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Monday April 21, 2014

Anti-rail activist rallies against Pinellas transit plan

The Greenlight Pinellas Plan as its called would fund things like increased bus service, bus rapid transit and 24 miles of light rail connecting downtown St. Pete, the Carillon business district in mid-county and Clearwater. The one penny tax hike would raise Pinellas

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Dream Defenders continue to oppose Florida's stand your ground gun law

This week activists fed up with Florida's "stand your ground" gun law rallied in the state capitol, Tallahassee. The Dream Defenders is a group mostly made up of youth of color formed shortly after George Zimmerman was found not guilty of shooting and killing Trayvon Martin.

WMNF interviewed Jabari Mickles, with Dream Defenders, who participated in Monday's rally.

"The rally on Monday was to help support people in Florida who want to repeal Stand Your Ground. A lot of people came out ...

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PSTA spokesperson Bob Lasher says a new funding plan on the 2014 ballot will not only expand transportation services, it will help keep the agency solvent.


photo by Janelle Irwin

Public transportation use up in Tampa Bay and the nation

Transit agencies on both sides of Tampa Bay posted record ridership for the month of February. Bus rides in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties have continued to increase, mirroring a national trend of growing public transportation use. Bob Lasher, spokesperson for the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, says many routes are running at capacity.

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Biographer Martin A. Dyckman discusses the life of the late former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew and Tampa Bay Times reporters' examine outrageous entry fees at Trauma Centers in Florida

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei interviews biographer Martin A. Dyckman about the life of former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew who passed away today.

Later Rob speaks with Tampa Bay Times reporters Letitia Stein and Alexandra Zayas about a story series they recently published detailing the costly entry price of Trauma Centers in Florida.

Read the Times story here.

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Jolly Sinks Sink: Reaction and Perspective

The battle over replacing the late Congressman Bill Young is over till November. Jolly Sank Sink; Lobbyist David Jolly beat former Bank executive and state CFO Alex Sink by a mere 3-thousand 457 votes. It

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