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Occupy Tampa holds first protest in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street listen

09/26/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement for democracy that began on September 17 with an encampment in the financial district of New York City. A Tampa group began similar protests against financial institutions at downtown’s Gaslight Park on Saturday.

Scott Shepard drove from Lakeland to attend the protest after seeing the newly...

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Tampa panhandling ban stalled in a City Council stalemate listen

09/23/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tampa City Council failed to pass a panhandling ordinance Thursday afternoon. With only 6 members voting, and Council member Charlie Miranda on leave with health issues, It's hard to tell if the three-to-three stalemate will let up any time soon.

The fate of beggars, charities, and independent newspapers hangs in the balance as Tampa's City Council failed to d...

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Tampa City Council votes to write letter to Cuba's ambassador listen

09/22/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This month Tampa International Airport resumed direct flights to Cuba. The temporary chair of City Council, Mary Mulhern was one of the first members of Tampa’s government to visit the country. The Council voted yesterday to send a letter to the Cuban ambassador expressing Tampa’s desire to interact more with the Caribbean country.

Mary Mulhern wants the Tampa Port to handle a higher percent...

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Restitch Tampa hosts competition to redesign Tampa's Hillsborough Riverfront listen

09/05/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

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Designers are imagining creative new ways to capitalize on Tampa’s downtown riverfront. An international design competition to enhance Tampa’s riverfront kicked off last night at the Tampa Museum of Art. It’s hosted by USF and the Tampa Downtown Partnership and several architectural models of a future riverfront were on display.

Green space has been a popular topic in city architecture and lan...

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Tampa's WTMP to end R&B & urban music format listen

09/01/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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An institution in Tampa’s urban radio landscape is no more. WTMP, which airs R&B on 96.1 FM and 1150 AM is changing its format. One programmer who was laid off when they switched to automated programming this week is Jarvis El-Amin. He hosted a community talk show called Honest Opinion and says he’s not sure what type of programming will be next.

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Internet Technology Summit showcases local IT sector listen

08/31/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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As the world becomes increasingly connected, local companies are looking ways to ride the waves of changes in the internet technology sector. HP sponsored an Internet Technology Summit in Tampa today.

The internet is possibly the pinnacle of human evolution in communications, and it’s used everywhere in government, health, education, and more. But it’s also a staple in people’s daily routines, allowing people to talk and do...

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Why are Tampa's greenhouse gas emissions so high?

08/31/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Tampa’s population is just 335,000, but its carbon footprint is similar to cities with twice the population. That’s according to an article in today’s Tampa Tribune.

Tampa’s municipal government emits 246,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases. That’s more than Boston, which has nearly twice the population. The entire Tampa community emits 8.9 million metric tons of greenhouse gas...

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RNC state delegations plan for 2012 convention. listen

08/05/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Wednesday the RNC began a week of meetings in preparation for next year's Republican National Convention in Tampa. State party chair members gathered in the afternoon to review election strategy and convention plans.

Next year, Tampa, Florida can expect to see one of the largest events ever in the city's history. The RNC is planning to draw hundreds of thousands of people to the city, a...

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City to repair East Tampa pool listen

08/04/11 Lisa Marzilli & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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After receiving criticism of City Hall from neighborhood residents and Tampa City Council member Frank Reddick, Mayor Bob Buckhorn has given the go ahead to repair the Williams Park Pool in East Tampa.

The pool was closed by the city three years ago, along with two others that did not meet a federal anti-drowning law that requires drain covers.

The city reopened the Interbay Pool in South Tampa, but Williams Park Pool is still closed, prompting some neighobors to levy charges of discrim...

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn presents 2012 budget to City Council listen

07/28/11 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This morning, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn presented his preliminary city budget for fiscal year 2012. This is the new mayor’s first proposed budget. Buckhorn pitched the budget to the City Council in downtown.

Mayor Buckhorn has been saddled with the task of eliminating a $34.5 million shortfall in next year’s budget; a challenge he plans to meet without layoffs, raised property taxes, or reduced public services. But he said that he owes a great deal to ...

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