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Bill speeding up Florida foreclosures clears house despite objections listen

04/29/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A bill that would speed up foreclosures in Florida is one step closer to the governor’s desk. The measure sponsored by Naples Republican Kathleen Passidomo passed the House Monday 87-26.

“The mortgage foreclosure cases need to be moved along to final resolution expeditiously in order to get the property back into the stream of commerce.”

The bill would shorten the amount of time banks can collect mone...

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Amid Republican convention's glamour, Tampa homeless move into abandonded house listen

08/27/12 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In preparation for the Republican National Convention, the City of Tampa has spent a large amount of money sprucing up some of its finest neighborhoods in an attempt to bolster the city image to the international community. But not all of Tampa is lined with mansions, palm trees and newly paved roads, like its iconic waterfront along Bayshore Boulevard. Only a few blocks away from the city’s busy financial and nightlife districts lie unnoticed pockets of poverty which local activists point ...

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During NBA All-Star Weekend, Occupy Orlando activists call for civil rights and sharing listen

02/27/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Over the weekend, basketball fans were focused on Orlando, host of the NBA All-Star Game and associated festivities. But the group Occupy Orlando held their own, less flashy, celebration they called “All Share Weekend.” They billed it as a time for community, food, entertainment, art and education … all without the huge price tag of the All-Star Game. Activist Cat Duerr said the march was coordinated with the Florida Civil Rights Association.

“At Occupy Orlando we’re here in so...

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Suspicion over AG's abrupt investigator firings grows listen

07/28/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida is known nationally as an epicenter for foreclosure fraud. Earlier this year, two lawyers credited with uncovering the practice resigned at the insistence of Attorney General Pam Bondi. Some want the state to investigate the forced resignations.

Until this past spring, Attorneys June Clarkson and Theresa Edwards worked in the attorney general’s economic crimes division in Fort Lauderdale. Under Republican Attorney General Bill McCollum, they investigated several loan servicing co...

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Foreclosure Workshop At Tampa Convention Center listen

09/28/09 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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With foreclosures rates at an all-time high across the nation, hundreds gathered at the Tampa Convention Center on Saturday for a foreclosure prevention workshop.

Karen Brown is sick over the thought that she might lose the first home she has ever owned. “I cannot eat. I have no appetite. My husband. They don’t understand my family. They notice I’m withdrawn from talking. I just don’t want to hear it. If I’m talking about it. I go to a corner by myself. I will cry and they ...

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ACORN supports Crist's call for freeze on foreclosures

11/25/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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One advocacy group that supports Gov. Charllie Christ’s idea to put a freeze on foreclosures is ACORN, the Associated Community of Organizations for Reform Now.

ACORN is working in Florida and across the country in trying to keep homeowners having problems with their mortgages from being foreclosed.

They have also endorsed the proposal made by FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair to use as little as $25 billion of the $700 billion bailout to guarantee up to half of the loss that may result fro...

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City Council debates use of foreclosure revenue listen

11/20/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council officials were expected today to rubberstamp a proposal by Mayor Pam Iorio that will allow the city to receive $13.6 million to address the foreclosure crisis.

But one City Councilman’s objections led to a much longer debate this morning at Council chambers.

Cindy Miller is director of the Growth Management and Development Services for the city of Tampa. She says the plan is to purchase or refurbish approximately 110 properties, with a concentration of homes in the...

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