News & Public Affairs

Thursday October 23, 2014

Why do consumers lose at the Florida PSC?

Today on Last Call Rob Lorei fills in for Warren Elly and interviews Nancy Argenziano who is a former member of the Florida Public Service Commission and a former Republican member of the state legisilature. She discussed why utility companies have so much more influence now over rate decisions by the Florida Public Service Commission. She also talked about why consumers and b...

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Historian Robert Westman,

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Science Historian explains the findings of Copernicus and his contribution to early modern science

In 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus publicly defended his hypothesis that the earth is a planet revolving together with five other planets around a stationary sun. Historians often describe Copernicus’s proposal as the beginning of the Scientific Revolution. But why did Copernicus make this bold proposal? And why did it matter?

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Historian Robert Westman, professor of History and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego about this top...

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Florida Governor Rick Scott.

photo by Janelle Irwin/WMNF News (May 2014).

Army reservist sues Gov. Scott saying he was illegally fired after being deployed to Afghanistan

An Army reservist is suing the administration of Florida Governor Rick Scott because he claims he was illegally fired after being deployed to Afghanistan. Master Sergeant Walter Kreitlow had been employed in law enforcement since 1989. But he says on his third overseas deployment he was terminated from his position with the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation. In a conference call with reporters this morning, Kreitlow’s attorney Thomas Dickens said in doing so, the Scott ...

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Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner (r) with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

photo by Janelle Irwin/WMNF News (Dec 2013).

Hillsborough County moves ahead with domestic partner registry

Hillsborough County is one step closer to instituting a Domestic Partner Registry, where couples can sign up for legal protections, regardless of their marital status -- the commission voted unanimously Wednesday morning to move forward, after some discussion and public comment.

The proposal was introduced by Commissioner Kevin Beckner.

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President Barak Obama MacDill Air Force Base

photo by Samuel Johnson

President Obama tells MacDill troops no US ground combat in Iraq or Syria

Wednesday in Tampa President Barack Obama reiterated that American troops would not have a combat role in the fight against militants in Iraq and Syria. This comes after the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff suggested Tuesday that there could be U.S. “boots on the ground” if the situation warranted.

After meeting with advisers at U.S. Central Command on MacDill Air Force Base, the president told about 1,200 members of the military they won’t be sent to Iraq for a ground war.

After th...

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Tampa protesters pass out "#ShadyRick Hand Sanitizer" at Rick Scott fundraiser

Florida Governor Rick Scott is attending a fundraiser Tuesday evening in Tampa; and outside, protesters will be handing out hand sanitizers they say will help keep peoples hands free of dirty politics.

WMNF interviewed Ana Tinsly, a spokesperson for Florida for All, one of the groups organizing what they’re calling the “#ShadyRick Hand Sanitizers” protest.

The protest begins at 5:30 p.m. at The Oxford Exchange, 420 West Kennedy Boulevard.

Other organizers include Awake Pinellas, Aw...

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President Barack Obama campaigned in Ybor City for re-election in 2012.

photo by WMNF News.

On eve of presidential visit to CENTCOM, Joint Chiefs chair warns of generational struggle

President Barack Obama is heading to Tampa Tuesday and will meet Wednesday morning with leaders of U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base to review strategies for the expanding war in Iraq and Syria.

Joining him will be Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who said Tuesday the U.S. is “at war with ISIL as we are with Al Qaeda.”

“We’ll travel tonight to Tampa to receive a briefing from the commander of U.S Central Command, General Austin, on operational plans to implement his ISIL st...

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Kent R. Spuhler, Executive Director of Florida Legal Services

Legal aid societies funding being cut around the state

Today Radioactivity goes over how legal aid societies around the state- non-profit groups that provide legal services to low income people are being decimated.

Around the state when a low income person needs legal help with a civil issue- housing, employment, divorce, immigration, foreclosure or dozens of other legal matters they can turn to legal services. But legal aid societies funding is being cut. There is no guaranteed source of state funding. Here in Florida there are only 386 prac...

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Sustainable Living show discusses the use of electric cars and the Drive Electric Tampa Bay event

Today’s Sustainable Living program talked about an event taking place this Saturday, September 20th in Oldsmar called Drive Electric Tampa Bay. One of the sponsors of the event is the Tampa Bay Sierra Club, and joining us from their Planning Committee for the Drive Electric Day was Tom Krumreich, and Phil Compton. Also joining us were Kim and Jamie Robe, a local couple that drive two electric vehicles as their only transportation. They lease a Nissan Leaf and a Chevy Volt and have [blog](ht...

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Hatem Fariz

photo by Samuel Johnson

High-profile defendants speak out about entrapment, preemptive prosecution and solitary confinement post 9/11

People who have had their lives changed from investigations in the time since 9/11 spoke out Saturday in Tampa against what they’re calling entrapment by law enforcement, preemptive prosecution and hyper-restrictive solitary confinement. Several high-profile defendants and their relatives discussed their personal struggles in light of the war on terror. The common thread connecting all the speakers was overreach by the US justice system.

Nearly 60 people crammed into a chapel at the First ...

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