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Activists hope to block ship from Israeli company from unloading at Port Tampa Bay listen

08/26/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Palestine, Israel, BDS, Block the Boat Tampa, Tampa, Port Tampa Bay, Port of Tampa

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Local activists are taking the struggle for Palestinian rights to Port Tampa Bay. An Israeli ship, the Zim Alabama, is scheduled to dock there this week, but a new group called Block the Boat Tampa wants to stop it from being unloaded here. It’s part of the nonviolent struggle for Palestinian rights called BDS or boycott, divestment and sanctions.

WMNF's Seán Kinane interviewed Bettejo Indelicato, who is helping to organize [Block the Bo...

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Tampa car dealership makes it easier for women to be auto technicians listen

08/19/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Women's rights, Tampa, labor

Next Tuesday is recognized as Women’s Equality Day; a local car dealership is marking the occasion by making it easier for women to be automotive technicians with separate accommodations.

WMNF News' Seán Kinane interviewed Rob Elder, president of Elder Automotive Group based in Tampa.

“Pretty much jobs in the automotive world in general are very, very tight [for women]. The obstacles are numerous from not having theown proper facilities for the technicians -- if we are just talking ab...

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Tampa crowd rallies to support Israel during attacks on Gaza listen

08/01/14 Brenton Honeywell and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Israel, Palestine, Tampa, Gaza, War, militarism

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Supporters of Israel rallied this afternoon in downtown Tampa. Fifty or so people gathered holding signs and playing Israeli music.

Detlef Borges from Sebring says the U.S. is right to keep shipping ammunition to Israel.

Another attendee at the rally, Amy Nash, came from Lakeland to support Israel.

In news from Gaza, Israeli forces are moving deeper into southern Gaza, searching for a soldier who was apparently captured during a clash with Hamas militants earlier in the day. The forc...

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Tampa teenager beaten up by Israeli police but sentenced to house arrest: "I was so mad" listen

08/01/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Tariq Abukhdeir, Tariq Khdeir, Palestine, West Bank, Israel, Jerusalem, Tampa, Gaza

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The Tampa teenager who was beat up by Israeli police last month shortly after his cousin was killed in the West Bank was sentenced to house arrest while recovering from his injuries. I sat down with Tariq Abukhdeir last week at his house and asked what it was like to be sentenced to house arrest.

I asked his mother, Suha Abukhdeir about Tariq’s injuries.

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Tampa state Rep criticizes Scott administration over All Aboard Florida listen

07/31/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: All Aboard Florida, rail, passenger rail, high-speed rail, Tampa, Orlando, miami, Rick Scott, Mark Danish

A passenger rail project that would link some of Florida’s biggest cities is coming under fire from an unexpected source – transit advocates.

All Aboard Florida is a private rail line proposed to link towns from Orlando to Miami. But there are connections between the company and Governor Rick Scott’s Chief of Staff. Before word of this private venture, Governor Scott rejected federal funding for high-speed rail from Tampa to Miami, through Orlando, killing the project.

Tampa state [Rep...

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Voters could see new Hillsborough transit tax proposal in 2016 listen

07/29/14 Lisa Kauffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Policy Leadership Group, transit, Mike Merrill, Hillsborough County, Tampa, Transportation, rail

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A transit policy group wants Hillsborough County residents to be able to vote again on a tax for transportation improvements as soon as 2016.

Tuesday the Policy Leadership Group announced its proposal to connect USF, downtown Tampa, Westshore and Brandon. It wants to aid commuters with bus rapid transit and circulator systems, widening and repaving roads, improving intersections and eventually implementing a rail system. County Administrator Mike Merrill is part of the team that spent ove...

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn proposes $876 million 2015 budget listen

07/24/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Bob Buckhorn, 2015 budget, Tampa, Tampa City Council

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Tampa’s mayor is proposing a budget that is $45 million more than this year. Bob Buckhorn delivered his plan for 2015 Thursday during a city council meeting.

“About 11 million of that is just the growth of government. That is a 1.2% increase in the cost of government. I think that’s pretty darn good.”

During the Great Recession, Tampa saw one of its primary sources of revenue – property taxes – dwindle from $166 million to $119 million. Revenue is increasing as home values rise, but s...

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Tariq Khdeir enthusiastically welcomed home to Tampa; he says remember Palestinians who died listen

07/17/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Tariq Khdeir, Palestine, Tampa, tampa international airport, Israel, CAIR, Hassan Shibly

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Tariq Khdeir has returned home to Tampa; the teenager who was beaten unconscious by Israeli police was welcomed by dozens of exuberant friends, family and supporters late Wednesday night at Tampa International Airport. photos here

In videos and photos taken shortly after his beating two weeks ago, Khdeir’s face appeared bruised and swollen. But as he and his immediate family walked off the airport tram into the welcoming arms o...

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Activists to protest outside Sen. Nelson's Tampa office for end to Israeli attacks listen

07/11/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Palestine, Bill Nelson, Israel, Gaza, Tariq Abu Khdeir, Tampa, Jared Hamil, Committee to Stop FBI Repression

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Supporters of justice in Palestine will demonstrate Friday beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the downtown Tampa federal courthouse on Florida Avenue.

For a preview, WMNF spoke with Jared Hamil, an organizer with the Committee to Stop FBI Repression in Tampa.

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Fate of Tampa's last cigar factory hinges on FDA proposal listen

07/09/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Cigars, Cigar City, J.C. Newman Cigar Co., Tampa, Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Bobby Newman, Eric Newman

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The cigar industry in Tampa could be facing extinction. If a proposed federal Food and Drug Administration regulation is approved, Tampa’s last remaining cigar factory could wind up shutting down after 119 years of business. During a tour of the historic factory in V.M. Ybor Wednesday, Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera said he’s backing the J.C. Newman Company’s efforts to squash the regulation before it squashes them.

“This is a classic example of too much government and governmen...

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