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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 aisle....

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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 in 20...

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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 with t...

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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 said ...

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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. Petersbu...

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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 pe...

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Offshore drilling opponents protest Gingrich listen

04/01/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Former Speaker and possible Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich hosted a jobs summit in St. Petersburg yesterday to promote ways lawmakers can create jobs now.

But his idea for more oil drilling was met by scores of protesters.

The jobs plan presented by Newt Gingrich at the American Solutions Real Jobs Summit was a conservative policy wish list: reduce government spending, balance the budget, lower taxes, and develop America’s energy supplies. T...

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Condoleezza Rice Speaks in Sarasota and Criticized by Local Group listen

02/08/10 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Former US Secretary of State under the Bush Administration, Condoleezza Rice, spoke at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in Sarasota this morning. She addressed several contemporary issues including the economy, terrorism and ongoing wars.

Hundreds filled the auditorium to hear the 66th Secretary of the State speak. One of the first topics Rice tackled was terrorism. She said each and every day terrorists plot to attack the United States.

The Van Wezel would not allow Rice’s speech...

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Alex Sink wants reform for the State Board of Administrators listen

12/22/09 Joshua Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Almost one million Floridians rely on the state’s $112 billion pension fund. It provides financial support to working and retired state employees such as fire fighters and school teachers. Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink is seeking to expand the board of trustees that is in charge of managing the fund.

According to Sink, the current board of trustees for the State Board of Administration (SBA), can not effectively manage the pension fund for the whole state with only three me...

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