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Thursday August 21, 2014

Chikungunya disease spreads in Florida

A second case of Chikungunya was confirmed in Manatee County on Friday. So far the mosquito-borne illness has been reported 82 times in Florida.

Ron Cox is the Director of Epidemiology for the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County.

"Chikungunya Fever is an illness that's caused by the bite of an infected mosquito. In other words the mosquito has to be infected with the Chikungunya virus and bite somebody, and that's the way the infection in spread. It is characterized primar...

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WMNF listeners weigh in on Palestinian-Israeli Crisis

The U.S. has called for immediate truce in Gaza as death toll reaches 571 Palestinian deaths. Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei airs an interview from The Last Call with Rebecca Vilkomerson, the executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace.

Later listeners weigh in on the Middle East crisis.



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Lobbyist group's Middle East Policy associate discusses Palestinian-Israeli crisis

Today on Radioactivity, we’ll look at the Israeli military attack on Gaza. And rocket fire from Gaza onto Israel. Rob Lorei speaks to Kate Gould who is the Legislative Associate for Middle East Policy for the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), a Quaker lobby which has the largest team of peace lobbyists in Washington, D.C. She is one of only a handful of registered lobbyists working to prevent...

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Jon Butts

Making our living spaces greener

First on today’s WMNF Sustainable Living Program we talked about a Permaculture related court case that’s coming up in St Petersburg on August 8th. Jungle Jay and Loretta Buckner joined the show to talk about this home owner vs. code enforcement issue. Then we spent the rest of the program talking about making our living spaces greener and more efficient. One of our guests was the chair of the USGBC (US Green Building Council) local chapter, Lacey Willard. She’s the Associate Director for Re...

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Congress member Castor says women and doctors should make healthcare choices not a few older white men

Legislation that could undo the effects of the controversial Hobby Lobby Supreme Court ruling is stalled in Congress. The “Not my Boss’s Business Act” would force employers who don’t offer health insurance that includes contraceptive coverage to start carrying it even though the Supreme Court said they don’t have to. Tampa area Congress member Kathy Castor spoke out against what she sees as a blatant attack on women during a rally in downtown Tampa Monday.

“We’re going to have a little di...

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HART's Board of Directors with Rich Clarendon of MPO leading the discussion.


photo by Crystal Farina

Despite new maps, still no plans for Tampa light rail

A new draft for a possible light rail system running from the USF area to Downtown Tampa and toward Westshore did not go far Monday morning. Based on the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit board meeting, rail supporters shouldn’t hold their breath.

The Tampa Downtown Partnership requested the study and a certified planner, Rich Clarendon of Metropolitan Planning Organization, said the route will cost less than a billion dollars— much lower than what bigger cities like Charlotte or Port...

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Emergency response vehicles lined sections of MOSI in June for the city's anual hurricane expo.


photo by Janelle Irwin

For a day, hurricane preparedness focus is on East Tampa

For the first time, emergency planners in Tampa hosted a hurricane expo in East Tampa Saturday. Oliver Greene with Tampa’s office of emergency management said the city wanted to make sure it reached residents who don’t often make it to the larger expo held every June.

“There’s other portions of the city and county that don’t always make it out that sometimes get overlooked or they sometimes just have challenges where they can’t make it.”

The expo was at the NFL YET Center in Jackson He...

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Tampa experts discuss preparing for a hurricane

We’re in the middle of hurricane season and today on Radioactivity we talk with some local experts about hurricane preparedness.

Hurricane season began on June 1st and runs until November 30th. The peak time for hurricanes is in the next few months. The show welcomes three experts on hurricane preparedness who discuss a big hurricane information expo tomorrow in Tampa.

Rob Lorei speaks to Jason Penny who is a public information officer with Tampa fire Rescue, Chauncia Willis, who is t...

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Israel sends ground troops into Palestine - just or unjust?

More than 240 Palestinians have already died in the air campaign, including 14 children under age 12 killed over the past two days, according to Palestinian health officials. One Israeli has also died. That information comes from the Boston Herald. Other reports throughout the day have listed the number of Palestinian deaths since Israel’s ground invasion last night upwards of 20 with exact numbers varying depending on the source.

The Israeli operation began around 10 p.m. yesterday. Thei...

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