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Hillsborough County cuts more jobs listen

02/04/09 Mitch E. Perrry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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For the third time in a year and a half, there have been staffing cuts at Hillsborough County’s Building Services Division.

Peter Aluotto with the County’s Planning and Growth Management Department said 36 people have to lose their jobs because the office is currently running at a deficit of nearly $2 million.

The jobs cuts are a reflection of the housing crisis which is battering the nation. He said it would require raising fees 21 percent on permit applications, but said that was...

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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 Marian...

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Florida unemployment rate highest in 16 years listen

01/23/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida's unemployment rate in December jumped to 8.1 percent, the highest it’s been September 1992. The Tampa Bay Area’s unemployment rate is now 8.3 percent.

Rebecca Rust with the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation says specific industries have been devastated in this downturn.

State legislators just completed a special session where they cut $2.8 billion in government spending to deal with a deficit. But they refused to consider raising taxes on cigarettes, despite a poll p...

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Interview with Michael Kinsley on his new book

01/21/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity program. I'm Rob Lorei.

From the book's press release: "Capitalism is facing its biggest crisis since the Great Depression, it time for a clear-eyed reconsideration of capitalism’s strengths and weaknesses. Since the fall of Communism two decades ago, capitalism has been (almost) unchallenged as the world’s reigning ideology, and in Creative Capitalism: A Conversation with Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Other Economic Leaders. Edited ...

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Interview with Michael Kinsley on his new book

01/21/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity program. I'm Rob Lorei.

From the book's press release: "Capitalism is facing its biggest crisis since the Great Depression, it time for a clear-eyed reconsideration of capitalism’s strengths and weaknesses. Since the fall of Communism two decades ago, capitalism has been (almost) unchallenged as the world’s reigning ideology, and in Creative Capitalism: A Conversation with Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Other Economic Leaders. Edited ...

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Kendrick Meek on torture and federal bailout

01/15/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Earlier this week, Miami area Congressman Kendrick Meek became the first Democrat to officially enter the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Mel Martinez next year.

WMNF spoke with him today to talk about his candidacy, and asked about a couple of major issues pending in Congress such as what he made of the blockbuster revelations in Wednesday’s Washington Post. Susan Crawford, the senior official for the Pentagon’s military commissions, claimed that interrogators torture...

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Progresive groups target GOP on stimulus listen

01/14/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last December, leaders from more than 20 progressive and labor organizations such as the Service Employees International Union and MoveOn.Org coalesced after consulting with the Obama transition team and Congressional leaders on how best to fight for an economic stimulus plan that helps working people.

Calling themselves the Campaign For Jobs and Economic Recovery Now, officials have taken to the airwaves and the op-ed pages, hoping to convince reluctant members of Congress to pass such le...

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Progresive groups target GOP on stimulus listen

01/14/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last December, leaders from more than 20 progressive and labor organizations such as the Service Employees International Union and MoveOn.Org coalesced after consulting with the Obama transition team and Congressional leaders on how best to fight for an economic stimulus plan that helps working people.

Calling themselves the Campaign For Jobs and Economic Recovery Now, officials have taken to the airwaves and the op-ed pages, hoping to convince reluctant members of Congress to pass such le...

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Progresive groups target GOP on stimulus listen

01/14/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last December, leaders from more than 20 progressive and labor organizations such as the Service Employees International Union and MoveOn.Org coalesced after consulting with the Obama transition team and Congressional leaders on how best to fight for an economic stimulus plan that helps working people.

Calling themselves the Campaign For Jobs and Economic Recovery Now, officials have taken to the airwaves and the op-ed pages, hoping to convince reluctant members of Congress to pass such le...

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New book looks at FDR's first 100 days in office listen

01/13/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As America faces its greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression, there have been countless allusions to Barack Obama’s presidency with what Franklin Delano Roosevelt had to contend with back in 1932.

Reports have surfaced that Obama is studying FDR’s first 100 days even looking at the words Roosevelt used and the tone he struck, in hopes of emulating the way FDR carried on a conversation with the American public and built confidence in the New Deal.

In the new book, *Nothi...

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