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Tampa Bay seagrass recovers; 40,000 acres most in 60 years listen

05/13/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: Tampa Bay, Tampa, St. Petersburg, seagrass, environment, water, fertilizer, fertilizer ordinance, pollution, oceans, SWFWMD, Tampa Bay Watch, WMNF News


There are more acres of seagrass in the Tampa Bay estuary than any time in the last sixty years; the Southwest Florida Water Management District announced Wednesday that the bay now supports more than 40,000 acres of seagrass beds.

WMNF News interviewed Kris Kaufman, a senior environmental scientist with SWFWMD.

Kaufman said their study found a 16.3 percent increase in seagrass coverage in Tampa Bay from 2012 to 2014. She said seagrass recovery requires relatively clean water and congr...

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Urban Activist Peter Kageyama on successful cities and the people who love them listen

04/27/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Peter kageyama, urbanism, city planning, For the Love of Cities, St.Petersburg, Tampa, Museum of Fine Art, Florida This Week, Medicaid, Florida Legislature, Jim Davis, Rick Baker, Susan Macmanus, Adam Smith


Today we have Peter Kageyama, urban activist and author of For the Love of Cities, to discuss what it takes to make a livable and emotionally engaging city. We look at several factors that have contributed in making St.Petersburg such a desirable place to live over the past decade, and if sister city Tampa can recreate the same vibrancy in its urban core. Kageyama will be a keynote speaker for a conversation called "For the Love of St.Pete", hosted by St. Petersburg Sunset Rotary Foundation a...

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Preview of May Day labor and immigration rally in Tampa listen

04/27/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: May Day, immigration, immigrant rights, labor, workers, Labor Day, Raices en Tampa, Marisol Marquez, SDS, Tampa, Ybor City


Friday is May First – Celebrated around the world as May Day, International Workers Day or Labor Day; on MidPoint we spoke about a May Day celebration in Tampa and about labor rights and immigration rights.

Guests were Marisol Marquez and Gague Lacharite, with Raices en Tampa and Tampa Bay SDS.

We talked about the history of May Day, and about a disturbing response to the event on Facebook by a right-wing group called ROF.

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USF cancels plans for body farm in Lithia

04/24/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday
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Tags: USF, Tampa, Lithia, Hillsborough County, Hillsborough Sheriff

The University of South Florida is no longer considering locating a proposed body farm in Lithia; in a press release Friday afternoon, USF said after a community meeting Thursday night in Lithia many residents objected to what is being called the Facility for Outdoor Experimental Research and Training. The press release says the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office still wants to find a location for a facility to study how bodies decompose when left in the Florida elements.

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Tampa neighborhood and police department walk side-by-side in peace march listen

04/21/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday

Tags: Tampa, police, Sulphur Springs, violence, Jane Caster, Bob Buckhorn, neighborhood


Escalating violence in some Tampa neighborhoods unite the Tampa police and residents in raising awareness. Saturday afternoon in the Sulphur Springs area roughly 200 plus residents, community leaders, the police chief and even the mayor all gathered to march in solidarity to stop the violence. The community as well as elected officials recognize the importance of bringing attention to the uptick in violent crime as the first part of the remedy.

People who participated in the 6 block trek...

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Did the FBI entrap would-be Tampa terrorist Sami Osmakac?

03/17/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Sami Osmakac, terrorism, islam, FBI, Tampa, entrapment, Trevor Aaronson, The Intercept, wmnf, Rob Lorei


In 2012, Sami Osmakac, a 25-year-old naturalized Muslim American from Kosovo, was arrested in a counter-terrorism sting by the FBI for plotting a terror attack against a popular Tampa bar and casino. The Feds painted Osmakac as a lone-wolf Islamic extremist, citing a "martyrdom video" featuring Osmakac as damning evidence,. But journalist Trevor Aaronson reports in a lengthy investigative piece for The Intercept, tha...

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The Fairness Doctrine debate segment takes on the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba listen

03/11/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Cuba, embargo, Fairness Doctrine, Jennifer Sullivan, Patrick Manteiga, Ralph Fernandez, Tampa, wmnf, Rob Lorei


Today we air the latest installment of the Fairness Doctrine, a debate style segment moderated and produced by Jennifer Sullivan. Today's episode addresses the current trade embargo against Cuba, and with recent talks of re-establishing diplomatic ties with the island nation, whether it should be lifted. Taking the side for lifting the embargo is Patrick Manteiga, publisher for the trilingual newspaper La Gaceta. Arguing in favor of the embargo is Ralph Fernandez, a Tampa-based attorney and c...

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Home health care workers want higher wages and unions listen

03/05/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: home health, nursing, health care, Tampa, wages, minimum wage, poverty, union


Home health care workers are rallying for living wages. In Tampa Wednesday, industry workers spoke up and announced they are looking for union representation to aid them in the fight. Home health care workers are fed up with providing life sustaining services while remaining near poverty level.

This bottom up surge for a living wage is being staged not only in Tampa but throughout the country. Although done out of a love of their job, keeping your head above the rising tide of debt is par...

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Immigration panel Saturday in Tampa listen

02/12/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: Marisol Marquez, immigration, Raices en Tampa, Tampa, immigrants


Comprehensive immigration reform remains elusive in Congress; but here in Tampa, local activists are calling attention to the need to stop deportations.

This Saturday several groups are hosting a panel on immigration called Stop the Heartbreak.

WMNF spoke with Marisol Marquez, an organizer with the group Raices en Tampa.

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USF students part of statewide vigil for Chapel Hill victims listen

02/11/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday

Tags: USF, Tampa, Muslim Students Association


The Muslim Students Association at the University of South Florida will be part of a coordinated statewide vigil Thursday at 4:00 p.m. for the victims in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. To find out more, WMNF interviewed Malak Sakhoury, the interfaith chair with the MSA at USF.

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