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Rick Scott's Spanish radio ad scores a GOOOOAAAAALLLLLLL!!!!!!! listen

06/20/14 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Tags: Rick Scott, Michelle Bachman, Last Call, Janelle Irwin, jobs, Charlie Crist

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Callers weigh in on a conservative Christian conference and a new Rick Scott Add.

Here's the translated transcript:

ANNOUNCER #1: We are at the beginning of this extremely important match for Florida.

ANNOUNCER #2: On one end, Charlie Crist, who abandoned us as Governor when things got difficult. On the other end the current governor, Rick Scott, who keeps working to get the state's economy on the right track.

ANNOUNCER #1 : Crist is issued a red card ... (Whistle blows) ... For ...

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Charlie Crist says if elected he'll reconvene annual climate change summit listen

06/16/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Charlie Crist, Florida, Rick Scott, economy, The Everglades, Cuba, jobs, environment, marijuana, Space X, Elon Musk, education, Steve Kornell, Saint Petersburg, climate change

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If Charlie Crist is re-elected governor this year he says he will reconvene two environmental summits that were held at the beginning of his previous term as governor. One hundred or so Crist supporters were on hand Saturday to help launch a new St. Petersburg campaign office.

During his first two years as governor, Crist convened what were billed as annual summits on global climate change. But then, in his last two years as governor the [summits stopped without notice](https://www.wmnf.or...

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Rick Scott touts Florida tourism record as job booster listen

05/15/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Rick Scott, Bob Buckhorn, Tampa, St. Petersburg, tourism, Visit Florida, Visit Tampa Bay, jobs, economy, sea level rise

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Tourism marketers in Florida are hoping to see at least 100 million trips to the state this year. The latest numbers are out for first quarter and they broke records.

The announcement Thursday at Busch Gardens by Visit Florida was heralded by Governor Rick Scott as a huge win for Floridians.

“Think about it. We want more jobs in our state. Tourism is a big driver. When people come here as tourists they buy homes, they buy cars, they think, ‘man, this is a nice place to live.’”

And a...

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Veterans get hiring boost from national group listen

05/13/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: veterans, military, Hiring our Heroes, Chamber of Commerce, jobs

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Military veterans and their spouses looking for a job had a chance to get face to face with Tampa Bay area employers Tuesday at a job fair in Temple Terrace.

“Their agreement basically reads that they’re expected to bring 3-4 jobs per employer.”

That’s Ernie Lombardi, Southeast regional associate for the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation that hosts Hiring our Heroes job fairs in cities across the U.S.

“Nationally, we’re seeing anywhere from 12-15% of some type of hires ...

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St. Pete activists warn TPP could inflate prescription drug costs and sacrifice American jobs listen

05/08/14 Crystal Farina
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: NAFTA, trade, economy, jobs, TPP, Trans Pacific Partnership, foreing relations, prescription drugs

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a secretive trade deal being negotiated between the U.S. and several Asian countries. On Wednesday, about a dozen local citizens gathered in front of the Tampa Bay Times’ office in Downtown St. Petersburg to protest the TPP.

Eleven countries in the Pacific, excluding China and including New Zealand and Australia would be part of the agreement. Christopher Radulich, the council organizer for Moveon.org, says that although this p...

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Kathleen Peters supports extension of unemployment benefits as Senate bill clears hurdle listen

01/07/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Kathleen Peters, David Jolly, Unemployment, jobs, Bill Young, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson John Boehner, Patty Murray

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A Pinellas County Republican hoping to join Congress this year, Kathleen Peters, released a statement supporting an extension in unemployment benefits Tuesday. Peters wrote “I am calling on Congress to stop this partisan gridlock and pass a three month reinstatement of unemployment benefits that is paid for in full.”

In polls, Peters is trailing lobbyist David Jolly in next Tuesday’s Republican Primary for the seat in Congress that’s open following the death of long-time U.S. Representativ...

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Governor Scott announces USAA will add up to 1215 jobs in Hillsborough County listen

11/05/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Rick Scott, jobs, Tampa, USAA

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In a news release Tuesday, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced that the insurance and banking company USAA plans to create up to 1,215 new jobs in Hillsborough County and make up to $164.3 million in capital investments by 2019.

Currently USAA employs more than 1,800 people in New Tampa at Commerce Park. It plans to lease 50,000 square feet of temporary office space at Lakeview Center in Tampa, and to construct a new 420,000 square foot facility at the Crosstown Center in Brandon by 2015.

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Midtown St. Pete Wal-Mart draws applicants by the hundreds listen

10/07/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: jobs, St. Petersburg, midtown, Bill Foster, Wal-Mart, St. Pete, economic development

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Wal-Mart will open a neighborhood market in midtown St. Petersburg by January, providing 95 jobs and the area’s only grocery store. Monday morning more than 200 people stood in intermittent rain waiting for their chance to apply for one of the spots in the new store. Mary Cummings got there at 6:30 to beat the crowd. The elderly African-American woman said from a lawn chair that she already has a job at a laundry mat, but isn’t making enough money to support herself.

Standing next to her w...

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St. Pete City Counsel votes 5-3 to approve Bill Foster's fiscal budget listen

09/13/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A divided St. Petersburg City Council voted late last night 5-3 to adopt Mayor Bill Foster's tentative fiscal year budget. The City Council Chamber filled up quickly, prompting the city to open two additional rooms with close circuit television. Regular citizens and members of grassroots organizations appealed to the City Council to tax less and spend more.

One organization, the People's Budget Review, had several members in attendance. It's a grassroots ...

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St. Pete City Council's Wengay Newton looks for ways to keep city kids out of jail listen

01/31/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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St. Pete city council member Wengay Newton is asking members of the community to help him brainstorm ways to keep the city’s kids out of jail. Newton speaking is hosting a community meeting Thursday night addressing the city’s juvenile arrest rate. That meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the County Job Corp Center located at 500 22nd Street South.

St.Pete city council member Wengay Newton is asking members of the community to help him

"Statewide Florida is arresting almost 60,000 juven...

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