News & Public Affairs

Thursday July 31, 2014


A preliminary map of Tampa Bay are trails shows already completed trails in blue. Green lines are proposed trails.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Coast to Coast Florida bike trail could be getting a funding boost

Update: on 2 June 2014 Governor Scott signed this bill.

A bike path connecting St. Pete to Florida’s space coast may be getting a $15.5 million boost. State lawmakers passed a bill that would fund some projects along the Coast to Coast Connector planners having been hoping to finish for years.

“It took these people taking a 40,000 foot view to see all these little pieces that were actually on the ground and then they said, ‘why don’t you just connect these gaps?’”

That’s Steve Di...

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Tampa Bay's theatre scene welcomes “Steel Magnolias” and author of Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal joins From a Woman's POV

Time to Play… “Steel Magnolias”

We have some very good theater in our area. One of my favorite plays – and subsequently movie – “Steel Magnolias” is opening at American Stage Friday, May 23 and runs through June 15. I dare you not to laugh and cry in the beauty shop with these ladies. This production of the classic will feature an all African American cast. PERRI GAFFNEY, who pays Ouiser, will talk about th...

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Great Bay Distributors to build largest commercial solar array in Florida

A locally-based beer distributor is building what they’re calling Florida’s largest commercial solar array at its distribution center in St. Petersburg. The $2.6 million project will produce 1.5 megawatts of solar power. Scott McIntyre is the CEO of Solar Energy Management, the company contracted to complete the project this fall. He says the panels are expected to cut Great Bay Distributor’s energy cost by 75%. McIntyre’s company has also completed solar projects for the SunTrust building in...

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Human Trafficking - An International Shame

It’s reported that over 300-thousand kids are prostituted in the United States. Their average age is 12-years-old and Florida is third in the nation for Human Trafficking.

Today on the Last Call Warren Elly speaks to Dr. Leonard Territo and Nataliya Glover professors at St. Leo University about trafficking,

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Special Operations Forces tether each other to a rope in preparation to be air lifted by a Blackhawk helicopter during a demonstration in downtown Tampa.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Tampa turns into mock war zone for Mayor's "rescue"

Hundreds of spectators lined the Harbor Island Bridge in downtown Tampa to watch a full scale military demo. Wednesday afternoon, an international group made up of special ops experts from 16 countries including the U.S. had one mission – rescue Tampa’s mayor, Bob Buckhorn.

“They just let me shoot the guns.”

Matt Allen is a Lt. Commander with Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force base.

“Part of the exercise is to have somebody to be a hostage, some bad actors. In this cas...

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William Hartung, Director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy

Tampa Bay hosts Special Operations Forces Industry Conference and the International Special Forces Conference

Today on Radioactivity, we discuss two special operations conferences that are being held simultaneously at the Tampa Convention Center this week. The Special Operations Forces Industry Conference and the International Special Forces Conference, which is hosted by U.S. Special Operations Command, whose headquarters is at MacDill Air Force Base.

According to the Tampa Bay Times-- the joint conferences are attracting up to 300 companies that will be hawking their military wares in displays o...

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Outgoing Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford's testimony on the 2011/2012 redistricting process was televised by The Florida Channel.

photo by Sean Kinane

Florida congressional redistricting trial uncovers deleted emails

Challenges to the Florida’s most recent redistricting process are continuing for a second day as questions regarding secret emails and closed door meetings come to light. Outgoing House Speaker Will Weatherford took the stand Tuesday afternoon arguing that the House followed all of the rules laid out in the 2010 Fair Districts amendments.

"We have a rule in the Florida House that says if you're working on draft legislation that that draft is not a public record until it is filed. It's so...

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