News & Public Affairs

Thursday December 18, 2014

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Pinellas County Commission race tight between Gerard and Hooper: poll

The Pinellas County Commission race between Democrat Pat Gerard and Republican Ed Hooper appears to be going down to the wire. According to a poll released late Friday by St. Pete Polls, Gerard leads Hooper by less than a percentage point.

To find out about the trends in that race and about who Pinellas voters support for governor, WMNF News interviewed Matt Florell, president of St. Pete Polls.

St. Pete Polls also found that Greenlight Pinellas was trailing by about ten points. Check ...

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David Zarembka

Long time TV news anchorman honored by The Poynter Institute and Human Rights activist discusses his efforts in East Africa

Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei speaks with John Wilson, a long time TV news anchorman here in the Bay area who is retiring after 50 years in the news business.

The Poynter Institute will hold a luncheon honoring Emmy award winning TV anchors Gayle Sierens and John Wilson tomorrow. Earlier this year both announced their plans to retire. John Wilson was born in the coal-mining town of Big Stone Gap, Virginia, his broadcasting career began when he was only 15, as a disc jockey and news rep...

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Susan Glickman, Florida Director of The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

Florida Director of The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy says Duke Energy wants to end conservation goals

On The Last Call Rob Lorei discusses two events taking place this Tuesday to raise awareness and public understanding of the actions taken by big monopoly utilities like Duke Energy. Rob speaks with Susan Glickman, the Florida Director of The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.

Susan Glickman explains that Duke customers are being charged for power plants that won't get built. Meanwhile big monopoly utilities like Duke want to kill conservation goals effectively eliminating energy effic...

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Recycle Day Tampa Bay

America Recycles Day is coming up in November. Sustainable Living covers recycling here in the Tampa Bay area with three guests that are involved with local recycling, plus they’re Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful partners, one of the best local environmental stewardship groups. Our guests were Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful Development and Community Relations Director Pat DePlasco, the Director for Hillsborough County’s Solid Waste Department Kim Byers and the Gove...

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Poll suggests Greenlight Pinellas transit referendum could lose big

Greenlight Pinellas could be heading toward a blowout defeat; a new poll released late Friday by St. Pete Polls finds that Pinellas County voters reject the proposed sales tax increase for transit by a twelve point margin.

WMNF News interviewed Matt Florell, president of St. Pete Polls.

Their current poll shows the Greenlight Pinellas referendum being opposed by 54% of likely voters.

Tuesday we'll hear t...

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Bill Clinton & Charlie Crist in East Tampa


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Bill Clinton urges Democrats to vote as he stumps for Charlie Crist in Tampa

Bill Clinton urges Tampa to the vote out and vote for Charlie Crist for governor. The ex-president stumped for and with other Democrats Saturday at Cyrus Greene Park in Tampa. Bill Clinton’s visit brought star appeal and high approval ratings to Crist’s campaign.

Bill Clinton followed a line-up of Democrats which among others included Representative Kathy Castor, Senator Bill Nelson, Charlie Crist’s running mate Annette Taddeo and Charlie Crist himself. The message from all the speakers w...

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Coalition of Immokalee Workers unveils Fair Food Label

If you want to buy tomatoes that have been grown with the rights of farmworkers in mind, you now have a label to look for.

Friday the Coalition of Immokalee Workers unveiled a green Fair Food Label.

WMNF's Seán Kinane interviewed Gerardo Reyes Chavez, a member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.

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Poynter president on why they're hosting African journalists when USF St. Pete would not

This week the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg decided to rescind its invitation to a group of African journalists because of student and faculty fears of Ebola; but the nearby Poynter Institute decided to host the journalists instead.

To find out what was behind those decisions and how the media is covering the Ebola outbreak, WMNF spoke with Tim Franklin, president of the Poynter Institute.

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Rick Scott and his wife Ann (L) watch as another supporter prepares to speak to the crowd.


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Rick Scott campaign stop in Tampa met with protests

TAMPA - On Friday morning, Governor Rick Scott made a campaign stop in New Tampa. As part of a state-wide tour, the Republican is encouraging voters to cast their ballots early.

Though,it was not just supporters who showed up at the strip mall parking lot. Outside La Cubanita Café, around 30 supporters marched and chanted anti-Scott slogans. Many condemned Scott for reported ties to big business.

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