News & Public Affairs

Saturday April 19, 2014


State Senator Jack Latvala, left, is sponsoring a bill that would give undocumented students access to in-state tuition for college.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Children brought to Florida by undocumented parents could soon get college tuition break

Undocumented immigrants who want to go to college after attending high school in Florida might get a break on their tuition if a bill filed by state Senator Jack Latvala passes. During a press conference at the St. Petersburg College Clearwater campus Wednesday, Latvala announced the provisions of his bill.

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photo by Samuel Johnson (2014)

Passionate medical marijuana debate at the University of Tampa

In November Floridians will vote on the polarizing issue of whether to legalize the use of Medical Marijuana. On Monday night about 500 people packed a sports auditorium at the University of Tampa for a lively debate full of rhetorical antics.

The debate was for the most part civil and informative, but at times devolved into back-and-forth mud slinging. Medical marijuana supporter and prominent attorney John Morgan accused Kevin Sabet of fear mongering. Sabet directs the [University of Fl...

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From left, debate moderator Dr. Susan McManus, Alex Sink, Lucas Overby and David Jolly at the Capitol Theater in downtown Clearwater.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Economic woes take center stage at Pinellas Congressional debate

There are only two weeks left until the Pinellas County special congressional election and the three candidates on the ballot are fiercely fighting for votes.

During a debate Tuesday hosted by area chambers of commerce, David Jolly, wh...

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Iranian woman searches for mother kidnapped from refugee camp in Iraq and My Haley, widow of Roots' author releases new book

Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei speaks to a woman named Shahabeh Barooti who lives in a Northern Iraqi refugee camp called Camp Liberty. She is in search for her mother that she says has been kidnapped from another refugee camp in Iraq.

Later, Rob speaks with My Haley, wife of the late Alex Haley the author of Roots and the Autobiography of Malcolm X. Haley had a big role in the development of Roots and she is releasing her new book [The Treason of M...

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WMNF file photo, 2014

photo by Ashley Whitney

Moral Monday protests in Tallahassee will target civil rights

Activists from across the state will converge on Tallahassee next week for Moral Monday. More than a dozen groups will demand a host of changes to state laws. Reverend R.L. Gundy of the Florida Southern Christian Leadership Conference says the coalition aims at tackling issues surrounding low-income and minority Florida residents.

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Former Governor Charlie Crist greets voters at Haslam's Book Store as he tries to get his old job back.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Charlie Crist book signing doubles as St. Pete campaign event

Newbie Democrat Charlie Crist is taking advantage of his new book to drum up support for his gubernatorial bid against Republican Rick Scott. During a stop at locally-owned Haslam

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