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Environmentalists object to Sarasota comp plan changes

The Sarasota County Comprehensive Plan is being updated and some environmentalists are concerned that at the same time protections of the public interest will be eroded. Commissioners approved changes to the comp plan Wednesday. Listen to the story here: Before their vote Sarasota attorney Dan Lobeck used two examples to tell Commissioners that comp plan… Read more »

Tampa area express toll lanes approved by MPO

Shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday morning, after hours of heated debate, the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization voted 12-4 to move forward on the highly controversial $6 billion road project known as TBX. Voting against the project were Tampa City Council Members Guido Maniscalco and Lisa Montelione, Hillsborough County Commissioner and MPO Chairman Les Miller and County… Read more »

Perspectives on TBX project on the eve of major MPO vote

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160621_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Tuesday we talked about the controversial TBX project that will be voted on the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization on Tuesday. TBX is the proposal to widen much of the interstate system in Hillsborough County by adding 90 miles of toll lanes to the currently free I-4, I-75 and I-275. The… Read more »

Can Tampa handle the consequences of climate change ?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160609_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei Tropical Storm Colin lashed Tampa Bay earlier this week, causing flooding, road and bridge closures, and forcing some local cities to release raw and partially treated sewage into local waterways. Amid rising sea levels and increased rainfall, the results of global warming as scientists have predicted, can Tampa bay handle the effects… Read more »

Extremely high number of Walmart calls to police raises concerns. Is Walmart foisting cost of security onto taxpayers?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160516_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 BY Rob Lorei We start Radioactivity Monday with the latest episode of Florida This Week, a news and public affairs show, hosted by Rob Lorei, that is broadcast on local PBS station WEDU on Friday Nights. This week’s panel of political experts and insiders discuss the biggest stories in Florida news and politics:  A… Read more »

Transportation officials and TBX opponents debate the controversial interstate project

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160427_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday  we had a debate over the TBX project, the hotly debated interstate project that proposes to build toll roads in the middle  the 1-4 and 1-275 interstates through the heart of Tampa and in parts of Pinellas County. Backers say the new toll roads will easy traffic congestion… Read more »

Debate about lifting the Cuban embargo continues on Radioactivity

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160329_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 by Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Tuesday we continue the debate on lifting the Cuban Embargo from WEDU’s Florida this week. In this webcast-only portion of the debate, we are joined by two local people who just returned back from a trip to Cuba, a political intelligence consultant, and a lawyer who was once a… Read more »

Can Manufacturing Be Restored in the US?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160322_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity we talk about manufacturing in the U.S. Once a  part of strong sector in the U.S. economy that provided solid middle class salaries to those without college educations, Manufacturing companies have largely moved jobs overseas over the last few decades, leaving mostly lower-waged service sector jobs behind. Today… Read more »

Transportation officials responds to criticism of TBX project

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160301_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Within the last month we have had several guests who opposed the TBX Project, which proposes to expand the interstate system throughout Tampa bay adding toll roads. Today we hear from Raymond Chiaramonte, Executive Director of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority, and Debbie Hunt with the Florida Department of Transportation, two… Read more »

Saint Petersburg Mayor delivers hopeful State of the City Address

Mayor Rick Kriseman announces that the state of Saint Petersburg is strong and sunny. Kriseman delivered his State of the City address last Saturday at the Coliseum. The auditorium was packed with city workers, residents and elected officials. The mayor outlined progress already made then laid out his short and long term agenda’s. Mayor Kriseman… Read more »

Public-Private coalition wants to make area roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians

A regional coalition is setting the groundwork to enhance bicycle and pedestrian safety in the Tampa Bay area. Last night Bike/Walk Tampa Bay met at the downtown Tampa library to hammer out action plans. There are many moving parts associated with bike and pedestrian safety but most agreed on a few key concepts. The Tampa… Read more »

Public employee union leader blasts corporate tax-dodgers

By Rob Lorei This Saturday the fifth annual St.Petersburg Science festival will be held from 10 am to 4 pm on the Bayboro waterfront at the USF St.Petersburg campus. One of the festival’s organizers,E. Howard Rutherford from USF St.Pete’s College of Marine Science, joins us  to talk about the festival that aims to engage children… Read more »

Old CSX freight lines could become new commuter rail system for Tampa Bay

By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity, we are joined by David Schlissel, a director of the Cleveland-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, about Lakeland Electric’s 364-megawatt coal-burning generator, McIntosh Unit 3, which is jointly owned with Orlando Utilities Commission. The IEEFA recently conducted a study that found that the financial and environmental costs… Read more »

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Jeffrey Vinik says planned Tampa development will withstand sea-level rise

Tampa Bay Lighting general manager Jeffrey Vinik says his planned massive development in Tampa’s Channel District will be secure against the threats of sea-level rise. Vinik spoke to the Tampa Tiger Bay Club political gathering this afternoon. Afterward, WMNF News asked Vinik if he is concerned about sea-level rise and global warming since his development is… Read more »

The 30 million word gap between rich and poor children; Local charity helps displaced Haitian Dominicans

    Today we look at the latest research in early childhood development with Dr. Dana Suskind, founder and director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative at the University of Chicago. ‘Thirty Million Words’ to a 1995 study that found that children from affluent backgrounds are exposed to over 30 million more words than low-income children by… Read more »

Economics Expert Explains Recent Stock Markets Flux & Why We Need a Financial Transaction Tax

By Rob Lorei Today we talk with economist James Henry about the recent drop seen in the U.S. stock markets in response to market fluctuations seen in China  caused by the devaluation of its currency a few weeks ago and overvaluation of its markets amid fears of a slowing Chinese economy. Henry explains what that means for… Read more »

10 years after Katrina: Who is being left out of New Orleans’ Renaissance?

this Saturday marks the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina hit the northern gulf coast, devastating New Orleans as the storm overwhelmed its aged levee system and flooded 80 percent of the city, leaving over 1800 dead. Over the last few years New Orleans has experienced what many see as a renewal with as it economy… Read more »

Historic preservation expert says historic districts benefit local economies

Today on Radioactivity, we listen back on WEDU’s Florida this Week, a political discussion show moderated by Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. This week the panel (Political Consultants Chris Ingram and Victor DiMaio, Tampa Bay Times Politics Editor Adam Smith, and 10 News investigative reporter Mike Deeson) tackle several of the top story in Florida politics, including: Corrine… Read more »

La Gaceta Publisher Patrick Mantaiga tackles five issues affecting Hillsborough and Tampa

Today on Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei talks with Patrick Mantaiga, publisher of trilingual newspaper La Gaceta. In a column published last week, Mantaiga addressed five contentious issues affecting Hillsborough County and Tampa: the formula for increased stormwater tax which he says unfairly affects the poor and nonprofits, the  spending of more than half of the Hillsborough… Read more »