News & Public Affairs

Friday December 19, 2014


Jeremy Irons.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Jeremy Irons warns BLUE Ocean fest about pollution dangers to oceans

The BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit wrapped up in St. Petersburg over the weekend; Sunday night at Mahaffey Theater, actor Jeremy Irons was presented the festival’s Making Waves Award before his film Trashed was screened.

Trashed is about how over-consumption of disposable items is leading to unprecedented pollution of the air and water.

Irons was also part of a [panel discussion](

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A cell of K. brevis, the species of microscopic algae that causes Florida red tide.

photo by Mote Marine Laboratory, used by permission.

Florida red tide algae fueled by several nutrient sources: Mote scientist

Red tide can be a problem in Florida – both for marine species and for humans; now, several researchers, including from Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, have just published their findings about how nutrients fuel red tides.

WMNF News interviewed Kellie Dixon, a senior scientist at Mote and the program manager for their chemical and physical ecology program.

*Here's the extended version of the interview b...

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Zoë Carpenter

From a Woman's POV talks about the mid-term elections, campaign money, and reproductive rights amendments in Colorado and North Dakota

Money speaks – approximately $4 billion dollars (per Public Citizen) has been spent on these midterm elections, $345 million was raised for campaigns in Florida. Not only the costiliest election in Florida’s history, but the nation’s most expensive. We’re #1!!!

ZOE CARPENTER, author of DC Dispatches Blog, The Nation and reporter in The Nation's Washington, DC bureau asked, “Who’s Buying the Midterm Elections? Zoe Carpenter”, her answer,...

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Shannon Carnevale

Seminar covers snakes in Central Florida and a new book discusses the life of a former CIA agent and his assassination assignments

Today on Radioactivity, we cover everything you always wanted to know about snakes in Central Florida. Rob Lorei speaks with expert, Shannon Carnevale who is a Natural Resources and Conservation Agent with the UF/IFAS Extension Polk County about the dozens of types of snakes that can be found here in Central Florida and how proper landscaping can reduce the chances of an encounter with a venomous snake.

35 species of snakes are found in Central Florida; four of the species are poisonous. ...

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Tampa Riverwalk visitors will soon be able to drink alcohol as they walk along the Hillsborough River.

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

Some alcoholic drinks to be allowed on Tampa Riverwalk

Some alcoholic drinks will be allowed along the Tampa Riverwalk.

Tampa City Council voted Thursday to allow people to have open containers in special cups near certain bars or restaurants along the Riverfront.

Several residents spoke for and against the change. The CEO of Mise En Place restaurant, Mary Ann Ference, favors allowing people to carry open containers. Mise En Place also own Sono Café at the Tampa Museum of Art along the Riverwalk.

But Ellen Snelling from the Tampa Alcoh...

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Charlie Crist's Concession Speech

photo by Samuel Johnson

In St. Pete, Charlie Crist concedes governor's race to Rick Scott

Charlie Crist lost to incumbent governor Rick Scott in a tight, neck and neck race. Crist’s campaign hosted an election night event for staff and supporters at the Vinoy Hotel in downtown St.Pete. As the clock approached midnight, Crist conceded defeat in an address to 1000 attendees and to Floridians.

The election numbers trickled in all evening showing an edge to Rick Scott over Charlie Crist, but no clear winner until media outlets called the race for Scott after ten o’clock. Then at ...

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The bid for medical marijuana in Florida goes up in smoke

The bid for medical marijuana in Florida went up in smoke Tuesday night. Amendment 2 got nearly 58% support – not enough for the 60% needed to pass. At an event hosted by United for Care a couple of dozen supporters gathered at waterfront café in downtown St Pete awaited the result. The supporters already plan to put in on the ballot again in 2016 if not sooner.

Other places in the country like Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C., went further than medical ...

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photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

St. Pete voters weigh in on governor, medical marijuana and Greenlight Pinellas

Probably the most closely-watched race in Florida is for governor.

Tuesday morning at the Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg WMNF spoke with voters about who they supported for governor.

We heard from Henry Weinsheimer, Susie Buckley, Ross Johnson and Robin O’Dell.

Florida voters will also decide whether to add the right to use marijuana for medical purposes to the state constitution.

In Pinellas County, residents will decide to add a penny to the sales tax to fund transit an...

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