News & Public Affairs

Wednesday October 1, 2014


Anti-Hobby Lobby demonstrators waved cleverly worded signs in front of the downtown Tampa federal courthouse.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Activists in Tampa still seething over Hobby Lobby birth control decision

It’s been a week and a half since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the retail chain Hobby Lobby and other corporations could refuse birth control coverage if it contradicts its religious edicts. Groups across the nation are continuing to show outrage through creative protests. Here in Tampa, about 40 activists took to the federal courthouse Thursday with signs condemning the decision.

“I was really frickin’ pissed off.”

That’s Bonnie Axler. She’s a concerned mother whose daughter relies on...

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From A Woman's POV discusses equal pay, domestic violence, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and fracking in Florida

From A Woman's POV Summer Pledge Drive Episode

TERRY O’NEILL, PRESIDENT OF NOW, was the first guest. She talked about – Hobby Lobby, equal pay, domestic violence – but Terry also offered ways we can effect change. That is what this show is about, not only presenting problems and issues, but also offering ideas and actions we can pursue to redress those problems.


Jonathan Mann has written a song honoring Justice Ginsburg using ...

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Loggerhead sea turtles handed nearly 700 miles of critical habitat by feds

Loggerhead sea turtles will be better protected now after a landmark rule passed down by the feds. A legal settlement announced yesterday designates nearly 700 miles of beach and 300,000 square feet as "critical habitat."

The rule protecting Loggerhead habitats was the result of a 2013 lawsuit filed by several conservation groups.

Jaclyn Lopez is an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Scheduled Florida execution prompts death penalty protests

Eddie Wayne Davis, a man convicted of raping and killing an 11-year old girl 20 years ago, is scheduled to be executed Thursday evening. Davis had appealed his death sentence arguing one of the three drugs administered during the execution would cause him extreme abdominal distress. That appeal was struck down. Now, the group Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is asking opponents of capital punishment to join one of 20 vigils across the state including Pinellas County, Lakeland ...

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Vintage machines mimic hand-rolled cigars at the J.C. Newman Cigar Co.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Fate of Tampa's last cigar factory hinges on FDA proposal

The cigar industry in Tampa could be facing extinction. If a proposed federal Food and Drug Administration regulation is approved, Tampa’s last remaining cigar factory could wind up shutting down after 119 years of business. During a tour of the historic factory in V.M. Ybor Wednesday, Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera said he’s backing the J.C. Newman Company’s efforts to squash the regulation before it squashes them.

“This is a classic example of too much government and governmen...

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Fewer skin lesions on fish is evidence BP oil is to blame for the ailment: USF scientist

Scientists have found a link between skin lesions and oil in some marine life. It’s another piece of evidence in a long line showing the 2010 BP oil disaster had a lasting impact on the health of the Gulf of Mexico. That study was published in Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. WMNF interviewed Steven Murawski, a professor of biological oceanography at the University of South Florida.

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PSTA CEO Brad Miller unveils a campaign in February to sway voters into approving a penny sales tax to fund transit improvements.

photo by Janelle Irwin, February 2014

Public transit not working for some blind people in Pinellas

When the world around you is nothing but a veil of blackness, getting around becomes pretty hard. That’s the life of a blind person. But some members of a group for sight impaired Pinellas County residents say they don’t have access to reliable transportation. Kathy Millican is the president of the Pinellas Council of the Blind.

“They’ve had really substantial delays. People are not being picked up on time. Sometimes they’re not being picked up at all. Calls are being dropped. There’s not...

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Former Governor Charlie Crist announced he'd run for his old job.

photo by Janelle Irwn, November 2013

Progressive Dems back Nan Rich over Charlie Crist because of education priorities

Some Democrats in Florida are lashing out at former Governor Charlie Crist for his record on education. The Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida is getting behind Nan Rich in the primary race for governor because she opposes things like school vouchers and charter school expansion. Susan Smith is president of that group.

On the other hand, former state house democratic leader Dan Gelber is siding with Crist. He also said Florida Democrats need to work together to win Tallahassee in N...

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Florida Farm Conference, Trees and Hurricanes

We started the Sustainable Living Show with a little piece on ‘Landscaping for Hurricanes’ with the Florida Friendly Landscaping Coordinator at Pasco County Extension Service, Jim Moll. Jon Butts' dear friend Pat, a FEMA Certified Storm Insurance Adjustor, talked about trees; what’s covered by insurance policies and what’s not. The Florida Small Farms & Alterative Enterprises Conference is August 1 & 2 in Kissimmee Florida and M...

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CAIR holds press conference to discuss local Arab-American teen beaten and detained by Israeli Forces

Today on the Last Call Rob Lorei airs CAIR's press conference about a local Arab-American teen, Tariq Khdeir who was beaten and detained by Israeli Forces.

Video of Israeli police beating US-Palestinian teen

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