News & Public Affairs

Thursday April 24, 2014

Licenses For All Undocumented Immigrants

Many undocumented immigrants have been active members of our community for decades and have jobs and families. Immigrant’s rights group, Raices En Tampa’s founder, Marisol Marquez described how important it is for undocumented immigrants to have state sponsored driver’s licenses.

“About one-million undocumented immigrants in the state of Florida alone. They work in the fields. They come from different areas. They are migrant farm workers. They are already driving. All that separa...

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Former governor Charlie Crist mingles with USF students during a campaign stop.


photo by Janelle Irwin

At USF Charlie Crist bashes Rick Scott over 2011 high-speed rail rejection

Former Governor Charlie Crist made a campaign stop at USF in Tampa Thursday in an effort to win back the governor’s mansion. Crist spoke to students urging them to vote in the university’s student body election.

Afterward he briefly spoke to reporters about plans for the aging Howard Frankland Bridge over Tampa Bay and how it should be used to further mass transit initiatives in the region. Crist said it would have been a great way to connect to high speed rail that was rejected by curren...

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Anthony Jones, left, has been homeless since he was a teenager.


photo by Janelle Irwin

Hillsborough homeless count now includes teens and young adults

Volunteers are taking to the streets in Hillsborough throughout Thursday to tally the county’s homeless population. But this year the Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative is expanding its search to what they call unaccompanied youth between 16 and 24 years old. Lesa Weikel is the community relations manager for that group.

“They’ve been kicked out of their house. Sometimes it’s because of sexuality. Sometimes they leave because of abuse. It’s almost always family issues, but they find ...

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Tom Henderson earned a WMNF Lifetime Achievement Award in April 2010.


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Longtime WMNF bluegrass host Tom Henderson passes away

The WMNF family lost a valued long-time member Wednesday. Tom Henderson, the host of the popular program This is Bluegrass passed away. Tom began programming bluegrass on the radio in the early 1970s.

We interviewed Randy Wind, program director at WMNF about Tom's influence on bluegrass.

"We lost Tom Henderson last night. He was lead bluegrass DJ at WMNF for over 25 years. It's a huge loss for WMNF and for the bluegrass world because Tom is known all over the bluegrass world as one of...

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Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig

Harvard Professor campaigns to reduce corruption surrounding money in politics and conservatives fake IRS Scandal

Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei talks with Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig about his new campaign to reduce the power of money in politics. Professor Lessig recently completed a protest walk across New Hampshire with dozens of supporters. He is trying to build a coalition called “New Hampshire Rebellion” to fight the corrupting influence of money in politics-- ahead of the crucial 2016 presidential primary in the state. Lessig will deliver the keynote ad...

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Decades of Day Work IV Performance in St. Pete

"Decades of Day Work IV" at freefall Theatre February 27

Your Real Stories Productions presents the stories from the real life "help" in "Decades of Day Work IV," February 27, 2014 at 7:00PM at freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. The popular series mixes music, drama, poetry and spoken word to tell the stories of domestic day workers and their employers. This time the show features special guest storyteller, author playwright, Dr. My Haley, widow of Alex Haley and co...

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Sam I Am

Today on Last Call Warren Elly talks with Bay News 9's Republican Political Analyst and Consultant Chris Ingram about the legislature. Unabashed and unapologetic, the Republicans are now bitterly divided. No doubt the GOP leadership will be re-elected, thanks in part to the fumbling Democrats, who are like the hockey team gifted with power play after power play, but still unable to score any goals.

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Activists will rally for clean energy at Duke in St. Pete

Activists from around the Tampa Bay area will rally at the Duke Energy headquarters in downtown St. Pete this weekend to demand clean energy. It’s being organized by Greenpeace community coordinator Christine Wall. During an interview this week, Wall said the group hopes to draw attention to the dangers associated with coal and nuclear plants.

Activists will have petitions to sign as well as a booth for making Clean Energy t-shirts.

"Duke Energy probably has seven nuclear plants around...

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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.

“It would provide tuition equity for those students who may not have been born in the country, but who live here and attended a Florida high school for three consecutive years and enro...

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