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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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West Tampa charity plans to take on code enforcement over food service training truck listen

12/28/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A West Tampa charity is having a hard time running their organization because of some of the city’s codes. Huey Johnson, head of the West Tampa Cultural Society, runs a food truck that trains struggling young people in the neighborhood how to work in restaurants and even run them. He’ll be asking code enforcement officials on Wednesday to cut the community service group some slack.

“They are telling us, although we’re a non-profit agency registered with the state of Florida that...

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Lunch for veterans without homes opens job opportunities too listen

12/21/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Veterans who don’t have homes this holiday season got a warm meal this afternoon in Tampa. The Hillsborough County Veteran’s Affairs department doled out turkey dinners to about 40 vets, but also took the opportunity to help them get and keep jobs.

Veterans dined ten at a time, starting with this group. Kelly Beaver, a retired sailor in the Navy used to live on the streets. He’s still getting help from the county’s veteran's affairs department, but he said he’s on the road to r...

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President Obama in Ybor tells voters he has kept promises and is making some new ones listen

10/25/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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President Barack Obama rallied 8500 supporters in Ybor City early this morning as part of his final push to win a second term in the White House. The president has released a detailed jobs plan for the next four years he says is a huge jump on Romney’s plan, which Obama claims Romney won’t talk about.

According to the jobs plan on the campaign website, Obama’s plan would cut $4 trillion from the national deficit. He says it combines spending cuts with...

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Mitt Romney rallies supporters at St. Pete Pier listen

10/08/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As dusk set in last Friday, Mitt Romney stumped to several thousand supporters at the Saint Petersburg Pier Park. Romney’s speech focused on taxes, health care and personal anecdotes.

In the largest swing state, Romney leads by only 2 points in the latest Rasmussen Poll. As his supporters cheered, Romney said his campaign has been ...

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How Will the Proposed TransPacific Partnership Trade Agreement Affect Jobs in the U.S.?

09/24/12 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to The Last call. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk about a new trade agreement that may have a huge impact on employment in this country. The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade agreement, is currently being negotiated between the United States, Canada, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. It is meant to be a “docking agreement” that other Pacific Rim countries including Japan, Korea and China ca...

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