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In a major address on the budget, President Obama proposes lowering the deficit listen

04/13/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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President Barack Obama is setting a goal of lowering the deficit by $4 trillion dollars over the next 12 years as he wades into the politically volatile debate over the nation's crushing debt.

A week after formally announcing his re-election campaign, Obama is proposing a mix of tax increases already rejected by Republicans, and cuts to safety-net health programs likely to alienate many liberals.

In a speech today at George Washington University, the president proposed cutting defense s...

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Tampa Bay economic scorecard delivers mixed results listen

03/18/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A study gauging Tampa Bay’s economy is showing a couple of small gains for the region. When compared to other cities, Tampa Bay isn’t remotely out of the woods.

Earlier this month, the Tampa Bay Partnership released results of its semi-annual regional economic scorecard. The prognosis is slightly improved, but far less than ideal. The study rated Tampa, Jacksonville, and four other cities in the southeast on factors like jobs ...

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Pinellas County Commission gathers facts on affordable housing availability listen

03/15/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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If you’re looking for cheap rent in Tampa Bay, chances are you’re not having in easy time finding it. Today the Pinellas Board of County Commissioners held a workshop today to find answers on how to deal with a lack of affordable housing in the county. Bill Sanchez with the Tampa Bay Community Development Corporation said foreclosures are down nationwide, but not because few homeowners are filing.

It seems that the drop is basically having to do with banks having to refile paperwork t...

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Actor/Activist Danny Glover stresses community at Tampa school listen

02/25/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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As part of Black History Month, scores of students at a Tampa school heard from a famous visitor this morning. Actor and human rights activist Danny Glover told students at Just Elementary that it’s important to be community-minded – and to keep studying.

Hundreds of grade school children beamed as the actor implored them to be conscientious. The Color Purple star was there as part of Just Elementary’s Black History program. He recited the Langston Hughes poem “I, Too, sing America...

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Tampa Democrats gather for Obama's State of the Union address listen

01/26/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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President Obama addressed the country last night in his State of the Union address. Obama reflected on the first two years of his administration, but he also assured the American People that he would not stop there.

President Barack Obama has served half of his term in office and has tackled some tough issues to both criticism and praise. In last night’s State of the Union address, he worked to bridge the gap between political parties by addressing concerns from both sides of the aisl...

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Castor: fate of Bush tax cuts uncertain listen

11/29/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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One of the most contentious issues Congress will take up during its lame duck session is that of the Bush-era tax cuts. Democrats want to keep the cuts for everyone but the richest two percent of Americans, but let them expire for Americans earning over $250,000 a year. Monday in Tampa, WMNF spoke with Democratic US Representative Kathy Castor, who says she hopes the GOP doesn’t try to block the cuts before they expire.

If Congress doesn’t act, the tax cuts President Bush implemented i...

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The Great American Teach-In aims to showcase careers despite pallid job market listen

11/18/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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It’s not often that you’ll find an artist, a banker, and an archaeologist talking shop under one roof. Today at schools throughout Pinellas County, the Great American Teach-In brought professionals from a broad range of fields into classrooms to teach students about life on the career path. This comes at a time when many students are personally experiencing the ravages of a gutted job market.

Any generation that came of age after World War II but before the millennium was brought up wi...

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Hillsborough County faces another budget squeeze listen

07/15/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Well, thanks to our listener-supporters, WMNF may have narrowly avoided downsizing, but one can’t say the same for Hillsborough County. The County Commission is facing more tough decisions on how to deal with a bleak financial outlook.

Hillsborough County’s budget faces a $65 million gap. Today county budget director Eric Johnson told the commissioners that almost 300 positions will need to be cut from the county payroll to help make up for it. Last year, that number was 571. Johnson s...

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St Petersburg Alcohol Sales Extended One Hour listen

05/06/10 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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St. Petersburg’s one hundred or more bars and restaurants can keep bar tabs going until three in the morning, thanks to a vote by the city council today. The ordinance to allow sales of alcoholic beverages from 2 a.m. until 3 a.m. passed in a 6-2 vote. Supporters of the ordinance spoke about the increase in revenue and better competition with Tampa. Duffy Iorio has bartended in downtown St. Peters...

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Alex Sink has an economic plan for Florida if she becomes Governor listen

04/27/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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At this point, the leading Democrat running for governor of Florida is Alex Sink, the state’s chief financial officer. She recently unveiled her economic strategy, called the Business Plan for Florida.

*I hope your listeners will look on my website, alexsink2010.com, for the complete details of my economic plan. But basically, there are proposals around how we revive our economy in the short term, and get more ...

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