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Former mayors Pam Iorio and Rick Baker discuss the history of Tampa and St. Pete’s development listen

01/23/14 Ashley Whitney
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Pam Iorio, Rick Baker, Suncoast Tiger Bay, A Tale of Two Cities, Tampa, Tampa Bay, St. Pete

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The cities on either side of Tampa Bay sometimes compete -- but more often their histories are complementary. At a Suncoast Tiger Bay Club meeting yesterday in St. Petersburg former Mayors Pam Iorio and Rick Baker reflected on Tampa and St. Pete.

For more than a hundred years Pinellas and Hillsborough County have been rivals and shared in a rich history. With one of the largest ports in the United States, MacDill Air Force Base, an NFL franchise, and an abundance of lush, preserved park...

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Tampa Mayor Buckhorn uses rec centers to help residents enroll in Affordable Care Act listen

01/13/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Bob Buckhorn, Kathleen Sebelius, kathy castor, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, Tampa, health insurance

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Tampa has opened nine of its busiest recreation centers to navigators charged with helping individuals enroll in Obamacare. During a press conference Monday at the Loretta Ingraham Center in Westshore, Mayor Bob Buckhorn says when it comes to helping the nearly 100,000 uninsured Tampans find affordable coverage, the city is all in.

“Our men and women are running on calls to people that don’t have healthcare insurance that if they did have healthcare insurance and they could address some o...

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Tampa rejects proposal to close bars at midnight listen

12/05/13 Sean Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Tampa, Mary Mulhern, Tampa Bars, wmnf

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Tampa has decided against earlier closing times for bars: plans to hold a workshop on the proposal to change closing from 3 am to midnight was narrowly defeated amid public outcry. The idea could resurface if a committee of stakeholders is formed. Council member Mary Mulhern was in the minority in voting to support a workshop, though she acknowledged a time change would likely be defeated.

"I don't think anybody we heard from here who works in the bar and restaurant business would be affe...

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Prominent historical figures in Tampa will be honored with statues along Riverwalk listen

12/03/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Bob Buckhorn, Tampa, Cyril Blythe Andrews, Cody Fowler, Kate Jackson, Peter Knight, Paulina Pedroso, Garfield Devoe Rogers

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Six prominent historical figures in Tampa were honored in downtown Tuesday by the unveiling of brass busts in their likeness. All of the Tampans contributed to the community through either philanthropy or political activism.

More than 100 community leaders and relatives of those being honored crowded a patio along the Riverwalk behind the Tampa Convention Center to see the six statues that will be placed along the Hillsborough River. Each statue was designed from photos and survivor descri...

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Dr. Christine Horner joins From a Woman's POV live in studio listen

11/21/13 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Tags: Dr. Christine Horner, breast cancer, Tampa, wmnf

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Today on From a Woman's Point of View, Dr. Horner joins Mary and Arlene to share advice on healthy lifestyles, recommendations to lessen your chances of getting cancer – not only breast cancer, but many types of cancer that affect both women and men.

This show is not just for women – there are many commonalities to the causation of cancer. For women it might manifest in the breasts and ovaries, for men the prostate and testicles, for both lungs, colon, pancreas, brain. The Big C is a n...

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Tampa scores high in new report on LGBT equality; St. Pete and other Florida cities above average listen

11/19/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: LGBT, equality, Human Rights Campaign, equality florida, Tampa, St. Pete, Florida, marriage equality, domestic partnership

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Tampa ranks high for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in American cities in a report released today by the Human Rights Campaign.

The LGBT rights group gives Tampa 89 points and St. Petersburg 66 points out of 100.

The Municipal Equality Index report was written by Cathryn Oakley, legislative council for state and municipal advocacy at the Human Rights Campaign. ...

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Florida Department of Health may shut down local trauma centers in Tampa Bay listen

11/19/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Pasco County, Bradenton, Trauma Centers, Tampa

Today Radioactivity discusses the efforts to save some local trauma centers at hospitals. The Florida Department of Health is in the process of deciding whether they are going to shut down these local trauma centers in Tampa Bay. One of the trauma centers is Blake Medical Center in Bradenton. The other is at the Regional Medical Center at Bayonet Point in Pasco County. Rob Lorei speaks with Elena McCullough, a concerned resident of Pasco County who is opposed to the shutdown of the Trauma C...

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Tampa City Council close to approving Urban Forest Management Plan to protect trees listen

11/14/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Tampa, Tampa City Council, urban forest, Urban Forest Management Plan, Harry Cohen, trees, environment

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Tampa City Council could soon accept an Urban Forest Management Plan.

"From our point of view, what's so exciting about this is that as we work through the different land use applications that come through the idea that staff will have been able to work with people to determine exactly what the right trees are to go in the right place. Councilman Suarez talked a lot about wind but you know there were things in here about salt tolerance, drought tolerance and it's really just terrific tha...

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USF student Senate recommends undocumented Florida residents get in-state tuition rate listen

11/13/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: immigration, USF, Tampa, SDS

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The Student Senate at the University of South Florida is recommending to the school’s Board of Trustees that undocumented immigrants living in Florida receive in-state tuition.

The Senate voted Tuesday night on a resolution supported by Students for a Democratic Society, or SDS.

WMNF interviewed Marisol Márquez, a member of Raices en Tampa and Gage Lacharite, a USF student and president of SDS.

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"This is just another SU meeting however this SU meeting they passed...

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Governor Scott announces USAA will add up to 1215 jobs in Hillsborough County listen

11/05/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Rick Scott, jobs, Tampa, USAA

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In a news release Tuesday, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced that the insurance and banking company USAA plans to create up to 1,215 new jobs in Hillsborough County and make up to $164.3 million in capital investments by 2019.

Currently USAA employs more than 1,800 people in New Tampa at Commerce Park. It plans to lease 50,000 square feet of temporary office space at Lakeview Center in Tampa, and to construct a new 420,000 square foot facility at the Crosstown Center in Brandon by 2015.

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