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Actor/activist Danny Glover on Haiti elections listen

03/17/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is leaving South Africa today and plans to return to Haiti tomorrow at noon.

Actor Danny Glover flew to South Africa to accompany Aristide back to Haiti.

The impoverished nation of Haiti is still feeling the pain of the earthquake that ravaged the country over a year ago, not to mention a chaotic presidential election many have deemed fraudulent. Actor Danny Glover recently made a film about a 1791 slave uprising in that country, and has m...

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Tampa City Council not satisfied with presentation from water bills task force listen

03/17/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Some Tampa water customers received unusually high water bills around the end of last year. Today a task force formed to figure out the cause of the spike presented a report to the Tampa City Council. But Council members weren’t happy that they did not have time to read the report they were given this morning before the presentation. Darrell Smith, the city’s chief of staff, summarized the report’s findings.

"Unusually dry and cold weath...

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Tampa Mayor Iorio endorses Buckhorn in increasingly nasty campaign listen

03/11/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The showdown between the two remaining candidates in the race for Tampa’s mayor is heating up. The last 24 hours have turned up nasty advertisements, an endorsement from Mayor Pam Iorio, and more.

Shortly before a debate at City of Tampa Television headquarters Friday, Mayor Pam Iorio announced her endorsement of Bob Buckhorn for Tampa Mayor. In an email, Iorio told WMNF she wasn’t available for comment. However she did issue a statement that said staying neutral is no longer an option...

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Iorio praises city staff, chastises Gov. Scott in final State of the City Address listen

03/09/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio delivered her final State of the City address at the Tampa Convention Center this morning to a room full of supporters. She had glowing things to say about Tampa’s progress over her tenure, but Iorio said there was one missing piece.

Iorio said she had some lofty goals in when she first took office in 2003. The mayor, who leaves office at the end of this month due to term limits, said she accomplished most of them.

"I talked about opening up the river to the peo...

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Buckhorn and Ferlita go head to head for the first time listen

03/09/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last week, Rose Ferlita and Bob Buckhorn beat out Dick Greco and two other challengers for Tampa Mayor. They will face each other in a runoff in two weeks. The two candidates debated head-to-head for the first time last night at Blake High School and touched on some tough topics.

Job creation is on the minds of just about everyone in this struggling economy and Tampa is no exception. Tampa Mayoral candidates Bob Buckhorn and Rose Ferlita are promising to bring jobs to Tampa. Ferlita said...

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In what direction is the Governor and Legislature planning to take Florida?

03/09/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today St. Petersburg Times columnist Dan Ruth will discuss the Governor's State of the State address, worker opposition to some GOP plans and the Tampa mayor's race.

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In Tampa hundreds call for Publix to pay an extra penny per pound of tomatoes listen

03/07/11 Zack Baddorf
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Hundreds of farm workers and their supporters rallied outside the Publix grocery store on Dale Mabry Avenue in Tampa over the weekend, demanding better pay and working conditions for the 30,000-some tomato harvesters throughout Florida. The Coalition of Immokalee workers has asked the supermarket chain to sign a “Fair Food” agreement for those producing the $620 million tomato crop.

The protesters walked along the sidewalks just off Publix property, singing, chanting, and waving signs....

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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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What are the prospects for success of high-speed rail in Florida?

03/02/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll talk with a representative of America 2050, a non-profit group of planners, about their nationwide study of the prospects for success of high speed rail. Yesterday two members of the Florida legislature sued Gov. Rick Scott for rejecting federal funding for high speed rail. Our guest is Petra Todorovich, Director of the group America 2050. Her group did a study of the regions of the country wh...

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Buckhorn and Ferlita in runoff for Tampa Mayor - Greco left behind listen

03/02/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tampa Mayoral candidate Bob Buckhorn, just moments after learning he had beat out front runner Dick Greco in last night's election, summed up what turned out to be a surprising upset. Buckhorn celebrated his victory last night at JJ's Sports Bar in Ybor City. But his victory celebration won't last long. He will need to continue on his campaign trail for the March 22 runoff against Rose Ferlita. Buckhorn defeated Greco by a narrow margin of only 384 votes according to unofficial election ...

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