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Florida Polytechnic University opens first building for admissions listen

12/04/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Florida’s 12th public university is months away from teaching its first class of students, but Wednesday its first building was opened in Lakeland. Florida Polytechnic now has a sterile-looking building open for prospective students to speak with admission counselors. Scott Rhodes, executive director of enrollment services, says the goal is to enroll 500 students by the start of the school’s inaugural semester next August.

“It’s a 5,000 square foot facility. We have ten full time staff th...

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Two-hundred mile march for farmworkers' rights doesn't hurdle Publix roadblock listen

03/18/13 Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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About 1500 farmworkers and their allies completed their 200 mile, two week March for Respect, Rights and Fair food yesterday in Lakeland. They gathered at the headquarters of Publix in hope that the supermarket giant would honor what they’re calling a Fair Food Program.

More than a decade ago south Florida tomato harvesters began a campaign for fair working conditions. Before the Coalition of Immokalee Workers organized, wages had not gone up in more than 20 years and workers are still ...

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Coalition of Immokalee Workers and allies to begin six-day Fast for Fair Food Monday

02/29/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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On Monday, Immokalee migrant farmworkers and their allies will begin a six-day Fast for Fair Food in Lakeland. This afternoon my guests were Elbin Perez of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Joe Parker of the Student/Farmworker Alliance.

Here are more WMNF News stories about the Coalition of Immokalee Workers

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State Senate's harsh funding cut proposal draws pushback from USF supporters listen

02/14/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The University of South Florida could lose $79 million in funding if a state Senate budget proposal is adopted. Under the plan, USF would also lose control over its Lakeland Polytechnic Institute, which would become the state’s 12th independent university. At an emergency board meeting last night, trustees estimated the overall cost would $130 million.

The Senate’s proposed budget withholds $25 million from USF until it cuts it...

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Callers weigh in on Florida's redistricting process

07/27/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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This week there were two redistricting hearings in WMNF's listening area. On Monday in Lakeland and on Tuesday in Wesley Chapel. Last Call listeners had their say about the hearings and the redistricting process.

You can find out more about redistricting and try your hand at dra...

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Florida redistricting committee hits Lakeland; Wesley Chapel is next listen

07/26/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A group of state legislators charged with mapping out Florida’s voting districts is facing criticism and praise as they make their way across the state. A public hearing in Polk County drew out voters of every stripe to weigh in on the state’s politically-charged redistricting process.

More than one hundred people attended the hearing at Polk State College’s Lakeland campus, and dozens addressed the redistricting committee directly. Some praise...

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Live report from redistricting meeting in Lakeland listen

07/25/11 Seán Kinane and Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Every ten years, based on the latest census data, states re-draw Congressional and Legislative districts. Meetings are going on around Florida between citizens and state Legislators to hash out the redistricting process. An additional element this time around is the pair of so-called Fair Districts amendments passed by voters last November. Today, the Florida Redistricting Public Meeting is in Lakeland, and WMNF’s Kate Bradshaw is there live.

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The Governor gives the go-ahead to commuter rail in Orlando

07/06/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll talk about Governor Rick Scott’s decision last Friday to okay a commuter rail project in the Orlando area called Sunrail. Just a few months after he killed a $2.7 billion high-speed train linking Tampa and Orlando, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday said he was giving the go-ahead for Sunrail - a $1.3 billion dollar Orlando-area commuter rail system that will cost state and local taxpayers even more money than high spee...

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Florida Supreme Court rules with Gov Scott on rail, but could "Hail Mary" exist? listen

03/04/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Governor Scott said he is “gratified that the court provided a clear and unanimous decision.” Scott said he “spoke with US DOT Secretary LaHood this morning and informed him that Florida … will not move forward with any federal high speed rail plan."

Senator Bill Nelson says he’s disappointed in the governor’s decision

"It's unfortunate that the Supreme Court has thrown out the Florida legislator's attempt to stay the hand of the governor of returning $2.4 billion of federa...

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Lakeland weighs possible high-speed rail station locations listen

01/27/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A year ago, almost to the day, President Obama announced the federal government was giving over a billion dollars in stimulus funds to Florida for a high speed rail line from Tampa to Orlando. That number has since grown, but the new governor has been vocal about his reluctance to accept it. But that didn’t stop dozens of stakeholders from meeting in Lakeland last night to discuss where that city’s high speed rail station should go.

If it gets built, the bullet train would launch from ...

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