News & Public Affairs

Saturday January 31, 2015

Poynter president on why they're hosting African journalists when USF St. Pete would not

This week the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg decided to rescind its invitation to a group of African journalists because of student and faculty fears of Ebola; but the nearby Poynter Institute decided to host the journalists instead.

To find out what was behind those decisions and how the media is covering the Ebola outbreak, WMNF spoke with Tim Franklin, president of the Poynter Institute.

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Rick Scott and his wife Ann (L) watch as another supporter prepares to speak to the crowd.

photo by Gwyneth Dunsford

Rick Scott campaign stop in Tampa met with protests

TAMPA - On Friday morning, Governor Rick Scott made a campaign stop in New Tampa. As part of a state-wide tour, the Republican is encouraging voters to cast their ballots early.

Though,it was not just supporters who showed up at the strip mall parking lot. Outside La Cubanita Café, around 30 supporters marched and chanted anti-Scott slogans. Many condemned Scott for reported ties to big business.

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Media outlets promote Ebola fear mongering

Radioactivity tackles Ebola and how some people in the media are trying to scare you about the disease. For the past week on conservative TV and radio Ebola has been blamed on the current administration's policies. Rob Lorei speaks to Dr. Marc Yacht, who is the retired Director, Pasco County Health Department.

Later, the show has a preview of the Times Festival of Reading which takes place tomorrow in St. Petersburg.

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Fox News political analyst Jessica Ehrlich on the midterm elections

Jessica Ehrlich ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2012 against the late Bill Young. It was 2nd best finish for a Democrat against the legendary Republican, who passed away a year ago. Ehrlich is now working as a political analyst for Fox News and the Fox News Business Channel. She gave us her thoughts on both the national Senate races, and the Florida gubernatorial contest.

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The busy parking lot outside the Early Voting station at the Platt Library in Tampa.

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Candidates kick off early voting in Hillsborough County

TAMPA - On Thursday morning, a parking lot off Manhattan Avenue became a pulpit for campaign speeches. Standing outside the Jan Kiminis Platt Regional Library, Pat Kemp thanked her campaign volunteers. The lawyer is running for Hillsborough County Commission.

“It’s just great to see all this energy around early voting,” Kemp said. “Democrats have been known to fall behind… in Hillsborough County. It shows a lot of energy for this non-presidential year election, where we typically have a h...

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What's happening to the American middle class?

After the economic downturn 7 years ago- wages have not recovered college tuitions are skyrocketing, low paying service jobs are on the rise. Young people fear they will not be as financially well off as their parents- -given what’s happening to the US economy.

Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei speaks to the author of WHO STOLE THE AMERICAN DREAM, Hedrick Smith.

Historians and philosophers have long pointed out that a strong middle class is a basis for a stable democracy. Aristotle sa...

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From A Woman's POV covers Super Storm Sandy anniversary and Moral Mondays in Florida

Whether they are totally driven by humans or the vicissitudes of nature, in order to survive, we have to be able to center and orient ourselves. We start with Superstorm Sandy. We are coming very close to the second anniversary of that extraordinary, cataclysmic event. When the seemingly impossible merger of a hurricane and an extra-tropical northeaster cyclone barreled in to one of the most populous and powerful centers of the world.

What was that weather event? Why were we so unprep...

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Residents and panelists discuss medical marijuana in South St. Petersburg

A forum in South St. Petersburg last night brought together panelists who support and oppose the legalization of marijuana for medical use in Florida. Most of the residents who squeezed into the conference room in Childs Park support Amendment 2.

The nearly 40 people on hand overwhelmingly support passing the constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana. But one of the panelists, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, urges a “no” vote.


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Part of the 2014 general election ballot listing the candidates for governor.

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Tens of thousands in Hillsborough have voted by mail as early voting set to begin

Many Florida voters have received their ballots by mail, and thousands have returned completed ballots.

Early in-person voting opened this week in Pinellas County and opens Thursday in Hillsborough and in other counties in the region.

WMNF asked Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer about election turnout so far.

Election Day is November 4.

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Congressman James Clyburn

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Congressman James Clyburn joins Radioactivity to discuss voter rights

Today on Radioactivity we hear from Congressman James Clyburn who will be the keynote speaker this Saturday at the Hillsborough NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner at the Hilton in downtown Tampa.

Congressman James Clyburn is from Sumter, South Carolina, He was elected president of his NAACP youth chapter when he was 12 years old, helped organize many civil rights marches and demonstrations as a student leader at South Carolina State College, and even met his wife Emily in jail during one of his i...

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