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Local Sustainablity Discussed at Green Business Summit listen

10/13/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Entrepreneurs, business leaders and elected officials mingled in downtown Tampa today and discussed the benefits of sustainable business practices and how to bring more green jobs to Tampa. Micheal Ciftci co-founder of United For A Sustainable America, helped organize the event:

"The goal of today's event is to make the business case for sustainability..."

Micheal Hendrix, an environmental consultant with PBS&J out of California says that Tampa can start turning things around by breaki...

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Florida's High Speed Rail on track for 2015 listen

10/11/10 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This isn't your average choo-choo train.

“Not only is it a better way to get from point A to point B, it is safe, reliable, and comfortable, and you know you are going to arrive at your destination on time.”

High-speed rail will connect Tampa to Orlando by 2015 and would run on speeds up to 200-mph. A bullet train would cut the drive time nearly in half and could even beat airplanes to their destination. Siemens Spokesperson, Becky Johnson says that’s not all the new rail would of...

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County Commission candidates debate at Tiger Bay, and Ken Hagan's under fire listen

10/01/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Republican Ken Hagan received a firestorm of criticism at today’s debate at the Tiger Bay Club in Downtown Tampa. The Hillsborough County Commission Chair is running for the countywide District 5 seat. He was supposed to debate former Tampa City Council member, Democrat Linda Saul-Sena, and her no-party affiliate competitor Jim Hosler. But Hagan didn’t sh...

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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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