News & Public Affairs05/01/15 Janelle Irwin
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The Florida House has adjourned sine die, meaning the are abandoning the legislative session three-days early and leaving a host of unresolved issues on the table.
Among those issues is medical marijuana, which has been left dead for 2015.
“Today the people we elected to represent us in Tallahassee literally abdicated their responsibility to Floridians. The House of Representatives decided to simply quit work, three days before the end of session, and with that, medical marijuana legisl...Be the first to comment
Hillary Clinton's viability and HOPE pursues meeting with Mayor Buckhorn on "fair chance" hiring listen04/30/15 Mitch Perry
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Bernie Sanders today officially became the first challenger to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Party primary race for president. With issues regarding the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation continuing to make headlines, we ask how Democrats feel about Mrs. Clinton being their seemingly certain candidate in 2016?
We also spoke with Bernice Powell Jackson from the group HOPE (Hillsborough Organization for Progress & Equality) about their unsuccessful efforts so far to meet with Tam...Be the first to comment
04/30/15 Rob Lorei
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Today is the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, which marked the end of the United States' involvement in the Vietnam war and the beginning of communist control of Southern Vietnam. according to recent survey estimates, between 1.5 and 3.6 million people during the 20 year span of the war. We are joined by TD Allman, a Tampa-born journalist who covered the war and revealed a secret illegal war in Laos that was kept under wraps by the Nixon Administration. TD is an author of books such as...Be the first to comment
04/29/15 Rob Lorei
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We talk to Kellie Dupree, Vice President of Public Policy & Communications for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, on the bill that would require women to wait 24 hours after consultation to get an abortion. The bill passed the house and senate with mostly republican support and democrat opposition. Along the way the bill was amended to exempt cases of rape, incest, human trafficking and domestic abuse.Be the first to comment
04/29/15 Rob Lorei
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Today we talk about the surprising adjournment of the Florida House yesterday,3 days before the end of the legislative session and without reaching an agreement with the senate on the state budget. The point of contention is the expansion of Medicaid to provide coverage to more than 800,000 working poor Floridians, as federal money for hospitals to treat them runs out. Bills on tax cuts, prison reform, and medical marijuana died in the house due to the sudden closure. State Representative Ama...Be the first to comment
FDEP head wants to allow commercial use on State Park land,and details on the Trans-Pacific Partnership04/28/15 Rob Lorei
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Tags: Florida Department of Environmental Protection, state parks, Craig Pittman, Tampa Bay Times, FDEP, Jon Steverson, Myakka River State Park, Trans Pacific Partnership, Ben Beachy, Public Citizen, trade agreement, wmnf, Rob Lorei
Today we look at plans by the head of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to open up state parks for commercial use. A story from Craig Pittman for the Tampa Bay Times this weekend says FDEP secretary Jon Steverson aims to make the parks completely financially self-sustaining. Currently revenue from the parks cover about 77 percent of their operating costs...Be the first to comment
04/27/15 Seán Kinane
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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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04/27/15 Rob Lorei
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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...Be the first to comment
04/25/15 Janelle Irwin
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday
Last night, the Pier Selection Committee approved the design known as Pier Park as its top-ranked team. That design was number two in the city’s public survey. Destination, the public’s top ranked team and the only design that would have renovated the current inverted pyramid, was ranked number two by the selection committee.
The issue has been a contentious one. Following a ballot referendum in 2013 in which voters overwhelmingly rejected the previous chosen design called the Lens, the ci...Be the first to comment
Margaret Lowman, leading tree-top biologist, talks about her work and effect of climate change on Florida trees.04/24/15 Rob Lorei
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Today we have an interview with Margaret ‘Canopy Meg’ Lowman, a globe-trotting conservationist and pioneer in 'tree-top ecology' which utilizes hot air balloons and forest canopy walkways to study the environment of trees. She started the TREE foundation, which helped build the canopy walkways in Myakka River State Park near Sarasota. Lowman is Chief of Science & Sustainability at the California Academy of Sciences. Fullbright Scholar and recipient of numerous academic and scientific awards....Be the first to comment