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Building demolition causes stir at Aviation Authority meeting listen

01/07/10 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Frost forced delays on seven flights Thursday at the Tampa International Airport. But it was the imminent demolition of an airport owned building which caused heated debate inside. The Hillsborough Aviation Authority board members voted 3-1 against halting demolition of Continental Airline’s former reservation center. Louis Miller, airport and aviation authority executive director, contracted the demolition. But Steve Burton, newcomer to the aviation board says the board should have been fu...

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Airport searches for solution to increase international flights listen

01/07/10 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Property demolition wasn’t the only major issue discussed at this morning’s Hillsborough aviation authority meeting. The lack of international flights at the airport was also on the table.

Tampa international airport offers non-stop service to only three international destinations. The overall lack of international flights garnered attention earlier last month when board member Steve Burton proposed forming a new marketing committee to increase international traffic. Joel Antolini work...

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Obama orders corrective actions for intelligence on terrorism listen

01/07/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This afternoon, President Barack Obama announced the corrective actions he is ordering in the wake of the Christmas Day bombing attempt on a flight to Detroit. The president says his security team concluded that shortcomings occurred in three ways.

Obama says he is directing a series of additional corrective ste...

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Tampa City Council rejects motion to ask state for local preference ban listen

01/07/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In an effort to keep money in their local economies, many municipal governments give preference to local companies when bidding on contracts. In November, Tampa City Council rejected that idea. At that meeting Council member John Dingfelder suggested asking the Florida Legislature to get rid of local preference throughout the state. But his idea failed this morning.

“The reason I made the motion is it was pretty obvious that this– that our commu...

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Open phones discussion on tea parties, President Obama, health care reform and conservative media

01/07/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Open phones today. What did you think of the comments you heard during the program?

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Hillsborough County Commission discusses art funding, local talent listen

01/06/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners approved amendments to an ordinance that will likely curb the amount of money the county spends on public art. It can now constitute one percent or less of a public building’s project cost, and can go to zero in tough times. All projects will be capped at $150 thousand. But it was the inclusion of local artists - not the cuts – that were the big issue at today’s hearing. The issue drew an impassioned plea from activist Marilyn Smith....

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Could Tampa handle a hurricane like Katrina? listen

01/06/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today at The Tampa Bay Catostrophic Planning Summit, disaster experts from nine counties considered what would happen if the Tampa bay region were hit by a category 5 hurricane as harrowing as Katrina.

If Tampa sustained a category 5 hurricane, experts predict $250 billion in losses to property and infrastructure. Hurricane Phoenix may be a simulation, but Florida’s vulnerability to the worst effects of such a storm are very real. [The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council](http://www.tbrp...

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Single-payer advocates upset with direction of health care reform

01/06/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Our first guest today is Tim Carpenter, National Head of Progressive Democrats Of America. His group is concerned about the direction the health care bill negotiations are taking in Washington. His group had initially favored a single payer plan, and is hoping that Congress will still pass more meaningful reform than what is contained in the Senate bill.

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Tampa Bay planners prepare for the worst: A category five hurricane listen

01/05/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina still haunts America, as many recall the failure of FEMA, the levees, and government response to the disaster. Now other coastal cities like Tampa are learning from the tragedy, and are investigating how to prevent a similar collapse of communication and infrastructure from happening in the future.

Today planning officials from all levels of government met at the Tampa Quorum hotel to explore how the Tampa Bay Region could r...

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Hillsbourough Children's Board Legislative Summit listen

01/05/10 Mark Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County held its third annual legislative summit this morning in Tampa, to present their top priorities for Tallahassee lawmakers. It was clear from today’s presentation that State government is facing huge deficits, and that the legislature is struggling to balance the budget.

Today, 22 priority recommendations were presented to State Legislators and key county staff members. Not surprisingly, one common theme was the lack of State funding for ed...

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The Looting of America?

01/05/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Our next guest is Jonathan Tasini, author of The Audacity of Greed: Free Markets, Corporate Theives, and the Looting of America (Ig Publishing). In his book Tasini writes: "Over the past quarter century, we have lived through the greatest looting of wealth in human history. While billions of dollars streamed into the pockets of a few elites in the corporate and economic class, the vast majority of citizens have lived through a period of falling wages, disappearing pensions, and dwindling b...

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Saul-Sena protested by police union during commission run announcement listen

01/05/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This morning Tampa City Council member Linda Saul-Sena officially announced she is running for Hillsborough County Commission. But outside, police union members braved gusty winds and temperatures in the low forties to protest her recent vote against a raise for some Tampa police. Saul-Sena said she chose to make the announcement at Tampa Union Station because it represents transportation, history, and cooperation.

But many police officers are upset with Saul-Sena for joining four other Ci...

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New Year's Resolutions

01/04/10 Carol L. Roberts, M.D.
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tired of the last decade? Want to start fresh? Try remaking yourself. Give yourself a year, one resolution a month, one month at a time.

2010 New Year’s Resolutions

January CLEAN YOUR CUPBOARDS – get rid of the junk food. Give it to a homeless shelter, a church or use it to make compost. REPLACE WITH REAL FOOD, that is, food as it comes from Nature, without preservatives, coloring or artificial flavorings.

February START AN EXERCISE PROGRAM – Use a trainer, consider i...

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Noam Chomsky on Gaza siege listen

01/04/10 Samar Jarrah & Ahmed Bedier
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last Friday on WMNF’s True Talk, hosts Samar Jarrah and Ahmed Bedier spoke with Noam Chomsky. A year ago, the three-week-long Israeli attack on Gaza was underway. Critics of the ongoing siege of Gaza have pointed at U.S. and European support of the blockade but also have called out Egypt for participating.

You can hear this program every Friday on 88.5 FM beginning at 11am.

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HART On The Move Toward Better Transit listen

01/04/10 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The drive for major transportation changes in Hillsborough County continues to progress. At the Hillsborough County Transit Authority (HART) meeting this morning, members evaluated the progress of the county’s transit plans and the next move for Hillsborough.

Over the past few months, Hillsborough County has picked up speed on the move toward major transportation reform. Such changes include talks of transit improvements like better bus systems and a light rail and non-transit upgrades l...

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