News & Public Affairs

Tuesday April 21, 2015

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Tropicana Field in St Petersburg


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Aug. 2014

Tampa Bay Times Writer Stephen Nohlgreen analyzes the Rays' future prospects in St. Pete

Yesterday The St. Petersburg City Council discussed the Tampa Bay Ray's future in St.Pete, tentatively deciding to look further into the team's economic impact for the city. Journalist Stephen Nohlgren has been covering the story for the Tampa Bay Times and today he joins us to explain the possibility of the team's departure, and what would happen to the large swath of property the Tropicana field currently resides on.

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Artist Nick Cave Brings Heard to Lights on Tampa; William Downs & George Long Create Chaos at Tempus Projects.

Nick Cave (artist, not singer) is a Chicago based artist who combines movement with sculptural costumes and music, has brought his team, Bob Faust and William Gill, to recreate and update Heard at the Lights on Tampaart festival.

Tempus Projects shows the next great art, whether home grown or imported from Atlanta. William Downs and George Long are intensely collaborating on the...

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St. Pete City Council member Karl Nurse: Rays stadium saga more nuanced than expected

St. Pete City Council is in unanimous agreement – they want to keep the Rays in St. Pete. During a workshop considering various stadium options, the board voted on a resolution declaring their support for keeping Major League Baseball in the city.

That vote, though seemingly insignificant, is intended to send a message to Rays ownership that City Council is willing to work with them. That vote comes after a December 18 meeting where the board rejected a “memorandum of understanding” struck...

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Debt forgiveness for struggling countries, Nurse Practitioner autonomy, and education as a civil right on today's Radioactivity

Joining us today is Andrew Hanauer,Campaign Director of Jubilee USA, a DC-based non-profit that advocates for national debt relief for struggling countries. Hanauer argues that great national debts prevent some countries, such as Greece, from developing thriving economies. Jubilee USA so far has won over $130 billion for national debt relief and debt cancellation.

Next: It is estimated that Florida will be short 7000 doctors by 2025. Can Nurse Practiti...

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Grassroots organizations move forward on new transportation coalition for Hillsborough County

A diverse collection of organizations want to provide a blueprint for better transportation in Hillsborough County. They brainstormed over transit principles, guidelines and implementation at the Hillsborough County Classroom Teachers Association in Tampa Tuesday night. The rainy weather reinforced the need for improved transportation options in Hillsborough.

The transportation “super group” is made up of grassroots organizations for boots-on-the-ground ...

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Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan.


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

Hillsborough Commission moves ahead with high-speed ferry

On Wednesday the Hillsborough County Commission unanimously recommended going ahead with a high-speed ferry plan to connect south Hillsborough with MacDill Air Force Base. During public comment several residents spoke in favor of the ferry. Environmentalist Mariella Smith said the fragile ecology of the shoreline near the proposed terminal will be protected.

Commissioner Ken Hagan said supporting the ferry project is an important step, but more needs to happen for it to become reality.

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Southern Poverty Law Center banner at a conference held at the center in 2011


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Radioactivity talks with two people who work to fight extremist ideologies and hate groups

Today on Radioactivity, We talk with two people who work to fight extremist ideologies.

Eli Rosenbaum was responsible for hunting down and deporting Nazi war criminals for the US Department of Justice from 1994-2010. He is now Director of Human Rights Enforcement at Justice Department, where he tracks down perpetrators of genocide around the world. Rosenbaum will be speaking at the Mahaffey theater in St.Pete next Thursday at 6:00 p.m., at an event sponsored by the Florida Holocaust Museu...

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Interstate 4 in Tampa, southbound to the I-275/I-4 junction, also known as 'Malfunction Junction'


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District 7 FDOT Development Director discusses adding toll roads to Tampa Bay area Interstates

Tampa is one of the 5 most congested cities in America, and one proposed solution has been to add toll roads within the medians of the interstates throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk counties. Debbie Hunt, Director of Transportation Development for District 7, talks about the plan to add tolls to Interstates I-4, I-275, and I-75 at a cost of about $7 billion. Hunt says cost to use the toll lane, which will be limited to cars and light trucks, would be at least 50 cents and then would ...

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Animating For Social Change

On today’s Sustainable Living program we talked about a topic that directly relates to Community Conscious Radio and how we can encourage and up-lift our allies and supporters on behalf of our common mission by Animating for Social Change. Our very special guest on today’s show will be doing a free workshop for the Bridge Foundation this coming Saturday from 10AM to 4:30PM in Tampa. Dr. Cecilia Yocum is a certified psychodrama practitioner with 35 years of experience as a psychologist. She’s...

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