St. Petersburg takes a step to defund the police; instead of 25 officers, city will hire social workers

On Thursday, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman announced a step that will partially defund the police. Police Chief Anthony Holloway said the department plans to use grant money that was supposed to be for hiring new officers and instead use the funds for social workers who will respond to nonviolent calls for people needing social… Read more »

Radioactivity Wednesday: Trump campaign surrogate says consumer choice and Health Savings Accounts will fix the US healthcare problem

July 8, 2020 Good morning, welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Today we’ll hear from a surrogate of President Trump’s administration on the question of health care. At the end of June, the President’s campaign sent out a press release to media saying that the public option to compete with private health insurance companies… Read more »

Tampa’s Green Spine Bicycle Trail

Green Spine Project Work is progressing on Tampa’s Green Spine Project. The project is part of the InVision Tampa Plan, with its goal of safe and accessible bicycle connections between the Central City neighborhoods, Downtown, and the Tampa Riverwalk. When completed, the project will include 3.4 miles of urban trail/cycle tracks  that connect the neighborhoods… Read more »

Pinellas County Commission Dr. Ulyee Choe COVID-19 update

Pinellas passes 9,000 coronavirus infections; what are “Super SNFs”?

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Florida added another 6,300 positive coronavirus cases Tuesday. According to the state’s official dashboard, nearly 214,000 people have been infected and more than 3,800 Floridians have died. On Tuesday morning, Dr. Ulyee Choe, director of the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, updated county commissioners on… Read more »

Mosaic phosphate

Charlotte Harbor advocates challenge water discharge permit for Mosaic phosphate’s Bartow plant

Environmental activists, mostly from Southwest Florida’s Charlotte County, are challenging the phosphate company Mosaic’s water discharge permit for its plant in Bartow. The group called March Against Mosaic is concerned about pollution discharges from the Polk County plant, even though it’s more than 70 miles away from Charlotte Harbor. To find out why WMNF spoke… Read more »

Car vs Protester: driver released and protester arrested.

On Saturday a protester was hospitalized and arrested after being struck and carried off by a vehicle that had driven through a demonstration in Hyde Park. About 50 people had gathered to show support for activist and veteran Jae Passmore, who sustained a leg injury and a concussion a week ago during another Black Lives Matter rally where she was… Read more »

A Deadly Virus & A Disturbing Truth

New York Times-bestselling author Robin Cook wrote Pandemic, his medical-thriller more than two years before Covid-19. The pulse-pounding story begins when an unidentified, healthy, well-dressed woman is struck down by a sudden respiratory illness on the subway as opportunist thieves snatch her phone and backpack. By the time she’s rushed to hospital, she’s dead. Ending up on forensic pathologist… Read more »

NAACP press conference

Rights groups and Hillsborough law enforcement agencies agree to reforms

The Hillsborough Branch NAACP, local ACLU and several law enforcement agencies from across Hillsborough County are working together to repair trust between police and the community. In a press conference Wednesday morning, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister announced five reforms the law enforcement groups agreed to. Listen: Chronister said implicit bias training would be enhanced… Read more »

Tampa Police

Tampa police review board fields complaints

Amid calls for policing reforms, Tampa’s police Citizen Review Board met Tuesday night at the Tampa Convention Center. The board has attracted little attention in the past. But more than 100 people attended this week’s meeting. For more than three hours, speakers addressed the Board during the public comment period. They aired their grievances with… Read more »