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Sunday April 20, 2014


A hawksbill turtle.

photo by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Conservation groups tell NMFS they intend to sue to protect sea turtles from shrimp trawlers

Several conservation groups told the National Marine Fisheries Service Wednesday they intend to sue because the federal agency has not done enough to protect sea turtles.

The environmental organizations say that harvesting shrimp in the Gulf of Mexico and along the southeastern U.S. Atlantic Ocean leads to tens of thousands of threatened and endangered sea turtles being captured or killed every year.

WMNF interviewed Jaclyn Lopez, a staff attorney with the...

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Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent Mary Ellen Elia touts high performing schools during a press conference last December.

photo by Janelle Irwin December 2013

Two school board members want Hillsborough Superintendent MaryEllen Elia to change leadership or change jobs

At least two Hillsborough County School Board members want Superintendent MaryEllen Elia to either change the way she leads the district or get out of the way. April Griffin has a long history of clashes with Elia since taking office in 2009, but the zeal gained speed after reports started surfacing from employees who claim they were told not to document transportation-related incidents among students with special medical needs.

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U.S. Rep Kathy Castor (D-FL) and ACLU of Florida president Mike Pheneger greet each other before a press conference calling on restoring rights to ex-felons.

photo by Janelle Irwin

U.S. Rep. Castor calls on state lawmakers to restore voting rights to ex-felons

Tampa area member of Congress Kathy Castor is calling on Florida lawmakers to make some drastic changes to the way ex-felons have their civil rights restored. During a press conference in downtown Tampa today Castor said that includes immediately giving them back the right to vote instead of making them wait 5-7 years.

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As Charlie Crist calls on lifting Cuba embargo, not all Cuban-Americans agree

Last week, former Governor Charlie Crist, who is running to get his old job back, announced he supports lifting the half-century trade embargo against Cuba. Many Cuban-Americans support his stance, but opinions vary. During a lecture at Eckerd College Wednesday night, Patsy Feliciano, director of diversity and inclusion at USF said she thinks the embargo should stand.

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Tampa leaders and members of the black history committee kick off the city's 26th annual black history celebration.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Tampa celebrates black history with 26th annual expo

For the 26th year, Tampa leaders came together with the African-American community to celebrate the city

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