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Tampa extends red-light camera contract with 25% of net revenues earmarked for intersection safety listen

04/03/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: red light cameras, Tampa, City of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Tampa City Council, Bob Buckhorn, Hillsborough County

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The City of Tampa is renewing its contract with the vendor of its red-light cameras. City council voted 6-1 today to extend the contract by two years despite a vote last month against renewing the contract. What changed? Mayor Bob Buckhorn proposed using a quarter of the net revenue from red-light camera citations to improve the safety of intersections with the cameras.

But that didn’t sit well with the only person who spoke on the issue during public comment, St. Petersburg red-light cri...

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Hillsborough NAACP wants to organize to save Tampa's historic Jackson House listen

04/03/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: NAACP, Tampa, Jackson House, African-American history, music

A dilapidated historic house in downtown Tampa may get a second chance at renovations. The Jackson House was built in 1901 and served as a boarding house. During decades of racial segregation it was one of the only places blacks could find accommodation. The Jackson House hosted celebrities such as Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie.

Carolyn Collins, president of Hillsborough Branch NAACP, told Tampa City Council Thursday h...

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Hillsborough commissioners support continuing red-light cameras listen

04/02/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: red-light cameras, Hillsborough County, Hillsborough County Sheriff, Hillsborough County Commission, Tampa, St. Petersburg

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Red-light cameras are receiving scrutiny in the Florida legislature and cities like Tampa and St. Petersburg could soon wind down their programs. But in unincorporated Hillsborough County commissioners reiterated their support for the cameras today.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Colonel Greg Brown told the county commission the ten cameras installed at six locations in unincorporated Hillsborough County have resulted in fewer crashes.

Brown estimated it would cost “hundreds of t...

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Free dental care fair in Tampa rescues more than 1500 from pain listen

03/28/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: dentist, dental care, healthcare, Tampa, Mission of Mercy

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As many as 2,000 people from across the state are receiving free dental care Friday and Saturday at the Florida State Fairgrounds. This is the state’s first Mission of Mercy where the goal of hundreds of dentists and dental hygienists is to get people who don’t have access to oral healthcare out of pain.

In a giant expo hall at the fairgrounds, several generators powered more than 100 dental chairs – all of them occupied by patients. The whirring of drills and suction hoses signaled to mor...

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Mayor Buckhorn announces plan to keep police chief one more year during State of the City address listen

03/25/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Bob Buckhorn, Jane Castor, Tampa, North Boulevard Homes, transit, Transportation, economic development, Rays

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced during his State of the City address Tuesday that police Chief Jane Castor will stay on for at least one more year after retiring in May. That means she’ll stay in “the drop” which some consider double dipping - collecting a paycheck and pension. Buckhorn said he wants to keep Chief Castor on board because crime has dropped 69% in the city.

“You know what that means? That means there’s over 150,000 less victims. That’s us. The men and women of the Tampa ...

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Tampa City Council votes against renewing red light camera contract listen

03/20/14 Ashley Whitney
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: red light cameras, Tampa, Tampa City Council

Just this week, two high school students were hit by a car while crossing Hillsborough Avenue on their way to school. Other students have died and Hillsborough is considered one of the deadliest places in the country to be a pedestrian.

Tampa City Council chair Frank Reddick says he is disappointed that not even a small portion of revenue from the red light camera program has been invested in making roads safer. He says even though accidents and citations are down, the need to invest in ...

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Workers' rights rally at Tampa Whole Foods store listen

03/11/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Whole Foods, minimum wage, worker's rights, Chicago, Tampa, Rhiannon Broschat, union, unionize

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A day long rally was held last Saturday, International Women’s Day, outside a Whole Foods store in Tampa. A smattering of activists, protesters and concerned customers voiced their support for a Chicago woman who was fired from Whole Foods when she took time off to care of her special needs son during the second Polar Vortex snowstorm.

When Rhiannon Broschat was fired...

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Hillsborough will try to lure The Infiltrator film with $250K subsidy listen

03/05/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Tampa, film, Movies, IIFA, Hillsborough County Commission, subsidies

The Hillsborough County Commission is going into show business. Wednesday the board committed a quarter of a million dollars in subsidies to lure a feature film called The Infiltrator. It’s based on a non-fiction book set mainly in Tampa by a local author who worked for the Drug Enforcement agency investigating banks laundering money for Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel.

Commissioner Ken Hagan says the county’s financial incentive to snare the film is about a third of what was originally d...

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Youth program leaders fight to save historical homes at Tampa park listen

03/03/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Community Stepping Stones, The Moses House, Sulphur Springs, Mann Wagnon Park, Tampa, Hillsborough County, Les Miller

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Some volunteers with youth programs at a riverfront park in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood of Tampa are fighting to save their historical offices even though the Hillsborough County plans to fund the construction of a new multi-use building. Sigrid Tidmore is the executive director for Community Stepping Stones that runs out of a nearly 100-year old home at Mann Wagnon Park.

“The most environmentally destructive thing we can do is take functional buildings and throw them into landfills...

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Occupy Tampa will demonstrate outside downtown park overnight listen

02/28/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Occupy Tampa, Occupy Wall Street, Gasparilla, Tampa

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Occupy Tampa is back -- or, rather, they want you to know they’ve never left. Those are some of the messages Occupy Tampa will be bringing back to the streets of downtown Tampa tonight in their first overnight occupation of Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park since 2012.

One of the organizers of what they’re calling Occupy on the Rise is Kenneth Montigny, who is also with a group called [Anarc...

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