News & Public Affairs04/28/04
The environmental Protection Agency is holding a conference on the public health impacts of mercury in Tampa this week. Until several months ago, it was expected that the EPA would instate new mercury emissions standards for power plants. But now it appears that the EPA will delay the new regulations for 15 more years. Several doctors and a city council member gathered at the site of the conference today to educate the public about the dangers of Mercury, especially to women. -----------...Be the first to comment
WMNF reporter Mark Antokas covered the contentious debate at the Zephyrhills City Council about whether to keep the name of an avenue honoring the slain civil rights leader. In this program we carried Mark's in-depth report about the debate and took listener calls commenting on the controversy.Be the first to comment
One of the many issues the State Legislature will vote on in the last scheduled week of the 2004 Session is on the Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program that voters demanded 2 years ago....
However, the version that looks poised to pass is NOT what many of the advocates of the program envisioned when they campaigned for it as a Constitutional Amendment back in 2002.
The Senate Plan would allow parents to choose between a 540-hour program offered by public, private or religious schools duri...Be the first to comment
INTRO: The City of Zephyrhills has voted three times on the name of one street. Sixth Avenue for a short time was known as Martin Luther King Boulevard. White residents who live on the street elected a woman, Gina King to the city council after she promised to petition the counsel to change the name back. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Mark Antokas has the story.
Script:Now you see it, Now you donÃ¢â¬â¢t. Last night the Zephyrhills City Council voted Three to two, effectively removing Martin Lu...
Last night, over 100 people gathered at the University of South FloridaÃ¢â¬â¢s St Petersburg campus to learn about globalization and discuss how to deal with some of its negative effects. After watching a video that touched on the loss of American jobs in the last 15 years, both in manufacturing and customer service, a panel of 6 people spoke to the crowd about their perspectives. The panel included and economist, a journalist, and Michael Kell and union organizer for operating engineers ...Be the first to comment
A new report by journalist Jason Vest suggests that some of the strongest criticism of the post-war situation is coming from inside the Coalition Provisional Authority. Vest got his hands on an internal memo and he joined WMNF to give us an insider's view of the Coalition's Iraq crisis. Jason Vest is a senior correspondent for the American Prospect. His book on the current Bush administration and national security will be published in 2005.Be the first to comment
Last week Hillsborough County Democratic Commissioner Pat Frank confirmed that she WILL step down from her Seat on the Commission - half way thru her term- to run for the Clerk of the Circuit Court....
Since that announcement, 3 Republicans have filed papers to run Frank's seat, but so far, NO democrats have.
The Republican with perhaps the best name recognition is Mark Sharpe, currently a Tampa school teacher, who unsuccessfully ran for Congress 3 times during the 1990's......Be the first to comment
One common complaint about Tampa, and many of FloridaÃ¢â¬â¢s cities, is the poor planning of neighborhoods, resulting in strip malls set back from the road by enormous parking lots, nowhere for people to walk, and characterless chain stores. Many of these are aspects of newer neighborhoods, which were created quickly in order to accommodate an influx of new residents. But Tampa has some older areas, which have potential to become thriving centers of business and community life. In an eff...Be the first to comment
In the waning months of the 1960s, environmental problems in the US were proliferating at an exponential rate. Rampant air pollution and large-scale use of pesticides, often near densely populated communities was causing widespread concern among citizens. On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. The Tampa Bay area celebrated Earth Day at Lowry Park this past Sa...Be the first to comment
Peter Glickman, President of Citizens for Safe Water and author Susan Stockton appeared on this edition of Radioactivity with Rob Lorei & Carol Roberts to discuss what they describe as the dangers of fluoridated water.Be the first to comment