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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn indecisive on normalization with Cuba listen

04/09/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn isn’t taking a stance on normalizing relations with Cuba.

"It’s not an issue that I am weighing in on. It’s not an issue that, as mayor, I have any control over. I have enough on my plate with the things that I do control.”

But Buckhorn says he does see the embargo ending sooner or later.

“I would hope it would be when the Castro government – either Raul or Fidel are gone – and I think it will be when the Cuban people have an opportunity t...

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor worried about boys abducted in Tampa and taken to Cuba listen

04/09/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The man accused of abducting his two sons from Tampa last week is reportedly in Cuba. An Associated Press reporter in Havana wrote "the family appeared to interact normally" there. Tampa Congress member Kathy Castor told reporters during an unrelated event today that she is working hard to ensure the family is returned to the U.S.

The news comes just days after Castor returned from a trip to Cuba. The U.S. Representative said she’s in contact with authorities including the Hillsborough ...

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor's trip to Cuba solidifies her desire for trade embargo to be lifted listen

04/08/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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U.S. Representative Kathy Castor returned from her first visit to Cuba this weekend with a new-found confidence in the island nation’s shift toward human rights. The Tampa Bay area Democrat spent three days in Cuba with a packed itinerary that left her convinced lifting the long-standing trade embargo is the right thing to do.

“They are still a hardcore communist nation, but they are embarking on market reforms in their economy that deserve encouragement.”

Castor returned from [...

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor is in Cuba; will lean about their environment, economy and culture

04/04/13 Seán Kinane & Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa-area member of Congress Kathy Castor is in Cuba on what her office calls a fact-finding visit. The Democrat traveled to the socialist island Wednesday and will learn about Cuba's economy, culture, human rights and environment.

While on her trip Castor will speak with the ministry of tourism and a professor of gender studies.

She’ll spend time in Old Havana with small business owners to encoura...

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Creating a new district for a Latino commisioner in Hillsborough County, and Kathy Castor in Cuba

04/04/13 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Victor DiMaio is with the Hillsborough County Hispanic Caucus. They're supporting a plan that Commissioner Les Miller is proposing - it would move one of the at-large districts in Hillsborough into a 5th single member district, which he thinks could be one that elects a Latino member. Latinos make up over a quarter of the county (26%), but aren't represented on the board.

DiMaio also discussed Congresswoman [Kathy Castor's trip](http://www.wmnf.org/news_stories/us-rep-kathy-castor-is-in-cu...

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U.S. Rep Kathy Castor will travel to Cuba; supports ending embargo listen

04/01/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tampa area member of Congress Kathy Castor has come out in support of lifting the longstanding trade embargo with Cuba. In addition, Castor told WMNF Monday she plans to travel to Cuba to talk to their foreign ministry about issues that affect Florida.

“It is very important for the economy of the Tampa Bay area, the entire country and, I think for Cuba that outdated and anachronistic embargo on trade and travel come to an end.”

The United States has imposed an embargo on Cuba since...

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Columnist Joe O'Neill on Buckhorn, Rick Scott & U.S.-Cuba relations

03/28/13 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Joe O'Neill writes political news columns for La Gaceta and the Tampa Tribune. On the program he talked about a number of local issues, including how Tampa is doing under Mayor Bob Buckhorn and what might former Mayor Pam Iorio's next move.

Also a discussion of a recent summit on improving relations between Cuba and the U.S.

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Public officials, scientists and businessmen urge US to fix policy with Cuba listen

03/25/13 By Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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For more than 50 years the U.S. Government has severely limited trade and travel with Cuba, but there’s a growing movement to restore the US-Cuba relationship. WMNF’s Lenka Davis reports from a seminar Saturday in Ybor City hosted by Alliance For Responsible Cuban Policy Foundation, dedicated to restoring trade and diplomatic relations with Cuba, and by Center for International Policy.

Panelists urged the U.S. embargo on Cuba be lifted and diplomatic, economic and scientific relations ...

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Should Cuban-trained doctors be banned from practicing medicine in Florida? listen

01/30/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Two state lawmakers from South Florida want doctors who got their degrees in Cuba banned from practicing medicine in the state. But some people think they’re just catering to people who oppose Cuba’s leadership. Gail Walker is the co-executive director for an inter-religious group that helps students enroll in a medical school scholarship program.

“I would argue that the representative is trying to gain political points perhaps because he’s opposed to improved relations with Cuba...

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Tampa International Airport plans to shift car rental location to free up terminal space listen

12/20/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa International Airport officials are making plans for future growth and some of the changes could happen pretty soon. The airport’s CEO told Tampa City Council members this morning that rental car facilities will likely be moved in order to free up parking spaces and cut down on road congestion around the main terminal.

The new rental car facility would be built near the post office and economy parking lots on the south side of the airport property. Tampa airport’s CEO [Joe Lopa...

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