News & Public Affairs

Sunday February 1, 2015


Bob Keefe.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Florida summit looks for solutions to climate disruption

Scientists who met with Governor Rick Scott to warn him about the dangers of climate change in Florida are gathering Monday to brainstorm solutions.

One speaker at the Climate Solutions Summit at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg says jobs can be created as carbon pollution is reduced.

Bob Keefe is the executive director of Environmental Entrepreneurs.

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photo by Janelle Irwin/WMNF News (Aug. 2012).

North Tampa Head Start kids get their hands dirty through gardening

Young kids in a Head Start program in north Tampa planted a vegetable garden Friday morning.

The Garden Goodies Program teaches the children and their families how to grow food and the importance of eating right.

WMNF interviewed Simon Bollin, the agribusiness development manager for Hillsborough County economic development.

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Solar Panel at first zero net energy office in St. Pete

photo by Janelle Irwin, 2012

Solar energy tour hits Tampa

If you’re considering installing energy efficient technologies or solar in your home or business, there’s a program at USF this weekend can help you.

The Tampa Bay Solar Tour kicks off at 10:00 a.m. Saturday.

WMNF spoke with Rachana Vidhi, the founder of the International Solar Energy Society’s student chapter at USF. She's the supervisor of the Tampa Bay Solar Tour and recently received her ...

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2014 general election ballot for part of Pinellas County.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

League of Women Voters &Florida Nurses Association hold candidate forum on healthcare

Many Florida voters who requested their November general election ballots by mail are receiving them this week. That means there will be candidate forums like the one on healthcare issues Wednesday night in St. Petersburg sponsored by the Florida Nurses Association and the League of Women Voters.

No Republican candidates showed up, and all five of the candidates who were there support the proposed constitutional amendment allowing the medical use of marijuana. That includes the Democratic...

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photo by Gwyneth Dunsford / WMNF News.

Greenlight Pinellas transit proposal gains supporters

A transit plan for Pinellas County is gaining momentum. On Thursday, Congress member Kathy Castor endorsed the Yes to Greenlight initiative during a media conference in Midtown St. Petersburg.

“Oftentimes, the buses don’t run on a regular schedule,” said the representative for Florida’s 14th district. “Many people don’t have a couple of cars to fight the traffic… We need better transit options.”

Organizers of the campaign said the transit proposa...

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From A Woman's POV Fall Marathon Special: Tackling the misuse of power

The theme of the show was POWER – so often reflected now by its misuse, abuse and wanton directives to satisfy one’s own needs and greed. It doesn’t have to be that way… Climate change, endless wars, a wealth gap that has rendered meaningless our terms of rich and poor. We are living in a climate of fear and helplessness. Wake up – we are now living in the world designated by anthropologists as the anthropocene, the human age. These problems are a result of an unparalleled dominion of...

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Tampa's downtown along the Hillsborough River.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Sept. 2009).

Emerge Tampa Bay hosts "Tomorrow's Tampa" summit on downtown and transportation

What will downtown Tampa look like in several years? What about transportation in the region? These are two of the questions young professionals will try to answer during a summit Thursday evening. WMNF interviewed Brian Seel, chair of Emerge Tampa Bay, which is hosting the “Tomorrow’s Tampa” summit.

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Weeki Wachee River.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Aug. 2014).

Water management district seeks input on minimum water flows and levels

To make sure the ecologies of the region’s freshwater rivers, lakes and wetlands stay in balance, the Southwest Florida Water Management District sets minimum flows and levels, then makes sure too much water isn’t taken out.

In a workshop Wednesday night, SWFWMD is asking for public input in setting those levels. Doug Leeper is their chief advisory environmental scientist.

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Slavery historian sheds light on the dark past that continues to shape the present

Because of America’s role in the history of slavery, many people think the U.S. has a responsibility to repay those who are still being affected by this centuries-long legacy. Randy Browne is a history professor at Xavier University in Cincinnati and an alumnus of Eckerd College. He spoke Tuesday night at Eckerd in St. Petersburg. Browne thinks repaying the debt is all about acknowledging and accepting the role slavery played in shaping the Americas.

The ...

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn

photo by Janelle Irwin, 2013

Mayor Buckhorn responds to having a reelection challenger from Occupy Tampa

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has a challenger in his race for reelection next March; Monday we brought you an interview with Becky Rubright, a veteran of the Occupy Tampa movement. She criticized Buckhorn and the response of the Tampa Police Department during occupy beginning three years ago. WMNF interviewed Mayor Buckhorn for his response to having a challenger in the March 2015 election.

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