News & Public Affairs

Wednesday July 23, 2014


A memorial sits along the sidewalk in front of where Middleton High School student Shanika Davis was struck and killed by a passing vehicle in 2012

photo by Janelle Irwin File Photo 2012

Pedestrian accident in Tampa revives safety debate

A 12-year old boy was struck by a car while crossing Busch Boulevard Monday morning. According to Tampa Police, the Van Buren Middle School student wasn’t badly injured, but the accident again raises the issue of what to do about the growing incidents of pedestrian accidents in Tampa. City Council member Lisa Montelione has been a passionate proponent for changes to Busch Boulevard and other busy thoroughfares that would reduce pedestrian and cycling-related crashes.

“Changing the medians...

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From left, Bill Wohlsifer for Attorney General, Adrian Wyllie for Governor, Ray Netherwood for US Congress, Karen Schoen for Florida State Representative and Lucas Overby for Congressional District 13.

photo by Crystal Farina

Florida Libertarians hope for chance to edge out the two major parties this November

This November, the Libertarian Party wants Florida voters to ditch the two party system. During their annual statewide convention in downtown Tampa Saturday, Libertarians laid out a model of more freedom and less government.

Lucas Overby is running for Congress against Republican David Jolly again this November. He says he’ll be changing his strategy, but not his principles. Part of that is letting voters know the differences between him and David Jolly. He says his women’s rights and p...

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WMNF file photo, 2009

photo by Sean Kinane

Hands Across the Sand adds Keystone XL to list of concerns

Environmental activists are joining hands for fifteen minutes in cities all over the world this weekend for the fifth annual Hands Across the Sand action. The idea is to send a message to Washington that dirty fossil fuels are not OK.

There are rallies scheduled at 6 locations in our listening area – St. Pete Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, Gandy Beach, Picnic Park, Venice Beach and Englewood Beach. The hand-holding starts at noon.

"This is the 5th 'hands across the sands'. The first 'hand...

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Agriculture in Florida -- like Tampa's Sweetwater Organic Farm, where these sunflowers were photographed -- will have to deal with consequences of climate change.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (April 2011).

Climate change means challenges for Florida agriculture: scientist

You’ve probably heard about changes that could be in store because of climate change to sea levels, summer heat waves and intense hurricanes; but how will disruptions to the climate affect Florida’s agriculture industry?

To answer that, WMNF spoke with Jerry Hatfield, the director of the National Lab for Agriculture and Environment in Iowa. He was a lead author for the agricultural chapter of the recent National Climate Assessment.

"If you look at Florida, now you're talking about a t...

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Florida Governor Rick Scott congratulates Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn on record tourism numbers.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Rick Scott touts Florida tourism record as job booster

Tourism marketers in Florida are hoping to see at least 100 million trips to the state this year. The latest numbers are out for first quarter and they broke records.

The announcement Thursday at Busch Gardens by Visit Florida was heralded by Governor Rick Scott as a huge win for Floridians.

“Think about it. We want more jobs in our state. Tourism is a big driver. When people come here as tourists they buy homes, they buy cars, they think, ‘man, this is a nice place to live.’”

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Labor activists lined the sidewalk in front of McDonald's on Kennedy Boulevard hoping to grow support for livable wages.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Labor activists continue push for $15 minimum wage and fast food unions

More than 50 fast food workers and their allies flooded the sidewalk in front of McDonald’s on Kennedy Boulevard near downtown Tampa early Thursday morning protesting what they’re calling poverty wages. The rally is part of a worldwide worker’s strike that spans more than 150 cities on 6 continents.

Protesters carried signs saying $15 and a union highlighting their push for a nationwide minimum wage of $15 dollars an hour and the right to unionize without fear of repercussion. Critics of ...

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photo by Guillaume Paumier/Flickr

Same-sex couple denied divorce in Tampa and new developments on Florida shooting of a young Chechen man by FBI agent

Today on Radioactivity, we discuss a story taking place here in Tampa, where a Hillsborough circuit judge has refused to grant a divorce to same-sex couple originally married in Massachusetts. The women seeking divorce plan to appeal and Rob Lorei speaks to the attorneys handling their case - Brett Rahall and Ellen Ware.

Later Rob speaks with Hassan Shibly, chief executive director of Counsel on American Islamic-Relations (CAIR) Florida Chapter about the latest update on a shooting that ...

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Understanding net neutrality and a new book examines treating disease in America

This week on From A Woman's POV we cover Net Neutrality and Medical Challenges in treating disease.

There are BILLIONS, if not TRILLIONS of dollars in “them there hills” – and it is all about digital information. The SEC has to decide – is the ISP a telecommunications carrier in which you decide and choose what you want coming in, or is it an information provider which has some say in your choice? JODIE GRIFFIN, Senior Staff Attorney at [Public Knowledge](http://www.publicknowledge...

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