Beyond the News WFLA Interviews

Beyond the News WFLA Interviews

Interviews conducted by the WFLA Radio newsroom in Tampa Florida, with local and national newsmakers.

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October 13, 2021 7 min
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.
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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.
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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.
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September 22, 2021 8 min
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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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?
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September 3, 2021 5 min
Samantha Moullet, Volunteer Specialist for the city of Clearwater, talks about the hundreds of volunteers the city needs for its Big Cleanup October 16th.
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September 1, 2021 5 min
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.
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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).
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August 18, 2021 9 min
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.
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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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The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) convention is happening this weekend in Tampa. We speak with Todd Hunter, assistant national communications director
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St. Leo University near Tampa, the fourth largest Catholic university in the U.S and a college that works closely with military degree-seekers, announces that it is merging with Marymount California University. We speak with St Leo President Jeffrey Senese, PhD.
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Ben and Jerry's ice cream recently announced it would stop marketing its product in the West Bank - which it described as the "Occupied Territories," to show sympathy toward Palestinians. It could be interpreted as support for the Boycott, Divestiture and Sanctions movement. But does it actually violate a Florida law against BDS? We spoke with one of its authors, Rep. Randy Fine of the Melbourne area. Plus a bonus as he...
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Two Florida cities make the top ten in the 2021-22 edition of US News and World Report's Best Places to Live. We speak with US News real estate editor Devon Thorsby.
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North Port and nearby areas received as much as a foot of rain during Hurricane Elsa, and that water is flowing back toward the city through rivers, creeks and canals, Flooding is expected in some low-lying areas this weekend., Gordon Byrd speaks with city public information officer Josh Taylor.
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Hillsborough County Emergency Management Director Timothy Dudley speaks about preparations before and after Tropical Storm/ Hurricane Elsa reaches the Tampa Bay area.
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Many people who worked from home during the pandemic did double duty as caregivers for aging relatives. But now with work returning to the office, they may need to make new plans, even as caregivers are in short supply . Gordon Byrd gets some insight from Dale Dalbey, who runs a Northwest Florida office of the caregiving services firm Synergy Home Care.
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