News & Public Affairs

Wednesday July 23, 2014


USF College of Marine Science professor Steve Murawski talks about integrating new technology into tracking species in the Gulf of Mexico.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Here's why you should care about the health of the Gulf of Mexico

Most people look out at the sparkly blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico and figure it’s perfectly healthy. But Don Boesch, president of the University of Maryland’s center for environmental science says there are plenty of reasons to worry.

“For example, the whole water system in terms of the water that evaporates and comes back down in rain – it removes about 2/3 of the carbon dioxide that we produce excessively.”

A White House climate change report released earlier this year shows that...

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Professor Louis J. Virelli

Florida Legislature passes resolution for new US Constitutional Convention

The Florida Legislature passed a resolution this past session calling for new US Constitutional Convention. The resolution was signed by the Governor last week. Today on Radioactvity, Rob Lorei discusses this issue with Lou Virelli, a professor of law at Stetson University College of Law.


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Refugees from around the world learn alphabetical order during an English class in Temple Terrace on World Refugee Day.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Surge of Syrian refugees to U.S. could pick up in late 2015

Nearly 30,000 refugees come into Florida every year from countries all over the world.

With ongoing violence in Syria, Simon Henshaw from the State Department says very few Syrian refugees have arrived in the U.S., but that’s about to change.

“We have pledged to take a significant number and we will start interviewing Syrian refugees soon. But it takes about 18-24 months for someone to run through our system. So, we will not, as a country, see a significant amount of Syrian refugees c...

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Pinellas Beaches Renourishment

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Pinellas beaches to get a sandy facelift

Some Pinellas County beaches are scheduled to get another facelift this summer. During an information session Tuesday night at city hall, Treasure Island citizens were enthusiastic about the beach renourishment but they still have some concerns.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and Tropical storm Debby, Pinellas beaches took a beating. Ten million dollars in federal emergency funds has been earmarked to pump fres...

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Ann Scott, Governor Rick Scott's wife, is pictured fourth from left (center), alongside Tampa General Hospital staff.

photo by Crystal Farina

Florida Governor's wife, Ann Scott, supports lack of action on Medicaid expansion

The governor’s wife, Ann Scott, doesn’t express her own opinion on Medicaid expansion.

In 2013, Governor Scott said he supported expansion of the federal Medicaid program in Florida. But so far the state has not accepted the 51 billion federal dollars

The SEIU, or the Service Employees International Union, recently estimated that 720,000 Floridians are not covered between the current Medicaid program and the Affordable Care Act.

On Tuesday afternoon, WMNF asked Scott what she th...

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Mohammed Dullow and Greg Musselman

Tampa takes part in World Refugee Day

On any given day in the world, some 14 million people are refugees around the world- fleeing from wars, ethnic tension, natural disasters, political repression and severe economic conditions. Tomorrow in Tampa and around the world non-governmental organizations will mark World Refugee Day. Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei speaks to two people who are involved in the local event. Greg Musselman, Community Outreach Coordinator Refugee Resettlement Program discusses refugee resettlement in Fl...

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Brazil braces for social justice protests ahead of World Cup soccer tournament

The most popular sport in the world begins its most important international tournament this month when Brazil hosts the World Cup. But it's not going to only be celebrations of the beautiful game -- social justice protests are sure to continue.

WMNF interviewed Dave Zirin, sports editor of The Nation, about his new book: [Brazil's Dance With the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy](

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A community center on Lake Avenue in East Tampa used to be a bar nicknamed "buckets of blood" because so many people were shot there.

photo by Janelle Irwin

East Tampa showing signs of improvement

East Tampa is one of the city’s most impoverished areas. A group formed in the early 90’s is trying to change that. Leaders with the Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa took volunteers on a tour Tuesday showcasing its accomplishments. Several former and current participants in youth programs talked about the changes it made to their lives.

“I was given hope which I really needed at that point in my life.”

That’s Maria Del Mar Rodriguez.

“I was able to get my own place. I f...

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