News & Public Affairs

Tuesday September 2, 2014

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photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Tampa demonstration against further U.S. military intervention in Iraq

President Obama is still weighing what further action will be taken to deal with the Islamist insurgency in Iraq.

On Friday, peace activists demonstrated against further military action.

About 30 peole held banners and waved signs at the corner of Dale Mabry Highway and Gandy Boulevard in South Tampa, about a mile north of the main entrance of MacDill Air Force Base.

WMNF interviewed Jesse Nevel, national chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement



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Dr. T. Wayne Bailey is a professor of Political Science at Stetson University College of Law in DeLand and an expert on constitutional law.


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Is separation of church and state even still a thing?

Dr. T. Wayne Bailey is a professor of political science for Stetson University College of Law in DeLand. He specializes in constitutional law and he’s here to talk to us today about the Liberty Counsel’s push for political advocacy in churches.

Here's Monday's story

A conservative Christian group is asking church leaders to ramp up political advocacy. During one of several statewide “rallies”, leaders with the Who Will Stand campaign showed a video telling pastors it’s OK to talk poli...

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The Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa.


photo by Seán Kinane (Sept. 2009).

Environment Florida to draw attention to Clean Water Act with paddle on Hillsborough River

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a rule to strengthen protections for wetlands and small waterways under the Clean Water Act.

The advocacy group Environment Florida is drawing attention to public input on the rule by organizing a group paddle down the Hillsborough River tomorrow morning.

WMNF interviewed Jennifer Rubiello, a field organizer with Environment Florida.

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Civil rights group looks to boost voter education and community involvement

It’s been 50 years since the civil rights movement’s Freedom Summer where activists fought for voting rights. A national group called the Dream Defenders is commemorating the anniversary with its own project called “The Bloc is ours”.

WMNF News spoke with Alekos Zambrano, the Bloc leader in Hillsborough County.

A local office for the freedom schools will open on July 19.

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WMNF file photo, 2009


photo by Sean Kinane

Free bike helmets for kids with hearing loss in New Port Richey

Kids with hearing loss can get a free bicycle helmet in New Port Richey on Saturday. The Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation of Florida will hand out 75 helmets between 10:00 a.m. and noon. Debra Golinski is the director of development for the foundation.

“Because they’re hard of hearing, it’s hard for them to be familiar with their surroundings and really know what’s going on as far as noise or hearing a car coming or someone maybe yelling at them or they don’t hear it. So, we thought ...

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West Side Story by St. Pete Opera

St. Pete Opera has a full cast of singers, dancers, orchestra, all for this classic musical. We talk with Mark Sforzini, conductor & artistic director about the nuts and bolts of putting the show up, plus interesting history of West Side Story, and the emerging artists series that St. Pete Opera has.

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Tampa activists replaced some canned goods in a grocery store with newly labeled ones to draw attention to the dangers of GMO foods.


photo by Sean Kinane

The anti-GMO movement in Tampa and where it's going

Kriz Partridge with March Against Monsanto/Tampa and Bee Against Monsanto was our guest, where he discussed his group's mission and the overall anti-GMO movement locally, nationally and internationally.

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From left, Kenneth Welch, Pinellas County Commissioner; Brad Miller, CEO of PSTA; Katharine Eagan, HART Interim Chief Executive Officer and Hillsborough County Commissioner, Kevin Beckner at "Emerge Tampa's" Mass Transit Meeting held at UT.


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A solution to Tampa Bay’s traffic nightmare is under construction

The 9th floor of University of Tampa’s Vaughn Center overlooks the downtown area and its surrounding streets. It’s a fine pulpit for the attentive crowd who gathered to hear and weigh in on what’s being done about traffic relief for Tampa Bay’s multiple counties. Emerge Tampa Bay is an urban leadership group for ages 21 to 35. Four panelists led a discussion of plans for a mass transit overhaul.

Hillsborough Commissioner Kevin Beckner and Pinellas County Commissioner, [Kenneth Welch](htt...

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