Thursday the Florida Public Service Commission approved a financial settlement with Duke Energy to pass along most of the costs of two failed nuclear energy projects to customers. During the first part of the hearing Wednesday in Tallahassee consumer advocates asked the PSC to reject the settlement, or at least hold meetings in Pinellas County, where most Duke customers live in Florida. But Thursday the PSC, including chair Ronald Brisé, voted 4-1 to approve the deal.
"Yes, it's a difficu...
Today Radioactivity discusses the government shutdown vote last night and shares audio from Senator Marco Rubio.
Later, host Rob Lorei speaks with Stephen Kinzer about his new book, “The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War.” The book travels back to the 1950s, where two powerful brothers under President Eisenhower controlled the overt and covert sides of American foreign policy - John Foster Dulles was Secretary of State, Allen Dulles director of the CI...
Protesters wave signs in the streets of downtown St. Pete against Duke Energy
update: the PSC approved the settlement agreement Thursday by a vote of 4-1
Wednesday Duke Energy is asking the Florida Public Service Commission to approve an agreement with Florida’s Office of Public Counsel to settle financial issues relating to a cancelled Levy County nuclear energy project and closing a nuclear plant in Crystal River. But they were met by citizens and activist groups who are asking the Public Service Commission to delay the settlement and instead hold public hearing...
Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei plays a speech by Noam Chomsky on "Policy and the Media Prism" that he gave last night in Gainesville.
Rob also interviews Rev. Bruce Wright from The Refuge and the Catholic Worker House in St. Petersburg. Rev. Wright is taking a delegation to Philadelphia to testify about the effects of poverty on Americans.
Listen to the full show above and watch the speech here.
Groups on opposite ends of the political spectrum are coming together to oppose Common Core State Standards being implemented in Florida public schools. Tea Party supporters and progressive-leaning liberal groups both rallied separately in front of the Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry Campus Tuesday night before a public forum about implementation of the new testing standards.
Michael Weston is a retired math teacher. He said Common Core is another shove to teachers to teach to th...
Rob Lorei speaks with an organizer of the National Workers Union of the Food Industry (Sinaltrainal) in Colombia on Radioactivity today. Camilo Romero, a US educated lawyer discusses the country-wide agricultural strike in Colombia that is being supported by large parts of the rest of Colombian society. Romero is also part of the leadership of the World Campaign Against Coca-Cola seeking truth, justice, and reparation for the crimes against humanity committed by this m...
Florida Board of Education chair Gary Chartrand and Education Commissioner Pam Stewart discuss whether or not to reject components of Common Core.
The Florida Board of Education has rejected some components of Common Core State Testing Standards. But education officials said during a meeting at the Tampa Airport Marriott Tuesday, that doesn’t mean the new standards are going away.
The unanimous vote means that Florida will not use appendices, sample performance tasks, student writing samples or designed high school math courses associated with the Common Core State Standards.
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Today on Last Call Rob Lorei talks to Mesh Architecture CEO Gary Groom about a possible lower cost renovation project for the inverted pyramid pier in St. Pete.
Read more about the project here.
Today Radioactivity talks about an upcoming march in Tampa to demand that genetically modified foods be labeled so the public can make an informed choice. Tens of thousands of activists around the world will “March Against Monsanto.” Currently, marches are being planned on six continents, in 36 countries, totaling events in over 250 cities, including Tampa.
Later, host Rob Lorei interviews former state senator and a prominent Republican Paula Dockery of Lakeland about the state of the Rep...
Before merging with Duke Energy, Progress Energy was protested for seeking advanced cost recovery from rate payers.
Janelle Irwin, WMNF file photo 2011
A group of community activists are gathering in front of the Duke Energy headquarters in downtown St. Petersburg Saturday to raise support for an effort to end advance cost recovery fees. A law passed by the Florida legislature allows the utility company to charge customers for improvements to existing facilities or for new construction before a shovel even hits the ground. Frank Lupo organized the rally becaus...