News & Public Affairs

Friday April 18, 2014


David Cobb, Move to Amend

Contraception coverage under the Affordable care Act.

Today Radioactivity explores yesterday’s arguments at the US Supreme Court over whether corporations should be required to supply contraception coverage under the Affordable care Act. Rob Lorei interviews David Cobb who is a spokesperson for the group Move to Amend a group that wants to amend the US Constitution to end the practice of giving corporations the same rights as people.

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn gave his annual State of the City address at the Armature Works building that used to be a Trolley Barn.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Mayor Buckhorn announces plan to keep police chief one more year during State of the City address

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced during his State of the City address Tuesday that police Chief Jane Castor will stay on for at least one more year after retiring in May. That means she’ll stay in “the drop” which some consider double dipping - collecting a paycheck and pension. Buckhorn said he wants to keep Chief Castor on board because crime has dropped 69% in the city.

“You know what that means? That means there’s over 150,000 less victims. That’s us. The men and women of the Tampa ...

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Ulele's logo features a pineapple slice which represents hospitality.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Tampa version of Pocahontas, Ulele, will have restaurant namesake this Spring

The water works building at Ulele Springs is being redeveloped by investors. Part of the project re-opened the spring which will eventually flow back into the Hillsborough River. Keith Sedita is a managing partner of the Ulele restaurant that will open this Spring at the old pumping station. He said the native-inspired theme comes from the story behind the spring’s namesake – Tampa’s own version of Pocahontas.

“As he was taking a Spanish conquistador by the name of Juan Ortiz and about to...

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Santiago Corrada

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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