News & Public Affairs

Saturday October 25, 2014

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


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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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Beach dunes at Sand Key in Pinellas County.


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

Environmentalists plan to march on Rick Scott's beachfront home Saturday

Environmentalists concerned about clean water will march on Governor Rick Scott’s beachfront home this weekend in southwest Florida.

The “It's All About the Water” march begins at the Naples Pier Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

Last week I interviewed Karen Dwyer, cofounder of the Stone Crab Alliance, about the upcoming march.

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Will Abberger

Florida voters to decide on proposed constitutional amendments this election

This election, Florida voters will decide on three proposed constitutional amendments. Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei talks about Amendment One with Will Abberger, the campaign manager for the amendment.

Amendment 1 would set aside one-third of documentary stamp taxes – paid when real estate is sold – to conservation measures aimed at protecting drinking water sources, restoring the Everglades, and reviving the state’s historic commitment to preserving natural lands and wildlife habita...

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Historian James W. Loewen separates fact from fiction on Christopher Columbus Day

Today in the United States we mark Columbus Day. For some it’s a holiday, for some Italian Americans it’s a way to honor the Italian contribution to America. For some Native Americans it’s a day to protest his treatment of native people. Christopher Columbus is given credit by some for being the first European explorer to come to North America.

Rob Lorei talks about Christopher Columbus with James W. Loewen, the bestselling author of Lies My Teacher Told Me and Lies Across America. He is ...

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