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The Scoop: Mon., December 18, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Black History Museum location State officials are looking at locations for a future Florida Museum of Black History. Sarasota County is gunning for the spot.   Christian Ziegler censured Yesterday, Christian Ziegler was censured and...
The Scoop: WMNF Daily News Digest

The Scoop: Fri., December 15, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Early morning shooting The Tampa Police Department has been investigating since 5 a.m. when officers responded to shots fired on the 4000 block of W Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. The victim was transported and...
The Scoop: WMNF Daily News Digest

The Scoop: Thurs., December 14, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Affordable housing is top concern St. Pete residents were able to weigh in on how $50 million in funding associated with the Historic Gas Plant District redevelopment should be spent. Affordable housing was the top concern...
migrants at the U.S. border, American flag, barbed wire

Florida budgets for more migrant flights in 2024

Chris Spencer, Ron DeSantis’ budget director, this week discussed a request for an additional $5 million for the migrant-flight program.
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The Scoop: Wed., December 13, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Bridget Ziegler won’t resign Last night, all members of the Sarasota County School Board voted to ask fellow Board member Bridget Ziegler to resign, except for Ziegler herself. Ziegler’s husband is accused of rape and...
The Scoop: WMNF Daily News Digest

The Scoop: Tues., December 12, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Controversial Miami Wilds project A federal judge ruled that the National Park Service violated two federal laws when it decided to release land to Miami-Dade County for the controversial Miami Wilds project.   Driskell raises...
Fentrice Driskell

Florida House Minority Leader outlines goals prior to next year’s legislative session

Listen:   This is the last committee week before the legislation session, and House Minority Leader Fentrice Driskell laid out some goals of the Democrats in the upcoming session. “Here we are in the last...
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The Scoop: Fri., December 8, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Police officer arrested A St. Petersburg Police Officer, Christian Collins, has been arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery. He will undergo an internal investigation through the Office of Professional Standards.   Attempt to let...
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The Scoop: Thurs., December 7, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

University presidents criticize government interference The American Association of University Professors released a report criticizing political interference in Florida’s higher-education system, taking issue with several laws signed by DeSantis in 2022, including changes to tenure...
DeSantis defeats Charlie Crist Election 2022

PEN America report analyzes on Florida’s influence on free speech, lawmaking nationwide

Listen: Free expression group PEN America analyzed Florida’s culture war laws over the years. They released a report arguing that legislation in Florida under Governor Ron DeSantis is driving a conservative view of free speech...
The Scoop: WMNF Daily News Digest

The Scoop: Tues., December 5, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Criminal investigation of FL GOP chair The Republican Party of Florida is calling for a vote on the future of its chairperson, Christian Ziegler, who is under criminal investigation after a woman accused him of...

The Politics of Incarceration and Re-entry

Florida has an incarceration rate of 795 per 100.000 people including prisons, jails, immigration detention and juvenile justice. This means Florida locks up a higher percentage of it’s people than any democracy on earth. Many...

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