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Time for an Energy Revolution in Tampa

02/21/11 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Our guests today are both involved in this coming Saturday’s (February 26) “Time for an Energy Revolution in Tampa” panel discussion that will be held at the Roosevelt Hotel in Ybor City starting at 12:30. This event is sponsored by the Bridge Foundation, and we were happy to have the founder, Rebecca Blanco, join the program to talk about Saturday’s discussion.

Also, one of the panelists at the Saturday event, Taylor Ralph, a local green builder joined the show to talk about en...

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Interview With Rev. Thomas Scott Who Is Running For Mayor Of Tampa

02/21/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. On the first part of today's program we'll hear from Tampa City Council Chair Thomas Scott who is running for mayor. He previously served two terms on the Hillsborough County Commission. Later in this program we'll hear from Tampa City Council member Linda Saul Sena who is organizing a pro-high-speed rail rally today at noon at Tampa City hall.

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Representative Rick Kriseman talks about his recall bill and Scott's snub of rail money listen

02/18/11 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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Today on the Last Call we spoke with St. Petersburg Democratic State Rep. Rick Kriseman on a bill he filed last week (HJR785) that would put the power to recall state officials, including the Governor, in the hands of the people. We also asked him to weigh in on Governor Scott's rejection of almost two and a half billion dollars in federal funds for high speed rail.

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Rick Scott rejects high-speed rail funding - Tampa Bay leaders are critical listen

02/16/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Much of the reaction to Governor Rick Scott’s decision to reject federal funds for the bullet train has been scathing. This afternoon four of the five candidates running for Tampa Mayor said Scott made the wrong decision.

Tampa-area U.S. Representative Kathy Castor says Florida isn’t in the financial position to refuse federal money.

The Democrat says Scott’s decision means fewer jobs for the Tampa Bay area.

Governor Scott complained about the cost of the bullet train.

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HART may build demonstration rail line to airport listen

02/07/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Could a demonstration rail line between downtown Tampa and the airport convince residents to support projects to ease rush hour gridlock? Hillsborough County’s regional transit board wants to continue looking at rail, but the obvious question is how to fund it.

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, also known as HART, has strongly advocated light rail for combating gridlock. Hillsborough County voters opted not to raise their sales tax in order to fu...

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Mayoral candidates meet in Tampa listen

02/01/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Five of Tampa’s mayoral candidates met today to win support from prominent business leaders and professionals. The Tampa Chamber of Commerce hosted the downtown forum.

Mayoral candidates no doubt expected to field tough questions handed to them by various members of the community today. That includes the issue of whether to ban panhandling along city streets. Current Tampa City Council chair Tom Scott, who previously opposed the ban, now says it will address resident’s concerns.

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Federal Transit Administrator applauds opening of streetcar extension into downtown Tampa listen

01/31/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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For years, Tampa’s streetcar has linked Ybor City with tourist destinations in the Channel District nearly two-and-a-half miles away, but has stopped short of connecting with downtown. But as of last month, that changed. An extension by one-third of a mile into downtown Tampa cost $5.3 million. It was funded mainly with federal money, including about $1 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Peter Rogoff, the Federal Transit Administrator with the U.S. Department o...

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Sen. Nelson says he's disappointed in Gov. Scott's rail reluctance listen

01/11/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida governor Rick Scott has said he’s not sold on the idea of high-speed rail because it would be funded largely by federal stimulus dollars. Today in Tampa US Senator Bill Nelson said he’s already talked with Scott about the project.

"Here we have a situation where 90 percent of the funds, $2.4 billion are already committed. The state of Florida's share is only $300 million, which is about 10 percent of the whole project. We need your support because this is just the first leg of...

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HART board may weigh BRT for Bruce B. Downs listen

01/03/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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If you’re stuck in traffic on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard right now, you may wonder if the gridlock will ever end. Hillsborough voters may have rejected a sales tax boost to fund a transit overhaul, but some county officials still hope to tackle traffic on Bruce B Downs many commuters know well.

Whether or not you supported the November transit initiative, which, among other things, would have funded rail, you’re probably not too keen on spending weekday afternoons moving along the paveme...

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Hillsborough Commission rekindles transit talks, sans penny tax listen

12/15/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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It’s no secret that some Hillsborough County officials want to forge ahead on overhauling the area’s transit system despite voters’ rejection of a proposal to raise the sales tax to fund the project. Today the Board of County Commissioners mulled over potential ways to tackle the area’s congested roads without holding out the coffers to taxpayers.

Make no mistake about it, the board members said at their regular meeting today – another transit referendum is out of the question, a...

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