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Pro soccer coming to Tampa in 2010 listen

06/19/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This afternoon at Raymond James Stadium, team owners announced that Tampa Bay will soon have a new soccer team with a familiar name.

"There will be a new professional soccer team that will compete in United Soccer Leagues Division One starting in the 2010 season and the name of that team will be the Tampa Bay Rowdies," said Andrew Nestor, president, CEO and part owner of the group.

Nestor said the team has not decided on a new logo, but the colors will remain green and yellow, just li...

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Report on Hillsborough environment sees red listen

06/19/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This morning, the Environmental Protection Commission, or EPC, of Hillsborough County received the annual State of the Environment Report and heard how the commission will trim $820,000 from its budget.

EPC Executive Director Rick Garrity presented the 2007 State of the Environment Report to EPC board members, who are also Hillsborough County commissioners. Garrity said many of the county’s waters have been declared impaired by the state or federal government, which are indicated by red ...

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Ethanol plant won't be built in Tampa listen

06/19/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A plan to build an ethanol site in Tampa is now off the table.

Bradley Krohn, the man behind the proposed facility which would be housed at the Port of Tampa, says delays due to litigation is the primary reason he will not go further with the proposal.

There had also been complaints from citizens in Davis Islands and Harbor Island about the potential odor from the plant. The Tampa City Council was concerned about how much water would be used in producing the corn-based ethanol.

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Obama volunteers welcomed in Tampa

06/18/08 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Specially trained Obama volunteers were welcomed to the Tampa Bay Area last Tuesday. WMNF's Jamie Kidder has the story.

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Effect of oil drilling in the gulf

06/18/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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As John McCain and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist change positions and call for expanded offshore oil and gas drilling, we look at the environmental consequences.

Anthony Amos is an instructor at the Marine Science Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, Port Aransas. For 30 years, he has observed the effect of deep-sea oil drilling along the Texas coast. In this interview he described the range of pollution he's observed.

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Donating Blood: The gift of life

06/18/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Today WMNF is partnering with Florida Blood Services to sponsor a three-county blood drive. Summer is a time when donations are down and there is a critical need for blood.

Here to discuss all aspects of donating blood are Dan Eberts and Gene Young from Florida Blood Services.

For more information, visit Florida Blood Services.

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Downtown Partnership focuses on transportation listen

06/18/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Tampa Downtown Partnership held its 22nd annual meeting today at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel. Transportation issues were a recurring theme.

The incoming chair of the Tampa Downtown Partnership is Chuck Davis of Met Life. He outlined some of the initiatives the partnership hopes to accomplish under his leadership.

Tampa City Council member Rev. Thomas Scott performed the invocation, which included an unconventional prayer. "Today we pray for mass transit. We pray for light rai...

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Publix named worst place to buy seafood listen

06/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The environmental group Greenpeace has just released a report on its evaluations of the seafood departments at 20 leading U.S. supermarkets. The results are mostly failing, with Florida based stores performing extremely low.

Kash N Karry ranked 14th, Sweetbay 15th, and dead last at 20th was Publix.

Leading the charts were Whole Foods, with Sam’s Club in third place, Wal-Mart fourth, and SuperTarget fifth.

Mark Flogel, a researcher with Greenpeace.org, said the key statistics Greenp...

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Poll shows Obama up in Florida

06/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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New polling numbers indicate that Barack Obama has received a "bounce" from his ascendency to becoming the presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party for president.

Three new polls conducted by Quinnipiac University show Obama leading for the first time in the three key battleground states, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida.

Quinnipiac shows Obama leading McCain 47 to 43 percent.

The Ohio poll shows Obama leading McCain 48 to 42 percent, and in Pennyslvania, another state considered...

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City of Tampa gets new legal eagle listen

06/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio held a news conference this morning to announce that the city’s attorney, David Smith, was stepping down to go back into the private sector.

Smith will be replaced by Chip Fletcher, an environmental and administrative law attorney, who served a short stint on the Tampa City Council last year.

Fletcher also worked with Democratic Congressional candidate Christine Jennings in her challenge to the election results in the disputed election in the 13th District in F...

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Should there be oil drilling along Florida coast? listen

06/18/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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At a Tampa Downtown Partnership meeting today, WMNF spoke with business people and elected officials about the possibility of drilling for oil off the coast of Florida.

Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio told WMNF she opposes drilling off the state’s coast. Iorio questioned the wisdom of constructing oil rigs there, especially considering how dependent the state is on tourism.

Hillsborough County Commissioner Rose Ferlita said she was open to the idea floated by Sen. John McCain and supported by ...

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Bush: Lift ban on offshore oil drilling listen

06/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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President Bush called on Congress today to lift a 26-year-old ban on oil drilling off the shores of the United States, arguing that the country needs more domestic energy production to alter the circumstances that are driving up oil prices.

Speaking in the White House Rose Garden, Bush said if Congress removes the ban it first imposed in 1982, he would lift an executive order that also prohibits drilling for oil and gas on the U.S. outer continental shelf. That executive order was issued i...

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Citizens for Sox hold a pep rally listen

06/17/08 Virginia Hoffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A group calling themselves called the Citizens for Sox has formed in Sarasota. They hosted a public forum and pep rally last week to energize support for bringing the Boston Red Sox to their community.

Citizens for Sox organizers packed the room Thursday night to launch a grassroots effort comparable to a political campaign. The goal of this effort is to convince the Boston Red Sox to locate the team's spring training in Sarasota. The team has trained in Fort Meyers and played home spring...

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Forum addresses quality of life for seniors listen

06/17/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the AARP held a forum today in Tampa about the Communities for a Lifetime program, which is a statewide initiative assisting Florida cities and counties to plan and implement improvements to benefit both youth and elder residents.

Nicole Hargraves is director of Volunteer and Intergenerational Programs with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. “Communities for a Lifetime is just that: an opportunity for everyone to age in place, in their c...

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Hillsborough garbage dispute resurfaces listen

06/17/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last year, a battle between three large trash hauling companies and smaller mom-and-pop operations as to who could pick up garbage in the unincorporated parts of Hillsborough County ultimately led to courtrooms.

Some of the raw feelings around the issue resurfaced today when the County Commission heard of a new ordinance that would mandate that those smaller trash companies come into the same compliance as the three larger waste management companies.

Commissioner Al Higgenbotham, who w...

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