News & Public Affairs

Friday October 24, 2014


PBS Frontline airs new documentary about the failures of the Iraq war

With the situation getting worse in Iraq, today on Radioactivity we’re going to take a look at how the U.S. invasion in 2003 destabilized the country and opened the doors to the conflict that is going on these today.

It’s been two-and-a-half years after the U.S. pulled out of Iraq — a conflict that is projected to cost America more than $2 trillion — Iraq is once again in crisis, with Islamic extremists gaining ground, a deepening civil war and the Obama administration being urged by s...

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photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Crist unveils plan for executive orders to raise wages and prevent discrimination

If he’s elected governor again, Democrat Charlie Crist says he’ll sign five executive orders on inauguration day to do things like prevent workplace discrimination, open government and raise the minimum wage for workers contracting with the state.

Crist announced what he’s calling the “First Day of Fairness” plan Tuesday morning at Enoch Davis Center in South St. Petersburg.

“And the things that I would like to do if I win, right after I get sworn in include the following: make govern...

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Mike Merrill (standing) explains the Policy Leadership Group proposal in a media briefing

Voters could see new Hillsborough transit tax proposal in 2016

A transit policy group wants Hillsborough County residents to be able to vote again on a tax for transportation improvements as soon as 2016.

Tuesday the Policy Leadership Group announced its proposal to connect USF, downtown Tampa, Westshore and Brandon. It wants to aid commuters with bus rapid transit and circulator systems, widening and repaving roads, improving intersections and eventually implementing a rail system. County Administrator Mike Merrill is part of the team that spent ove...

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Mayor and Chief of Police: Saint Petersburg

photo by Samuel Johnson

New St. Pete police chief promises to crack down on drug crimes

Cracking down on drug related crimes will be a major focus of St Petersburg’s new chief of police, Anthony Holloway. Saturday at the St. Petersburg History Museum Anthony Holloway made himself available at informal meet and greet with the public. Both residents and public officials gathered to express their concerns and hopes to the new police chief.

The dust has settled on the drama surrounding the appointment of a new chief of police. Saint Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman has brought Ant...

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What should the U.S. do now in Gaza?

Today on Radioactivity we discussed "What should the US do now in Gaza?" We heard some excerpts from PBS and NBC programs about the current situation in Gaza. Samar Jarrah (of True Talk) and Rob Lorei then took phone calls from listeners about what the US policy should be toward the region.

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Tampa group Raíces en Tampa to hold rally in support of refugee children

With thousands of children coming to the U.S. from Central America, local activists are calling on the government to welcome refugee children instead of deporting them back to their home countries.Raices in Tampa is organizing a rally Thursday.

Marisol Marquez is an activist and co-founder of the group.

"We are a community and we started not even a year ago, here in Tampa. It’s a group that’s made up mostly of workers in the city of Tampa. It was four of us, were just friends, and we d...

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The lackluster gubernatorial race and David Jolly's coming out on same-sex marriage with Janelle Irwin

WMNF news reporter Janelle Irwin joined in on the conversation to discuss the findings in the latest Quinnipiac poll on the Florida Governors race, which has Charlie Crist up by Rick Scott 39-37 percent, with Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie with 9%. We also discussed the announcement by CD 13 Representative David Jolly this week about his support for same-sex marriage, making him one of just eight congressional Republicans with that point of view.

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photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Tampa teen beaten by Israeli police wants American kids to know things are tough in Palestine

A Tampa teenager became the center of the firestorm between Israel and Palestine when he was beaten by Israeli police shortly after his cousin was killed by Israeli extremists; Tariq Abukhdeir is back home now and he’s healing from his wounds.

Wednesday night I sat down with Tariq and his mother at their East Tampa townhouse. It’s on a quiet, suburban street not far from the Florida Fairgrounds. On his living room sofa, Tariq Abukhdeir told me about his first encounter with military polic...

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn proposes $876 million budget - $45 million more than last year

photo by Janelle Irwin

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn proposes $876 million 2015 budget

Tampa’s mayor is proposing a budget that is $45 million more than this year. Bob Buckhorn delivered his plan for 2015 Thursday during a city council meeting.

“About 11 million of that is just the growth of government. That is a 1.2% increase in the cost of government. I think that’s pretty darn good.”

During the Great Recession, Tampa saw one of its primary sources of revenue – property taxes – dwindle from $166 million to $119 million. Revenue is increasing as home values rise, but s...

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Susan Glickman, Florida Director, SACE Action Fund

Florida's giant private utility companies push to cut back on their energy conservation programs

There’s a big debate this week in Tallahassee about whether the giant private utility companies will be allowed to cut back on their energy conservation programs. Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Susan Glickman, the Florida Director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund- a group that is fighting the giant electric companies.

The Associated Press reported that Florida's biggest electric providers are asking state regula...

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