News & Public Affairs

Wednesday April 23, 2014


PSTA spokesperson Bob Lasher says a new funding plan on the 2014 ballot will not only expand transportation services, it will help keep the agency solvent.

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Public transportation use up in Tampa Bay and the nation

Transit agencies on both sides of Tampa Bay posted record ridership for the month of February. Bus rides in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties have continued to increase, mirroring a national trend of growing public transportation use. Bob Lasher, spokesperson for the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, says many routes are running at capacity.

“Not just at rush hour, but during the middle portion of the day, we’re running buses that are having – we’re putting extra buses out because we ...

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Soraya Chemaly

From A Woman's POV discusses International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

What is it about it that seems to bring out discomfort in so many people?

With that in mind, many women have had it with the sexism and underlying misogyny. We are only too aware of the spectrum of violence to women which is so affected by the psychological and cultural milieu. And MEDIA – you are the driver of that engine.

We are going to be talking about sexism in media and its implication with SORAYA CHEMALY, writer, thinker extraordinaire. We...

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Biographer Martin A. Dyckman discusses the life of the late former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew and Tampa Bay Times reporters' examine outrageous entry fees at Trauma Centers in Florida

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei interviews biographer Martin A. Dyckman about the life of former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew who passed away today.

Later Rob speaks with Tampa Bay Times reporters Letitia Stein and Alexandra Zayas about a story series they recently published detailing the costly entry price of Trauma Centers in Florida.

Read the Times story here.

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Jolly Sinks Sink: Reaction and Perspective

The battle over replacing the late Congressman Bill Young is over till November. Jolly Sank Sink; Lobbyist David Jolly beat former Bank executive and state CFO Alex Sink by a mere 3-thousand 457 votes. It’s the second straight squeaker loss for Sink and it leaves us wondering if she’ll face Jolly in November or retire from politics.

Today on the Last Call Warren Elly speaks with Chris Mitchell, former chairman of the Hillsborough Democratic Party and Republican Analyst Chris Ingram.

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Dalyn Houser from FL PIRG.

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Consumer advocates asking Publix to label GMO foods

Last week we told you about a bill in the Florida legislature to require labeling of foods with genetically modified organisms and about opposition to that legislation. We interviewed Dalyn Houser, a program associate with Florida PIRG who is organizing support for the bill requiring labeling of GMO foods.

"GMOs are genetically modified organisms and these are seeds that grow our food that we eat and they have the DNA of the seed has been altered in some way. So, for instance, you can cro...

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David Jolly Greets Supporters after Victory Speech

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Republican David Jolly wins vacant Pinellas Congressional seat

Republican David Jolly won the closely-watched special election in Pinellas County Tuesday.The crowded room at a hotel on Sand Key was humming with supporters savoring a win over Democrat Alex Sink and Libertarian Lucas Overby.

Florida’s 13th Congressional district was left vacant after the death of Representative C.W. "Bill" Young last October. David Jolly had been an aid to Young for several years until 2007 when he departed to become a lobbyist in Washington. Jolly said he will focus on...

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Melanie Hall, Family Health Care Foundation and Kristen Nash, Enroll America

Enrollment experts discuss signing up for the Affordable Care Act

Florida is one of the few states on track to meet White House projections for enrollment in health plans under the Affordable Care Act. Yesterday, Health and Human Services officials released data showing that more than 442,000 Floridians have signed up for plans since October. That's not far from the Obama administration's target goal of 477,000 for the end of March- which is the deadline for signing up for the ACA.

But many people still have not signed up and have questions about signing...

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Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) describes sea level rise next to map of projected effects on Florida.

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Bill Nelson warns Senate about effects of climate change and sea level rise on Florida

Democratic senators clocked an all-nighter, working in shifts into Tuesday morning to warn of devastation from climate change and the danger of inaction.

More than two dozen speakers agreed with each other about the need to act on climate change. Republican naysayers largely stayed away, suggesting hours earlier that regulation would cost Americans jobs in a sluggish economy.

The last speaker was Bill Nelson (D-FL), who said he was "batting cleanup" because of how devastating sea level ...

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Albert Harris, unemployment claimant.

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Critics of Florida’s botched unemployment website take aim at Governor Rick Scott

Critics of Florida’s botched unemployment claims website are taking aim at Governor Rick Scott and his connection to the private company contracted to operate the CONNECT site.

The website launched in October, but it is still not functioning correctly. Thousands of unemployment applicants have been locked out of the system.

We discussed this issue with three people: Army Reservist Albert Harris (who was unable to collect unemployment insurance compensation because of a glitch in the w...

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Workers' rights rally at Tampa Whole Foods store

A day long rally was held last Saturday, International Women’s Day, outside a Whole Foods store in Tampa. A smattering of activists, protesters and concerned customers voiced their support for a Chicago woman who was fired from Whole Foods when she took time off to care of her special needs son during the second Polar Vortex snowstorm.

When Rhiannon Broschat was fired...

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