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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn proposes leaner budget without layoffs or millage increase listen

08/09/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thursday morning Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn unveiled his proposed fiscal year 2013 budget to City Council; he calls it “Changing Tampa’s Economic DNA.” It’s based on a small-government philosophy, avoiding a property tax increase, without laying off any current employees.

“You should be proud of this staff behind me. They have done an amazing job in some very difficult times crafting this budget and putting this together on top of dealing with all of the other things that they de...

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Republican convention protesters have questions for Tampa officials during ACLU rights forum listen

08/08/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Republican National Convention begins in Tampa in less than three weeks; areas of the city designated as the Event Zone and Designated Protest Area will bear additional restrictions. The ACLU of Florida hosted a panel discussion Tuesday night at the University of Tampa to screen questions about personal freedoms during the event.

The panel discussion between city officials and citizens was the [thi...

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Ground broken on MetroRapid stops along Nebraska Avenue - next year those buses will get traffic light priority listen

08/06/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Hillsborough County officials broke ground today on what will soon be the county’s version of bus rapid transit. MetroRapid will run along Nebraska Avenue from the USF area to downtown Tampa quicker than other bus lines. Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandra Murman hopes the route will be a boost for ridership when it is completed next year.

“We are taking a very big step with bus rapid transit to really get it moving forward and really send the message that riding the bus is a rea...

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A history lesson with two prominent Tampa old-timers listen

08/03/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In July two prominent figures in Tampa’s history reminisced at the downtown library in front of more than fifty residents. Sam Gibbons and John Germany agreed that politics isn’t what it used to be.

The library is named after Germany who lobbied to have it built. He politely blasted current politicians for their misuse of office for financial gain.

“And it’s just shocking to see how the politicians become very wealthy in a politic...

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Hillsborough Commission invites Tampa Bay Rays to public meeting to talk about their future listen

08/02/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners voted Thursday to invite the Tampa Bay Rays to a public meeting to talk about their long term plans. The major league baseball team has made it clear they want to move to a new stadium, despite being under contract with the City of St. Petersburg to play at Tropicana Field for another decade and a half. Some politicians in Tampa and Hillsborough County, like Commissioner Ken Hagan, want to consider the possibilities of luring the Rays across the Bay.

The v...

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Hillsborough attorney suggests ways county could talk with Rays

07/31/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Thursday the Hillsborough County Commission will hear from their legal team whether they can can talk with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Major League team is under a long-term contract with the city of St. Petersburg to rent Tropicana Field, but some politicians in Tampa and Hillsborough County haven’t been shy about their desire to lure the team across the Bay. In April, Commissioner Ken Hagan requested legal guidance from the county attorney whether they could talk with the Rays “about their ...

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Coalition to March on the RNC making final preparations for Republican convention protest listen

07/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A nationwide coalition of political groups is expecting 5,000 protesters to march on the first day of the Republican National Convention one month from today. The march will begin in a park outside the area Tampa officials have established for parades.

A temporary ordinance approved by Tampa City Council establishes a parade route for large groups who want to march through the streets of Tampa. Jared Hamil is an organizer with the [Coali...

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Tampa will hold three town halls on impacts of RNC on residents and businesses

07/25/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced Wednesday that he will host three town hall meetings in August on the impacts of the Republican National Convention on residents and businesses.

The meetings will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on August 14 (Florida Aquarium), August 15 (Stetson University College of Law Tampa campus) and August 16 (Kate Jackson Community Center on South Rome Ave.).

The city says there will be representatives from the Tampa Police Department, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s ...

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Rawstory Writer Tells How To Legally Bring a Gun to the Republican National Convention

07/24/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Welcome to the second half of Radioactivity. I'm Rob lorei. In this segment we'll talk with Megan Carpentier who wrote a controversial piece yesterday for Rawstory.com called How to Legally Bring a Gun to the Republican National Convention

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Law enforcement agencies release list of road closures for Republican Convention in Tampa

07/23/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Late Monday law enforcement agencies released a list of roads that will be closed and other transportation limitations in Tampa and St. Petersburg during August's Republican National Convention.

According to the document (which can be found below) many downtown Tampa roads, including the Selmon Expressway, will be closed for a week. Pedestrians will be restricted south of Brorein St.

Across the bay in St. Pete, many roads will be closed for several blocks around Tropicana Field for part...

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