The Scoop: Fri., September 29, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Naples Capitol breacher caught A member of the ‘Proud Boys’ extremist group, who disappeared days before his sentencing in the U.S. Capitol riot case in...
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The Scoop: Thurs., September 28, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Progress Village’s solar progress Progress Village, in Eastern Hillsborough County, is claiming the title of the first Black community in Florida to adopt a solar...
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The Scoop: WMNF Daily News Digest

Progress Village becomes Florida’s first Black community to build solar microgrid

In Eastern Hillsborough County, Progress Village is claiming the title of the first Black community in Florida to adopt a solar microgrid. A coalition of...
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Lawmaker Jason Shoaf supports holding another bear hunt in Florida

A Florida lawmaker is calling for the state to hold a bear hunt after a county sheriff suggested it to help manage the bear population.
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Florida black bear

The Scoop: Tues., September 26, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

FL congressional map trial A federal trial over the constitutionality of Florida’s congressional map gets underway this morning in Tallahassee. Civil rights groups and voters...
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The Scoop: WMNF Daily News Digest

Okefenokee Swamp nominated for UNESCO World Heritage site designation

On Friday, U.S. agencies announced that they will nominate Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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bus rapid transit BRT St. Petersburg, Florida

The SunRunner bus service begins operation on Friday October 21st

There is a new bus route is opening in Pinellas County called the “The SunRunner”. It starts service next Friday October 21st.
Gopher tortoise like those found at Boyd Hill

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denies a request to list Florida gopher tortoises as endangered or threatened species

Federal wildlife officials have rejected listing gopher tortoises in Florida as endangered or threatened species.
beach St. Petersburg

St. Pete bans smoking and vaping at city beaches and parks

St Pete City leaders voted unanimously to ban smoking and vaping at public parks. This ban will not be enforced right away.

Tips for hiring an arborist for Hurricane Ian damage

Hurricane Ian caused a lot of tree damage. Here are tips to help differentiate an expert tree service from an incompetent one.

Cleaning up debris after Hurricane Ian – details for Hillsborough County

Hillsborough County Solid Waste Services is providing information for residents and business owners who are cleaning up after Hurricane Ian.

Florida considers seasonal protections for manatees

Florida wildlife officials are set to establish a “seasonal” no-entry zone in Brevard County waters to further protect threatened manatees

Sustainable Living: The Urban Forest

This week on Sustainable Living, we talked with Robert Northrop, Andrew Koeser AND Brian Knox about The Urban Forest and tree canopy study.
Tropical Storm Hermine

Heavy rains have caused local flooding in Polk and Pasco Counties. Here’s where you can get sandbags

Heavy rainfall is causing localized flooding. People should use caution, avoid flooded areas and shore up properties with sandbags.
manatee in Florida

671 manatees have died in Florida so far this year; here’s the breakdown by county

Florida had a reported 671 manatee deaths from Jan. 1 through last week. Pinellas County has the most in the Tampa Bay area with 25.
Florida Wildlife Corridor

State votes to protect more land for Florida Wildlife Corridor

Ward talked about the Cabinet decision to protect more of the Florida Wildlife Corridor, his work for National Geographic and his newest project, the documentary film, "The Path of the Panther," which is now on...

The Tragedy Of Slenderman. A Petition For Climate Protection

Environmental journalist, Robert Hunziker, a frequent contributor to Life Elsewhere shares his opinion on why temperatures across Europe are reaching record highs; why people in Seattle where home air-conditioning is unusual are suffering from extreme...

Eckerd College professors awarded nearly $500,000 from EPA to reduce plastic consumption

Marine Science professors Gowans and Siuda at Eckerd College monitor and reduce plastic consumption with EPA grant.

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