News & Public Affairs

Thursday October 23, 2014

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Florida Governor Rick Scott.


photo by Kate Bradshaw/WMNF News (Dec. 2010).

Rick Scott's other awkward #fangate moment

As reported by Janelle Irwin in Saintpetersblog:

With all the buzz over this week’s fangate during the beginning of the Florida Governor’s debate, not too much else has been talked about. Gov. Rick Scott’s refusal to debate his opponent Charlie Crist during the first moments was perhaps the most awkward start to a debate ever.

In a tweet from former Gov. Crist today, he wants to make sure people are paying attention to another part of the debate.

“The beginning of ‪#flgovdebate got ...

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Ron Pollack, Executive Director Families USA

Executive Director of Families USA talks about working Floridians who don't make enough to afford healthcare

More than half (51 percent) of the nearly 1.1 million uninsured Floridians who would benefit from the state’s expansion of health care—nearly 551,000 residents—are working Floridians employed in occupations that most people rely on daily and are critical to the state’s economy, says a report released today by Florida CHAIN and Families USA.

These working Floridians are employed in industries ranging from sales and food services to the production and medical sectors, and are employed as h...

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Bikes for rent as part of a bike share program in Sevilla, Spain.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (2011).

Cyclovia lets bicycles and pedestrians take over downtown Tampa

A major road in downtown Tampa will close to car traffic this Sunday for a few hours to make room for pedestrians, bikes and other activities; Kennedy Boulevard will shut down as part of the Cyclovia celebration.

WMNF interviewed Kris Carson, a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

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Barb Haselden from No Tax for Tracks talks about Greenlight Pinellas

Voters in Pinellas County are already voting through mail-in ballots on Greenlight Pinellas, the transit tax swap that would enhance bus service and helped build a 24-mile light-rail network running from St. Petersburg to Clearwater.

Leading the opposition is No Tax for Tracks, led by St. Petersburg insurance agent Barb Haselden. Haselden came on the program to detail why her organization is opposed to the Greenlight measure.

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Steve Bousquet, Tallahassee Bureau chief of the Tampa Bay Times


photo by twitter

Tampa Bay Times Tallahassee Bureau chief weighs in on last night's gubernatorial debate

Last night in the second of three televised gubernatorial debates- there was a six minute delay in the live broadcast as Governor Scott was not on the stage. There was a dispute over a fan under his opponent Charlie Crists’s podium. Scott’s campaign initially said the fan was in violation of debate rules. But Crist’s campaign said it was agreed to ahead of time.

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Steve Bousquet who is the Tallahassee Bureau chief of the Tampa Bay Times. He’s be...

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David Sheen.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Journalist will warn USF Tampa students about Israeli leaders inciting racist violence

Political and religious leaders in Israel frequently incite violence toward Palestinians, Africans and other non-Jews; that’s the message of Israeli journalist and filmmaker David Sheen.

Sheen will speak at 6:00 p.m Thursday at the University of South Florida in Tampa in the Marshall Student Center room 2708 about racism in Israel directed at non-Jews, Africans and Palestinians.

Sheen grew up in Toronto has lived in Israel for more than a decade.

Warning: some of the descriptions of...

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Big business using Breast Cancer Awareness Month to facilitate fracking and Journalist says North Dakota is the new oil country

When people seek out the autumn hues and travel miles to “peak” at the foliage, they no longer have to do that – the color of October is now PINK! "pink washing" is reaching its height. NFL is promoting the crucial catch, giving misleading “facts” about breast cancer screening. You can get pink plastic water bottles, pink doggie bandanas, pink gum – but to those who have been involved in exposing the overuse of the “pinking,” the most egregious pink wash they have seen is the hook up of Sus...

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Brian Moore.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Peace coalition will protest "war profiteering" at Raytheon in Largo

Tampa Peace activists opposed to more war in southwest Asia have demonstrated outside MacDill Air Force Base several times in the last few months as the U.S. escalated its wars in Iraq and Syria; but Friday there will be a new location for their anti-war protest: a Raytheon plant in Largo.

It begins at 4:00 p.m. at the corner of Bryan Dairy Road and Belcher Road and is being organized by St. Pete For Peace.

For a preview, I spoke with...

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Bob Keefe,Executive Director of Environmental Entrepreneur

New study finds Florida lagging behind when it comes to creating green jobs and Son of the largest marijuana dealer in U.S. discusses his new book

Today on Radioactivity we discuss why Florida is lagging behind northern states when it comes to creating green jobs.

More than 130,000 Floridians currently work at 14,000-plus clean energy businesses spread almost equally across the state, according to a first-of-its-kind Florida clean jobs census released today by the nonpartisan business groups Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy (FARE) and the Florida Chapter of the Energy Services Coalition.

The...

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Jose Marti Park, Ybor City.


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

In Tampa nurses "die-in" to draw attention to Ebola and lack of preparedness

A second nurse has caught Ebola in a Dallas hospital; here in Tampa nurses drew attention Wednesday afternoon to the dangers of Ebola and to what they say is the lack of preparedness by hospitals.

To do that they staged a "die-in" in Ybor City in front of the Italian Club.

Before the die-in, WMNF interviewed Louise Eastty, a Registered Nurse at an Intensive Care Unit in Pasco County. She is a member of the National Nurses Organizing Committee.

Meanwhile, the nation's Ebola crisis has...

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