News & Public Affairs

Sunday March 1, 2015

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photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Greenpeace to put coal in Duke's stockings at St. Pete rally

State Representative Dwight Dudley filed legislation Tuesday to keep utility companies from charging higher rates when billing cycles are longer. In a press release, the Democrat from St. Petersburg said Republican State Senator Charlie Dean will file a companion bill soon. It comes in response to Duke Energy Florida adjusting the timing of meter reading that added several days to customers’ bill earlier this year resulting in overcharges.

Meanwhile, two local state lawmakers filed bills t...

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Electric Vehicles

On today’s Sustainable Living program we spent the hour talking about Light Electric Vehicles (LEVs) and especially electric bikes. One of our guests was the founder of Pro EV, Cliff Rassweiler, located in Miami. Pro EV promotes electric vehicles as an alternative to internal combustion powered vehicles. Also joining the show we had a contributing writer for Inside EVs, Ted Dillard. Ted writes for other publications as well, including Home Power Magaz...

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Activists demand black control of the police in their neighborhoods

In the wake of a series of police killings around the country, Sunday in St. Petersburg community activists held a forum on police violence and institutional racism. The city's new police chief backed out of participating- which didn't sit well with the audience.

The forum was sponsored by the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement at their headquarters on 18th Avenue South. About 100 people attended. One of the speakers- Rev. Manuel Sykes Pasto...

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Tampa demonstrators shut down streets in solidarity with Ferguson protests

On Friday night in Tampa about 150 Ferguson solidarity protesters shut down streets and bridges in and around downtown and even took their message against police violence to a city-sponsored Christmas celebration in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

In the streets they chanted things like “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” “Back Lives Matter,” and “I Can’t Breathe.”

After an hour of speeches and chanting at Gaslight Square Park near police headquarters, demonstrators marched west on Kennedy Boulevar...

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David Cobb, attorney and spokesperson for Move to Amend


photo by Rob Lorei

Attorney David Cobb discusses Corporate Personhood on Radioactivity.

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei discusses Corporate Personhood with Attorney David Cobb. Cobb is a national spokesperson for Move to Amend, a grassroots organization working to end corporate money in political campaigns, in response to a 2010 Supreme Court decision which extended 1st amendment rights to non-profit and for-profit organizations. This decision allows campaign spending by such entities as a form of free speech. Cobb also addresses comments made by Texas Senator Ted Cruz agains...

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Local Christmas Charity enters its 21st year of gift-giving to underpriveleged children

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks to Bill and Sheri Brown, whose Christmas charity, The Cookson Hills Toy Run, will be held at the the Veteran's Memorial Park in East Hillsborough this Sunday.The Run began in 1993 and has grown from giving gifts to a little over a dozen needy children to serving over 500 children, veterans, special needs, and seniors.

Later in the hour, Rob talks about the growing development on Downtown Tampa's riverfront with local professor Tom Sanocki, who [rec...

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