Hurricane Matthew closures

President Obama declared a State of Emergency in Florida Thursday because of Hurricane Matthew; a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for all or parts of Levy, Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Polk and some counties to the east of Tampa Bay. A Tropical Storm watch for Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota Counties. The category 4 hurricane is expected… Read more »

The Detectives on Life Elsewhere

Dublin Murder Squad, detective Antoinette Conway is hard-edged, gloriously rough-speaking and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. Antoinette, the narrator in Tana French’s new novel, The Trespasser, takes the reader on a roller-coaster of whodunit journey. Tana is a wickedly clever writer who uses her past acting experience to aid in conjuring up brilliant dialogue and descriptions…. Read more »

The Very Exciting & Important Vice Presidential Debate is happening tonight

The Vice Presidential Candidates for the major parties’ tickets will be meeting to chat about how different they are, even though you might not be able to tell them apart without name tags or the right color ties. Tim Kaine (Democrat) and Mike Pense (Republican)’s Venn Diagram overlap would have late 50s/white male/governor/congress in it. After… Read more »

Radioactivity Friday: Could a Monorail help solve Tampa’s traffic woes?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160930_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Our  guest on Radioactivity Friday was Tom Hall, a co-founder of a large public relations firm that is also known for his efforts to build the Florida Aquarium in Tampa and he helped bring what’s now called The Amalie Arena to downtown Tampa. In recent years he’s been touting a monorail as a… Read more »

floods Gulfport Hermine

Tampa Bay residents can apply to FEMA for Hermine relief

On Friday, Governor Rick Scott announced that Floridians who lost jobs as a result of the flooding and storms during Hurricane Hermine may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (more information below); in addition, residents who suffered wind or flood damage during the storm several weeks ago can apply to FEMA for assistance. FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams… Read more »

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Why are Florida’s big utilities companies backing amendment 1 for solar energy choice?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160929_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday we look at Amendment 1, also known as “Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice”, that is being back by 4 large for-profit utility companies: Florida Power and Light, Duke Energy, Tampa Electric and Gulf Power. Why would these utility companies, who mostly make their money off of coal,… Read more »

Mosaic New Wales sinkhole location from Google Earth

Environmental Activist addresses Mosaic sinkhole, expansion of phosphate mining in Manatee County

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160928_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday we talked about the effects phosphate mining in West central Florida. Billions of tons of phosphogypsum- located in Hillsborough, Polk, Manatee, and Desoto counties-is strip mined and eventually used to make commercial. Last month, a giant sinkhole, opened up under a gypsum stact at a Polk County processing plant… Read more »

Women’s Show 9/29 – November 8th is Coming Soon!

Arnie Arneson, back by your request and Adele Stan, long-time favorite By Arlene Engelhardt  November 8th is coming soon…  Are you registered to vote?…  Did you along with 84 million others watch the debate Monday night?… Was there a winner? Was there a loser?…  Did you see the dynamics of character that you consider essential… Read more »

Lorena Grizzle and Larry Ahern

Larry Ahern and Lorena Grizzle differ on Medicaid, guns and other issues

The two candidates fighting for Pinellas County State House District 66 faced each other Wednesday afternoon at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club in St. Petersburg; the district stretching from Clearwater Beach to Bay Pines is represented by Republican Larry Ahern, he’s being challenged by an elementary school teacher, Democrat Lorena Grizzle. They differ on whether Florida… Read more »

Planning Earth & People Friendly Communities on Sustainable Living

On Monday’s Sustainable Living Program we talked about planning Earth and people friendly communities. Our guests were the Study Team Leader, Brent Lacy, and Director of Planning, Curt Ostrodka, with VHB, a local engineering, planning and design firm; Melissa Zornitta, the Executive Director of the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission, Plan Hillsborough; and Whit Blanton,… Read more »

Pam Bondi

Florida This Week; Florida AG Pam Bondi Would Not Fight Trump U But She Is Fighting The Clean Power Plan

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160926_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday, we  first listened back to the latest episode of Florida This Week, a political discussion show on local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. In this episode, our panel of political experts and insiders discuss the hottest stories in Florida news and politics: Calls for… Read more »

Pastors want early voting location in black community

Pastors call for early voting site in black neighborhood; Pinellas says no

Pastors of predominantly black churches are asking for an early voting location in South St. Pete; but the supervisor of elections in Pinellas County is rejecting that request. In a press conference Friday morning at the Lake Vista Recreation Center in South St. Petersburg, Bethel Community Baptist Church Pastor Manuel Sykes said the rec center… Read more »

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The Danger of GMO’s and Another Effort to Remove People of Color from the Voting Rolls

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160922_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Our first guest on Radioactivity Thursday was author Caitlin Shetterly who’s written a new book called Modified: GMO’s and the Threat to Our Food, Our Land, Our Future. Few years ago Caitlin Shetterly was looking for an answer to the illnesses she and her young son were suffering. She traced their illnesses to genetically… Read more »

US senate Libertarian candidate Paul Stanton; Former Gibbs HS principal discusses effects of segregation in Pinellas county schools

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160921_110618_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday our first guest was Paul Stanton, who won the Libertarian Party primary here in Florida three weeks ago and is now the party’s nominee for US Senate. He works in the telecommunications software industry and is a U.S. Army veteran of the Iraq war who left college in Indiana to join… Read more »

sewage dump sign St. Petersburg Gulfport Florida

Sewage spill update from St. Pete mayor

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman updated City Council Thursday about the massive dump of stormwater and partially treated and untreated sewage during Tropical Storm Hermine; Kriseman updated media Friday morning before an unrelated press conference. Listen:           “The update is, as a result of last night’s meeting, we are, as quickly as we can, moving forward with… Read more »

Charlie Crist, David Jolly face off in debate for 13th Congressional district seat

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160920_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Tuesday we looked at some key moments from a debate held on Monday between  the two  candidates running for the 13th congressional seat in St. Petersberg: incumbent congressman David Jolly and former governor Charlie Crist. During the exchange, which became heated at times,  each candidate strongly challenging the other’s record… Read more »