News & Public Affairs

Thursday April 24, 2014


U.S. Rep Kathy Castor (D-FL) hosts colleague Frank Pallone (D-NJ) at USF's CAMLS.

photo by Janelle Irwin

USF's CAMLS wows New Jersey Democrat

A University of South Florida medical research facility is getting kudos from a high ranking Democrat in Washington. New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone sits on a health subcommittee where things like funding for Medicare and Medicaid are sorted out. Pallone toured the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation in downtown Tampa Wednesday.

"There's always competition with NIH, with a lot of federal agencies also with the private sector. Obviously we'll take that back to Washington in o...

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photo by John Mazzello/WMNF

Sarasota musicians want county to back off noise restrictions

Some Sarasota musicians are fed up with a new rule in the county limiting noise.

Several dozen packed a joint city-county commission meeting Tuesday to tell elected officials that cracking down on decibel levels is hurting the local economy and cultural scene.

Tony LeClerc plays bass and is a singer-songwriter.

"The ordinance was passed, I believe, May 20th. It reduced the decibel level from 75 to 60. A normal conversation between people runs around 75 decibels. A bird chirping h...

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Oil Pipeline Pumping Station in rural Nebraska

photo by Flickr/shannonpatrick17

Oil industry perspective on Keystone Pipeline

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei gets the oil industry perspective on the proposed Keystone pipeline. He welcomes guest Cindy Schild, who is a senior manager of Downstream Operations Refining & Canadian Oil Sands Program at American Petroleum Institute.

The proposed TransCanada Corporation pipeline would carry crude oil from Alberta to Nebraska, where it would link up with an existing pipeline that connects to refineries in Texas. Because it would cross the Canada-U...

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Coalition rallies for clean power at Duke Energy in St. Petersburg

Local elected officials and the Sunshine State Clean Energy Coalition rallied Tuesday in St. Petersburg to call on Duke Energy to invest in cleaner energy. Florida could become a national leader in clean energy investment.

According to members of the Sierra Club, Florida ranks third in the nation for solar energy generation potential, but currently ranks only 17th for clean energy production.

Frank Jackalone was one of the fifty people rallying in Williams Park this afternoon. He is ...

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photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (file photo).

FL Democrats take issue with bill banning insurance "discrimination" against gun owners that's heading to governor's desk

The Florida House has passed a bill preventing insurance companies from discriminating against people who own guns. But several Democrats, like Clovis Watson, Jr. from Gainesville, took issue with using the word “discrimination.”

"As a gun owner, as someone who believes in the 2nd Amendment, as someone who's a descendant of slaves, it concerns me with the word 'discrimination' when we're speaking of firearms. As someone who owns a firearm and who believes in the 2nd Amendment. And when yo...

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Tampa Bay Times wins Pulitzer for homeless series and an Education program provides free newspapers to schools

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks to Tampa Bay Times reporters Will Hobson, 29, and Michael LaForgia, 30 who won a Pulitzer prize this year- one of journalism’s highest awards. Their series of reports on Hillsborough County’s Homeless Recovery program revealed that the agency funneled millions of public dollars to slumlords and placed families in unsafe living condition...

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photo by Janelle Irwin

Computer glitch causes FCAT problems in Pasco, Hernando and elsewhere

Many kids in Florida, including in the Tampa Bay area, had trouble taking the state’s standardized test today because of a computer glitch.

Students in Pasco and Hernando Counties were unable to access the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test or FCAT.

Andy Ford is president of the Florida Education Association, the union for public school employees.

"In many cases today when the kids got to their classrooms and tried to get on the computer to take their FCAT...

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New book shares research on the soon-to-be massive extinction of animals

Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei speaks with Elizabeth Kolbert who writes of a massive move toward extinction about the mass die-off of millions of bats in the Northeast; one-third of all reef-building corals, a third of all fresh-water mollusks, a third of sharks and rays, a quarter of all mammals, a fifth of all reptiles and a sixth of all birds are headed towards oblivion,” she writes. Her new book is called THE SIXTH EXTINCTION (Henry Holt).

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Local political consultant Barry Edwards joins Last Call

Local political consultant Barry Edwards has work worked to help elect both Democrats and Republicans. Currently, Edwards is working for Democrats. Today on Last Call, he talks with Rob Lorei about the Congressional District 13 race; redistricting; the governor's race; voter turnout; Medicaid expansion and Barry's nickname- The Mad Scientist of Local Politics.

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Police want to question Terrod Arrington regarding the arson.

photo by Tampa Police

Tampa Police want to question person in pet clinic arson that killed 3 cats

Tampa Police released the name and photographs of a man wanted for questioning about a fire this weekend at a low-cost animal clinic.

Tampa Police say Terrod Arrington is wanted for battery and is wanted for questioning about the arson of the animal clinic. They say he caused disturbances in the lobby several times last week, including pushing an ACT employee.

In addition to building damage, three cats died in the fire.

WMNF’s Samuel Johnson interviewed Frank Hamilton, the president...

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