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The Incarceration Nation

Alexandra Bailey calls in to the Forum to discuss efforts to end mass incarceration in federal prison. She talks about the bipartisan First Step Act...
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Judge upholds a Florida law turning over the Gainesville utility to a state-appointed board

A circuit judge rejected a challenge by the city of Gainesville to a new Florida law overhauling control of the Gainesville municipal utility.
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Florida lawmaker proposes designating State Road A1A as “Jimmy Buffett Memorial Highway”

A Florida legislator proposes designating State Road A1A as “Jimmy Buffett Memorial Highway” to honor the musician who died Sept. 1 at age 76.
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Hurricane Ian, one year later: A story of resiliency and hope

Hurricane Ian was the 3rd-costliest natural disaster to hit the U.S.: $115.2 billion in damages and 156 fatalities in Florida and elsewhere.
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Transgender and nonbinary people sue Florida over its “discriminatory” bathroom law

A federal lawsuit challenges a new Florida law requiring people to use public restrooms that align with their sex assigned at birth.
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The Scoop: Fri., September 29, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Naples Capitol breacher caught A member of the ‘Proud Boys’ extremist group, who disappeared days before his sentencing in the U.S. Capitol riot case in...
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Miami Representative Daniel Perez designated as next Florida House Speaker

Republican Representative Daniel Perez of Miami was designated as the next Florida House speaker for the 2024-2026 legislative term.

Quality of Life in the U.S.

The U.S. Census reports on measures of poverty long and short term while workers are utilizing their voices and power to strike in a crucial economic time. Political inequality is being tested in redistricting...

Pharmaceutical Industry Unveiled: Exploitative Marketing, Controversial Medications, and Healthcare Priorities

In this episode of the Healthy Steps Radio Show, host Dr. Fred Harvey takes a critical look at the pharmaceutical industry, accusing it of prioritizing profits over patient well-being and the effectiveness of medications. Drawing...
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The Scoop: Mon., September 18, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

New College forum New College Interim President Richard Corcoran addressed a crowd during a public forum in West Tampa last Friday regarding his previous experience, the school’s trajectory, and controversies surrounding discrimination accusations at the...

Cabinet backs $141 million in land conservation deals including a Florida Forever project in Hendry County

The Cabinet supported three land purchases under the Florida Forever program. They also approved buying three conservation easements.
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Florida defends its new immigration law in court

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody urged a federal judge to reject an attempt to block part of a new state law targeting people who transport undocumented immigrants into the state.

Education, Civic Engagement in the Sunshine State

Kimbery Brown-Blunt visits the Forum to announce an important Legislative Education Forum to discuss empowering communities through education, justice and civic engagement. Panelist will include elected Democratic State Senator Darryl Rouson, Representative Fentrice Driskell, Hillsborough...
Hurricane Idalia

2 weeks later, cleanup underway in Levy County after Idalia

A little over two weeks after Hurricane Idalia moved through Florida’s Big Bend region, extensive clean-up efforts are ongoing.
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New College interim president Richard Corcoran addresses controversies, presidential bid in Tampa

New College Interim President Richard Corcoran faces controversy at a political forum in West Tampa.

‘We can’t sit and do nothing’: Despite challenges Floridians are are still fighting for access to health care

Allison Holmes says there are more than 22,000 on a waitlist for Florida’s home-and community-based Medicaid waiver program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She and her son JJ were at a legislative meeting...
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The Scoop: Fri., September 15, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

COVID-19 on the rise Florida has the highest COVID-19 hospitalization rate in the nation. This comes as hospitalization rates rise across the country.   Nonprofit’s lease to expire A nonprofit that provides services to migrant...
Supreme Court overturns Roe vs. Wade

Bill seeks to prevent abortion charges in Florida

Florida Senate Minority Leader Lauren Book filed a bill aimed at preventing women from being charged with crimes after obtaining abortions.

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