues., December 19, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Inmate numbers climb in Florida The number inmates in Florida is expected to increase in the coming years. The prison population plummetted early in the COVID-19 pandemic.   Bill would discourage environmental challenges A bill...
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Proposed bill targets environmental groups with legal fees for challenging state permits

Listen: A bill, filed in both the state senate and house in early December, would force environmental groups to pay up to $50,000 in legal fees if they lose their challenges to state environmental permits....
The Scoop: WMNF Daily News Digest

The Scoop: Wed., December 13, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Bridget Ziegler won’t resign Last night, all members of the Sarasota County School Board voted to ask fellow Board member Bridget Ziegler to resign, except for Ziegler herself. Ziegler’s husband is accused of rape and...

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