News & Public Affairs

Saturday April 19, 2014


Protesters gather beneath four red light cameras at Dale Mabry & Waters in Tampa in 2011

photo by WMNF File Photo 2011

Hillsborough commissioners support continuing red-light cameras

Red-light cameras are receiving scrutiny in the Florida legislature and cities like Tampa and St. Petersburg could soon wind down their programs. But in unincorporated Hillsborough County commissioners reiterated their support for the cameras today.

Hillsborough County Sheriff

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Florida Sen. Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa).

photo by Se

Florida in-state tuition bill for undocumented students moves closer to final vote

In spite of some Republican opposition, state legislators keep moving forward with a bill that would allow qualified Florida students to pay in-state college tuition rates even if they are in the country without documentation. Senate Bill 1400 is sponsored by Republican Jack Latvala of Clearwater.

Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee a version of the bill was approved by a 7-to-2 vote. Committee chair [Tom Lee](

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Jaclyn Lopez.

photo by Se

Environmental group asks Obama administration to stop doing business with BP

An environmental advocacy group is asking the Obama administration to cut off the fossil fuel company BP from government contracts.

In March, nearly four years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Environmental Protection Agency allowed BP to begin bidding on oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico and other business with the government.

Now, the Center for Biological Diversity is petitioning the Obama administration to cut its ties with BP.

WMNF interviewed Jaclyn Lopez, st...

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Discussing Bees and Blueberries on the Sustainable Living Show

Our segment on the March 31th Sustainable Living program was about growing blueberries and our guest, Retta Sweet, is with Shady Oaks Blueberry U-Pick. Retta will be participating in an upcoming Farm to Plate Blueberry Workshop and Tour in Polk County taking place on April 11. The last half of the show we talked about bees and the upcoming plant sale on April 12th & 13th at the USF botanical gardens Master Bee Keeper, Professo...

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) touring a Healthy Start daycare in Town 'n Country last year.

photo by Janelle Irwin

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor sides with former teacher of the year on bashing Florida lawmakers on public education

U.S. Representative Kathy Castor is joining a former Florida teacher of the year in lashing out at state lawmakers for unfriendly public education measures. At an unrelated press conference at Al Lopez Park in Tampa Monday, Castor said Megan Allen is one of the best public school teachers she

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Brochures and donuts lined two tables at Al Lopez Park where people could get help registering for Obamacare.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Last minute glitches don't seem to be deterring Obamacare enrollment

Despite some more glitches on, turnout is high in Tampa on the final day to enroll in Obamacare. More than 30 people were already waiting in line by 10:30 a.m. Monday at Al Lopez Park to get help enrolling in private health insurance under the federal healthcare law. Most of those people, like Myrta Mayor, are hoping that their last minute enrollment can save them some money on coverage that is now required.

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