News & Public Affairs

Monday March 30, 2015

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photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Dec. 2014).

Alternative "Ferguson Black Grand Jury" recommends indictment for officer who killed Michael Brown

Last year the grand jury in Missouri hearing evidence about the death of Michael Brown did not indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed the teenager; so the black community gathered together its own grand jury last weekend.

St. Petersburg resident Penny Hess is chair of the African Peoples Solidarity Committee and traveled to Missouri last weekend to participate in what was called the Black People’s Grand Jury.

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Watching the Cuba-U.S. rapprochement unfold

22 days ago, President Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro announced a breakthrough in diplomatic relations between the two neighboring countries.

Al Fox, the head of the Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation appeared on the program to talk about landmark agreement. Fox is an insider with deep knowledge of the goings-on of the Cuban government, and he shared some of his knowledge during the program.

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Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Sept. 2009).

Sixty Tampa Police will wear body cameras as part of pilot program

Tampa Police will roll out a pilot program to check the effectiveness of officers wearing body cameras; It’s part of a nationwide movement to document more interactions between police and the public, especially following several high-profile deaths.

Council member Frank Reddick asked Chief Jane Castor how Tampa Police officers felt about using the cameras.

Chief Castor said the cameras will be purchased from TASER International and the contract for storage and analysis of the video wil...

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Supporters of CIW march in front of a St.Petersburg Publix grocery store. Publix has not joined the Fair Food Program.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Nov. 2009).

Fresh Market grocery chain joins CIW's Fair Food Program

A farmworker organization in Florida has gotten another large grocery chain to sign on to its Fair Food Agreement. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers announced Thursday that the Fresh Market grocery chain has become the 13th corporation to support “fair farm labor conditions and verifiable, worker-driven social responsibility in US agriculture.”

According to a press release, the grocery chain will purchase some tomatoes from growers that have agreed to pay an additional penny per pound to ...

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Laila Abdelaziz, Local progressive activist and Muslim-American.


photo by Rob Lorei

Local progressive Muslim activist speaks out on tragic shooting in France.

Today, we hear local responses to yesterday's horrific massacre of 12 people in Paris at the offices of french satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by suspected radical islamists. We first listen to reports of the shootings from French government-run television service France 24. Laila Abdelaziz, local progressive activist and Muslim-American, then offers her perspective on the tragedy and answers listeners' questions.

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Medallion home headquarters in Bradenton, solar panels outfitted by Scott McIntyre's company Solar Energy Management


photo by Rob Lorei

Florida solar industry concerned that utility companies might make moves against net metering

Some people within the solar energy industry is concerned that the upcoming legislative session will bring changes that will discourage energy consumers from considering solar power. Scott McIntyre,CEO of Solar Energy Management, and Ivan Penn, who covers energy issues for the Tampa Bay Times, join us today to talk about how Florida utility companies might push for changes against net metering. Net metering allows monitoring of solar energy fed back into a power grid against power taken from ...

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Conservative Hurricane:How Jeb Bush Remade Florida


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Political science Professor Matthew discusses how Jeb Bush changed the role of Florida Governor

Joining us today on Radioactivity is Matthew Corrigan, Ph.D. Chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Florida. His recently released book, Conservative Hurricane:How Jeb Bush Remade Florida, outlines how the former Florida governor changed the nature of the office since his two-term run from 1999-2007. Later we discuss gun control and the NRA with Jim Gilmore, who worked as an editor and producer on the PBS Frontline documentary *Gun...

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Tampa's mass wedding.


photo by Samuel Johnson.

Same-sex couples get legally wed all over Florida

Same-sex couples are rejoicing as they legally tie the knot in Florida Tuesday. In St. Petersburg about twenty couples lined up in front of the Pinellas County courthouse steps before the doors opened at 8:00 a.m.

After about 30 minutes of paperwork the first couple, Andrea DeFlippo and Erin Bell, were escorted into a small room cramped with reporters. Arricka Grant, performed the ceremony. Pinellas County Clerk of Courts St Pete branch manager, Vel Anderson, said that preparations had bee...

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Host Rob Lorei interviews vice president and legal counsel to non profit opposed to gay marriage

Today, Rob Lorei speaks with Harry Mihet, Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Legal Counsel for Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit opposed to Florida becoming the 36th state to legalize same-sex marriage. The ban on gay marriage is scheduled to lift by midnight, although a county in South Florida is already issuing licenses. Meanwhile,in Jacksonville and other North Florida counties, chapels are being closed down to both gay and straight marriages.

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Cuban Flag in Tampa's Jose Marti Park.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (May 2011).

Tampa International Airport expects more direct flights to Cuba after thaw in relations

Last month the presidents of Cuba and the United States announced they would take steps to thaw the icy relations between the two countries.

The U.S. still has an embargo and a ban on tourism to Cuba, but it is likely to become easier for permitted travel from the U.S. to Cuba.

For more than three years there have been direct flights from Tampa International Airport to cities in Cuba.

To find out what the new policy could mean for travelers and for the airport, WMNF News interview...

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