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Interviews conducted by the WFLA Radio newsroom in Tampa Florida, with local and national newsmakers.
227 Episodes
Monday, October 25th, is the 100th anniversary of a major hurricane striking Tampa Bay. The hurricane of 1921 brought 11-foot storm surges to Bayshore and devastated areas around the bay and beach communities. The Tampa Bay office of the National Weather Service has produced a special online presentation about the storm. We speak with National Weather Service warning coordination meteorologist Daniel Noah about the storm and its lessons for us today. (Please follow Beyond the News wherever you get your podcasts!)
Incumbent Gina Driscoll is running for re-election in St. Petersburg city council District 6.
Mhariel Summers is a former legislative intern who's running for St. Petersburg City Council District 6.
Tom Mullins, an executive for investment banking at Raymond James Financial, is running for St. Petersburg City Council District 4.
Lisset Gonzalez Hanewicz, former prosecutor and now an attorney in private practice, is running for St. Petersburg City Council District 4.
We're doing a series of interviews with St. Petersburg City Council candidates. Financial planner Copley Gerdes is running for the District 1 seat.
We're loading a series of podcasts on the St. Petersburg City Council races. Here's our interview with Bobbie Shay Lee, running in District 1. She's a local activist on health issues including breast cancer.
The city of Tampa was forced to switch from ozone to chlorine during the Delta wave of COVID-19 in August, as hospitals needed liquid oxygen for COVID patients. Now the wave has subsided and the city has returned to LOX. We speak with Sonia Quinones, communications coordinator for the Tampa Water Department.
The city of Clearwater is holding its Big Cleanup the week of Oct. 11-16. Sheridan Boyle, the city's sustainability coordinator, speaks about how the citywide cleanup helps improve sustainability, and how cleaning up inland parts of the city helps the beaches.
Tuesday, September 28th is National Voter Registration Day. Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer talks about how his office is observing the day with registration efforts.
Did you know that Hillsborough has its own county fair? We speak with fair director Suzanne Holcomb about this year's fair, which starts Thursday, September 23rd and runs through October 3rd, with livestock shows, rodeo, thrill rides and even a demolition derby.
Dr Sarah Stein, a cold case expert based in Central Florida, shares her thoughts on the Gabby Petito case. Should North Port police have tailed Brian Laundrie? Did officers in Utah handle a domestic call correctly? How did social media make this case different?
Florida is the number 3 state for human trafficking, and the University of South Florida is creating a research lab at its St. Petersburg campus to combat the problem and help people avoid being trafficked. We speak with Dr. Joan Reid, a criminology professor who's directing the new lab.
This is from Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd's news conference on the Sunday murders in Lakeland that left four dead. WARNING: The content describes a violent crime and some information may be disturbing.
Gordon Byrd speaks from the newsroom with National Weather Service meteorologist Nicole Carlisle about a weather system in the Gulf that could bring rain and thunderstorms to the Tampa Bay area Thursday. What effect could it have on the Buccaneers' season opener with Dallas?
Samantha Moullet, Volunteer Specialist for the city of Clearwater, talks about the hundreds of volunteers the city needs for its Big Cleanup October 16th.
The Tampa Bay Partnership, a business backed organization seeking to improve quality of life in the Tampa Bay area, has named a new CEO. Bemetra Simmons was previously an executive with United Way Suncoast and before that in the banking sector.
Most people have no idea how to get state funding for a nonprofit program or service. Two members of the Legislature are holding a Zoom meeting Saturday morning to explain the process. Hear more from State Representative Dianne Hart (D-Tampa).
Disabled American Veterans assistant national director Todd Hunter, who served in Afghanistan, talks about how DAV members and veterans who served in Afghanistan are feeling after the Taliban sweep through the country.
Tropical Storm or Depression Fred could bring several inches of rain to Florida's west coast and the Big Bend this weekend. Dixie County is already dealing with 38 inches of rain this summer and widespread flooding after more than a foot of rain fell in the past two weeks. Dozens of roads are already washed out. We speak with Lt Mindy Lemmerman of Dixie County Emergency Management.
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