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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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Republican National Convention eyes Tampa listen

03/29/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Republican National Convention Site Selection Committee is in Tampa this week evaluating Tampa's bid for the 2012 Republican Convention. This morning the committee toured Channelside as local businessmen and Republican activists tried to sway the committee with free food and drinks to pick Tampa for their next convention site. WMNF spoke with Republican activist Mickeal Penson about Tampa's bid.

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Tampa locals speak out on the new Health Bill listen

03/22/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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With the health care bill passing the U.S. House last night, many Republicans are outraged, Democrats are encouraged, and some don’t seem to really know anything about the bill. Today, WMNF asked students and Tampa locals what they thought about the bill outside the Marshall Center at the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus.

*I think it’s a good thing, just because so many people are uninsured i...

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Can Florida hospitals afford more medical refugees from Haiti? listen

01/29/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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According to a spokesperson for Tampa International Airport, two flights arrived in Tampa earlier this week to deliver 36 seriously injured earthquake victims from Haiti. But the economic impact of the influx of Haitians is a concern for the state.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mentioned Monday that the US is considering allowing more Haitian immigrants into the country, due to the devastation of the island nation from the earthquake two weeks ago. Angel Parham is an assistant sociol...

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Airport searches for solution to increase international flights listen

01/07/10 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Property demolition wasn’t the only major issue discussed at this morning’s Hillsborough aviation authority meeting. The lack of international flights at the airport was also on the table.

Tampa international airport offers non-stop service to only three international destinations. The overall lack of international flights garnered attention earlier last month when board member Steve Burton proposed forming a new marketing committee to increase international traffic. Joel Antolini work...

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General Anthony Zinni, Afghanistan and the Limits of Military Power

08/12/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity program. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll speak with the former commander-in-chief of CENTCOM in Tampa, and later we'll speak with two journalists who have spent three decades covering Afghanistan. But first some listener comments about yesterday's interview with Eric Bates of Rolling Stone Magazine about President Obama's first six months in office.

On the first part of today's program we'll talk about leadership, Afghanistan, Iraq and the uses of military ...

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Iorio lays out lean budget listen

08/06/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio introduced her 2010 budget to the City Council this morning, a budget nearly 10% smaller than a year ago.

In a sobering analysis, the Mayor referred to the employee layoffs that began a couple of years ago, but said despite the cuts the city government has not lost the ability to do any of its essential services.

Declining property values and tax collections have left the city with a $51 million dollar budget deficit. Iorio detailed how she has addressed that ga...

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