From the Beaches to the Springs How Do We Protect Florida’s Waters?

From the beaches to the springs to the pristine underground aquifer to the Everglades and the rivers— Florida’s waters are like nowhere else on earth. Two of Florida’s most knowledgeable people about the state of our water join us in a moment to talk about Florida’s water resources. And later—Florida’s economy has mostly recovered from… Read more »

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Worried about red tide on Pinellas beaches? “Plan ahead and call ahead”

High concentrations of the organism that causes red tide are being found on virtually all of the beaches in Pinellas County barrier islands; Pinellas County Environmental Management measured high concentrations of Karenia brevis cells Monday from Indian Rocks Beach south to the Ft. DeSoto Gulf Pier. And depending on weather conditions, that’s causing fish to… Read more »

Red Tide shows up in Senate race and by Pinellas beaches

Florida Gov. Scott confronted by protesters at campaign stop Florida Gov. Rick Scott was confronted by dozens of protesters during a southwest Florida campaign stop. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported that protesters upset with the state’s ongoing red tide outbreak jammed the sidewalk outside a restaurant that Scott visited. The newspaper reports that Scott was forced to… Read more »

Capone & Ness Vs. Trump & Mueller

They could barely conceal their excitement. The two authors had already spent nearly an hour talking exuberantly about their new book. Now they were both eager to continue and answer a provocative question they admittedly had prompted, “Are there parallels between Al Capone & Eliot Ness Vs. Donald Trump and Robert Mueller?” With mere seconds… Read more »

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Is USF scaling back and outsourcing victim advocates?

According to its website, the University of South Florida’s Center for Victim Advocacy (CVA) “provides free and confidential services to USF students, faculty, and staff who have experienced crime, violence, or abuse, on or off campus;” but there’s concern among USF student groups about policy changes at the Center and about reduced staffing of victim advocates… Read more »

Religion, politics, and voting in America

AP Poll: Voters open to candidates who aren’t very religious By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Religion’s role in politics and public policy is in the spotlight heading toward the midterm elections. Yet relatively few Americans consider it crucial that a candidate be devoutly religious or share their religious beliefs, according to… Read more »

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Nationwide prisoner strike includes Florida

The national prison strike has reached Florida; according to the Gainesville Chapter of Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee prisoners at five Florida facilities are striking: Dade, Charlotte, Holmes, Franklin and Apalachee. Friday in Sarasota there is a rally in support of an ongoing national strike by prisoners and inmate workers; it starts at 4:00 p.m. and… Read more »

Woman Banned From Pinellas County Park For Objecting To The Application Of Roundup

Yesterday local environmentalist Tanja Vidovic (and WMNF volunteer) was banned from a Pinellas County Park for objecting to the spraying of the controversial herbicide Roundup on park grounds. According to Vidovic she was in Safety Harbor’s Philippe Park when she observed several private contractors about to spray the chemical Roundup on what they told her… Read more »

The Definitive History Of Scarface & The Untouchable

Max Allan Collins and A. Brad Schwartz, a unique and vibrant writing team combining the narrative skill of a master novelist with the scholarly rigor of a trained historian. Collins is the New York Times bestselling author of the gangster classic Road to Perdition. Schwartz is a rising-star historian whose work anticipated the fake-news phenomenon. The duo has… Read more »

National Nurses Organizing Committee on potential nurses strike

Nurses at 4 Tampa Bay area hospitals authorize strike

Registered Nurses from seven Florida hospitals and from four other states have voted to strike if their contract negotiations continue to flounder. Rosanne O’Malley is the chief nurse union representative at Medical Center of Trinity in Pasco County. Her union is National Nurses United / National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNU/NNOC). “We have had negotiations since… Read more »

Eve Prang Plews, host of Alternative Health on WMNF, has died

With sadness we are announcing that the host of our  Alternative Health and Nutrition program- Eve Prang Plews – died Saturday, 9/1/18. Eve has been offering sage advice to our listeners for more than a decade. In person Eve was bold, confident, outspoken, funny and opinionated. She was one of a kind- mixing thorough knowledge… Read more »

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Advocates will “Speak out for trans rights in Sarasota schools”

Supporters of the rights of transgender students plan to speak out Tuesday evening at the Sarasota school board meeting; ANSWER Suncoast and the Party for Socialism and Liberation – Florida are hosting what they’re calling “Speak out for trans rights in Sarasota schools!” To find out more, WMNF News interviewed Juliana Musheyev with ANSWER Suncoast. “We’ve… Read more »

Electric & Hybrids Cars on The Sustainable Living Program

On Monday’s WMNF Sustainable Living program our topic was Electric Vehicles, hybrid and plug-in hybrids. Our guests were Dory Larson, Electric Vehicles Program Associate with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, where her work is to promote Electric Vehicle ownership; also Todd Thomson, the owner of Tampa Hybrids in Lutz, joined the program. Todd specializes… Read more »

Nearly 2 million voters have cast ballots in Florida’s primary

Early voting numbers rival those of a presidential election year, and has far surpassed typical midterm primary voting. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Nearly 2 million people have already cast ballots in Florida’s primary election, surpassing totals from previous years. The Florida Division of Elections website reports nearly 1.86 million people voted so far. That includes… Read more »