News & Public Affairs

Sunday August 31, 2014

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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EPA’s Carbon Rule "Falls Short of Real Emissions Reduction" and Restaurant Workers 5 Times More Likely to be Sexually Harassed than the General Workplace

EPA’s Carbon Rule "Falls Short of Real Emissions Reduction"

JANET REDMAN is director of the Climate Policy Program at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC, where she provides analysis of the international financial institutions’ energy investment and carbon finance activities. She will discuss President Obama and the EPA’s carbon reduction plan.

She and Wenonah Hauter, Food & Water Watch Executive Direc...

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Dr. Strangelove 50 years later

Today on Last Call, Warren Elly discusses the resilance of Stanley Kubrick's "DR STRANGELOVE or HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB with film critic Bob Ross, who wrote for more than 30 years at the Tampa Tribune.

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Medicinal marijuana debated at Suncoast Tiger Bay club

Is Medical Marijuana an illicit drug? If Florida voters approve Amendment Two in November, will the Department of Health be able to regulate its distribution, and what consequences will Floridians suffer if loopholes in its legislation arise? Members of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club gathered in St. Petersburg Wednesday to ask these questions.

Lana Beck of the Drug Free America Foundation opposes the amendment.

“But I’d like to leave you with just asking if you would please read the a...

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