News & Public Affairs

Wednesday April 16, 2014


Albert Harris, unemployment claimant.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News

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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photo by Samuel Johnson 3-11-14

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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Radioactivity takes listener calls

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei opens up the phone lines to take listener calls on local, national and international news.

The following BBC story was also aired on the show:

BCC Newsnight:

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Edwin Lyman

Lessons from the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Tomorrow marks the third anniversary of the disaster at Fukushima Japan.

On March 11th a giant earthquake followed by a tsunami struck the northeast coast of Japan.

More than 20,000 people were killed or injured.

There were six nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Dai’ichi facility. Three of the plants six reactors suffered core meltdowns. Radiation was released into the air.

More than 300,000 people from the region had to leave the area- because living near the damaged plant...

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Congressional candidate Alex Sink (D-FL) thanks canvassing volunteers for knocking on doors on the last day of campaigning.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Pinellas Congressional candidate Alex Sink gets in last-minute campaign push

Candidates are winding up their campaigns for Pinellas County’s Congressional seat. Alex Sink, the Democratic nominee, started the final day before the election at a home in Dunedin where she ushered off more than two dozen volunteers to knock on doors.

“Well, dozens of workers here, but we literally have hundreds and hundreds of volunteers throughout the district who have been making phone calls. We made 20,000 door knocks over the weekend. That’s a pretty impressive number and we’ve ma...

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500 year history of Florida

Radioactivity interviews the author of a new book about the 500 year history of Florida.

Most history books tell us that Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon discovered Florida for the Europeans in April 1513—more than 500 years ago. At least 900,000 native people were already living in Florida—and after a few years of interaction with the Spanish- most of the population died.

The controversial new book about the last 500 years of Florida history is written by author T.D. Allman. It’s ...

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101-year old Congressional candidate wants progressive policies

Joe Newman is running for a Sarasota congressional district seat currently held by Vern Buchanan. As a progressive candidate, Joe hopes to unseat the conservative Republican. As a write-in, he’s seen as maybe a fringe candidate. But that’s not all – Joe is 101 years old.

Here's a list Newman sent WMNF of some interesting information about this unique candidate:

• His parents were exiled to Siberia by the Tzar in the late 1800s for political dissension. He comes from a family tradition...

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U.S. Rep Kathy Castor (D-FL) answers questions at Suncoast Tiger Bay Club in downtown St. Pete.

photo by Janelle Irwin

U.S. Rep. Castor OK with SOCOM funding despite sea level rise concerns

MacDill Air Force Base will fare well in the proposed 2015 federal budget. U.S. Representative Kathy Castor agrees with funding despite the threat of rising sea levels to the low-lying military base in South Tampa.

“Nothing really is built on the outer near the coastline, everything is up on grade. This is one place I’ve got to compliment the department of defense.”

President Obama’s proposed Pentagon budget includes a 10% boost in funding for U.S. Special Operations Command which is ...

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La Gaceta columnist Joe O'Neill talks local, state and national politics

The CD13 race is next Tuesday. La Gaceta columnist Joe O'Neill, gives his take on what's been going on in that Pinellas County race. He also weighs in on Bob Buckhorn rejecting a bid to host the Democratic National Convention, Charlie Crist discussing his support for ending the sanctions against Cuba, and even why former Tampa Bay Lightning star Martin St. Louis is no longer playing in Tampa.

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