News & Public Affairs

Saturday August 23, 2014


Pro-immigration reform activists rally in Ybor City for a May Day celebration last year.

photo by Janelle Irwin, 2013

Florida immigrant tuition bill is a victory for advocates, but not entirely

Governor Rick Scott signed a bill Monday giving Florida students who are undocumented immigrants the chance to attend a state university for the same price as their peers. The bill provides waivers for in-state tuition so they don't have to pay much higher out of state rates.

The bill also freezes tuition rates at Florida public colleges. The Governor is highlighting his commitment to low tuition during his re-election bid against likely opponent, Charlie Crist.

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Outreach group to drop the F-bomb -- friend -- to reduce human sex trafficking of kids

A local group is trying to get kids out of human sex trafficking. The Crisis Center of Tampa bay launched a campaign Monday called “Drop the F-bomb.” The F stands for friends and will teach teens the signs and dangers of human sex-trafficking. David Braughton is the president and CEO of the group. He spoke to WMNF about the campaign.

"Our mission at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay is to insure that no one faces crisis alone and so we're always looking out into the community for where are t...

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Undocumented immigrants need to drive says frustrated mother of 3

Members of Congress are getting ready to head back to their home districts for the summer without passing comprehensive immigration reform. Activists in the Tampa Bay area are hoping they can take some last ditch efforts to convince holdouts to reconsider.

Elisa Huapilla is organizing immigrants like Alberta Chavez who can’t get a driver’s license because they are undocumented.

Chavez and others like her will talk to the media about immigration reform on Monday just after noon. They’ll...

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Proposed oil drilling project near Everglades gets green light

Plans to drill for oil near the Everglades are moving forward. In a decision handed down Tuesday, a judge granted a permit to the Dan A. Hughes Company.

WMNF News spoke with Matthew Schwartz, president of the South Florida Wildlands Association and one of three complainants who sued to block the permit application based on environmental concerns.

The other complainants on the lawsuit were a Collier County resident who would be affected by the proposed oil well and the activist organiz...

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Improved water quality in Tampa Bay

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Nanette O'Hara Public Outreach Coordinator at Tampa Bay Estuary Program about water quality in Tampa Bay. Once the Bay was in trouble- but since the 1980s the Bay has made a turnaround. It’s still not as healthy as it could be. There are some problem spots.

Tampa Bay is Florida's largest open-water estuary, extending over 400 square miles (1,000 km2) and forming coastlines of Hillsborough, Manatee and Pinellas counties....

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Tampa City Council considers increasing stormwater fees to improve system and reduce flooding.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Excessive flooding and climate change spur stormwater talks in Tampa

Tampa city council is taking a tough look at how to improve stormwater drainage. The move comes after heavy rainfall last month left people in parts of north Tampa stranded on flooded roads. One woman, Ingrid Smith, urged council to take immediate steps to improve.

“If you were trying to go North/South and you were between I-275 and Hillsborough River, you could not pass. Florida Avenue became totally impassable unless you had a big rig. Central Avenue became impassable. So did Highland ...

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Plant Hall at the University of Tampa.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (January 2008).

House party ordinance weighed for Tampa

Residents near the University of Tampa are fed up with loud parties and drunk neighbors. That prompted Tampa City Council to consider increasing penalties for certain types of house parties.

Seminole Heights resident Kimberly Overman weighed in during public comment Thursday. She worries that ordinance might be going too far because it describes an illegal house party as having more than three friends over at a time.

“If underage drinking is the issue, let’s address that. If noise is ...

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WMNF hosts Tampa premiere of documentary that explores corporate media and the threat it poses to news

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei talks about a documentary that WMNF will premiere this Friday about corporate media, and the threat it poses to people and democracy called Shadows of Liberty. The film features many activist, journalists and academics such as Danny Glover, Julian Assange, Dan Rather, Amy Goodman, David Simon, Daniel Ellsberg, Norman Solomon, Dick Gregory, Robert McChesney, John Nichols, Chris Hedges and many more.

Rob speaks with the dire...

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