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Participation Agreement between DOT and TBARTA listen

09/25/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The board of the region’s transportation authority met in a teleconference today. The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) approved a joint participation agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) which allows TBARTA’s remaining funds to be spent.

“It is our contract with the DOT for the use and expenditure of the $2 million that the Legislature had provided us. Our contract – they go on the DOT fiscal years – so o...

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Hillsborough County Bully Busters Bus Benches listen

09/25/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay hosted a press conference today promoting a program to stop bullying in Hillsborough county schools. Near Lowry Park Zoo, representatives of participating organizations exhibited a bench from their new campaign.

Crimestoppers has partnered with the outdoor bench advertising company Metrobench to promote the Hillsborough County’s Bully Buster Program. Using bus bench advertising, this cooperative effort hopes to stop bullying in its tracks. Funding was made pos...

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Mayoral Candidates Bare Teeth at Debate listen

09/24/09 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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With fewer than six weeks left until Election Day, the St. Petersburg mayoral race has gaining steam. Last night marked the South St. Pete leg of the mayoral debates, which took place at Lakewood High School. Candidates Bill Foster and Kathleen Ford exchanged jabs over two very different visions for the Sunshine City. WMNF’s Kate Bradshaw reports.

With the economy on everyone’s minds, it didn’t take long for the mayoral candidates to dig in to the biggest issue of the election year. ...

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Sustainability on campus listen

09/24/09 Matt Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In a roundtable discussion last night, sustainability leaders from five Tampa Bay area campuses addressed efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, savings from greater energy efficiency and the challenges of turning academic institutions into environmentally responsible places.

Some of the bay area’s colleges and universities are attempting to become more sustainable and environmentally conscious as societies in general tackle global environmental problems such as climate change. Da...

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Bruce Wright in police riot at G 20 listen

09/24/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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President Barack Obama arrived in Pittsburgh this afternoon for the G20 summit. But minutes before Air Force One landed, police in the city began throwing canisters of tear gas and sound bombs at demonstrators.

The marchers chose to not get a city permit; therefore police have declared the march an “unlawful assembly.”

Police used a loudspeaker to play an announcement telling people to disburse or they would face arrest or "other police action," according to the Associated Press. ...

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Expanded Oil Drilling Within 3 to 10 Miles Of Florida's West Coast?

09/24/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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There's a renewed effort to try to lift the ban on oil drilling close to Florida's coastline. The issue could be voted on when the legislature meets again(either in a possible special session this Fall or its regular session beginning next March.) Our guest, Craig Pittman, a reporter for the St. Petersburg Times, has recently written a series of articles about the renewed effort to drill off Florida's West Coast. He joins us now in the studios. FMI <http://www.tampabay.com/news/environment/...

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Tampa City Council considers wastewater options listen

09/24/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today the Tampa City Council set a workshop to explore options for how the city’s treated wastewater will be used. 55 million gallons of the water is dumped into Tampa Bay every day. Council member John Dingfelder opposes treating it to be used as drinking water.

But others on the council, including Charlie Miranda, are interested in exploring all options with the water. Miranda held up a flask of discolored water and threatened to run for County Commission.

Dingfelder asked Tampa’s...

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Activist Rev Bruce Wright challenges G20 leaders listen

09/24/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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WMNF WEB EXCLUSIVE on wmnf.org/news ...

Reverend Bruce Wright is a local activist for the rights of homeless individuals, with the Poor Peoples’ Economic Human Rights Campaign and Refuge Ministries. Wright is in Pittsburgh, the site of the G-20 summit. WMNF spoke with him today.

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Sweetwater Hosts Community Gardening Panel Saturday

09/23/09 Arielle Stevenon
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

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Over fifty people gathered Saturday morning to talk dirt about community gardening. Sweetwater organics in Tampa hosted a panel discussion on what’s really involved in creating a community garden in your neighborhood. WMNF’s Rob Lorei moderated the panel, and representatives from Sweetwater, Bartlett park and Seminole Heights also took part. Ed Ross is head of Community Stepping Stones, which strives to save children through arts and community gardening. He spoke Saturday about the large ...

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USF Hate Crimes Summit listen

09/23/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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An all-day event at the University of South Florida today focused on building awareness and direct action to solve hate crimes issues in Florida and around the nation. It was sponsored by the College of Education and the Florida Commission on Human Relations.

Frank Hernandez, the student government director of diversity and multicultural awareness, is one of the event’s organizers. He says students are playing a role in what they are calling the ‘fight against hate crimes.’

Ac...

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A Cross-Country Trip In A Solar Car

09/23/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Our guest in this segment is Josh Holton, son of long time WMNF programmer Jeannie Holton. Josh is a recent graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans and recently completed a cross-country trip as a crew person for a car entirely powered by solar energy. Josh traveled from Florida to the Arctic Circle.

The solar car traveled 22,200 miles around North America, starting in Buffalo NY, crossed the arctic circle, proceeded through California, the southwest, and picked up Josh as it passed t...

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White House Gets Input at Hispanic Education Forum

09/22/09 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday

Health care reform may be hogging the limelight, but another Obama Administration initiative is gaining momentum. With outreach efforts some call unprecedented, Obama’s goal of improving education for students of all levels and backgrounds faces some major challenges. Closing the achievement gaps that exist between white students and those of other ethnic backgrounds is one of these, especially in Florida. WMNF’s Kate Bradshaw attended the White House’s community conversation on Hispani...

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Is The US On The Brink Of Fascism?

09/22/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Our guest Sara Robinson wrote last month for the web site Alternet.org:

"All through the dark years of the Bush Administration, progressives watched in horror as Constitutional protections vanished, nativist rhetoric ratcheted up, hate speech turned into intimidation and violence, and the president of the United States seized for himself powers only demanded by history's worst dictators. With each new outrage, the small handful of us who'd made ourselves expert...

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Transit trip increase means using less gas listen

09/22/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday

During the last year, Florida has saved more than 100 million gallons of gasoline because of a record number of trips taken on transit. That’s according to a report from Environment Florida called Getting On Track: Record Transit Ridership Increases Energy Independence.” Environment Florid...

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Public art unveiled on Tampa Riverwalk listen

09/22/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday

A new work of public art was dedicated in downtown Tampa this morning. A cenotaph and art installation called “Ceremonial Space” is located at the south end of Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park on the Riverwalk near the Tampa Bay History Center.

This is City Council member Linda Saul-Sena’s reaction: “The public art piece is an extraordinarily beautiful place to visit.”

Bob Haozous is a member of the War...

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