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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...

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Panhandling policy workshop at Tampa Chamber fails to draw support for ban listen

07/27/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This morning the Tampa Chamber of Commerce tackled the controversial issue of a possible ban on Panhandling in Tampa. Only two in attendance supported a full or partial ban. Everyone else expressed with a show of hands, their desire to give the matter further consideration.

It took effect in St. Petersburg last June. Parts of unincorporated Hillsborough County adopted it early this year. So far though, the city of Tampa has managed to thwart a ban on street solicitation. That could cha...

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Hillsborough Commission wants to help fund historic buildings in Ybor City listen

07/13/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Historic buildings in Ybor City could receive tax funds from Hillsborough County government under a proposal unanimously accepted this afternoon. Hillsborough County Commissioners voted six to zero to recommend that millions that would have gone to a county Emergency Operations Center, instead be earmarked for historic buildings such as the Cuban Club, Italian Club, and Centro Austuriano. This is Republican Commissioner Ken Hagan

The Commission’s board room was nearly filled with people ...

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South Tampa Farmsteader

07/11/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On Today's Sustainable living program we started with a couple of urban gardener's Piet and Sherrie. They belong to the Seminole Heights Garden Club and the group's starting the Hillsborough Community Garden Network. We talked about their efforts, and the film "Farmageddon" that WMNF's bringing to the Roosevelt Hotel in Ybor on August 11. You can visit the Seminole Heights Garden Club on Facebook! Next up John Starnes Tampa's premier Urban Farmstead...

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Tampa City Council closer to rainy season ban on nitrogen and phosphorous fertilizer listen

06/02/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council has passed on first reading a fertilizer ordinance that would cut down on the pollution that drains from lawns into the region’s waterways, including Tampa Bay. The excess nutrients lead to algae blooms. Five members of the public spoke in opposition to the ban this morning. But double that number, including local Sierra Club representative Phil Compton, urged Council to support a rainy-season ban on sale and use of nitrogen or phosphorus fertilizer.

"This is an appro...

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This weekend's LULAC Convention In Tampa followed by a discussion of the Governor's budget signing ceremony yesterday

05/27/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll open the phones to talk about Governor Rick Scott and his signing yesterday of the state budget. But first the District Director of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Lydia Medrano.

In a press release the group says:

"On May 28th and 29th, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) will hold its annual Florida State Convention at the Embassy Suites Brandon, located at 10220 Palm ...

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Tampa Bay Indian community awards heroes listen

05/16/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Tampa Bay Indian community honored its volunteers on May 15 at the Indian Cultural Center. They are committed to care for the helpless, forsaken, mentally ill, old and sick people. One of the honorees is Narayanan Krishnan who grew up in Madurai, India. At the age of 19 he was working as a chef for a five star hotel. But his career took a turn in 2002.

“I saw a very, very old man eating his own human waste for food,” Krishnan said.

He never left to Switzerland to work as a cook...

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Food Not Bombs movement grows in Tampa Bay listen

05/13/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Across Florida the Food Not Bombs movement is going through a revival. It may be due to unemployment, foreclosures, and restrictions on homeless feedings in Orlando. In Tampa Bay new Food Not Bombs chapters are formed and volunteers share food and literature in support of the Orlando volunteers who got arrested for handing out poor to the homeless and needy. The St. Petersburg chapter is growing fast, says volunteer Alex Nadeau. He quit his corporate job and now works for free: he feeds the h...

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