News & Public Affairs

Tuesday October 21, 2014

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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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Florida This Week panel discussion on the governor’s race

Today on Last Call, Rob Lorei airs WEDU's Florida This Week with panel Leslie Dougher Chair, Republican Party of Florida, Dr. Keith Fitzgerald Former State Legislator/Professor (Democrat), Mike Deeson, Senior Investigative Reporter 10 News and William March Political Writer, Tampa Tribune.

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Plant Diseases & Herbs

Today’s show started with an announcement about the ROOTS Seed and Plant share that takes place on October 4th from 2pm to 6pm at The Ale and The Witch, 111 - 2nd Ave. N.E., St. Petersburg, FL. Then we talked about growing herbs in our fall gardens with Sydney Park-Brown, Associate Professor in Consumer Horticulture with the University of Florida IFAS Extension Service. Also, Dr. Bob Linde, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Herbalist and owner of Acupuncture & Herbal Therapies joined the conversa...

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