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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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Interview with Tampa Mayoral Candidate Bob Buckhorn

02/28/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to the Last Call. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up our final interview with a candidate for mayor of Tampa. The election is tomorrow and our guest is former Tampa City Councilman Bob Buckhorn. He served on the Tampa City Council from 1995 to 2003.

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Actor/Activist Danny Glover stresses community at Tampa school listen

02/25/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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As part of Black History Month, scores of students at a Tampa school heard from a famous visitor this morning. Actor and human rights activist Danny Glover told students at Just Elementary that it’s important to be community-minded – and to keep studying.

Hundreds of grade school children beamed as the actor implored them to be conscientious. The Color Purple star was there as part of Just Elementary’s Black History program. He recited the Langston Hughes poem “I, Too, sing America...

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Tampa City Council hears grim homelessness stats, skirts panhandling discussion listen

02/24/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council may have tabled a controversial proposal to ban panhandling, but the debate has spurred discussion on what causes people to ask for money on street corners. Today the council got a pretty dire picture of homelessness and poverty throughout the city.

Those expecting a spar over panhandling at the city council workshop may have been disappointed. Today, the council sought stats on the homeless and impoverished population as well as things like the number of beds available ...

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High-speed rail supporters rally in downtown Tampa as officials call for private sector investment listen

02/21/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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High-speed rail backers announced they have a plan to get the project back on the table despite criticism from the governor. Today rail advocates showed their support for the project in Downtown Tampa, and were met with a smaller crowd in opposition.

Activists dusted off their pro-and anti-rail signs from last fall and flooded City Hall Plaza to make the case for – and against – high speed rail. Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern said the project would create thousands of jobs, but...

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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 en...

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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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