News & Public Affairs

Friday January 30, 2015


Shannon Carnevale

Seminar covers snakes in Central Florida and a new book discusses the life of a former CIA agent and his assassination assignments

Today on Radioactivity, we cover everything you always wanted to know about snakes in Central Florida. Rob Lorei speaks with expert, Shannon Carnevale who is a Natural Resources and Conservation Agent with the UF/IFAS Extension Polk County about the dozens of types of snakes that can be found here in Central Florida and how proper landscaping can reduce the chances of an encounter with a venomous snake.

35 species of snakes are found in Central Florida; four of the species are poisonous. ...

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Tampa Riverwalk visitors will soon be able to drink alcohol as they walk along the Hillsborough River.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Sept. 2009).

Some alcoholic drinks to be allowed on Tampa Riverwalk

Some alcoholic drinks will be allowed along the Tampa Riverwalk.

Tampa City Council voted Thursday to allow people to have open containers in special cups near certain bars or restaurants along the Riverfront.

Several residents spoke for and against the change. The CEO of Mise En Place restaurant, Mary Ann Ference, favors allowing people to carry open containers. Mise En Place also own Sono Café at the Tampa Museum of Art along the Riverwalk.

But Ellen Snelling from the Tampa Alcoh...

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Charlie Crist's Concession Speech

photo by Samuel Johnson

In St. Pete, Charlie Crist concedes governor's race to Rick Scott

Charlie Crist lost to incumbent governor Rick Scott in a tight, neck and neck race. Crist’s campaign hosted an election night event for staff and supporters at the Vinoy Hotel in downtown St.Pete. As the clock approached midnight, Crist conceded defeat in an address to 1000 attendees and to Floridians.

The election numbers trickled in all evening showing an edge to Rick Scott over Charlie Crist, but no clear winner until media outlets called the race for Scott after ten o’clock. Then at ...

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The bid for medical marijuana in Florida goes up in smoke

The bid for medical marijuana in Florida went up in smoke Tuesday night. Amendment 2 got nearly 58% support – not enough for the 60% needed to pass. At an event hosted by United for Care a couple of dozen supporters gathered at waterfront café in downtown St Pete awaited the result. The supporters already plan to put in on the ballot again in 2016 if not sooner.

Other places in the country like Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C., went further than medical ...

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photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

St. Pete voters weigh in on governor, medical marijuana and Greenlight Pinellas

Probably the most closely-watched race in Florida is for governor.

Tuesday morning at the Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg WMNF spoke with voters about who they supported for governor.

We heard from Henry Weinsheimer, Susie Buckley, Ross Johnson and Robin O’Dell.

Florida voters will also decide whether to add the right to use marijuana for medical purposes to the state constitution.

In Pinellas County, residents will decide to add a penny to the sales tax to fund transit an...

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photo by Ashley Whitney

Political experts Paula Dockery and Barry Edwards discuss Election Day

Today is Election Day and Radioactivity will discuss the race for governor and some of the other state and local races.

The polls opened here in the Bay area at 7 this morning and they’ll close tonight at 7PM. At stake are the Governor’s race, the entire Florida cabinet, every Congressional seat, every state house seat and several Florida Senate seats.

Rob Lorei speaks with two political experts. Paula Dockery is a syndicated columnist who served in the Florida Legislature for 16 years...

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Tampa Bay Times columnist Daniel Ruth discusses November 4 Election

Today's Last Call featured an interview with Tampa Bay Times columnist Daniel Ruth on the November 4th election: the race for governor, the race attorney general plus a discussion about the influence of money in the political process. Ruth is one of the most straight-talking and knowledgeable people writing about Florida politics.

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John Moran

photo by Courtesy of John Moran

Tampa Bay event welcomes Florida photographers to the historic Kress Building

This coming Wednesday night Carousel brings together nine Florida photographers (mostly from the Bay area) who will show their work in a night of presentations on Wednesday, November 5 6:30 p.m. at the historic Kress Building in downtown Tampa.

Rob Lorei speaks to the special guest of the event , John Moran, photographer and Co-Director of Springs Eternal Project. For more than 30 years, he has been photographing the springs of Florida his photos show the ...

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Fabien Cousteau.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Ocean explorer Fabien Cousteau in St. Pete for Blue Ocean Film Fest

This week St. Petersburg is hosting the Blue Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit highlighting the importance of ocean research and protection.

One explorer and filmmaker who is in St. Pete for the festival is the grandson of Jacques Cousteau, Fabien Cousteau, who describes himself as an ocean explorer, aquanaut and voice of the oceans.

He broke his grandfather’s record by living and working underwater for 31 days in what’s known as Mission 31.

The ...

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