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Bill Nelson: Florida will get $342 million more for high-speed rail listen

12/09/10 Seán Kinane
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Florida may be getting more money for its proposed high-speed train. And it’s thanks to some states rejecting the federal funds. Federal Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has told Florida’s Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson that Florida will get some of the money rejected by Wisconsin and Ohio. Recently elected Republican governors in those states have said they did not want high-speed rail projects.

"Florida is getting an early Christmas present. We just got $342 million more for ou...

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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 offer. ...

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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 WM...

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Immokalee workers protest Publix in Lakeland listen

04/19/10 Kelly Benjamin & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As WMNF reported Friday, over the weekend, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers marched from downtown Tampa to the Publix Supermarket headquarters in Lakeland as part of their "Campaign for Fair Food."

They are calling on Publix to pay one penny more per pound to tomato pickers, and to issue a statement condemning slavery in the agricultural fields of Immokalee where several cases have come to light in the past few years.

On Saturday, farmworkers and supporters...

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World renowned architect to design new USF campus listen

06/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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USF officials announced today that renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava has been selected to design the first building on the new Lakeland campus of USF Polytechnic.

The announcement was made this morning by Marshall Goodman, VP/CEO for USF Polytechnic. He was effusive in his praise for the award-winning architect.

David Robinson is the CEO of DSM, and was part of the selection committee. He said the new campus building will transform the region.

Calatrava was conferenced ...

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Rally against CSX rail deal in Lakeland listen

04/21/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Lakeland business and labor leaders rallied today against plans for a deal between CSX and the state of Florida for a commuter rail line in the Orlando area.

About 170 people held signs and chanted in downtown Lakeland’s Munn Park, next to the rail line shared by CSX and Amtrak. Julie Townsend, executive director of the Downtown Lakeland Partnership, said that the cost to Florida’s taxpayers of the CSX deal had “gotten out of control.”

Townsend thanked Sen. Paula Dockery and Rep. Denni...

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