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Local charity experiencing high volume of need, not donations, ahead of holidays listen

11/24/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Food pantries across the Tampa Bay area are experiencing shortages just ahead of the holiday weekend. One Tampa nonprofit is experiencing a swell of people in need this year, including former donors and volunteers.

The rows of donated non-perishables are set up like grocery store aisles. Here, those who’ve signed up with Metropolitan Ministries’ holiday food program weave their shopping carts throughout rows of cereal, pasta, and canned goods. Katherine from Tampa is poring over boxed ...

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Hillsborough continues talk of countywide panhandling ban listen

11/10/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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With no relief for rampant unemployment and underemployment in the Tampa Bay area, many jobless and working poor take to curbsides and medians in the hope that enough passersby will spare a dollar or two. Many see it as a hazard, which is why Hillsborough County is considering revamping a countywide ban on the practice. Today Tampa and county officials held its second workshop to kick around possible ways of curbing the practice.

Assistant Tampa Police Chief John Bennett says a recent ag...


Tampa City Council approves voluntary wellness centers for employee health care listen

10/28/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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City of Tampa employees will have the option to attend a wellness center instead of their regular doctor under an agreement approved today by the City Council. The city’s director of human resources, Kimberly Crum, says the voluntary program will cut costs and improve the health of Tampa employees and retirees.

"The benefits to employees include convenience, each visit they make to a voluntary wellness center will be zero cost payments as well as zero co-payment for generic prescription...

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Castor - new bill would pay seniors in lieu of cost of living increase listen

10/27/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Earlier this month, the US Social Security Administration announced that, once again, it won’t increase payments to seniors to reflect the rising cost of living. One US Member of Congress from Tampa is pushing for funds to help offset the increased cost of living for seniors – if it can escape Republicans.

For the third year in a row, the Social Security Administration won’t budge on the amount it pays out to seniors and others who rely on the system. US Member of Congress Kathy Cas...


LA Gov. Jindal stumps for Rubio in Tampa listen

10/13/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today two key endorsements in the race for Florida’s open US Senate seat hit the airwaves – one was predictable, the other, not so much. On the heels of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s announcement that he’s backing non-party candidate Charlie Crist over Democrat Kendrick Meek, a Republican governor from another gulf state stumped for Rubio in Tampa today.

The gulf oil disaster was once only a boon for Democrats, who generally oppose offshore oil drilling. But Republicans like Louisiana go...

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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...


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...


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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