News & Public Affairs

Wednesday July 30, 2014


Doug Carey was killed by a car Tuesday working as a crossing guard with the Clearwater Police Department.

photo by City of Clearwater

New study ranks Tampa Bay second worst in nation for pedestrian deaths

A 70-year old retired police officer was killed Tuesday after being struck by a vehicle in Clearwater Tuesday morning. Doug Carey was working as a crossing guard at the intersection of Gulf to Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road. Two toddlers who were passengers in a car that ran a red light were also injured.

A new pedestrian safety study lists the Tampa Bay area as the second most dangerous place to walk in the country. The [National Complete Streets Coalition](http://www.smartgrowthamerica....

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Science Café in St. Petersburg looks at the effect of plastic pollution on our oceans and Elizabeth Warren's new book explores fighting poverty

The issue of marine debris was recently highlighted during the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. At which time, large pieces of trash identified by satellites where mistaken as plane wreckage. Tonight at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg- there will be a discussion about local, regional and national initiatives underway aimed at reducing the amount of trash adrift in the ocean that impacts sealife. It’s part of the [SciCafe series](

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Proposed gas pipeline could threaten Tampa Bay water supply

A coalition of energy companies including Florida Power and Light wants to build a 460-mile long natural gas pipeline through Florida and two other states. But environmentalists are pushing back against the project they say could contaminate aquifers. Anita Stewart is a district supervisor for the Hillsborough County Soil and Water Conservation District. She’s worried about a section of the pipeline that could bisect parts of a preserved area in Sumter and Pasco counties.

“This pipeline i...

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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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