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Florida House passes a major expansion of school vouchers

The House passed a measure that would make every Florida student eligible for taxpayer-backed school vouchers. Critics slammed the expansion.

Housing, The Planet and Jobs

Lynn Hurtak visits from the Tampa City Council to talk about various affordable housing scenarios including co-op housing. Walter talks about upcoming trip to D.C. as we discuss soil and waterway contamination with a nod...

Controversial local ordinance bill moves forward in Florida House

The Florida legislature is considering a bill that would help people legally challenge city and county ordinances.

Florida’s school book rules draw a challenge

A teachers union has filed a challenge against the state Department of Education over new rules related to school books.

Bacteria found in Lido Casino Beach

A part of Sarasota’s Lido Beach is under a no-swim advisory. High bacteria levels were shown in water samples taken from a Sarasota Beach.

WMNF’s daily digest of news headlines for Friday, March 17th, 2023

WMNF’s daily digest of news headlines for Friday, March 17th, 2023

Florida government requests union spending info from universities

Florida’s government continues to crack down on higher education, and the new focus is on faculty unions. State government has requested details from Florida universities on their negotiations with large unions, and more specifically, the...

MidPoint: LGBTQ and Trans Voices from the Capitol Protest 

The Florida legislature stands ready to ban transgender medical care for minors and take kids away from their parents if the parents seek gender-affirming treatment for their children. The Republican legislature is planning to ban...

6-Week abortion limit supported in the Florida House

The Florida House on Thursday started moving forward with a proposal that would prevent abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.

WMNF’s daily digest of news headlines for Thursday, March 16th, 2023

Listen: Axios reporter fired Axios reporter Ben Montgomery, a co-host of the WMNF Public Affairs program “The Skinny,” was fired by Axios this week after responding to a Florida Department of Education email about an...

USF students call for dropped charges outside State Attorney’s office

In response to 4 campus arrests earlier this month at a protest against House Bill 999, about 20 demonstrators gathered today in front of the Hillsborough County Courthouse calling for justice. [Chanting] “Justice for….Tampa 4!...
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Tampa Bay beachgoers shouldn’t fear “giant blob of seaweed”

An extremely large mass of algae is set to wash up on Florida’s beaches in coming months. Luckily, its effect on Tampa Bay will be minimal.

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