Florida this week with Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn; Green Party candidate Jill Stein wants no bomb sale to Saudi Arabia

By Rob Lorei Today we listen to a special Thanksgiving edition of Florida this week in which host Rob Lorei interviews Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn, touching on a variety of topics such as the Vinik Project in downtown Tampa, the TBX interstate expansion, the idea of a  citizen’s police review board  and his goals for his… Read more »

Florida This Week; Holocaust Museum commemorates Kristallnacht

By Rob Lorei We start off today with the latest edition of Florida this week, a political discussion show broadcast by local PBS station WEDU on Friday nights and moderated by Radioactivity Host Rob Lorei. This Week’s Panel ( Political Consultant April Schiff, Former USF Professor Liana Fernandez Fox, Political Reporter Mitch Perry, Radio Host Susan… Read more »

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Walk Bike Tampa unveils Vision Zero plan for pedestrian and bicycle safety

A new coalition is trying to make Tampa safer for pedestrians and cyclists; in a press conference Thursday afternoon, Tampa City Council member Lisa Montelione said there have been 43 deaths so far this year in Hillsborough County. On December 3, she’s introducing a resolution to city council called Vision Zero, which pushes for a holistic… Read more »

Pinellas and Hillsborough to join South Florida counties in combating wage theft

By Rob Lorei Hillsborough and Pinellas counties will soon be joining several South Florida counties in passing local ordinances aimed at protecting workers from wage theft. Wage theft is when employees are withheld  rightly owed wages or benefits, sometimes through forcing workers to work off the clock, denying paychecks, or garnishing employee tips.  It especially affects service… Read more »

US Department of Education lambastes Pinellas County for educational disparities

Last Friday afternoon U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited Campbell Park Elementary, one of the South Saint Petersburg schools singled out in a Tampa Bay Times investigation noting severely underperforming schools. Outgoing US secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, emphasized the educational disparity in Pinellas schools is man made. Duncan opines that probable causes were… Read more »

Karl Nurse.

St. Pete plans to upgrade sewer infrastructure

In a newspaper column Wednesday, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Krisemen wrote he is recommending to City Council using money from the BP disaster settlement on storm resiliency and sustainability. That’s after the city dumped fifteen million gallons of partially-treated sewage into a stormwater pond connected to Clam Bayou during a massive rain event two months ago…. Read more »

Sea-level rise causing Pinellas to look at infrastructure

A University of Miami geologist is calling the problem of sea-level rise irreversible because 93 percent of excess heat from global warming is in the oceans; at St. Petersburg College in Seminole Friday, Harold Wanless warned that barrier islands, like those lining the coast of Pinellas County, may start to be abandoned in as soon… Read more »

Bruce Wright

Peace in the Park will call attention to homelessness in St. Pete

This Saturday in downtown St. Petersburg’s Williams Park there will be music, poetry, art and local justice groups calling attention to peace, homelessness and social justice. Peace in the Park is being organized in part by Rev. Bruce Wright, director of Refuge Ministries. He is also on the national board of the Poor People’s Economic Human… Read more »

Florida This Week looks at Pope Francis’s US visit, Hillsborough School District budget shortfall

By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity, we listen to the latest edition of Florida This Week, a public affairs talk show moderated by Rob Lorei and broadcast on PBS station WEDU on Friday nights. This episode’s panel (Hillsborough Republican Party Secretary Sharon Calvert, NPR’s Eric Deggans, Tampa Tribune Columnist Joe Henderson, Attorney Ron Weaver) discuss Pope… Read more »

April Griffin. WMNF

Hillsborough Schools using temp agency for substitute teachers

This year signs have popped up in front of schools in Hillsborough County by a large temporary work agency seeking teachers; does this mean there’s a major teacher shortage? This week WMNF News put that question to School Board member April Griffin, who said the district is always looking to hire new teachers but they’ve… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, September 25 with former Tampa City Council member Linda Saul-Sena

Former Tampa City Councilwoman and now Creative Loafing contributor Linda Saul-Sena joined the program. Saul-Sena served on and off the council from 1987-2010, before losing a bid to serve on the Hillsborough County Commission. Among the issues discussed included the current impasse with the current council over a civilian review board, Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the… Read more »

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Tampa Council looks for compromise with Buckhorn on police review

Late Thursday afternoon Tampa City Council instructed its attorney to work with the city’s attorney to draft an ordinance creating a citizen board to review police actions. Besides the number of appointments by council or the mayor it will have similar properties to a board created by Mayor Bob Buckhorn through executive order last month. The… Read more »

Andrew Joseph with Tampa For Justice

Diverse group calls for strong citizen review board for Tampa Police

Some members of Tampa City Council want to go against the legal advice of the city’s attorney and create a civilian board to review actions of the police – or at least appoint more members than Mayor Bob Buckhorn has in mind for a board he created by executive order. And diverse voices of citizens… Read more »

April Griffin. WMNF

Hillsborough Schools dealing with fewer Gates dollars than expected

The Hillsborough School Board is having a budget workshop Tuesday and it’s trying to figure out how to fill some budget gaps. One issue is that county schools will get much less from a major grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation than expected. WMNF News spoke with School Board member April Griffin during a break in… Read more »

Jennifer Rubiello

Should fracking be banned in Florida?

On MidPoint we looked at hydraulic fracturing in Florida and citizens’ efforts to stop it; joining us on the phone from southwest Florida was Dr. Karen Dwyer, co-founder of the Stonecrab Alliance, an environmental advocacy group. Our in-studio guest was Jennifer Rubiello, state director of Environment Florida. Tuesday in Naples the Board of Collier County Commissioners is meeting and one… Read more »

Jeffrey Vinik: WMNF News

Jeffrey Vinik says planned Tampa development will withstand sea-level rise

Tampa Bay Lighting general manager Jeffrey Vinik says his planned massive development in Tampa’s Channel District will be secure against the threats of sea-level rise. Vinik spoke to the Tampa Tiger Bay Club political gathering this afternoon. Afterward, WMNF News asked Vinik if he is concerned about sea-level rise and global warming since his development is… Read more »

Julia Mandell

Tampa retains outside lawyer to advise on conflicts of interest

Tampa’s City attorney has retained an outside attorney to answer conflict of interest questions that have come up while the city is debating the specifics of a citizen board to review the Police Department. Gwynne Young with Carlton Fields will be paid $10,000 for opinions on who the clients are that are represented by the City attorney… Read more »

Radioactivity looks at how to have an ‘impolite’ discussion on race

Today we listen to the lastest episode of WEDU’s Florida this week, a political talk show that airs on  Friday nights, and is moderated by Radioactivity Host Rob Lorei. This Weeks Panel ( Political Reporter Mitch Perry, Eckerd College Media and PR director Tom Scherberger, former attorney Rochelle Reback, Christian Community issues council president Terry Kemple) discuss… Read more »