Florida labor unions say ending federal unemployment will pull $800 million from Florida economy, urges Governor to change course

An organization representing labor unions in Florida said Gov. Ron DeSantis’s decision to turndown $300-per-week unemployment payments will pull $800 million from Florida’s economy. The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations launched a campaign urging DeSantis to change his mind on prematurely ending the federally funded program. Listen: The $300 unemployment supplement… Read more »

She survived human trafficking, now she brings hope and healing to the streets of Tampa

A Tampa woman who survived decades in human trafficking has spent the last 14 years providing food and resources to other survivors while trying to rescue them from the streets. After more than a decade of work, Nancy Hernandez is finally celebrating her organization’s first official location. LISTEN: The brick-and-mortar location for Ministerio Mujeres Restauradas… Read more »

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DeSantis signs trans girls sports ban on first day of LGBTQ Pride month, protests and legal challenges swiftly follow

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a controversial bill banning transgender girls from Florida school sports into law Tuesday, the first day of LGBTQ Pride Month. Protests and promises of legal challenges swiftly followed the signing. LISTEN: The section of SB 1028 banning trans girls from sports was added to the bill at the last possible moment… Read more »

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Gulfport Pride 2021 – pictures and voices

On Saturday, the south Pinellas city of Gulfport celebrated LGBTQ Pride with a parade and festival. WMNF interviewed Barbara Banno, one of the organizers of Gulfport Pride. She owns the Gulfport restaurant Stella’s and is president of the Gulfport Merchants’ Chamber. “Well, Gulfport Pride is not just about the LGBT community, but it’s about embracing… Read more »

Lakeland’s Scott Franklin among freshman Congress members with most missed votes, he says numbers mislead

Former Lakeland City Commissioner and current District 15 Congress member Scott Franklin has missed more votes than most other freshmen members of the House. Franklin’s office says those numbers are misleading. LISTEN: Among the five freshmen members of Congress with the most missed votes, Franklin ranks fourth. That’s out of 80 members serving their first… Read more »

Tampa Rep will be first Black woman to lead Florida House Democrats

Tampa State Rep. Fentrice Driskell is making history as the first Black woman elected to lead the Florida House Democrats. She will take the reins in the 2024-2026 term. LISTEN: Driskell won Tampa’s District 63 in 2018 by about 5,000 votes. And her current term expires in 2022, which means she’d need to win reelection… Read more »

St. Pete activists honor George Floyd with calls for more police reform on anniversary of his murder

Activists in St. Petersburg took to the streets on Tuesday to mark the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder. Floyd’s killer might’ve been convicted, but calls for an end to systemic racism and other social justice reforms continue. LISTEN: It’s been one year since cities across the country and around the world began to protest police… Read more »

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Tampa Pride Returns to Ybor City

On Saturday thousands gathered in Ybor City to celebrate the first major PRIDE event of 2021. The day included vendors set up throughout Ybor City, the first street parade in the Tampa Bay Area since the pandemic began, and culminated with a concert at the Cuban Club. The Pride Parade Returns After canceling in 2020,… Read more »

Environmental groups to sue Florida DEP, HRK, others over Piney Point breach

A group of environmental and conservation organizations Tuesday announced their intent to sue the Florida Department of Environmental protection and others after the State allowed more than 200 million gallons of contaminated water to be pumped into Tampa Bay from the old Piney Point fertilizer plant. The suit’s authors say Piney Point was an emergency,… Read more »

“Unmask Our Kids” Demonstration at Hillsborough School Board Meeting

Tuesday evening, approximately 60 to 70 adults and children attended a demonstration on Kennedy Blvd. They voiced their opposition to mask requirements for students. Many of the demonstrators also spoke before the School Board. Reasons for their opposition varied from impaired learning, health and psychological harms, as well as demands for parental rights to decide… Read more »