Shine Mural Festival brightens St. Petersburg

Hermine delayed the beginning of the second Shine Mural Festival in St. Petersburg, but artists made up for it all weekend long. Murals are being worked on at all hours. Here are some pictures of the progress, with information about the festival at the end of the post. Shine is part of a month long… Read more »

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Warren accuses Ober of politicizing state attorney’s office

Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober (a Republican) is facing a challenge on the November ballot from former federal prosecutor, Democrat Andrew Warren. The two answered questions Friday afternoon at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club. Things became a bit heated when Warren seemed to accuse Ober of playing politics with his office. Here’s audio of the full… Read more »

Women’s Show Discusses EpiPen Blues 9/1

EpiPen is the prototype of what has gone wrong with the delivery of health care in this country. On Thursday’s show we spoke with Dr. Adam Gaffney, M.D.,staff physician at the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Cambridge Health Alliance, an organization with a longstanding commitment to community health and the health of the… Read more »

The Problems Facing Obamacare; Listeners respond to Donald Trump’s Speech on Immigration

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160901_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday we talk about the state of Obamacare with Dr. Elizabeth Rosenthal, a board member of Physicans for National Health Care ‘s New York Metro chapter. Aetna, the nation’s third largest health insurance company  announced two weeks ago that it is dropping Obamacare insurance in 69% of the counties and 11 of 15 states… Read more »

St.Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman offers tips on how to prepare for Tropical Storm Hermine

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160831_110618_radioactivityW1_189.MP3   On the first part of Radioactivity Wednesday we talked about storm preparedness, water conservation and safety during the approaching tropical storm with St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. During the storm, Mayor Kriseman advised listeners to limit their water usage at home and avoid traveling, especially driving through flooded streets. then we took  listener comments… Read more »

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St. Pete dumps wastewater into Bay pre-Hurricane Hermine

On Thursday Hermine strengthened to a hurricane; because of heavy rainfall Wednesday the City of St. Petersburg began what it calls a “controlled wastewater discharge into Tampa Bay.” The city says based on previous releases “90% of the discharge is expected to consist of rainwater/storm water.” But St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman says the amount of… Read more »

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Tropical Storm Hermine will hit Florida Thursday

*update: Hermine became a hurricane on Thursday September 1 Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Wednesday because of the approaching Tropical Storm Hermine. The state of emergency covers 42 counties, including Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk and the counties north of the Tampa Bay region. It’s about 400 miles west-southwest of Tampa. The National Hurricane Center has upgraded… Read more »

Stay Safe ~ Florida storm resources & information (updated) on Hurricane Hermine

We will try to update this over the next couple of days as Tropical Storm Hurricane Tropical Storm Hermine moves through our listening area. Hermine was the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida since 2005, crashing through St. Marks around 1:30am. It is bringing buckets and buckets of rain with it. Flooding remains a concern. Flood warnings were issued for Hillsborough,… Read more »

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Florida voter turnout high for primary election

Polls closed at 7:00 p.m. in Tuesday’s primary election; and if early voting is any indication, turnout numbers should be up locally and across the state. The primary election still has a much lower turnout than a general election, but Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent says because of high turnout through in-person early voting… Read more »

Backyard Vegetable Gardens on the Sustainable Living Show

On Monday’s WMNF 88.5FM Sustainable Living Program we talked about backyard vegetable gardens with our guests, two local county cooperative extension experts. Brian Niemann, Pinellas County’s Florida Friendly Landscape Agent, and Jim Moll, Pasco County’s Florida Friendly Landscaping Program Coordinator joined the show. Brian and Jim talked about what to consider before starting a garden,… Read more »

NAACP,Rep. Kathy Castor says Florida is the epicenter of voter suppression

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160829_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we listen back to the latest Florida This Week, an politcal discussion show from WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. This week we discuss: The primary election is Tuesday and we’ll look at some of the big races; Donald Trump campaigns in Tampa and again takes… Read more »

Radioactivity Friday: Whats really going on in Syria?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160826_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday, we looked at the current state of affairs in Syria. The country has been ravage by 5 years of civil war that many people think is consisted of rebels vs. the Assad Regime. But the situation is much more complex. We listened to an interview by  Mitch Jeserich,… Read more »

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Democratic Hillsborough Commission candidates on transit

Tuesday is primary election day in Florida; we take an in-depth look at one major issue –transit and transportation — as it is playing out in a countywide race in the region’s largest county, Hillsborough. There are four people fighting for the Democratic nomination for the countywide District 6 seat on the Hillsborough County Commission. The… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, August 25 – House District 68 debate between Ben Diamond & Eric Lynn

With just days before voters in Pinellas County’s House District 68 go to the polls, MidPoint hosted a radio debate between the two Democrats running in that primary election, attorney Ben Diamond and former Defense Dept. analyst Eric Lynn. The two men are very similar on many issues, one of the reasons why MidPoint wanted… Read more »

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WMNF listeners comment on Donald Trump’s speech at the Florida Fairgrounds yesterday

BY Rob Lorei http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160825_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 On Radioactivity Thursday, we listened to excerpts from Donald Trump’s speech at the Florida State Fairgrounds near Tampa on Wednesday. Then we opened up the phone lines and email for listener comments.  In his speech to about 2000 people, Trump said his presidency would rebuild the military, restore law and order,… Read more »

Art & Authoritarianism with Philip Kennicott, on Life Elsewhere

“What would happen to the arts if this country turned to authoritarian leadership?” That is the opening line from a perceptive commentary in the Washington Post, authored by Philip Kennicott, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Art and Architecture Critic. Mr. Kennicott imagines with clever wit, what would happen to the Arts in America if Mr. Trump becomes… Read more »

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Pinellas leaders considering genetically modified mosquitoes for Zika fight

A Pinellas County resident contracted Zika in Florida, so county officials are scrambling to find ways to control the mosquito that carries the virus; several leaders have signed a letter to the feds asking for permission to release genetically modified mosquitoes as part of the strategy to kill Aedes aegypti. One person who signed is… Read more »

Eric Ward and Bob Buckhorn

Tampa Police chief: body camera pilot worked

Tampa’s Police Chief told City Council Thursday that the number of bicycle stops and citations continue to decrease; Eric Ward also pointed to results of a USF pilot study showing that Tampa Police officers wearing a body camera responded with physical force less often. Chief Ward says the Mayor’s proposed budget did not include funds for more… Read more »

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In Tampa, Donald Trump says he should get minorities’ votes

Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump held a rally Wednesday afternoon at the Florida State Fairgrounds near Tampa; before the rally about 18 immigrants’ rights supporters held a press conference criticizing Trump’s policies toward immigrants and refugees. During his speech, Trump promised to fix inner cities and appeal to Latino and African-American voters. “And I say to the African… Read more »

Women’s Show – 20th Anniversary of Welfare Reform and “The Cruelest Prosecutor in America”

20th Anniversary of Welfare Reform This week marks the 20th anniversary of former President Bill Clinton’s welfare reform…when open-ended assistance to the needy changed to a time-limited performance based assistance. Bill Clinton said “It ended welfare as we know it.” While it has reduced the welfare rolls of the needy, the welfare to the greedy… Read more »