Public-Private coalition wants to make area roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians

A regional coalition is setting the groundwork to enhance bicycle and pedestrian safety in the Tampa Bay area. Last night Bike/Walk Tampa Bay met at the downtown Tampa library to hammer out action plans. There are many moving parts associated with bike and pedestrian safety but most agreed on a few key concepts. The Tampa… Read more »

Public employee union leader blasts corporate tax-dodgers

By Rob Lorei This Saturday the fifth annual St.Petersburg Science festival will be held from 10 am to 4 pm on the Bayboro waterfront at the USF St.Petersburg campus. One of the festival’s organizers,E. Howard Rutherford from USF St.Pete’s College of Marine Science, joins us  to talk about the festival that aims to engage children… Read more »

Old CSX freight lines could become new commuter rail system for Tampa Bay

By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity, we are joined by David Schlissel, a director of the Cleveland-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, about Lakeland Electric’s 364-megawatt coal-burning generator, McIntosh Unit 3, which is jointly owned with Orlando Utilities Commission. The IEEFA recently conducted a study that found that the financial and environmental costs… Read more »

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Jeffrey Vinik says planned Tampa development will withstand sea-level rise

Tampa Bay Lighting general manager Jeffrey Vinik says his planned massive development in Tampa’s Channel District will be secure against the threats of sea-level rise. Vinik spoke to the Tampa Tiger Bay Club political gathering this afternoon. Afterward, WMNF News asked Vinik if he is concerned about sea-level rise and global warming since his development is… Read more »

The 30 million word gap between rich and poor children; Local charity helps displaced Haitian Dominicans

    Today we look at the latest research in early childhood development with Dr. Dana Suskind, founder and director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative at the University of Chicago. ‘Thirty Million Words’ to a 1995 study that found that children from affluent backgrounds are exposed to over 30 million more words than low-income children by… Read more »

Economics Expert Explains Recent Stock Markets Flux & Why We Need a Financial Transaction Tax

By Rob Lorei Today we talk with economist James Henry about the recent drop seen in the U.S. stock markets in response to market fluctuations seen in China  caused by the devaluation of its currency a few weeks ago and overvaluation of its markets amid fears of a slowing Chinese economy. Henry explains what that means for… Read more »

10 years after Katrina: Who is being left out of New Orleans’ Renaissance?

this Saturday marks the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina hit the northern gulf coast, devastating New Orleans as the storm overwhelmed its aged levee system and flooded 80 percent of the city, leaving over 1800 dead. Over the last few years New Orleans has experienced what many see as a renewal with as it economy… Read more »

Historic preservation expert says historic districts benefit local economies

Today on Radioactivity, we listen back on WEDU’s Florida this Week, a political discussion show moderated by Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. This week the panel (Political Consultants Chris Ingram and Victor DiMaio, Tampa Bay Times Politics Editor Adam Smith, and 10 News investigative reporter Mike Deeson) tackle several of the top story in Florida politics, including: Corrine… Read more »

La Gaceta Publisher Patrick Mantaiga tackles five issues affecting Hillsborough and Tampa

Today on Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei talks with Patrick Mantaiga, publisher of trilingual newspaper La Gaceta. In a column published last week, Mantaiga addressed five contentious issues affecting Hillsborough County and Tampa: the formula for increased stormwater tax which he says unfairly affects the poor and nonprofits, the  spending of more than half of the Hillsborough… Read more »

Rock Mines threaten Everglades Restoration Plans

Limestone rock mining in Florida provides critical components for housing and highway construction. But environmentalists have some concrete concerns as rock mining impacts the Florida Aquifers and Everglades restoration. Earlier this month Obama administration officials attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the Picayune Strand Restoration project. It will attempt to restore a natural water flow through… Read more »