News & Public Affairs

Thursday July 2, 2015


Palestinian flag.

photo by Janelle Irwin/WMNF News (Nov. 2012).

United Church of Christ national meeting votes to divest from Israeli settlements

Another major Christian church denomination has voted to divest from companies doing business in Israeli-occupied Palestine; during a national meeting Tuesday in Cleveland the United Church of Christ overwhelmingly supported divestment. One of the UCC delegates is from Tampa -- Reverend Bernice Powell-Jackson is Pastor of First United Church of Tampa.

Tuesday’s UCC divestment decision is wider than one last year by another denomination: the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted to sell stock ...

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Teachers rallied in Tampa in April 2010.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Head of Florida teachers union criticizes state education budget

The state budget that was signed into law last week by Governor Rick Scott included a slight increase in funding for education; but many school advocates say it’s not enough.

WMNF interviewed Andy Ford, president of the Florida Education Association -- the state’s largest teachers union.

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Equality Florida responds to Supreme Court's marriage equality decision

On MidPoint, WMNF News' Sean Kinane interviews Stratton Pollitzer, Equality Florida's Deputy Director, about the Supreme Court's decision on marriage equality and what it means for Florida.

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D Newland & LJ Wood

photo by Samuel Johnson

Over the rainbow: St. Petersburg LGBT Pride Parade

Size and significance matter in this year's Saint Petersburg LGBT Pride Parade. Last Saturday At dusk tens of thousands of supporters lined the crowed sidewalks along the Grand Central district route. Celebrating an end to years of struggle was top of mind but also realizing the struggle still isn't over.

On the heels of several Supreme Court decisions, the LBGT Pride parade capped off a historically progressive week. The Confederate Flag has fallen into disfavor and been taken down; Obam...

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The Scientology Building in Hollywood

photo by Ben Stanfield/Flickr

USDA program helps families build their own homes, and journalist Tony Ortega's latest book on Scientology

June is national homeownership month and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the USDA Self-Help Housing Program, which helps families build their own homes through local partnerships. Over the years the program help build nearly 50,000 affordable homes for many low income and minority families in rural communities. Today we talk with Earl Allen Pfeiffer, Executive Director of Florida Home Partnership, one of the two affordable housing organizations that works with t...

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John and Joan Tedesco

photo by Samuel Johnson

Pasco WWII vet mustard gassed by U.S. experiments still waiting on VA benefits

American service members who were exposed to toxic mustard gas during secret testing by the U.S. military during World War II have developed severe physiological ailments. An NPR investigation found the Department of Veterans Affairs has not lived up to a promise to compensate the 4,000 men subjected to the most extreme tests. Here is the story of a Pasco County man who says he was exposed and is not getting medical treatment from the government.

John Tedesco and his wife share a home in S...

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Two years ago today St. Pete residents celebrated the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.

photo by Janelle Irwin/WMNF News (June 2013).

SCOTUS ruling: Bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional

Huge news coming out of Washington today representing a major with for same-sex marriage and LGBT allies. In a 5-4 ruling, the high court officially paved the way for same-sex marriages nationwide, ruling that bans on gay marriage are unconstitutional.

Justices answered two questions. First, does the 14th Amendment require states to license a marriage between two people of the same sex, and then, does that same amendment require a state to recognize legally valid same-sex marriages perform...

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State Flag of Florida flying below the United States Flag

photo by beachgirlnbay

Florida historian says confederate inspired state flag needs to go

Since last week's tragic shooting deaths of nine black churchgoers at the hands of an alleged white supremacist in Charleston, South Carolina, there has been growing outcry over public representations of the confederacy. Recently Representative Kathy Castor called for the statue of a confederate general to be removed from Florida's section of the Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. Today we talk to Florida historian and author TD Allman, who says that the State Flag of Florida is a refashioned...

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A Move to Amend protest holds a banner on an overpass in Kitsap County,Washington

photo by Backbone Campaign/flickr

The Fairness Doctrine with Jennifer Sullivan addresses corporate money in political campaigning

Today we have the latest installment of The Fairness Doctrine, a debate show hosted and produced with Jennifer Sullivan. This edition discusses the validity and ethics of private money in political campaigning. Joining Sullivan today is Anita Stewart, Host of Wise Women Radio and former member of the Hillsborough Soil and Water Conser­vation Board.

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