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At USF Charlie Crist bashes Rick Scott over 2011 high-speed rail rejection listen

02/27/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Charlie Crist, Rick Scott, transit, rail, high-speed rail, Howard Frankland Bridge, USF, Tampa


Former Governor Charlie Crist made a campaign stop at USF in Tampa Thursday in an effort to win back the governor’s mansion. Crist spoke to students urging them to vote in the university’s student body election.

Afterward he briefly spoke to reporters about plans for the aging Howard Frankland Bridge over Tampa Bay and how it should be used to further mass transit initiatives in the region. Crist said it would have been a great way to connect to high speed rail that was rejected by curren...


Tampa celebrates black history with 26th annual expo listen

02/14/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: black history, kathy castor, Bob Buckhorn, Tampa


For the 26th year, Tampa leaders came together with the African-American community to celebrate the city’s rich history during a lively ceremony Friday at the Tampa Convention Center. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn called on young African-American students to pay attention to the fight that paved the way for their own success.

“If you don’t know your history, you’re going to repeat the mistakes. If you don’t know the trailblazers that came before you and pay homage to their contributions and to...

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Residents want more input on proposed Walmart on Hillsborough Avenue in Seminole Heights listen

02/06/14 Ashley Whitney
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Tampa City Council, Seminole Heights, Walmart, Tampa

Walmart is proposing a new store on Hillsborough Avenue, in Seminole Heights. But at Thursday’s Tampa City Council meeting a half a dozen residents, community organizers and business owners spoke against it, saying they have not been included in the decision-making process. Half the people in the audience stood up and applauded Pastor Essie Sims after he spoke during public comment.

“I won’t delay, but this is the one key points that most of the residents are here today for, is the good n...

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Passenger ferry proposal moves forward in Hillsborough listen

02/05/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Ed Turanchik, Ferry, passenger ferry, MacDill Air Force Base, Hillsborough County, Hillsborough County Commission, transit, Tampa, St. Petersburg


Hillsborough County moved ahead today with a high-speed passenger ferry partnership. The County commission approved an interim public-private partnership agreement with HMS Ferries and South Swell Development Group to study a ferry linking the south part of the county, perhaps near Apollo Beach, with MacDill Air Force Base. Former County Commissioner Ed Turanchik is the public face of the project.

"We've already said this, no other transportation option can do so much for so little so fas...

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Former mayors Pam Iorio and Rick Baker discuss the history of Tampa and St. Pete’s development listen

01/23/14 Ashley Whitney
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Pam Iorio, Rick Baker, Suncoast Tiger Bay, A Tale of Two Cities, Tampa, Tampa Bay, St. Pete


The cities on either side of Tampa Bay sometimes compete -- but more often their histories are complementary. At a Suncoast Tiger Bay Club meeting yesterday in St. Petersburg former Mayors Pam Iorio and Rick Baker reflected on Tampa and St. Pete.

For more than a hundred years Pinellas and Hillsborough County have been rivals and shared in a rich history. With one of the largest ports in the United States, MacDill Air Force Base, an NFL franchise, and an abundance of lush, preserved park...

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Tampa Mayor Buckhorn uses rec centers to help residents enroll in Affordable Care Act listen

01/13/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Bob Buckhorn, Kathleen Sebelius, kathy castor, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, Tampa, health insurance


Tampa has opened nine of its busiest recreation centers to navigators charged with helping individuals enroll in Obamacare. During a press conference Monday at the Loretta Ingraham Center in Westshore, Mayor Bob Buckhorn says when it comes to helping the nearly 100,000 uninsured Tampans find affordable coverage, the city is all in.

“Our men and women are running on calls to people that don’t have healthcare insurance that if they did have healthcare insurance and they could address some o...

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Tampa rejects proposal to close bars at midnight listen

12/05/13 Sean Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Tampa, Mary Mulhern, Tampa Bars, wmnf


Tampa has decided against earlier closing times for bars: plans to hold a workshop on the proposal to change closing from 3 am to midnight was narrowly defeated amid public outcry. The idea could resurface if a committee of stakeholders is formed. Council member Mary Mulhern was in the minority in voting to support a workshop, though she acknowledged a time change would likely be defeated.

"I don't think anybody we heard from here who works in the bar and restaurant business would be affe...

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Prominent historical figures in Tampa will be honored with statues along Riverwalk listen

12/03/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Bob Buckhorn, Tampa, Cyril Blythe Andrews, Cody Fowler, Kate Jackson, Peter Knight, Paulina Pedroso, Garfield Devoe Rogers


Six prominent historical figures in Tampa were honored in downtown Tuesday by the unveiling of brass busts in their likeness. All of the Tampans contributed to the community through either philanthropy or political activism.

More than 100 community leaders and relatives of those being honored crowded a patio along the Riverwalk behind the Tampa Convention Center to see the six statues that will be placed along the Hillsborough River. Each statue was designed from photos and survivor descri...

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Dr. Christine Horner joins From a Woman's POV live in studio listen

11/21/13 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Tags: Dr. Christine Horner, breast cancer, Tampa, wmnf


Today on From a Woman's Point of View, Dr. Horner joins Mary and Arlene to share advice on healthy lifestyles, recommendations to lessen your chances of getting cancer – not only breast cancer, but many types of cancer that affect both women and men.

This show is not just for women – there are many commonalities to the causation of cancer. For women it might manifest in the breasts and ovaries, for men the prostate and testicles, for both lungs, colon, pancreas, brain. The Big C is a n...

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Tampa scores high in new report on LGBT equality; St. Pete and other Florida cities above average listen

11/19/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: LGBT, equality, Human Rights Campaign, equality florida, Tampa, St. Pete, Florida, marriage equality, domestic partnership


Tampa ranks high for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in American cities in a report released today by the Human Rights Campaign.

The LGBT rights group gives Tampa 89 points and St. Petersburg 66 points out of 100.

The Municipal Equality Index report was written by Cathryn Oakley, legislative council for state and municipal advocacy at the Human Rights Campaign. ...

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