News & Public Affairs

Sunday July 5, 2015


Hillsborough River State Park

photo by Seán Kinane

FDEP head wants to allow commercial use on State Park land,and details on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Today we look at plans by the head of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to open up state parks for commercial use. A story from Craig Pittman for the Tampa Bay Times this weekend says FDEP secretary Jon Steverson aims to make the parks completely financially self-sustaining. Currently revenue from the parks cover about 77 percent of their operating costs...

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Marisol Marquez (l) and Gague Lacharite.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Preview of May Day labor and immigration rally in Tampa

Friday is May First – Celebrated around the world as May Day, International Workers Day or Labor Day; on MidPoint we spoke about a May Day celebration in Tampa and about labor rights and immigration rights.

Guests were Marisol Marquez and Gague Lacharite, with Raices en Tampa and Tampa Bay SDS.

We talked about the history of May Day, and about a disturbing response to the event on Facebook by a right-wing group called ROF.

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Peter Kageyama, author of "For the Love of Cities"

photo by Rob Lorei

Urban Activist Peter Kageyama on successful cities and the people who love them

Today we have Peter Kageyama, urban activist and author of For the Love of Cities, to discuss what it takes to make a livable and emotionally engaging city. We look at several factors that have contributed in making St.Petersburg such a desirable place to live over the past decade, and if sister city Tampa can recreate the same vibrancy in its urban core. Kageyama will be a keynote speaker for a conversation called "For the Love of St.Pete", hosted by St. Petersburg Sunset Rotary Foundation a...

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Pier Selection Committee chooses Pier Park for new St. Pete icon

Last night, the Pier Selection Committee approved the design known as Pier Park as its top-ranked team. That design was number two in the city’s public survey. Destination, the public’s top ranked team and the only design that would have renovated the current inverted pyramid, was ranked number two by the selection committee.

The issue has been a contentious one. Following a ballot referendum in 2013 in which voters overwhelmingly rejected the previous chosen design called the Lens, the ci...

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Meg Lowman is a renowned tree scientist, nicknamed "the real-life Lorax" by National Geographic

Margaret Lowman, leading tree-top biologist, talks about her work and effect of climate change on Florida trees.

Today we have an interview with Margaret ‘Canopy Meg’ Lowman, a globe-trotting conservationist and pioneer in 'tree-top ecology' which utilizes hot air balloons and forest canopy walkways to study the environment of trees. She started the TREE foundation, which helped build the canopy walkways in Myakka River State Park near Sarasota. Lowman is Chief of Science & Sustainability at the California Academy of Sciences. Fullbright Scholar and recipient of numerous academic and scientific awards....

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USF cancels plans for body farm in Lithia

The University of South Florida is no longer considering locating a proposed body farm in Lithia; in a press release Friday afternoon, USF said after a community meeting Thursday night in Lithia many residents objected to what is being called the Facility for Outdoor Experimental Research and Training. The press release says the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office still wants to find a location for a facility to study how bodies decompose when left in the Florida elements.

*here is the te...

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Barack Obama spoke at the University of Tampa in January 2010.

photo by Josh Holton/WMNF News.

Three Americans and one Italian killed by U.S. counterterror actions

The White House announced Thursday that three Americans and an Italian were killed in U.S. counterterrorism actions in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan; in a brief statement President Barack Obama says he takes "full responsibility" for one operation that he says inadvertently killed an American hostage, Warren Weinstein, and an Italian hostage, Giovanni Lo Porto, held by al-Qaida.

The president did not take questions.

A [statement from White House Press Secretary Josh Earn...

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Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor said police responded properly in the raid that killed 29-year-old Jason Westcott

An interview with family of Tampa man killed in police raid over two dollars worth of pot

Today Host Rob Lorei interviews the family of Jason Westcott, a 29-year-old man that was shot and killed during a police raid of his home in Tampa last year. He was previously advised by the same police department to arm himself against a potential intruder after uncovering a potential plot to rob his home. The Tampa Police were led to Westcott by an informant that claim...

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President Obama campaigned for re-election in Ybor City in June 2012.

photo by Kim DeFalco / WMNF News.

Full transcript of presidents remarks in Everglades on climate change

Here is the transcript of the remarks on climate change by President Barack Obama in the Everglades Wednesday, as provided by the White House.


Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release April 22, 2015


The Everglades, Florida

3:16 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! Please have a seat. It’s good to be back in Florida. So I can’t think of a better ...

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