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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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John Morgan and Grady Judd spar during Lakeland debate on medical marijuana listen

08/29/14 David Byant
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: medical marijuana, John Morgan, Grady Judd, Pasco County, Lakeland, marijuana, Charlotte's Web, Amendment 2, Florida


In front of a raucous standing-room-only crowd of almost 700 people Thursday night, six panelists argued in favor or against Amendment 2, the Florida medical marijuana initiative, which voters will decide on November 4. The forum was held at Harrison School of the Arts in Lakeland on August 28. As the moderator, Lakeland Ledger Editor Lenore Devore, pointed out, it was designed to be an educational session, not a debate. Audience members were encouraged not to applaud or speak out, but the ra...

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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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Crist unveils plan for executive orders to raise wages and prevent discrimination listen

07/29/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Charlie Crist, Florida, Rick Scott, minimum wage, All Aboard Florida, debates, Nan Rich, elections, 2014 election, immigration


If he’s elected governor again, Democrat Charlie Crist says he’ll sign five executive orders on inauguration day to do things like prevent workplace discrimination, open government and raise the minimum wage for workers contracting with the state.

Crist announced what he’s calling the “First Day of Fairness” plan Tuesday morning at Enoch Davis Center in South St. Petersburg.

“And the things that I would like to do if I win, right after I get sworn in include the following: make govern...

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Tampa experts discuss preparing for a hurricane listen

07/18/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Hurricane season, Florida

We’re in the middle of hurricane season and today on Radioactivity we talk with some local experts about hurricane preparedness.

Hurricane season began on June 1st and runs until November 30th. The peak time for hurricanes is in the next few months. The show welcomes three experts on hurricane preparedness who discuss a big hurricane information expo tomorrow in Tampa.

Rob Lorei speaks to Jason Penny who is a public information officer with Tampa fire Rescue, Chauncia Willis, who is t...

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Florida scientists request meeting with Gov. Rick to discuss climate change listen

07/17/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Professor David Hastings, climate change, Florida, Rick Scott


Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Science Professor David Hastings about climate change in Florida. He teaches Marine Science & Chemistry at Eckerd college and his specialities include chemical oceanography and paleoclimatology, the study of past climates.

Yesterday Gov. Rick Scott said his administration would be "happy to meet" with 10 scientists from Florida colleges and universities who want to talk about climate change, a subject he has been reluctant to address.

A ...

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CAIR Florida reacts to release of injured Tampa teenager from Israeli jail listen

07/07/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Hassan Shibly, CAIR, Florida, Palestine, Israel, Tariq Abu Khdeir, Tariq Khdeir


A teenager from Tampa was released yesterday from a prison in Israel. He’s now on house arrest. Tariq Khdeir told reporters he was beaten up by two Israeli police on Friday in an attack captured on video.

The Associated Press reports that today Israeli police said a border policeman had been temporarily suspended from special operations and transferred to a different position until the completion of an investigation into the apparent police beating of Tariq Khdeir. The AP says Khdeir trave...

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Anonymous guest discusses Florida's growing unemployment scandal listen

06/25/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Unemployment, Florida, wmnf


Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei's guest was wrongly asked to repay $10,000 in unemployment benefits by the state. "Barry" who asked us not to use his real name, says he was terminated by his employer, applied for and received unemployment benefits, exhausted the benefits and (five months later) was asked by the state to repay all the money. The state claimed that he had wrongly been granted unemployment benefits. Barry says he was legally entitled to the benefits and hired a lawyer to fight...

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Florida on the hook for $250,000 for firing whistleblower listen

06/23/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: whistleblower, Florida, Rick Scott, Diane Parcell

Lawyers for a fired state worker say Florida could owe nearly $2 billion to people who were incorrectly reported to credit agencies. Former Department of Economic Opportunity employee Dianne Parcell spoke during a press conference in Tallahassee Monday.

Parcell’s lawyer released video of the woman talking about what happened to her.

A jury is making the state pay $250,000 in attorney’s fees and damages for Parcell’s firing.

To date, the state of Florida has not taken steps to addres...

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Kennedy Space Center prepares for sea level rise listen

06/18/14 Crystal Farina and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: climate change, NASA, sea level rise, Florida, Kennedy Space Center, science


NASA is taking steps to protect Florida’s coastal Kennedy Space Center from rising seas.

Climate scientists say that sea levels will continue to rise because of melting polar ice and because warmer oceans will expand as the planet warms.

WMNF spoke with Kim Toufectis, the architect who coordinates master planning for NASA’s 15 locations, including KSC.

“Adapting to climate risks is part of what NASA needs to do in order to make sure our facilities can support our work going forwar...

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