News & Public Affairs

Thursday July 24, 2014


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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Defense for Sami Osmakac claims client has mental illness, entrapped by FBI

update: after this story aired, the jury returned its verdict: guilty

Jurors began deliberating the fate Tuesday of a Pinellas County man accused of plotting terrorist attacks in Tampa.

Sami Osmakac was arrested in January 2012 but his lawyers say he has mental illness and was entrapped by the FBI into planning violence.

WMNF interviewed Mel Underbakke, director of the education committee of the advocacy group National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms. She has attended much ...

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Florida residents oppose All Aboard Florida private rail and right wing activists murder 2 Vegas police officers

Today Radioactivity discussed the East Coast Florida resident opposition to the proposed All Aboard Florida private rail passenger service; and about the two right wing activists who murdered two Los Vegas police officers yesterday


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Seed Lending & School Gardens

Today’s Sustainable Living Program’s first segment covered The Edible Peace Patch Project that started in South St Pete. It’s a non-profit that partners with local schools to eliminate poverty. Sandra Gadsden, their director, joined the show to talk about this Farm to School, Food Literacy Project. The remainder of the show focused on New Port Richey and the New Port Richey Library’s involvement in local sustainability. Ann Scott, the Assistant [NPR Library](http:...

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Pro-immigration reform activists rally in Ybor City for a May Day celebration last year.

photo by Janelle Irwin, 2013

Florida immigrant tuition bill is a victory for advocates, but not entirely

Governor Rick Scott signed a bill Monday giving Florida students who are undocumented immigrants the chance to attend a state university for the same price as their peers. The bill provides waivers for in-state tuition so they don't have to pay much higher out of state rates.

The bill also freezes tuition rates at Florida public colleges. The Governor is highlighting his commitment to low tuition during his re-election bid against likely opponent, Charlie Crist.

WMNF interviewed Chrisl...

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Outreach group to drop the F-bomb -- friend -- to reduce human sex trafficking of kids

A local group is trying to get kids out of human sex trafficking. The Crisis Center of Tampa bay launched a campaign Monday called “Drop the F-bomb.” The F stands for friends and will teach teens the signs and dangers of human sex-trafficking. David Braughton is the president and CEO of the group. He spoke to WMNF about the campaign.

"Our mission at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay is to insure that no one faces crisis alone and so we're always looking out into the community for where are t...

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Undocumented immigrants need to drive says frustrated mother of 3

Members of Congress are getting ready to head back to their home districts for the summer without passing comprehensive immigration reform. Activists in the Tampa Bay area are hoping they can take some last ditch efforts to convince holdouts to reconsider.

Elisa Huapilla is organizing immigrants like Alberta Chavez who can’t get a driver’s license because they are undocumented.

Chavez and others like her will talk to the media about immigration reform on Monday just after noon. They’ll...

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Proposed oil drilling project near Everglades gets green light

Plans to drill for oil near the Everglades are moving forward. In a decision handed down Tuesday, a judge granted a permit to the Dan A. Hughes Company.

WMNF News spoke with Matthew Schwartz, president of the South Florida Wildlands Association and one of three complainants who sued to block the permit application based on environmental concerns.

The other complainants on the lawsuit were a Collier County resident who would be affected by the proposed oil well and the activist organiz...

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Improved water quality in Tampa Bay

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Nanette O'Hara Public Outreach Coordinator at Tampa Bay Estuary Program about water quality in Tampa Bay. Once the Bay was in trouble- but since the 1980s the Bay has made a turnaround. It’s still not as healthy as it could be. There are some problem spots.

Tampa Bay is Florida's largest open-water estuary, extending over 400 square miles (1,000 km2) and forming coastlines of Hillsborough, Manatee and Pinellas counties....

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