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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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Gov. Rick Scott celebrates new Tampa business, unemployment still up listen

08/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Despite a jump in state unemployment last month, Governor Rick Scott announced 190 new jobs in Tampa this morning. The company StreetLinks moved to the Sunshine State because Florida offered them the best incentives.

Governor Scott considers himself the jobs governor. So when a company decides to move from Indiana to Florida he uses it to promote policies some people call corporate welfare.

“We’ve reduced business taxes, we’ve reduced property tax, business tax. We have a low ...

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Mitt Romney Campaigns in Orlando

06/12/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is campaigning at Con-Air, an Orlando AC filter company today. We'll hear from surrogates for the presidential campaigns on the first part of today's program. First we'll hear from Rep. Dennis Ross R-Lakeland who was recently named by The National Journalas one of the ten most co...

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Advocate claims rampant Florida corruption linked to money in politics listen

05/31/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida has a corruption problem. So a group is leading an ethics reform charge by looking at how tax dollars are spent. In downtown St. Pete local Democrats learned how Dan Krassner is trying to make government more transparent.

“Florida, well above any other state in the country, is number one in federal public corruption convictions between the years 2000 and 2010.”

And that, Krassner said, is the real job killer in Florida.

“I think businesses look at Florida and they s...

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Religious coalition calls on Tampa City Council to reduce unemployment listen

04/24/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Members of a religious political action group in Hillsborough County called on Tampa City Council members Monday night to introduce ordinances that would boost employment rates in the area. The Hillsborough Organization for Prosperity and Equality (HOPE) proposed two measures for council members to consider at the Mount Calvary Seventh Day Adventist Church in Tampa. One would require employers to delay background checks until after an interview. After seeing dozens of hands raise from the ...

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