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Polk County citrus farmer cautiously optimistic about Oriental fruit fly

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said in a news release Tuesday there is an Oriental fruit fly infestation in Miami-Dade County. Officials have declared a state of emergency because the fly could potentially attack hundreds...
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Could rising atmospheric CO2 affect Florida sinkhole formation?

As humans continue to burn fossil fuels and cut down forests, levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have skyrocketed far beyond historic levels; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration began measuring carbon dioxide levels...

Advocates demand reversal of Hillsborough County’s “no go” on expanded free school meals

Proponents demand child nutrition programs in Hillsborough County schools are extended and expanded. Earlier this week, several activists gathered near Miles Elementary in East Tampa on the first day of school. They were drawing attention...
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Preview of Gulf restoration meeting in St. Petersburg

If you want a say in how Gulf restoration funds are spent, you have a chance Wednesday night in St. Petersburg; the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council has released a draft of funding priorities using...
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Expanding Medicaid could help Florida’s finances: CHAIN

Florida will have more federal money to reimburse hospitals for care they provide uninsured patients. Politico Florida reports The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has given the state a 60-day extension to spend about...
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Regulate Florida pushing ballot initiative to legalize marijuana

There’s a new effort to make marijuana legal in Florida – nope, not just medical marijuana. We’re talking legal recreational use of marijuana by adults; a new group will announce its new voter initiative this...
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Tampa Bay Estuary Program gets $2 million from Gulf oil spill

The Tampa Bay Estuary Program announced Thursday that it will be getting $2 million from Clean Water Act fines to fund seven local projects; the money is from a settlement with TransOcean and other companies...

Climate Change Will Hit Florida Hard Over the Next 85 years

By Rob Lorei   Today on Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei looks at the economic and health risks of climate change on the U.S. southeast. A report released by bi-partisan group Risky Business claims that if...
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To avoid leprosy, doctor warns against contact with armadillos

The Florida Department of Health is noting an uptick in the cases of leprosy this year and contact with armadillos might be one reason why. In the first half of 2015 there have already been...
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Southwest Florida’s rate of sea level rise speeding up

The southwest coast of Florida, especially its beaches and mangroves, are being increasingly impacted by rising seas caused by global warming; on WMNF News’ MidPoint we spoke with Mike Barry — an environmental contractor with...
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Bullard doubts Jeb’s record is worth bragging about

Monday, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush returned to Tallahassee for a speech about what he would do if elected president; he pointed to his record as governor and vowed to roll back federal spending. But...

Cuban flag now flies over embassy in Washington

The Cuban flag was raised inside the Cuban embassy in Washington, D.C. Monday morning for the first time in 54 years; our guests in the studio who took calls about this issue were Rayshawna Black...

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