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Goodwill Is Looking For Some Good Guide Mentors

09/22/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Goodwill recently launched a teen mentoring program called GoodGuides. The program helps teens who face risk factors such as school failure and juvenile delinquency by pairing them with volunteer mentors -- caring people who can offer support and guidance. The goal is to encourage these young people to finish school and make choices that will lead to successful futures.

Unfortunately, the number of teens who want and need mentors currently exceeds the number of mentors. We're joined by Ste...

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Hillborough County to hash out final budget details listen

09/15/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This evening the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners is holding a public hearing on its budget for fiscal year 2011. The county faces a $65 million shortfall this year, mostly due to lagging property tax revenues. Earlier this year the commissioners were able to restore Arts Council funding, nix furlough days for the Environmental Protection Commission, and keep a popular Spanish-speaking liaison on staff in the planning department. But dozens of positions are still on the chopping blo...

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Florida gets $200 million from HUD for neighborhood stabilization listen

09/09/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Yesterday the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it’s putting an additional $1 billion toward its Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The program aims to protect property values in foreclosure-ridden areas. The Tampa Bay Area will get a sizable chunk of it.

Despite the muggy morning heat, officials gathered today in the grassy back yard of a foreclosed East Tampa home. The property is the future site of an apartment complex for 18 female military veterans an...

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Florida high-speed rail will be partnership with private company to design-build-operate listen

08/31/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Beginning in just a few years, you’ll be able to take a bullet train from Tampa to Orlando in under an hour. But before then the high-speed rail line needs to be built. Half of the roughly $2.5 billion dollar project has been funded through the federal Recovery Act.

The Florida Department of Transportation is hosting meetings this week in the three cities where the bullet train will stop; Today in Tampa, tomorrow in Lakeland, and Thursday in Orlando.

For a preview of those meetings ...

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East Tampa residents critical of police response to killings of two officers listen

08/03/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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After two Tampa Police officers were killed in East Tampa in June, police began a several-day manhunt for the alleged shooter, Dontae Morris. But weeks after Morris turned himself in, residents of the community are still concerned about how the police acted during the search. About two dozen gathered at the College Hill library to share their experiences.

The meeting was called by the Black People's Advancement and Defense Organization, a local group created earlier this year with the miss...

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Officials get latest on high speed rail listen

07/19/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last January President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden came to Tampa to announce 1.2 billion dollars in stimulus dollars offered to help fund construction of a high speed rail line in Florida. Local and national officials were in Downtown Tampa this morning to hear the latest on the project which would initially run between Tampa and Orlando.

The rail line's expected completion date is some time in 2015. That may seem a long way out but Nazih Haddad, Chief Operating Officer for Florida ...

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Tampa City Council supports short high-speed rail extension from downtown to airport listen

07/15/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In January, President Barack Obama came to Tampa to announce that federal stimulus funds would be used to pay for half the cost of a high-speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando. There are three stops planned for the Orlando area – including their airport, one in Lakeland, and one in downtown Tampa. But Tampa officials are concerned that the bullet train will not go to Tampa International Airport.

Today City Council unanimously supported a resolution put forward by Council member Mary...

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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict through photography listen

06/04/10 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Amid all of the developments in the Middle East, Shai Kremer hopes to help people understand the region through his photographs. His exhibition “Infected Landscape” opened at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa on May 29.

The New York and Tel-Aviv based Kremer documents the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a conflict he has breathed and lived in for many years.

*You don’t feel the war when you live in Tel Aviv, you just live a normal life like ...

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Although he is registering as independent Crist is happy GOP convention coming to Tampa listen

05/12/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Before the announcement, Gov. Charlie Crist said he was happy the Republican National Convention is coming to Tampa. That’s despite his plans to switch his voter registration from Republican to no party affiliation today.

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Iorio announces city reorganization and elimination of management jobs listen

03/30/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio announced a major reorganization of city government to help balance the budget.

As a result, more than 16 positions will be eliminated, saving the city more than $3 million this year. Iorio has already announced that some of those positions would be cut. Such as the vacant Convention Center & Tourism Director whose salary and benefits amount to nearly $200,000

But Iorio’s reorganization announced today will eliminate other major positions such as the storm...

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