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Local pastor charged with 8 felonies trying to put a roof over someone's head listen

11/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A Tampa Pastor is suing the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for arresting her after she helped a member of her congregation move into a home owned by someone else. Tami Robinson used centuries old land ownership loophole to try to acquire an abandoned home, but it didn’t work. Robinson said she and the woman she was helping were arrested and charged with eight felonies.

“We’ve been charged with burglary, two counts of grand theft, two counts of burglary, two counts of impersonation...

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Suspicion of fraud by activists fuels Tampa Bank of America protest listen

05/09/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Two progressive-leaning activist groups protested Bank of America in downtown Tampa today. The group Move On is calling on the bank to begin helping homeowners who are facing foreclosure and pay their fair share of taxes. That is something protesters say the corporation is not doing. The protest was held in solidarity with a larger demonstration in Charlotte, North Carolina where Bank of America is conducting its annual share holder meeting. Several demonstrators have already been arreste...

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Protesters want President Obama to fire Ed DeMarco and help homeowners with Freddie and Fannie loans listen

03/16/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the United States. Yesterday, MoveOn.org members and others rallied at Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters in Ybor City. The group hopes to sway President Obama to make changes to current foreclosure system.

About fifteen protesters gathered as part of a larger national day of action called Save Our Homes. They held signs with the messag...

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Tampa activists ask State Rep. why he voted for foreclosure bill listen

03/01/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A bill in the state legislature that would speed up the foreclosure process cleared the House floor yesterday and a group of about 20 Tampa Bay area residents aren’t happy about it. They protested the vote at Representative Shawn Harrison’s office in Temple Terrace. Harrison was one of 94 ...

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor calls Florida bill to speed up foreclosures not appropriate listen

02/22/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A bill moving through the state legislature would reduce the amount of time it takes lenders to complete foreclosure proceedings. At a press conference at the downtown Tampa Hyatt, U.S. Representative Kathy Castor said it is more important than ever to reach out for help.

The bill would allow lenders to hasten foreclosure pr...

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Foreclosure tips and tricks from a professional listen

10/27/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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More than 7 million homes are in the midst of foreclosure proceedings nationwide and many residents in the Tampa Bay area are feeling the effects. A foreclosure attorney spoke to about 20 people last night at an information forum for homeowners.

According to a study by the Center for Housing Policy, one in every ten homes in large metropolitan areas is seriously delinquent on ...

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Alex Sink attorneys and lenders work to reduce foreclosures listen

04/20/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This morning, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink met in Tampa with mortgage lenders, nonprofits and lawyers to come up with a plan to help people in Florida who are facing foreclosure.

“Our goal here is the same. It’s to keep more Florida homeowner in their homes.”

The attorneys are part of the Florida Attorneys Saving Homes program. Sink called it “a ve...

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Foreclosure Assistance Workshop set for Saturday listen

04/14/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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There are currently 3,960 foreclosures for sale in Hillsborough County, according to the website foreclosure warehouse.com. That’s more than in Lee County, where President Obama visited in early February, as it was labeled one of the worst hit areas in the country.

On Saturday morning, Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor, who represents Hillsborough County as well as parts of Pinellas and Manatee, will hold her fourth foreclosure prevention workshop at Middleton High School on 22nd Aven...

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Hillsborough to study ways to register foreclosed properties listen

03/04/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Florida has been hit nearly as bad as anyplace in the country in terms of the number of foreclosures. In Hillsborough County alone, there were more than 20,000 foreclosures in 2008, a 52 percent increase from the previous year.

As a way to address the problems that abandoned homes can create in neighborhoods, the Hillsborough County Commission today directed its legal staff to research putting together what Commission Chair Ken Hagen calls a mortgage registration program.

Hagen said the...

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Radioactivity: Fighting Foreclosure; and, Fish Farming in the Gulf?

01/27/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon,

Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll talk about the home foreclosure crisis and we’ll have two experts in the studio to talk about how to deal with foreclosure.

But first: The Gulf Of Mexico Fishery Advisory Council is poised today to approve the first offshore Aquaculture or “fish farming” plan in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s an idea that has some environmentalists, scientists and commercial fisherman up in arms. One of those is Marianne Cufone wh...

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