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Time for an Energy Revolution in Tampa

02/21/11 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Our guests today are both involved in this coming Saturday’s (February 26) “Time for an Energy Revolution in Tampa” panel discussion that will be held at the Roosevelt Hotel in Ybor City starting at 12:30. This event is sponsored by the Bridge Foundation, and we were happy to have the founder, Rebecca Blanco, join the program to talk about Saturday’s discussion.

Also, one of the panelists at the Saturday event, Taylor Ralph, a local green builder joined the show to talk about energy eff...

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Interview With Rev. Thomas Scott Who Is Running For Mayor Of Tampa

02/21/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. On the first part of today's program we'll hear from Tampa City Council Chair Thomas Scott who is running for mayor. He previously served two terms on the Hillsborough County Commission. Later in this program we'll hear from Tampa City Council member Linda Saul Sena who is organizing a pro-high-speed rail rally today at noon at Tampa City hall.

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Florida has one week to hold onto rail money listen

02/17/11 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida officials have about one week to make a deal keep the federal high-speed rail funds rejected yesterday by Governor Rick Scott. One idea is for another entity like Amtrak to receive the $2.4 billion with or without the Governor’s approval.

US Senator Bill Nelson says he has already met with a rail group in South Florida, Hillsborough’s Metropolitan Planning Organization, and US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, to consider other sources to receive funding for the bullet train...

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Hyde Park residents call for Gasparilla audit listen

02/03/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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All the plastic beads and empty beer cans may have been swept away days ago in the wake of Gasparilla, but questions about what the city of Tampa gets out of the debauchery still remain. Some South Tampa residents are calling on City Council to audit the nonprofit that puts on the annual parade.

Thousands of people pack Downtown Tampa every year for Gasrparilla festivities. Many patronize nearby hotels and eateries. The festival has become a large part of Tampa’s identity on the national s...

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Interview With Tampa Mayoral Candidate Ed Turanchik

02/02/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up in this half hour we'll talk with former Hillsborough County Commissioner Ed Turanchik who is running for mayor of Tampa.

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Federal Transit Administrator applauds opening of streetcar extension into downtown Tampa listen

01/31/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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For years, Tampa’s streetcar has linked Ybor City with tourist destinations in the Channel District nearly two-and-a-half miles away, but has stopped short of connecting with downtown. But as of last month, that changed. An extension by one-third of a mile into downtown Tampa cost $5.3 million. It was funded mainly with federal money, including about $1 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Peter Rogoff, the Federal Transit Administrator with the U.S. Department of ...

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In Tampa demonstrators rally in solidarity with Egyptian people listen

01/31/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Egypt State TV says President Hosni Mubarak has sworn in a new Cabinet, following days of massive demonstrations calling for him to step down. An opposition figure, Mohamed ElBaradei joined protesters in Tahrir Square in Cairo yesterday. He called for Mubarak’s ouster.

The news network Al Jazeera English says six of its journalists have been released from custody, but their equipment was confiscated, after Egyptian authorities ordered their Cairo office closed.

Obama administration offi...

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Hillsborough EPC reluctantly approves New Tampa bridge permit listen

01/27/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Despite years of public outcry from some local residents, the City of Tampa wants to build a bridge that would link New Tampa and Commerce Park Boulevards. The county board overseeing environmental issues gave the city permission to move ahead on the project today, but with some reluctance.

It’s a battle that’s been dragging on for about three years. The city of Tampa sees the bridge as a means of easing congestion on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, a New Tampa thoroughfare that can often look l...

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Tampa Bay Water gets 90 million gallon/day permit listen

01/25/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The board that oversees water usage in the Tampa Bay area has granted Tampa Bay Water permission to withdraw 90 million gallons of water per day for another ten years. This means the area’s biggest supplier of water can continue withdrawing the vital resource from area lakes, streams, and the rich aquifer that underlies much of the Sunshine state. Today water manager Alba Mas told the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s governing board the agreement comes with several conditions. ...

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Four Tampa mayoral candidates talk about their visions for the city listen

01/19/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This year’s Tampa City election has a crowded ballot. Even the mayor’s race has six qualified candidates. WMNF spoke with several of them today about what kind of Tampa they want to see, both short term and long.

The local election season may not be as long and drawn out as that of last year’s midterms, but they do share one similarity. That is, candidates still have to grapple with the question of how to make Tampa competitive on the global stage while dealing with high unemployment and a...

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