News & Public Affairs

Thursday April 17, 2014


Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist

photo by Janelle Irwin/WMNF News (2012)

Republicans fire back at Crist for saying Floridians are dying without Medicaid expansion

Former Governor Charlie Crist is causing a stir with comments Friday morning on MSNBC. He criticized Governor Rick Scott and the Republican-led Florida Legislature for not accepting funds for Medicaid expansion under the federal Affordable Care Act. He cited information from a labor union saying six people died in the state each day because they lacked the expanded health coverage.

“And I am told by friends at [SEIU] that means that six people in Florida die every day as a result of that....

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PSTA CEO Brad Miller unveils campaign advocating for a sales tax increase to fund transit improvements.

photo by Janelle Irwin

New campaign asks for yes vote on Pinellas transit referendum

The campaign for a Pinellas County transit referendum officially launched Friday. The Yes for Greenlight initiative is gathering support for a one penny sales tax increase that would fund massive transit improvements including light rail and bus rapid transit.

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is looking forward to a November ballot question asking voters to approve the increased sales tax to replace property taxes that currently fund the agency. Brad...

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A look at Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan with former diplomat Walter Andrusyszyn

The St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs takes place Feb 13 - Feb 15 on the USFSP campus. The three-day forum will feature current and former diplomats who will discuss a myriad of foreign policy issues. To advance the event, WMNF spoke with USF adjunct professor of Business Walter Andrusyszyn. He spoke with us about Iran, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the threats of a cyber war. For more information go to

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Tampa alcohol and nightclub regulation discussion will continue for at least two more months

For months Tampa City Council has found itself in the middle of a conflict between citizens who are concerned about alcohol and violence at late-night bars and nightclub owners who don’t want more regulation. At a council meeting Thursday, nearly everyone involved said they want a resolution and more transparency.

Cindy Grant supports making changes to nightclub regulations. She is the director of the Hillsborough County Anti Drug Alliance. She said she has faith that community business...

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Residents want more input on proposed Walmart on Hillsborough Avenue in Seminole Heights

Walmart is proposing a new store on Hillsborough Avenue, in Seminole Heights. But at Thursday’s Tampa City Council meeting a half a dozen residents, community organizers and business owners spoke against it, saying they have not been included in the decision-making process. Half the people in the audience stood up and applauded Pastor Essie Sims after he spoke during public comment.

“I won’t delay, but this is the one key points that most of the residents are here today for, is the good n...

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Jacksonville progressive group demonstrates at opening of Michael Dunn trial

Prosecutors gave opening statements Thursday in the trial of a white man who is charged with the shooting death of a black teenager during an argument over loud music in Jacksonville. Yesterday twelve jurors and four alternates were selected for the trial of Michael Dunn for the killing of Jordan Davis.

The trial is drawing comparisons to George Zimmerman’s trial for killing Trayvon Martin because of race and Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.

Thursday I spoke with Richard Blake, he is ...

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Evolution Vs. Creationism and 2nd Annual Darwin Day Celebration in Tampa Bay

Today on Radioactivity we discuss evolution Vs. creationism. The Tampa Bay Coalition of Reason, an umbrella group of several humanist, free thought, and atheist organizations is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Darwin Day Celebration this weekend in Clearwater. Rob Lorei interviews Ryan Cragun PhD who teaches sociology at the University of Tampa and Michael Hoffman MD. Both guests will be speaking at the celebration about Fall...

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Sue Monk Kidd discusses her best selling book Secret Life of Bees and Is Keystone XL a Pipeline to Disaster?

This week on From A Woman's POV the following topics were covered:

Sue Monk Kidd, Best selling author of Secret Life of Bees, tackles racism in her new book.

What is the cost of freedom? SUE MONK KIDD addresses this in her new book, The Invention of Wings. The intersection of racism and sexism goes to the heart of freedom. But it goes deeper. See the awakening of publicly connecting women to attain their freedom. The Grimke sisters were the forerunners of the American Women’s L...

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A Reporter Remembers

Today on the Last Call Warren Elly interviews radio reporter Brian Brewer who covered the Bay area for WFLA Radio from 1982 till 1998.

Listen to the entire show above.

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Pinellas County Medicare recipients are asking congressional candidate David Jolly to keep his hands off Medicare if he's elected in March.

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Pinellas seniors to David Jolly: Hands off my Medicare

A dozen Pinellas County Medicare recipients are asking congressional candidate David Jolly to keep his hands off their healthcare. During a protest Wednesday at Jolly’s campaign headquarters across from St. Pete-Clearwater Airport the group waved signs at passing motorists cautioning them against what they see as a plan that would gut Medicare. Dave Dovar, a retired computer programmer, said if Jolly had his way, the senior safety net would be hawked off to the private sector.

“Anytime so...

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