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Tom Scherberger

WFLA Chief Meteorologist Jeff Beranelli

WFLA’s Jeff Beradelli is one TV weatherman who doesn’t shy away from climate change

With the start of Hurricane season just 10 days away, WMNF WaveMakers with Janet & Tom on Tuesday (5/21) discussed the forecast and the impact climate change is having on severe weather with Jeff Beradelli,...
Deborah Dorbert

Lakeland woman describes agony of forced birth under Florida’s strict abortion law

Deborah Dorbert of Lakeland was a few months pregnant when her doctor delivered disturbing news: Her unborn child had Potter’s Syndrome, which meant he did not have kidneys and his lungs were not developing normally....
Joe Redner

Joe Redner supports Florida recreational weed amendment despite its shortcomings

Joe Redner is best known for fighting the government over his world-famous Mons Venus strip club, but he garnered headlines a few years ago fighting for the right to grow his own medical marijuana. He...
Jeff Brandes and Scott MacDonald

Housing summit experts: zoning must change to ease Florida housing crisis

One of the biggest culprits in Florida’s ongoing housing affordability crisis is zoning, said three experts who will gather at USF St. Petersburg Wednesday to discuss ways to increase housing stock and lower costs. Former...
Maryann Ferenc, Mise en Place proprietor

Maryann Ferenc on spending tourism tax dollars on Tampa’s growing dining scene

The Michelin Guide is poised this week to bestow more of its coveted stars to a handful of Florida restaurants, something that never would have happened without tourism tax dollars. That’s because local tourism agencies...
State Sen. Darryl Rouson

State Sen. Darryl Rouson wants ‘guardrails’ if voters legalize weed

State Sen. Darryl Rouson, the longest-serving Democrat in the Florida Legislature, supported legalizing medical marijuana but “I’m not there yet when it comes to full legalization of marijuana.” Rouson, who appeared Tuesday (4/9) on WMNF...
Matthew Lowe

Global Kratom Coalition pushes for regulation of the mood-alerting herb

The use of Kratom, an herb grown in Southeast Asia for centuries for its mood-altering effects, has exploded in popularity in the United States in the past fews years, particularly in Florida. Kratom enthusiasts say it...
Ron Filipkowski

What happened to Sarasota?

Once a quiet corner of moderate Republicans who supported the arts and planned parenthood, Sarasota has morphed into a politically polarized hotbed of right wing extremism. What happened to Sarasota? Joe Gruters. The state senator...
Tampa Bay Times reporter Justin Garcia

How the Tampa fire chief called the cops on a reporter seeking a public record

Tampa Bay Times reporter Justin Garcia appeared on the Tuesday Cafe with Sean March 12 to discuss how the Tampa fire chief called the police when he requested the personnel records of a firefighter who...

Sharon Streater reflects on a lifetime of community organizing

Sharon Streater has led a fascinating life. She met Mother Teresa, marched with Cesar Chavez and even dressed as a soup can to call attention to farmworker issues. But perhaps her greatest, sustained impact has...
Retired USF political scientist Susan MacManus

USF’s Susan MacManus: Pandemic changed Florida politics forever

In the past four years, Republicans solidified their control in Florida, and it all started with the pandemic, says Susan MacManus, the retired University of South Florida political scientist who is one of the most...
storm warnings and watches Lee County

When the Florida-run Hurricane Ian fund swelled, DeSantis allies got fast money but others were forced to wait

After Hurricane Ian, Florida handed out millions of dollars in “expedited” grants to organizations with political ties to Ron DeSantis.

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