News & Public Affairs

Thursday October 2, 2014

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Tampa's downtown along the Hillsborough River.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Sept. 2009).

Emerge Tampa Bay hosts "Tomorrow's Tampa" summit on downtown and transportation

What will downtown Tampa look like in several years? What about transportation in the region? These are two of the questions young professionals will try to answer during a summit Thursday evening. WMNF interviewed Brian Seel, chair of Emerge Tampa Bay, which is hosting the “Tomorrow’s Tampa” summit.

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Weeki Wachee River.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Aug. 2014).

Water management district seeks input on minimum water flows and levels

To make sure the ecologies of the region’s freshwater rivers, lakes and wetlands stay in balance, the Southwest Florida Water Management District sets minimum flows and levels, then makes sure too much water isn’t taken out.

In a workshop Wednesday night, SWFWMD is asking for public input in setting those levels. Doug Leeper is their chief advisory environmental scientist.

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn


photo by Janelle Irwin, 2013

Mayor Buckhorn responds to having a reelection challenger from Occupy Tampa

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has a challenger in his race for reelection next March; Monday we brought you an interview with Becky Rubright, a veteran of the Occupy Tampa movement. She criticized Buckhorn and the response of the Tampa Police Department during occupy beginning three years ago. WMNF interviewed Mayor Buckhorn for his response to having a challenger in the March 2015 election.

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Florida This Week panel discussion on the governor’s race

Today on Last Call, Rob Lorei airs WEDU's Florida This Week with panel Leslie Dougher Chair, Republican Party of Florida, Dr. Keith Fitzgerald Former State Legislator/Professor (Democrat), Mike Deeson, Senior Investigative Reporter 10 News and William March Political Writer, Tampa Tribune.

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Plant Diseases & Herbs

Today’s show started with an announcement about the ROOTS Seed and Plant share that takes place on October 4th from 2pm to 6pm at The Ale and The Witch, 111 - 2nd Ave. N.E., St. Petersburg, FL. Then we talked about growing herbs in our fall gardens with Sydney Park-Brown, Associate Professor in Consumer Horticulture with the University of Florida IFAS Extension Service. Also, Dr. Bob Linde, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Herbalist and owner of Acupuncture & Herbal Therapies joined the conversa...

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06/17/14 Fast Food workers in Tampa went on strike demanding a $15/hr wage.


photo by Janelle Irwin

Group wants $15 minimum wage in St. Pete

A campaign is underway to change the minimum wage in St. Petersburg to fifteen dollars an hour.

For that to happen, a Florida law prohibiting local minimum wages would have to be repealed.

WMNF interviewed Jeff Roby, part of a group called 15 Now and is taking the fight to raise the minimum wage to the St. Pete City Council.

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Becky Rubright.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Occupy Tampa activist is challenging Bob Buckhorn for Tampa mayor

Round two of Occupy Tampa versus Bob Buckhorn will take place at the ballot box, not in the city’s public parks.

On Friday Becky Rubright, a veteran of Occupy Tampa, became the first person to file to run against Buckhorn in the mayoral race next March.

Rubright is one of dozens of occupy protesters arrested during months of conflicts with Buckhorn’s police force, usually while occupying public land.

According to the [Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections website](http://www....

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Some of the guns from a Hillsborough County gun buy-back program in Feb. 2013.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Uhurus oppose Pinellas Schools plan for assault rifles for school police

A plan by the Pinellas County School District to acquire assault rifles for campus police is coming under fire from the black community.

Friday morning the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement held a press conference in front of the Pinellas County School Board building to criticize further weaponizing schools.

Afterward, WMNF spoke by phone with their local president, Chimurenga Waller.

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