Hillsborough County coronavirus testing modified holiday hours

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Because of the Holidays, many coronavirus testing locations will be closed some days or have modified hours. Here is the information provided by Hillsborough County about COVID-19 testing holiday schedules.   Hillsborough County COVID-19 Public Testing Schedule for the Holidays COVID-19 coronavirus Update No. 250 Hillsborough County,… Read more »

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Groups sue EPA to stop radioactive phosphogypsum approval for road construction

In October, the Environmental Protection Agency approved the use of phosphogypsum in road construction. It’s a waste product of phosphate mining and it contains small amounts of radioactive isotopes of radium and uranium. On Friday a coalition of public health, environmental and union groups sued the EPA for approving phosphogypsum in roads. One of the… Read more »

Floridians are showing out for prison reform

The Sarasota County Legislative Delegation Friday met with civic organizations and county residents to discuss priorities for Florida’s 2021 legislative session. Among many areas of concern discussed, none was talked about more than prison reform. LISTEN: To illustrate her point, Denise Rock of Florida Cares told the story of Christopher Dean. ‘Nobody had any choice… Read more »

Environmentalists again hope to save 74-acres of land on Anclote River nearly 15 years after pushing back Walmart

The same group that fought Walmart from developing land along the Anclote River in Tarpon Springs has taken up the cause again. More than 10 years after beating back the big-box giant, environmental advocates are trying to keep a 74-acre residential community from going up at the same site. LISTEN: Just before midnight, city commissioners… Read more »

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Radioactivity Thursday: Former Florida COVID-19 data manager says she will not be deterred – despite death threats

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources December 17, 2020 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. There are now more calls for an investigation into the search of a former Florida COVID data scientist’s home.  A group of Florida Congress members, all Democrats, sent a letter to the state’s chief inspector general…. Read more »

Pandemic prompts St. Pete residents to call for rent relief, eviction moratorium during Friday rally

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources A group of St. Petersburg residents have organized to fight back against a rising wave of evictions, another crisis brought during the COVID-19 pandemic. A rally is scheduled Friday to call for rent relief and extension of eviction moratoriums while the pandemic persists. LISTEN: Mel Meyer’s year… Read more »

St. Leo U. moves forward with disbanding union amid faculty, Catholic pushback

Pasco County’s Catholic St. Leo University is moving full-speed ahead with plans to replace its 44-year-old faculty union and senate with a new “shared governance system.” Faculty members, state unions and even Catholic organizations are asking the school to pull back before it’s too late. LISTEN: Valerie Wright has been president of the United Faculty… Read more »

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Congress member Charlie Crist criticizes raid on home of former Florida COVID-19 data scientist

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Last week, the home of former state COVID-19 data manager Rebekah Jones was raided by the Florida Department of Law enforcement. The security video she released shows several officers with their guns drawn. Congress member Charlie Crist released an email statement critical of the raid of Rebekah… Read more »

Hillsborough legislative delegation meeting highlights COVID-19 concerns, education, mental health and prison reform

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources The Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation Friday met virtually with members of the public to discuss local bills and issues ahead of the 2021 session. COVID-19 concerns were the underlying theme as topics including clean energy, mental health and prison reform were discussed. LISTEN: Acting chair Sen. Janet… Read more »

Tampa gets $67.3 million from state for streetcar expansion, largest transportation grant in region’s history

The Florida Department of Transportation Tuesday announced it awarded Tampa a $67.3 million grant for its streetcar extension and modernization project. The City and the Hillsborough Regional Transit Authority hope the expansion will make the TECO Streetcar Line a viable commuter option in the city. LISTEN: Paying it forward For Melanie Williams, access to public… Read more »

Women In The Alcohol Industry With Hope Ewing. Recalling An Early Conversation With A Star, Arlo Parks

Veteran bartender Hope Ewing, had grown impatient with the surprisingly outdated perceptions of women in the alcohol industry. Entrepreneurial and ambitious, often the first in their fields, the women she knew in the business were leaders, mentors, and trailblazers. In her debut book, Movers & Shakers – Women Making Waves In Sprites, Beer, and Wine, Ewing seeks them out,… Read more »

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Coalition of Florida businesses call on Congress to oppose offshore finfish farming

A group of 42 Florida businesses Wednesday sent a letter to the State’s congressional delegation asking it to block a proposed industrial finfish farm off the coast of Sarasota. Businesses all along the Gulf of Mexico warn of disastrous effects to the environment and the Gulf’s tourism industry. LISTEN: In an economic climate already decimated… Read more »

Radioactivity Thursday: Progressives and the Biden agenda; Pasco County’s Brian Corley defends Election Integrity

December 3, 2020 Good Morning, welcome to Radioactivity.  I’m Rob Lorei.  Coming up—what progressive ideas could Joe Biden implement in his first months in office? Our first guest has some suggestions…. And later- a local Republican official has become one of the few Republicans in office to speak out against conspiracy theories about the election. President-elect… Read more »