News & Public Affairs

Thursday April 17, 2014


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Tampa welcomes the International Indian Film Academy Awards

Next month, for the first time in the United States the Bollywood Oscars will be awarded in Tampa. It’s a four day event officially called the Videocon D2H International Indian Film Academy Awards weekend. The biggest event will be the awards presentation itself- taking place at Raymond James Stadium where 35,000 are expected to be in the audience and 800 million people are expected to be watching worldwide.

Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei discusses the International Indian Film Aca...

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The Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa.

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

EPA proposes rule clarifying Clean Water Act protections for streams and wetlands

Tuesday the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule aimed at clarifying and strengthening the Clean Water Act.

The rule was published on the EPA website and says it would ‘enhance protection for the nation’s public health and aquatic resources … by increasing clarity as to the scope of “waters of the United States” protected under the Act.’

In an online video, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says the new rule will help identify [streams and wetlands](http://environmentflorida....

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St. Petersburg activist makes his case against red light cameras

Today on the Last Call Rob Lorei talks about red light cameras with a local opponent of the cameras. Matt Florell is a St. Petersburg activist who has been pushing for an end to red light cameras.

The cameras have been installed in many dangerous intersections around the Bay area—but some communities are phasing them out. The cameras take a photo of a vehicle and it’s license plate when the vehicle blows through an intersection during a redlight. It also captures photos of cars that fai...

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Hillsborough County students receive free dental screenings last year.

photo by Janelle Irwin, 2013

Friday in Tampa: free dental care offers cleaner teeth and healthier bodies

People in the Tampa Bay area can get free dental care this weekend at the Florida State Fairgrounds. This Friday and Saturday adults and some children can get things like teeth cleanings and extractions. Terry Buckenheimer is a Tampa dentist and the president of the Florida Dental Association’s Mission of Mercy.

“And then also, we’re going to provide names, addresses, there’ll be some people from our FQHCs here in Tampa and also they’re affiliated with the Department of Health and they’l...

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

Flood insurance hikes still a peril

Congress sought to ease fears in seaside communities by rolling back dramatic price hikes for national flood insurance, but for many the pocketbook pain has only been delayed.

As many as 1.1 million policyholders with subsidized government insurance will still be hit with rate increases under a bill signed by President Barack Obama.

Records analyzed by The Associated Press show there are communities in every state where the adjusted price hikes would make some properties unaffordable. ...

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Jean Halloran, Director of Food Policy Initiatives for Consumers Union

Consumers Union urges Trader Joe's to sell antibiotic-free meat and Military air show at MacDill Air Force Base

Today Radioactivity discusses efforts to get antibiotics out of meat and the dangers associated with over-use of antibiotics. Rob Lorei Interviews Jean Halloran, Director of Food Policy Initiatives for Consumers Union about an ad her organization published in the Tampa Bay Times asking Trader Joe’s today to stop selling meat from animals raised on antibiotics. The ad highlights how the overuse of antibiotics by the meat industry on healthy livestock threatens public ...

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Jennifer Rubiello, field associate with Environment Florida

photo by Sean Kinane, WMNF News 2013

Environmentalists rally against proposed drilling wastewater disposal well near Everglades

Environmentalists are continuing a campaign urging the EPA to reject a toxic wastewater disposal well near local drinking water supplies and the neighboring wildlife refuge. The plan would allow chemical containing waste to be pumped into an underground well. Environment Florida’s Jennifer Rubiello says if the well is approved, it could lead to other extreme drilling projects like fracking.

"On March 11 the Environmental Protection Agency hosted a special information session and public he...

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School choice group defends voucher programs

Step Up For Students facilitates corporate tax scholarships for low-income students to use to attend private schools.

The program is lauded by supporters as giving parents the option to remove students from failing schools and put them in schools they otherwise couldn't afford. But opponents argue it's just a way to funnel public dollars into private hands - and it undermines the separation of church and state because most of the vouchers are used for religious schools.

A bill in the Se...

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Tampa City Council votes against renewing red light camera contract

Just this week, two high school students were hit by a car while crossing Hillsborough Avenue on their way to school. Other students have died and Hillsborough is considered one of the deadliest places in the country to be a pedestrian.

Tampa City Council chair Frank Reddick says he is disappointed that not even a small portion of revenue from the red light camera program has been invested in making roads safer. He says even though accidents and citations are down, the need to invest in ...

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Help with Federal Income Tax Forms Part 2

Today WMNF will continue to answer your questions about filling out your federal income tax forms this year. We'll have three CPAs in the studio, Phil Scheidt, Kim Lee, Andy Mason who will take your phone calls and answer your e-mail questions. Tune in at 11AM March 19 and 20. Call in with your questions at 813-238-8001 and e-mail your tax question to

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