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The Pinellas Legislative Delegation supports a revamp of PSTA; what would it mean for local transit?

A Republican Florida representative has proposed a bill that would change how Pinellas County’s transit organization is governed.
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Florida GOP Chair Christian Ziegler, husband of Moms For Liberty cofounder, accused of sexual battery by alleged menage a trois lover

Christian Ziegler, Florida’s GOP chairman and husband of Sarasota County School Board member and Moms of Liberty co-founder Bridget Ziegler, is under criminal investigation after...
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A decade after Rick Scott refused $1.25 billion from feds, a Florida lawmaker proposes $50 million for private passenger rail between Tampa and Orlando

Florida lawmakers are championing hundreds of projects including $50 million for Brightline to extend rail from Orlando to Tampa.
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Here comes the Sun: Talking pro women’s soccer in Tampa Bay

The new professional women’s soccer team has a name - Tampa Bay Sun FC-will kick off its inaugural season in August 2024.
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Responding to Food Insecurity in Florida with Gulf Coast JFCS

It’s Thanksgiving time and our thoughts turn to food and those who may not have it. Our friends from Gulf Coast JFCS joined us to...
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Get answers about open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace

Information how navigators can help you choose the Obamacare plan that’s best for you and if you are eligible for financial assistance.
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Florida legislators file bills to penalize any student who “promotes a foreign terrorist organization”

The bills could financially penalize state university and college students who voice support for “foreign terrorist” organizations.

Temporary Closure City of Tampa McKay Bay Scale House and Transfer Station Due To Power Outage

Press Release from the City of Tampa: The City of Tampa McKay Bay Waste to Energy Facility, the McKay Bay Scale House and Transfer Station is closed until further notice to the general public and commercial customers due...
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Voting rights groups press on with their challenge to Florida’s voter registration handwritten signature requirement they say violates the Civil Rights Act

The appeal comes after a federal judge rejected a lawsuit challenging a Florida requirement for “wet” signatures on voter registration forms.
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UF appeals a decision that it must pay attorney fees for violating professors’ First Amendment rights

The University of Florida on Tuesday appealed a judge’s ruling that would require it to pay more than $372,000 in legal fees.
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Florida case against Meta for manipulating kids to keep them hooked is sent to California

Florida says that Meta (Facebook and Instagram) uses "manipulative" features to keep minors hooked on the social media platforms.
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Writer Bill Maxwell reflects on a life of speaking truth to power

Former St. Petersburg Times columnist and editorial writer Bill Maxwell appeared on WMNF WaveMakers  with Janet & Tom on Tuesday (Nov. 14) to discuss a lifetime of speaking truth to power. Maxwell, who retired from...
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Ron DeSantis seeks more money for Florida’s emergency fund after using funds for non-emergencies

House Minority Leader Fentrice Driskell, D-Tampa, said a negative cash balance “looks like a blemish on our financial planning.”

Pop singer Pink to give out banned books at Florida concerts

Listen: Pop singer Pink will give away 2,000 banned books at her upcoming Florida concerts. This comes as Florida recorded the highest number of books bans in the country last school year. The books will...
The Scoop: WMNF Daily News Digest

The Scoop: Tues., November 14, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Virus research at USF The US Department of Agriculture is funding research at the University of South Florida to investigate viruses like the one that causes COVID-19. The 3 million dollar grant will allow researchers...
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USDA awards $3 million to USF for research of disease transmission

Listen:   The US Department of Agriculture is funding research at the University of South Florida to investigate viruses, like the one that causes COVID-19. This comes in the form of a three-million-dollar grant. The...

Exploring Loneliness and Connection in Society and Other Health Topics with Dr. Fred Harvey

Dr. Fred Harvey's radio show, Healthy Steps, is a platform where he discusses various topics ranging from health and environment to community issues. Dr. Harvey's perspective on these topics is shaped by his belief in...

Lies, Conspiracies, Apocalypticism and Political Intimidation

The Community discussed the tendency in the U.S. to embrace apocalyptic thinking, conspiracy theories and the distrust of attempts to hold their leaders accountable. The founder and President of Public Religion Research Institute, Robert P....

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