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Florida Senate committee puts domestic partner registry bill on hold listen

02/19/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A bill to extend some rights to domestic partners was put on hold Tuesday in the Florida Senate Children and Families Committee.

During public comment, St. Petersburg City Council member Steve Kornell asked senators to support it.

Some of the Republicans who oppose the domestic partnership registry bill said they support expanding rights, but this bill goes too far and is too similar to marriage.

The bill’s sponsor Senator Elanor Sobel, a Democrat from Hollywood, said she would br...

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Tampa officials break ground on renovation to old downtown courthouse listen

02/13/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tampa officials broke ground on renovations to the more than one century old federal courthouse in downtown Wednesday. After a lot of debate over what to do with the historical structure, Mayor Buckhorn got the wheels rolling in 2011 by asking for proposals to turn the building into a high-end hotel. Today, Buckhorn is celebrating what will soon become Le Meridien.

“I couldn’t be more excited. It’s been vacant and boarded up for ten years, at least. It is the most magnificent st...

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Callers aren't sold on need for new Rays stadium; mixed opinions on gun control

01/30/13 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Where will Tampa Bay’s Major League Baseball team play a decade from now?

The team seems to be saying it wants out its lease of Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg but wants to stay in the region.

St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster wants the Rays to stay in his city.

This week Pinellas County officials said they are open to the team considering regional options.

The Rays spoke with Hillsborough County Commissioners last week.

We heard from listeners about their opinions.

We also c...

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Tampa looks to rezone historic Seminole Heights district listen

01/29/13 Ella Wind
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The plans for rezoning Seminole heights began five years ago. Tim Heberlein, a local activist, attended the Vision Tampa meetings and the previous neighborhood input sessions organized by city officials for Seminole Heights residents. He is excited about the plan.

“We have some great restaurants down here and to see more light commercial pop up there and different spaces where residents can walk down there, go grab a drink at Ella's and go the record st...

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New apartment complex offers housing for Tampa's chronically homeless listen

01/24/13 Ella Wind
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Two years ago, Tampa government officials began to investigate options for addressing Tampa's homeless population, which numbered around 18,000 people. On Wednesday, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Cypress Landing housing complex in North Tampa, the first permanent housing complex for the chronically homeless in Hillsborough County.

The Cypress Landing complex will house the chronically homeless, those who are repeatedly homeless or have been homeles...

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Hillsborough rejects domestic partner registry listen

01/24/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today the Hillsborough County Commission rejected the issue of a domestic partnership registry where non-married couples can get a few of the rights that married couples have.

Four Commissioners opposed the idea: Al Higginbotham, Ken Hagan, Victor Crist and Sandra Murman.

Jennifer Gordon is the legislative assistant for Florida Representative Mark Danish and during public comment this morning read a le...

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Hillsborough County to consider domestic partner registry

01/23/13 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Commission will take up the issue of a domestic partnership registry Thursday.

The City of Tampa already has one, as does all of Pinellas County.

Our guests are Sally Phillips, president of the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus and Ercilia Albistu, President of the Hillsborough County GLBTA Democratic Caucus.

Republican commissioner Mark Sharpe and Democrats Les Miller and Kevin Beckner are expected to support the registry, but it's not known if any of the remainin...

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Clean Up Scheduled for University Area Community in Tampa

01/15/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll talk about a community project taking place soon in North Tampa-- it's an effort to improve the lives of people who live in the area near the University of South Florida. But first- one listener comment about yesterday's show. Yesterday we spent much of the hour talking about guns and what to do to reduce gun violence. Here's what one listener had to say:

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This Saturday more than 500 volunteers from busines...

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Tampa rates high on LGBT equality municipal study listen

12/26/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A report by the Human Rights Campaign released last month evaluated equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people nationwide. Out of the many cities rated, the Municipal Equality Index scored 11 cities in Florida based on specific criteria and Tampa was the third highest rated Florida city.

The Municipal Equality Index rated 137 municipalities on LGBT equality. Paul Guequierre, Deputy Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign says they evaluated municipal law and policy a...

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Graffiti art is changing the face of Miami's Wynwood neighborhood listen

12/20/12 Lenka Davis and Christopher Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The sound of a graffiti artist’s can of spray paint may mean different things to different people. For people in the Wynwood and Overtown districts of Miami, it is the sound of the inner and outer transformation of their neighborhood.

Rob Fogel is a graffiti artist painting a mural on the border between the two districts. It is the middle of the night, but police spotlights are lighting up the wall, so Fogle carries on painting. But, the police are not here to help him finish his mural...

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