News & Public Affairs

Tuesday November 25, 2014

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Florida Governor Rick Scott (2012).


photo by Janelle Irwin/WMNF News.

Florida scientists say Governor Scott should engage more on climate solutions

This week scientists from around Florida met with Governor Rick Scott to warn him about the dangers the state is facing because of climate change; several of those scientists told the media about what they shared with the governor during a webinar Thursday.

Florida State University oceanographer Jeff Chanton says he advised Governor Scott that Florida faces unprecedented temperatures and sea levels because of skyrocketing carbon di...

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MintPress News founder talks about the Palestinian-Israeli crisis

Reuters is reporting that an Israeli air strike killed three senior Hamas commanders in the Gaza Strip today. All three, killed in the bombing of a house in the southern town of Rafah, had led operations against Israel over the past 20 years, the Islamist movement said.

Following the collapse on Tuesday of a 10-day ceasefire, the Israeli military appears to have ramped up its efforts to hit the leadership of Hamas's armed wing.

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks to Mnar Muhawes...

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Somebody's Watching You

Today on the Last Call Warren Elly, speaks with Mike Phenneger about NSA programs and Edward Snowden. Mike Phenneger ‘s career in intelligence is matched only by his seemingly contradictory career in military retirement. He teaches and is the past state president of the American Civil Liberties Union. He is currently leading the Greater Tampa Bay Chapter of ACLU.

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retired LAPD Deputy Chief Stephen Downing

Retired LAPD Deputy Chief discusses police using military hardware across the nation

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks to retired LAPD Deputy Chief Stephen Downing about the military hardware that’s getting into the hands of police officers around the nation.

The Pentagon’s top spokesman said Tuesday that he defended the program under which the Defense Department has sent military equipment to police departments across the country, including Ferguson, Mo., where clashes between police and civilians have continued 10 days after a white police officer shot and kill...

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Tampa car dealership makes it easier for women to be auto technicians

Next Tuesday is recognized as Women’s Equality Day; a local car dealership is marking the occasion by making it easier for women to be automotive technicians with separate accommodations.

WMNF News' Seán Kinane interviewed Rob Elder, president of Elder Automotive Group based in Tampa.

“Pretty much jobs in the automotive world in general are very, very tight [for women]. The obstacles are numerous from not having theown proper facilities for the technicians -- if we are just talking ab...

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Weeki Wachee River.


photo by Seán Kinane / WMNF News.

Three Florida springs could be getting additional protections

Three of the largest freshwater springs systems in our region could be getting more protection; the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is adding the Weeki Wachee, Chassahowitzka and Homosassa Rivers to a priority list.

The other two first-magnitude spring systems already on the SWIM program priority list are the Rainbow River and Crystal River / Kings Bay.

WMNF News' Seán Kinane interviewed Veronica Craw, springs manager with the Southwest Florida Water Management District ...

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Three Local Solar Experts

Our guests today on the Sustainable Living Program included one of John Butts dear friends and a local solar energy hero, Pat Mahoney. Lately he’s been helping others (usually for free) consider and install solar electric and solar hotwater systems. In the process of helping, Pat has been having problems with permitting and other soft costs, and he talked about these issues on the show. Pat listened to the latest Florida Public Service Commission meeting that concluded with dropping all cur...

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One of several local activists stands and protests Ferguson, Missouri's shooting of Michael Brown.


photo by Crystal Farina

Tampa activists protest Ferguson shooting, call attention to racism and police brutality

The recent shooting and death of Ferguson, Missouri teenager, Michael Brown, has shaken the St. Louis suburb, as well as the African-American community’s sense of security around the nation. While police and protesters continued to clash in Ferguson, WMNF’s Crystal Farina reported on Tampa’s own demonstration over the weekend.

Around thirteen people gathered in front of The Tampa Police Department on 22nd St., near Ybor City.

“Hands up, don’t shoot.”

The crowd chanted what has b...

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