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Emerge Tampa Bay hosts "Tomorrow's Tampa" summit on downtown and transportation listen

10/01/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Tampa, Transportation, Emerge Tampa Bay, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

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What will downtown Tampa look like in several years? What about transportation in the region? These are two of the questions young professionals will try to answer during a summit Thursday evening. WMNF interviewed Brian Seel, chair of Emerge Tampa Bay, which is hosting the “Tomorrow’s Tampa” summit.

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Mayor Buckhorn responds to having a reelection challenger from Occupy Tampa listen

09/30/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Bob Buckhorn, Becky Rubright, Tampa, elections, Occupy Tampa, Republican National Convention, RNC

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has a challenger in his race for reelection next March; Monday we brought you an interview with Becky Rubright, a veteran of the Occupy Tampa movement. She criticized Buckhorn and the response of the Tampa Police Department during occupy beginning three years ago. WMNF interviewed Mayor Buckhorn for his response to having a challenger in the March 2015 election.

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Occupy Tampa activist is challenging Bob Buckhorn for Tampa mayor listen

09/29/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Becky Rubright, Bob Buckhorn, Tampa, City of Tampa, Occupy Tampa, Occupy Wall Street, Tampa Police, 2015 election, elections

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Round two of Occupy Tampa versus Bob Buckhorn will take place at the ballot box, not in the city’s public parks.

On Friday Becky Rubright, a veteran of Occupy Tampa, became the first person to file to run against Buckhorn in the mayoral race next March.

Rubright is one of dozens of occupy protesters arrested during months of conflicts with Buckhorn’s police force, usually while occupying public land.

According to the [Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections website](http://www....

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Peace activists will demonstrate against war in Syria Saturday outside Tampa's MacDill AFB listen

09/26/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Syria, Iraq, Macdill AFB, Tampa, St. Pete for Peace, Chris Ernesto

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Local peace advocates are demonstrating Saturday near Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base.

The group St. Pete For Peace is asking people to “Say No to War in Syria” beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon at the corner of Gandy Boulevard and Dale Mabry Highway.

WMNF spoke with one organizer, Chris Ernesto.

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Hillsborough County moves ahead with domestic partner registry listen

09/17/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Kevin Beckner, LGBT, domestic partnership registry, Domestic Partner Registry, Hillsborough County, Tampa

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Hillsborough County is one step closer to instituting a Domestic Partner Registry, where couples can sign up for legal protections, regardless of their marital status -- the commission voted unanimously Wednesday morning to move forward, after some discussion and public comment.

The proposal was introduced by Commissioner Kevin Beckner.

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On eve of presidential visit to CENTCOM, Joint Chiefs chair warns of generational struggle listen

09/16/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Tampa, ISIL, Iraq, ISIS, IS, Islamic State, Syria, Barack Obama, MacDill Air Force Base

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President Barack Obama is heading to Tampa Tuesday and will meet Wednesday morning with leaders of U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base to review strategies for the expanding war in Iraq and Syria.

Joining him will be Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who said Tuesday the U.S. is “at war with ISIL as we are with Al Qaeda.”

“We’ll travel tonight to Tampa to receive a briefing from the commander of U.S Central Command, General Austin, on operational plans to implement his ISIL st...

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Tampa protesters pass out "#ShadyRick Hand Sanitizer" at Rick Scott fundraiser listen

09/16/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Rick Scott, Awake the State, Awake Pinellas, Awake Tampa, SEIU, unions, Florida for All, high-speed rail, Sabal Trail Pipeline, All Aboard Florida, Tampa

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Florida Governor Rick Scott is attending a fundraiser Tuesday evening in Tampa; and outside, protesters will be handing out hand sanitizers they say will help keep peoples hands free of dirty politics.

WMNF interviewed Ana Tinsly, a spokesperson for Florida for All, one of the groups organizing what they’re calling the “#ShadyRick Hand Sanitizers” protest.

The protest begins at 5:30 p.m. at The Oxford Exchange, 420 West Kennedy Boulevard.

Other organizers include Awake Pinellas, Aw...

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Fast Food Strikers block intersection in Temple Terrace listen

09/04/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: fast food, strike, wage, minimum wage, McDonald's, Burger King, Tampa, Temple Terrace

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Fast food workers are striking Thursday across the nation demanding a minimum wage of fifteen dollars an hour; here in the Tampa area, nearly 100 supporters chanted on the sidewalk in front of a McDonald’s restaurant at the corner of 56th Street and Fowler Avenue in Temple Terrace.

At one point the protesters sat in the intersection blocking traffic for 5 minutes until they were confronted by police and ask to move. WMNF spoke with some of the striking workers. That includes McDonald's e...

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Tampa Bay Sierra Club supports ferry despite concerns about terminal in preserve listen

09/04/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Ferry, high-speed ferry, Tampa Bay, Tampa, Hillsborough County, transit, Transportation, MacDill Air Force Base

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Hillsborough County may consider a high-speed ferry linking MacDill Air Force Base with communities in the south county where many workers live.

Last month one environmental group, Audubon Florida, criticized the plan because a terminal is proposed for reclaimed wetlands in the Schultz Preserve.

But now, the chair of another group, the Tampa Bay Sierra Club's Kent Bailey, tells WMNF they support the proposed ferry across Tampa Bay.

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Activists at Port Tampa Bay rally, but are unable to stop an Israeli ship from unloading its cargo listen

09/02/14 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Block the Boat, Block the Boat Tampa, BDS, Israel, Zim, Port Tampa Bay, Port of Tampa, Tampa, Palestine

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Protesters greeted a ship from an Israeli company on Saturday.

They join others at ports around the country drawing attention to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

The dozen or so activists were not able to stop the ship from unloading its cargo, but raised awareness of the campaign to protest the Israeli shipping company.

About 40 non violent peace activists braved the intense noon day August sun to protest the unloading of the Israeli cargo ship Zim Alabama. They set up along ...

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