TECO CO2 emissions / climate change

Sierra Club says TECO plant conversion to gas would be “generational betrayal”

Next month the Florida Cabinet will consider granting approval to Tampa Electric Company to convert part of its Apollo Beach electric plant from coal to methane gas. But groups like the Sierra Club, Extinction Rebellion Tampa Bay and Organize Florida oppose converting to gas and think TECO should convert to solar energy generation instead. They’re… Read more »

Amid Public Outcry, Hillsborough Planners Vote In Favor of Interstate Expansion

After over four hours of comments from the public Tuesday night, the board that sets long-term transportation priorities for Hillsborough County voted to keep two controversial projects to add lanes to the interstate north of downtown Tampa. The Metropolitan Planning Organization supported plans to add a lane to I-275 in each direction from Rev. Dr…. Read more »

Tampa Mayor’s Forum on the Arts

On Wednesday night, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor held The Mayor’s Forum on the Arts. In her opening speech, Mayor Castor committed to, “grow the arts in a very, very big way.” She stressed the need to use art within the Tampa community to incentivize curb appeal and tell the story of our unique, diverse neighborhoods,… Read more »

Florida is third worst state in U.S. for sex-trafficking, two local criminology professors look at why

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Select 06/13/19 from the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning- welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up—  It is estimated that over 20 million people are victims of human trafficking worldwide. Statistics rank Florida as the third highest trafficking destination in the country,… Read more »

Author of “American Prison” Discusses Conditions For Prisoners in the U.S.

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Select 06/12/19 from the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up— Corporations are making a good profit housing prisoners– what’s it like to be a guard in a private, for profit prison? It’s a growing business and… Read more »

Economic Policy Institute: Young Workers Face Low Wages

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Select 06/11/19 from the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up—American wages continue to lag behind for many workers—especially people just out of high school. In the Economic Policy Institute’s new report:  “Class of 2019: High School Edition,” they look at the… Read more »

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MPO will vote on Hillsborough transportation priorities — will widening interstate be one?

On Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization’s board [MPO] will meet to vote transportation priorities; it will consider plans for expanding the number of lanes and overpasses where I-4 and I-275 meet near downtown Tampa. And the MPO will consider adding lanes on I-275 from downtown north to Bearrs Avenue. One… Read more »

Florida This Week From June 7th, 2019 On Radioactivity

Radioactivity Host Rob Lorei Plays Audio From Florida This Week on WEDU Listen Here: Select 06/10/19 from the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In This morning we’ll hear a replay of Florida This Week which is a TV showing airing every Friday night on WEDU-TV (Tampa), Florida’s most watched PBS station. Florida This… Read more »

Journalist Says Pentagon Can’t Account for Trillions of Tax Dollars Spent

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Select 06/07/19 in the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity, I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up—what agency of the federal government cannot account for trillions of dollars in spending of tax dollars? We’ll find out in a moment. But first—two listener comments about… Read more »

Havana Cuba Jose Marti

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist: Floridians & Cubans are harmed by Trump travel restrictions

This week the Trump administration placed further restrictions on the rights of Americans to travel to Cuba; among the new restrictions are cruise ships and group “people to people” travel. For reaction, WMNF asked Democratic Congress member Charlie Crist, who recently visited Cuba. “Well, it’s disappointing. Obviously, it will significantly affect the cruise industry, which… Read more »

TECO power plant in Apollo Beach Florida burns coal and releases water vapor plus greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide that contribute to climate change

Food & Water Watch report warns against TECO’s Big Bend conversion to gas

Food & Water Watch released a report Wednesday called “The Fracking Endgame,” which criticizes natural gas exploration and blames it for pollution, making the climate crisis worse and increasing the abundance of plastics. Brooke Errett, an organizer with Food & Water Watch, says the report should make Tampa Electric Company reconsider converting part of its… Read more »

La Gaceta Editor and Publisher Discusses Trump’s Cuba Travel Restrictions

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Select 06/05/19 in the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning- welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. The Trump administration is banning cruises to Cuba under new restrictions on U.S. travel to the Caribbean island– imposed yesterday– to pressure its government to reform and stop… Read more »

Hurricane Preparedness in Florida and Child Care: Who Should Have Control, Parents Or The State?

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Choose 06/04/19 in the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up—We’ll get prepared for the hurricane season that just got underway on Saturday. And later—in the battle over the proper medical treatment for children—who should have more… Read more »

Rob Lorei Interviews Caroline Fredrickson, author of Democracy Fix: How to Win the Fight for Fair Rules, Fair Courts, and Fair Elections

From Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen here: Select Wednesday, May 29th from the drop down menu. The interview begins 30 minutes into the program. Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Read the transcript by Blannie Whelan below: Rob Lorei (Host): Our next guest today is Caroline Fredrickson, author of Democracy Fix: How to Win the Fight… Read more »

Mueller says Russia attacked our election system in 2016; Former Elections supervisor Ion Sancho says Russia likely interfered in Florida’s election

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here (Select Wednesday, May 30th in the drop down menu): https://www.wmnf.org/events/radioactivity/ Intro: Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. In a moment we are going to take a deep dive into special counsel Robert Mueller’s public statement about the Russia investigation. We’ll hear from a former supervisor of elections… Read more »

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan from Sarasota

Liberal group confronted by Trump supporters outside Vern Buchanan’s Sarasota office

Last week groups of conservatives and liberals faced off outside the Sarasota office of Congress member Vern Buchanan. The tense, but non-physical, confrontation was first reported by the Herald-Tribune. To find out what happened, WMNF spoke with Dianne Perry. She is with the liberal group Action Together Suncoast, which is affiliated with the Indivisible movement…. Read more »

Ron DeSantis in West Bank of Palestine / Israel

Jewish civil rights attorney: Florida governor signs “absurd” bill and visits “stolen Palestinian land”

Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet had a busy day Wednesday in Israel: a state cabinet meeting, signing a bill on anti-Semitism and a visit to an industrial park in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. But a staff attorney for the group Palestine Legal is suggesting they might legally challenge the state over what she… Read more »

Longtime Supporter of Green New Deal Coming to Tampa This Sunday

Radioactivity With Rob Lorei 05/29/19 Listen Here (Select Wednesday, May 29th in the drop down menu): https://www.wmnf.org/events/radioactivity/ Intro: Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity— Republican Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell yesterday said that if a Supreme Court opening occurs next year—he will hold a vote in the Senate to confirm whomever President Trump nominates. That’s in… Read more »

Radioactivity guest says hurricane recovery would be better in Puerto Rico if it were a state and had voting representation in Congress

Listen Here (Select Tuesday, May 28th in the dropdown menu): Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Later in the program we’ll talk about the latest on efforts to privatize some Florida beaches. But first- We’ll discuss Puerto Rico’s recovery from the hurricane. WASHINGTON (AP) — A House GOP conservative blocked… Read more »