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Tampa International Airport solicits input on its major makeover listen

09/20/11 Alessandra Da Pra
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tampa International Airport will soon undergo a makeover. Once interior design plans are completed, the Aviation Authority hopes TIA will be a more efficient and welcoming pathway between travelers and the Tampa Bay area.

Travelers can expect some changes to come to Tampa International Airport soon. Al Illustrato, vice president of Facilities and Customer Services at TIA, said that construction for a $20 million top-to-bottom modernization of the main termi...

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Future of Journalism: Judy Muller says small newspapers doing fine listen

09/20/11 Dawn Morgan
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Judy Muller is a journalist and Associate Professor of Journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California.

Her new book, Emus Loose in Egnar: Big Stories from Small Towns, tells of the current success of small weekly newspapers during a time when larger city daily papers struggle.

WMNF’s Dawn Morgan interviewed Muller for our series Future of Journalism:

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Our Fall & Winter vegetable gardens

09/19/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On today’s Sustainable Living program our very special guest was the farm manager for Sweetwater Organic Farm www.sweetwater-organic.org Roberto Saenz. Roberto talked a little about the new farm site at the Tampa Children’s Home, and gave us an overview of what the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) provides. The rest of the program’s topic was on growing vegetables; such as what to grow now, what your soil make-up should be, and some of the ins...

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Should there be a Peace Memorial Monument in Washington, DC?

09/19/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Coming up we'll meet the founder of a group that wants to build a Peace memorial in our nation's capital. He's Michael Knox, a retired university professor who has begun the process of building such a memorial. Knox's group says: "The US Peace Memorial will honor the millions of thoughtful and committed Americans who have dedicated their lives to peace or taken a stand against war in general or a specific U.S. war. It will serve as a reminder that Americans v...

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Florida politicians still hoping to fund oil spill restoration from BP claims listen

09/19/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Parts of Florida’s Gulf Coast still need to be restored following last year’s devastating Deepwater Horizon disaster. On a conference call this afternoon, some current and former politicians marked the one-year anniversary of BP’s Macondo well being permanently sealed.

Former Governor and Senator Bob Graham is the co-chair of the National Commission on the Deepwater Horizon disaster. He recommended that 80% of the fines and ...

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Hundreds flock to St. Pete jobs fair listen

09/19/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As of last Friday, Florida has had three straight months of 10.7 percent unemployment. Today the St. Pete Times hosted a jobs fair in downtown St. Petersburg. President Barack Obama is trying to address the problem through the American Jobs Act. It would include 5 billion dollars to help public safety officials a...

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24th Annual Women's Cancer Education Conference in Tampa listen

09/19/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Cancer can often be difficult to diagnose and treat, but doctors and cancer survivors say it’s important for women to do self-examinations to catch the disease early. On Saturday Moffitt Cancer Center and FACTors hosted the 24th Annual Women’s Cancer Education Conference. More than 400 women from all over Florida flocked to a hotel near USF’s Tampa campus. Lynn Hildreth w...

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Seminole Heights turns 100 listen

09/19/11 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tampa's Seminole Heights neighborhood turned 100 years old this weekend with a community celebration drawing hundreds of residents.

In the early 20th century, the Tampa streetcar line stretched from downtown Tampa north to Sulphur Springs, at that time a tourist attraction. In 1911, Real estate developer T. Roy Young bought 40 acres halfway up the trolley line and divided it into buildable lots naming it Seminole Heights, Tampa's first streetcar subur...

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In Tampa, SlutWalkers say the dress does not mean “yes” listen

09/19/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Rallies sparked worldwide after a Toronto police officer's comment in April that women should avoid dressing like “sluts.” Hundreds of people protested this past Saturday in Tampa at Joe Chillura Courthouse Square against sexual victimization. Organizers of the SlutWalk Tampa called foul on victim blaming and slut-shaming and they say they hope the fight against the demonization of rape victims continues.

Greg Stevens, a youth pastor in Tampa, is a volunteer coordinator for SlutWalk Ta...

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Progressives to Obama: Change tracks or face a possible primary

09/16/11 Lisa Marzilli, Beth Bell
Last Call Friday
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On today's Last Call we talked about a provocative idea that’s gaining traction with progressives who are frustrated and disappointed with the Obama administration’s continual kowtowing to Republican demands at the expense of working and middle class folks in this country.

People like Ohio member of Congress Dennis Kucinich and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, are beginning to talk about the possibility of President Obama having to face a primary opponent, if for no other reason, than...

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Tampa activists start local Move to Amend chapter listen

09/16/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Corporate influence on politics has many folks so mad that they want to fight a Supreme Court decision by seeking to amend the US Constitution. Last night a rag tag group of activists from several different bay area communities formed a Tampa chapter of Move to Amend, a group that opposes the ruling in FEC vs. Citizens United. They seek to establish that money is not speech, and that corporations are not peopl...

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WorkNet Pinellas holds 5th Annual Business & Education Summit listen

09/16/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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One reason it may be hard for people to find work is because many job skills are not taught in school curricula. Today was the 5th annu8al business and education summit, which sought to give local school curricula guidance from the Pinellas business community.

Many businesses believe that they can help provide students with skills that will get students in the jobs they want by summits like today. WorkNet Pinellas held the summit along with several other corporate sponsors. Tony Leisner i...

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Alex Sink to run again for governor? "Never say never" listen

09/16/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Former gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink promoted her new non-profit, Florida Next, at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club Friday afternoon. The move has some wondering if it’s an attempt to keep her in the limelight so she can take a second shot at beating Rick Scott. Sink isn’t commenting on a potential bid for governor, but is emphasizing the importance of her organization.

Former Governor Jeb Bush has something in common with Al...

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City and school officials share resources at "Parent University" for success in school listen

09/16/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Not all students have the same community resources needed to succeed in school. Last weekend on the campus of University of South Florida St. Petersburg, community groups held what they called a Parent University to provide resources for parents and young students.

Dr. Shelley Stewart is the Founder and Board President of The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation, a national non-profit created in honor of his mother that helps reduce the dropout rate nationwide. He ...

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Tampa City Council considers historic preservation and economic redevelopment listen

09/15/11 Atecia Robinson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Historic sites and buildings are an important part of the past, present and future of any city. Thursday Tampa City Council heard from community members and city staff about historic preservation and economic redevelopment.

Several members of the public and members of the City Council spoke in favor of economically viable historic preservation in Tampa. [Dennis Fernandez, the city’s Historic Preservation director and Urban Design Manager](ht...

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