News & Public Affairs

Monday September 22, 2014

Tampa group Raíces en Tampa to hold rally in support of refugee children

With thousands of children coming to the U.S. from Central America, local activists are calling on the government to welcome refugee children instead of deporting them back to their home countries.Raices in Tampa is organizing a rally Thursday.

Marisol Marquez is an activist and co-founder of the group.

"We are a community and we started not even a year ago, here in Tampa. It’s a group that’s made up mostly of workers in the city of Tampa. It was four of us, were just friends, and we d...

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The lackluster gubernatorial race and David Jolly's coming out on same-sex marriage with Janelle Irwin

WMNF news reporter Janelle Irwin joined in on the conversation to discuss the findings in the latest Quinnipiac poll on the Florida Governors race, which has Charlie Crist up by Rick Scott 39-37 percent, with Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie with 9%. We also discussed the announcement by CD 13 Representative David Jolly this week about his support for same-sex marriage, making him one of just eight congressional Republicans with that point of view.

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photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Tampa teen beaten by Israeli police wants American kids to know things are tough in Palestine

A Tampa teenager became the center of the firestorm between Israel and Palestine when he was beaten by Israeli police shortly after his cousin was killed by Israeli extremists; Tariq Abukhdeir is back home now and he’s healing from his wounds.

Wednesday night I sat down with Tariq and his mother at their East Tampa townhouse. It’s on a quiet, suburban street not far from the Florida Fairgrounds. On his living room sofa, Tariq Abukhdeir told me about his first encounter with military polic...

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn proposes $876 million budget - $45 million more than last year

photo by Janelle Irwin

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn proposes $876 million 2015 budget

Tampa’s mayor is proposing a budget that is $45 million more than this year. Bob Buckhorn delivered his plan for 2015 Thursday during a city council meeting.

“About 11 million of that is just the growth of government. That is a 1.2% increase in the cost of government. I think that’s pretty darn good.”

During the Great Recession, Tampa saw one of its primary sources of revenue – property taxes – dwindle from $166 million to $119 million. Revenue is increasing as home values rise, but s...

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Susan Glickman, Florida Director, SACE Action Fund

Florida's giant private utility companies push to cut back on their energy conservation programs

There’s a big debate this week in Tallahassee about whether the giant private utility companies will be allowed to cut back on their energy conservation programs. Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Susan Glickman, the Florida Director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund- a group that is fighting the giant electric companies.

The Associated Press reported that Florida's biggest electric providers are asking state regula...

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From a Woman's POV discusses the role of Project Censored to preserve freedom of press and The distorted reality in Detroit

PROJECT CENSORED exposes us to the “hidden news”

PROJECT CENSORED educates students and the public about the importance of a truly free press for democratic self-government. They expose and oppose news censorship and promote independent investigative journalism, media literacy, and critical thinking. Project Censored’s work—including their annual book, weekly radio broadcasts, campus affiliates program, and additional community events—highlights th...

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The Informants

Today on The Last Call, Warren Elly discusses the FBI's use of informants to infiltrate the Muslim American Community in search of would-be terrorists with veteran investigative journalist Trevor Aaronson.

Counterterrorism experts will tell you that the sting operations are vital to protecting the homeland. They argue that police routinely use stings in investigations of child porn, human trafficking, public corruption, financial fraud and drug trafficking. They also point out that attacks...

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Hillsborough Schools seek to boost academic performance for minorities; one activist prefers results

The Hillsborough County School board is trying to improve educational outcomes for some minority students. The board is supporting a pledge aimed at boosting graduation rates and reducing disciplinary problems among African-American and Hispanic males. But an investigation prompted by a complaint from a retired teacher about the how the district teaches minority students is still ongoing.

“I think the best time to make a judgment is to see the outcome of what they pledge – if there is any...

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$7 million will move Tampa's historic "Bro Bowl" skate park to other side of park

A $7 million project moving a historic skate bowl about 200 feet from one side of a park to another was approved by Tampa City Council Thursday. The “Bro Bowl” has been around since the 1970s and its users fought to save it by getting historic designation for the graffiti-laden concrete bowl. Now, through an expensive compromise, the city will build skaters a new park.

The project is expected to be completed sometime next fall. Contractors will break ground on Perry Harvey Sr. Park as soo...

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