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Youth program leaders fight to save historical homes at Tampa park listen

03/03/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Community Stepping Stones, The Moses House, Sulphur Springs, Mann Wagnon Park, Tampa, Hillsborough County, Les Miller

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Some volunteers with youth programs at a riverfront park in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood of Tampa are fighting to save their historical offices even though the Hillsborough County plans to fund the construction of a new multi-use building. Sigrid Tidmore is the executive director for Community Stepping Stones that runs out of a nearly 100-year old home at Mann Wagnon Park.

“The most environmentally destructive thing we can do is take functional buildings and throw them into landfills...

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Occupy Tampa will demonstrate outside downtown park overnight listen

02/28/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Occupy Tampa, Occupy Wall Street, Gasparilla, Tampa

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Occupy Tampa is back -- or, rather, they want you to know they’ve never left. Those are some of the messages Occupy Tampa will be bringing back to the streets of downtown Tampa tonight in their first overnight occupation of Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park since 2012.

One of the organizers of what they’re calling Occupy on the Rise is Kenneth Montigny, who is also with a group called [Anarc...

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Longtime WMNF bluegrass host Tom Henderson passes away listen

02/27/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: bluegrass, Tom Henderson, Randy Wind, wmnf, Tampa

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The WMNF family lost a valued long-time member Wednesday. Tom Henderson, the host of the popular program This is Bluegrass passed away. Tom began programming bluegrass on the radio in the early 1970s.

We interviewed Randy Wind, program director at WMNF about Tom's influence on bluegrass.

"We lost Tom Henderson last night. He was lead bluegrass DJ at WMNF for over 25 years. It's a huge loss for WMNF and for the bluegrass world because Tom is known all over the bluegrass world as one of...

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At USF Charlie Crist bashes Rick Scott over 2011 high-speed rail rejection listen

02/27/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Charlie Crist, Rick Scott, transit, rail, high-speed rail, Howard Frankland Bridge, USF, Tampa

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Former Governor Charlie Crist made a campaign stop at USF in Tampa Thursday in an effort to win back the governor’s mansion. Crist spoke to students urging them to vote in the university’s student body election.

Afterward he briefly spoke to reporters about plans for the aging Howard Frankland Bridge over Tampa Bay and how it should be used to further mass transit initiatives in the region. Crist said it would have been a great way to connect to high speed rail that was rejected by curren...

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Tampa celebrates black history with 26th annual expo listen

02/14/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: black history, kathy castor, Bob Buckhorn, Tampa

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For the 26th year, Tampa leaders came together with the African-American community to celebrate the city’s rich history during a lively ceremony Friday at the Tampa Convention Center. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn called on young African-American students to pay attention to the fight that paved the way for their own success.

“If you don’t know your history, you’re going to repeat the mistakes. If you don’t know the trailblazers that came before you and pay homage to their contributions and to...

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Residents want more input on proposed Walmart on Hillsborough Avenue in Seminole Heights listen

02/06/14 Ashley Whitney
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Tampa City Council, Seminole Heights, Walmart, Tampa

Walmart is proposing a new store on Hillsborough Avenue, in Seminole Heights. But at Thursday’s Tampa City Council meeting a half a dozen residents, community organizers and business owners spoke against it, saying they have not been included in the decision-making process. Half the people in the audience stood up and applauded Pastor Essie Sims after he spoke during public comment.

“I won’t delay, but this is the one key points that most of the residents are here today for, is the good n...

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Passenger ferry proposal moves forward in Hillsborough listen

02/05/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Ed Turanchik, Ferry, passenger ferry, MacDill Air Force Base, Hillsborough County, Hillsborough County Commission, transit, Tampa, St. Petersburg

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Hillsborough County moved ahead today with a high-speed passenger ferry partnership. The County commission approved an interim public-private partnership agreement with HMS Ferries and South Swell Development Group to study a ferry linking the south part of the county, perhaps near Apollo Beach, with MacDill Air Force Base. Former County Commissioner Ed Turanchik is the public face of the project.

"We've already said this, no other transportation option can do so much for so little so fas...

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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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