Carson Cooper

Host, Morning Edition and Florida Matters

Carson Cooper has become a favorite of WUSF listeners as the host of "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 since he took the job in 2000. Carson has worked in Tampa Bay radio for three decades.

He has been the host of WUSF's Florida Matters since its launch in 2006. During that time he has reported on a variety of issues of importance to the community including growth management, education, transportation, affordable housing, taxation, public health and the environment.

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Remembering 9/11

Sep 11, 2012

It was a day that started out like any other here in the Tampa Bay Area. 

President Bush was on a two-day swing through the state promoting education reform. 

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays were scheduled to host the Boston Red Sox that night at Tropicana Field.  That game would never be played.

Dali Museum

A new exhibit -- "The Royal Inheritance: Dali Works from the Spanish National Collection" -- features 12 paintings in Dali's possession when he died in 1989.  

According to the Dali Museum, the collection contains early still life, nudes, portraits of Gala, stereoptic paintings, and rarely-seen works from 1983 which are considered his final paintings.

The exhibit opens this October and runs through March 2013.

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has issued a number of watches and warnings for the Tampa Bay Area, including a tropical storm warning.

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Current National Weather Service Radar

Tropical Storm Threat

Jun 23, 2012
National Hurricane Center

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami say a broad area of low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico appears to be getting better organized.  

Tropical storm watches or warnings may be required for the Northern Gulf Coast later this weekend.  

This system has high chance (90%) of becoming Tropical Storm Debby as it moves slowly northward during the next 48 hours.  Residents of the Florida Peninsula -- including the Tampa Bay Area -- can expect periods of heavy rain this weekend.

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Governor Scott wants to be among those who provide recorded greetings to passengers at Tampa International Airport, especially during this summer's Republican National Convention.

It is illegal under Florida law for state officials to accept gifts from lobbyists or organizations that hire lobbyists.

Free publicity is considered a gift for politicians.

But the Florida Commission on Ethics concluded that the messages can be considered a gift, but a gift with no value.

Tampa's First Car

Jun 15, 2012
Tampa Historical Society

When folks in town saw him driving his car around the streets of Ybor City, some would shout, "here comes the devil wagon!" 

Tampa cigar factory owner Eduardo Manrara goes down in history as the man who brought the first car to Tampa. 

He is said to have driven his "horseless carriage" up Florida Avenue for the first time ever -- 111 years ago today -- June 15th, 1901.

- Edward Manrara - The Man Forgotten By History

National Baseball Hall of Fame

The Hillsborough County Commission has agreed to lease land to the City of Tampa for the Al Lopez Baseball Museum.

The museum would be located at 19th Street and 9th Avenue in Ybor City.

Associated Press

Governor Rick Scott's chief of staff Steve MacNamara abruptly resigned on Saturday amid allegations of steering state contracts to friends and using state employees to help him apply for a job in Montana.

In an interview Monday with WUSF News, Gary Fineout with the Associated Press said, "we were in the middle of working on another story about MacNamara when he resigned" and suggested that more reports could be forthcoming.

Click ABOVE to hear the complete interview with WUSF's Carson Cooper.

Elvis Rocks Tampa

May 8, 2012

May 8th, 1955 was quite a day for rock and roll fans in the Bay Area.  

The Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree was in town for an afternoon extravaganza that included Faron Young, Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, and Elvis Presley!  Ticket price: $1.

It took place at the old Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, a popular spot for concerts from the 1940s through the 1970s.  Elvis played there four times from 1955 to 1956. 

The 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee for the Republican National Convention has launched a 10-day push for volunteers.  

"As a Host Committee, we want our volunteers to reflect the diversity in our community, so we are encouraging everyone from all walks of life to get involved and register to volunteer," says Host Committee Director of Events and Volunteers Amanda Whitelaw.

For more information or to register for the Host Committee’s volunteer program click here.

Credit: Bay News 9

A brush fire is burning near New York Avenue and U. S. Highway 19 in Hudson.  

The Pasco County Fire Department tells Bay News 9 that the fire appears to have started in the woods behind Club Wildwood Mobile Home Park.  Around 150 residents were evacuated.  

UPDATE: U. S. 19 between Hudson Avenue and New York Avenue has reopened

Credit: The Sixth Floor Museum At Dealey Plaza

James Sibert, one of the two FBI agents present at the autopsy of President John F. Kennedy, has died.

The Fort Myers resident was 93.  

Sibert spent the better part of five decades facing questions about what he saw that day, including his take on a conspiracy.  

He rarely spoke about the events that day, but he told the Boston Globe in 2009, "I don't buy the single-bullet theory."  He added, "I won't go as far as to say there was no conspiracy."

The other FBI agent who witnessed the autopsy, Francis X. O'Neill, died in 2009.

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NASA's oldest space shuttle, Discovery, made its final flight today aboard a modified 747 jumbo jet.  It left Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral just after sunrise Tuesday morning bound for Dulles International Airport in Virginia.

It will go on display at Smithsonian Air & Space Museum hanger at the airport.

Colorado State University

Hurricane researchers at Colorado State University, lead by William Gray and Philip Klotzbach, predict below-average activity in the Atlantic basin during the upcoming hurricane season.

The prediction is based on two factors: a cooling of tropical Atlantic waters in recent months, and a return of El Nino in the Pacific Ocean.  

Hurricane season begins June 1st.

Roadside America

Baseball history was made in Tampa on April 4, 1919, when Babe Ruth hit what many consider to be his longest home run ever.

Ruth was still with the Boston Red Sox at the time.  The team was in town for spring training at Plant Field, which was located on the current site of the University of Tampa.

Ruth led off the bottom of the second inning, facing pitcher George Smith of the New York Giants.  

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition started their trek in January at the tip of the Everglades, and they plan to end it next month at the Okeefenokee Swamp in Georgia.

Bobbie O'Brien

On Florida Matters this week, WUSF brings you exclusive interview with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. Host Carson Cooper traveled to Tampa City Hall to talk with the first-term mayor.

1- On Being the ‘Pool Guy’

Mayor Buckhorn has often said he won’t be the “boyfriend” who breaks up the marriage between the Tampa Bay Rays and the City of St. Petersburg. He told WUSF, “I may be the pool guy though.”

2- Knowing Tampa’s ‘Options’ with the Rays

Jeff Vinik became the new owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning just over two years ago and quickly won over fans and local officials for what he’s done both on and off the ice.

He bought the team with his own money and privately funded $40 million in renovations to the publicly-owned Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Yet when Vinik first arrived in town, sports writers did not get a good first impression.

Mount Holyoke College

Donal B. O'Shea has been chosen to be the next president of New College of Florida in Sarasota.  The school's Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of the appointment on Saturday.

Dr. O'Shea comes to Sarasota from South Hadley, Massachusetts, where he is the dean of faculty and vice president for Academic Affairs at Mount Holyoke College.  

U. S. Department of Defense

The United States Air Force is considering budget cuts that could mean moving a squadron of National Guard C-130s from Texas to Montana.

Why does Florida Governor Rick Scott care?  He and other Gulf Coast governors say the plan would hinder rescue and recovery efforts following hurricanes.

Governor Scott -- along with Rick Perry of Texas, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, and Robert Bentley of Alabama -- sent a letter this week to President Obama asking that he intervene.

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