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Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw refuses to meet with cycling Immokalee farmworkers listen

09/06/11 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tuesday, under stormy skies, a group of tomato pickers from Immokalee, Florida ended their 200 mile bicycle ride from the fields of Immokalee to the Corporate Headquarters of Publix Supermarkets in Lakeland to discuss their wages.

The group of tired farmworkers, wet from today's torrential downpour, arrived at Publix headquarters just after noon with hopes of speaking directly to Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw and inviting him to visit Immokalee, sit down with the farmworkers, and come to an agree...

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St. Pete opens first LEED certified fire station listen

09/06/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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St. Petersburg officials opened their third green building this morning near Lake Maggiore. The latest project built using Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification principles is a St. Pete’s fire station. It achieved green building classification by using energy efficiency progr...

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Labor unions hard at work at Pinellas HOPE on Labor Day weekend listen

09/06/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Many Americans marked Labor Day weekend as a start to the football season, a day to fire up the barbeque, and enjoy a national holiday away from work. But the holiday began to honor labor unions that fought for 8 hour work days, a minimum wage, and an end to child labor. Last Saturday the executive vice president of the labor union visited Pinellas Park, calling on local labor unions to help some of Florida’s unemployed get back to work.

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The legacy of FDR's programs like WPA and CCC on Florida with historian Gary Mormino

09/06/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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This Thursday President Obama makes an important speech outlining how he plans to reduce the nation's high unemployment rate. Almost 80 years ago President Franklin Roosevelt began several jobs programs (including the Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps) that began to turn around The Depression's staggering 25% unemployment rate. The legacy of those WPA and CCC projects can easily be seen here in Florida. Here to talk about the legacy of FDR's jobs programs is Dr...

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Labor Activists Discuss The State Of Working Americans

09/05/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Today is Labor day and we're honored to be joined by five members of the labor movement. Arlene Holt-Baker is executive Vice President of the AFL-CIO, Lynne Webb is President of the West Central Florida Federation of Labor, Aaron Carmella is the zone co-ordinator of the Florida AFL-CIO, Richard Flamm is a member of AFSCME, and Richard Tito is a member of UAW local 298 and he works at the Raytheon plant in Pinellas County.

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Restitch Tampa hosts competition to redesign Tampa's Hillsborough Riverfront listen

09/05/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

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Designers are imagining creative new ways to capitalize on Tampa’s downtown riverfront. An international design competition to enhance Tampa’s riverfront kicked off last night at the Tampa Museum of Art. It’s hosted by USF and the Tampa Downtown Partnership and several architectural models of a future riverfront were on display.

Green space has been a popular topic in city architecture a...

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State Rep. Ritch Workman on cohabitation law, HCC's Hawk Radio now on WMNF HD4 listen

09/02/11 Lisa Marzilli & Beth Bell
Last Call Friday
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More than half a million couples in Florida are in violation of a law that has been on the books since the 1800's by virtue of their cohabitation. 104 people have reportedly been charged under the law in the last twelve months. One Republican state lawmaker has set his sites on changing that. On today's Last Call we hear...

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Bill Foster speaks about transparency and the Rays stadium with St. Pete residents at "Mayor's Night Out" listen

09/02/11 Atecia Robinson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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St. Petersburg's Mayor Bill Foster met last night with citizens who could speak face-to-face with city council members and the mayor about issues they want changed.

In a gymnasium at the Frank Pierce Recreation Center, a handful of St. Pete residents voiced their opinions to a number of city employees. Robert Danielson, St. Petersburg’s manager of communications, said one of Mayor Fost...

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Mitt Romney opens Florida campaign headquarters in Tampa listen

09/02/11 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney swung through Tampa this morning. He spoke to Republican National Hispanic Assembly of Florida. Romney also attended the grand opening of his Florida campaign headquarters in downtown.

Mitt Romney shook some hands, grabbed a doughnut, and greeted the crowd of about 60 Republicans who gathered to celebrate the opening of his new campaign headquarters overlooking the Hillsborough River. Romney wasted no time in lashing out against Barack Obama and his h...

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U.S. Senate candidate Mike McCalister lists his priorities at Suncoast Tiger Bay listen

09/02/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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U.S. Senate candidate Mike McCalister named off a laundry list of policies he thinks should be implemented in Washington during a speech at a Suncoast Tiger Bay Club today. The self proclaimed tea partier told members of the non-partisan political club his opinions on policies ranging from education to environmental issues. McCalister focused on those issues instead of his recent bout of negative media attention.

But thatâ...

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Is oil leaking from the site of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf?

09/01/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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The Mobile Press Register newspaper reported last week that:

"Scientific analysis has confirmed that oil bubbling up above BP’s sealed Deepwater Horizon well in recent days is a chemical match for the hundreds of millions of gallons of oil that spewed into the Gulf last summer.

"The Press-Register collected samples of the oil about a mile from the well site on Tuesday and provided them to Ed Overton and Scott Miles, chemists with Louisiana State University.

"The pair did much...

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Hillsborough teacher's union continues contract negotiations with school board listen

09/01/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Recently teacher’s have been under fire for their allegedly generous salaries, benefits, and tenure. But since Senate Bill 736 cut teacher pay and tenure this spring, teachers are looking for ways to protect their positions. The Hillsborough Classroom Teacher’s Association continued contract negotiations with the School Board Thursday morning.

Now that tenure no longer exists under Florida law, th...

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Boy suspected of planning Freedom High bombing will be tried as an adult listen

09/01/11 wire services
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Hillsborough County State Attorney says the 17-year-old who planned to blow up Freedom High School will be tried as an adult. Jared Cano was arrested earlier this month after police found what they say are bomb-making materials and a “manifesto” outlining Cano’s plans at his home. Today, Tampa City Council recognized the officers and members of the bomb squad involved in the investigation. Council Member Lisa Montelione issued the commendation.

Tampa police chief Jane Castor s...

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Tampa Police say hands are tied to reduce noise complaints listen

09/01/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The City of Tampa has been trying to figure what to do about excessive noise complaints for a long time. At this morning’s City Council meeting, Tampa Police Assistant Police chief Marc Hamlin told council members that pulling drivers over for noise violations would be unconstitutional. Council member Frank Reddick laughed at the inability of officers to pursue offenders.

But the agency’s hands aren’t completely tied. They told city council the use of so-called soft letters is under...

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Tampa says wellness centers for city employees are a success so far listen

09/01/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last year, Tampa City Council narrowly gave the go ahead for a program that would give city employees another health care option. Today, current city council members praised the city’s wellness centers for their initial success. Since the first one opened in February, supporters say the clinics have saved the city and its employees time and money.

Council member Lisa Montelione had the most personal reason to applaud the first reports of success ...

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