News & Public Affairs

search:

Microbrewery approved to sell alcohol in West Tampa listen

12/17/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show
Medium_1160
Medium

Today Tampa City Council approved alcohol sales for a microbrewery in West Tampa. Cigar City Brewing is owned by the son of Perennial City Council Candidate and Adult Club owner Joe Redner. About a dozen residents of the Carver City and Lincoln Gardens neighborhoods protested the approval of alcohol sales in their neighborhood.

In a 4-2 vote, Tampa City Council allowed a Tampa microbrewery to continue to sell alcohol at the site on Spruce Street. Joe Redner is the owner of the Cigar City ...

Be the first to comment

Ralph Nader, consumer advocate and candidate

12/17/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

Ralph Nader, the consumer advocate who has run for president several times, has written a new book called Only the Super Rich Can Save Us! (Seven Stories).

Nader talked with host Rob Lorei about the current health care debate in Washington, the bank bailout, the mortgage crisis, the troop surge in Afghanistan, the power of special interests in Washington and the prospects for grassroots reform trumping corporate power.

Be the first to comment

Union members support collective bargaining for TSA workers listen

12/17/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show
Medium_1159
Medium

The employees responsible for security at airports do not currently have the right to collectively bargain with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

At Tampa International Airport yesterday, local union members, including president of West Central Florida Federation of Labor Central Labor Council Robert Ray, expressed their support for the Transportation Security Officers.

Aaron Wazlavek, a national organizer with the [American Federation of Governme...

Be the first to comment

County to Follow Cone Ranch Recommendations listen

12/16/09 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

Today the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners approved a motion to accept the recommendations of a Cone Ranch advisory board. It would allow the County’s Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program to purchase the nearly 13,000 acres of land that constitute Cone Ranch.

The land, which the county water utility currently owns, is a vital part of the Hillsborough River watershed.

Some, like Mariella Smith of the ELAPP committee had concern that the land would fall int...

Be the first to comment

Hillsborough Commissioners Grill Administrator Pat Bean listen

12/16/09 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show
Medium_1157
Medium

This morning was probably one of the toughest Hillsborough County Administrator Pat Bean has faced. With County Commissioner Mark Sharpe calling for her resignation and other commissioners delivering lengthy and pointed criticisms of her job performance the handful of TV news cameras probably didn’t make it any easier. In the end, the commission voted to keep her on until her contract expires in two years. Commissioner Sharpe, who cast the only ‘no’ vote, said that it was time for new l...

Be the first to comment

Forces of Political Nature to Wipeout Florida's Executive Branch listen

12/16/09 Caroline Cziesla
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

The whirlwind began last August when Florida Senator Mel Martinez resigned from his Senate position before his term expired. As a result, elected officials in Florida’s top offices are seeking other political ambitions. In eleven months, the current leaders who administer and enforce Florida law will all be replaced.

The office of Attorney General is one of the executive openings. Six people are interested. Last night one potential candidate, Dan Gelber, and his supporters had the ...

Be the first to comment

Governor Crist signs rail bill into law listen

12/16/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show
Medium_1155
Medium

Today Governor Charlie Crist signed historic legislation for state and local rail systems. The bill passed in a Special Session of the Florida Legislature last week, which many say is the first step in also bringing high speed rail to Florida.

Protesters, politicians, and proponents of local rail systems gathered at the HART bus station in downtown Tampa. Governor Charlie Crist signed House Bill 1B today, which passed during...

Be the first to comment

Environmentalists Fight Effort To Allow Oil Drilling Closer To Florida's Coastline

12/16/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

There's a move by a group in Tallahassee to get the legislature to allow oil and gas drilling in state waters, 3-10 miles off Florida's coast. An economist hired by Florida Energy Associates- a major backer of expanded drilling rights- predicted last year that the state could reap $2.3 Billion dollars a year in direct revenue from oil and gas drilling. Environmentalists are concerned because they are being out-spent in Tallahassee and they say there are reasons to believe that expanded drilli...

1 comments

Florida Representative Bill Heller on why he opposed the rail bill listen

12/16/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show
Medium_1156
Medium

State Representative Bill Heller voted against the rail bill that Governor Crist signed today. The Democrat from St. Petersburg says he supports mass transit, but opposes the multi-million dollar handout to the rail company CSX.

1 comments

Delegates and activists protest climate talks in Copenhagen listen

12/16/09 Kelly Benjamin and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

Amidst snow flurries in Copenhagen, massive peaceful demonstrations took place today outside the Bella Center where UN Climate talks are being held.

Protesters from around the world descended on the conference in attempts to expose what they feel is an undemocratic and inadequate response to the urgency of the climate change crisis. The goal of the action was to take over the conference, and transform it into a Peoples Assembly on Climate Change just as some UN delegates and NGOs staged a...

Be the first to comment

Suncoast Tiger Bay Club

12/15/09 Glenn pendergrass
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

Suncoast Tiger Bay Club

Today surrounded by 66 beautifully decorated Christmas trees, at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club… the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club was busy carving up a couple of politicians for their last luncheon of 2009. WMNFs Glenn Pendergrass reports that Florida House of Representatives Ed Hooper, Republican and Democrat Rick Kriseman were the main course.

At the last meeting of the year of the Suncoaast Tiger bay club Rep. Ed Hooper described how… like you and I the Florid...

Be the first to comment

Stetson panel discusses wrongful convictions

12/15/09 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

If it wasn’t for the New York Chapter of The Innocence Project, a nonprofit that works to overturn wrongful convictions, St. Petersburg native Alan Crotzer would currently be rounding out his third decade in prison. Crotzer spent nearly 25 years in prison for a robbery, kidnapping and double rape that DNA evidence shows he did not commit; however, he kept his sense of humor as he spoke during a social justice round table.

Last night, Stetson University College of Law convened a panel to ...

Be the first to comment

Obama optimistic about health care reform listen

12/15/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show
Medium_1154
Medium

Today President Barack Obama spoke at the White House after meeting for more than an hour with Senate Democrats about health care reform.

Obama says there are still disagreements that have to be ironed out but “we’re on the precipice” of a breakthrough.

Obama says despite claims to the contrary, the reform bill will not add to the deficit.

The President says he told the gathering of senators that the Democratic Party cannot let its differences over portions of the bill destroy ...

Be the first to comment

Doctors who support the congressional democrats plan to overhaul health insurance

12/15/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Today we'll hear from two doctors who generally support the health care reform legislation making its way through Congress.

The AP is reporting that Independent Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman says he expects to support the Democrats' health care legislation as long as any government-run insurance plan stays out of the bill. To ensure Lieberman's support, Senate leaders said yesterday they were backing away from a medicare expansio...

Be the first to comment

Naomi Klein on class war nonviolence and climate justice in Copenhagen listen

12/15/09 Kelly Benjamin and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

Activists are gearing up to shut down the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen tomorrow. Last night, WMNF reporter Kelly Benjamin recorded Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein speaking in the Freetown Christiana, an autonomously-governed squatted neighborhood in Copenhagen.

Much of the discussion in Christiania last night revolved around planning for the massive protests intent on shutting down the climate talks tomorrow. This is German activist Tadzio Mueller.

Afterwards, Nao...

Be the first to comment

Healthy State Local Journalism Center

 
Your Ad Could Be Here