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Local charity experiencing high volume of need, not donations, ahead of holidays listen

11/24/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Food pantries across the Tampa Bay area are experiencing shortages just ahead of the holiday weekend. One Tampa nonprofit is experiencing a swell of people in need this year, including former donors and volunteers.

The rows of donated non-perishables are set up like grocery store aisles. Here, those who’ve signed up with Metropolitan Ministries’ holiday food program weave their shopping carts throughout rows of cereal, pasta, and canned goods. Katherine from Tampa is poring over boxed ...

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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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Should Unemployment benefits Be Extended?

11/16/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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The Hill reports this week:

"With lawmakers set to return next week for a lame-duck session, uncertainty is looming over the continuation of emergency unemployment benefits as time is running out before the latest extension expires at the end of November.

"Congressional Democratic leaders have yet to formulate a plan how to proceed with the expiring extension with the debate on the issue expected to take center stage when lawmakers return next week.

"If lawmakers don't act by No...

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Extension of unemployment benefits passes Congress - Castor reacts listen

07/22/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Before the House passed the extension of unemployment benefits this afternoon, we asked U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor for her reaction to the imminent legislation.

"Well to all of our neighbors who have struggled in this worst recession in our life time, finally the U.S. Senate was able to muster the vote to pass the unemployment compensation bill. The house will take it up today and President Obama will sign it right away. But these are people who have payed into the insurance, the unemployment...

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WMNF layoffs taken back listen

06/30/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last week we reported that this station, WMNF 88.5 FM, was forced to lay off three employees because of a severe budget shortfall. But shortly before broadcast tonight, station manager Jim Bennett announced that because of voluntary staff benefit reductions and a generous donation unrelated to the layoffs, Bennett had notified the three employees that the layoffs were retracted.

"Good news has come ...

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Facing budget shortfalls WMNF lays off three employees listen

06/23/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Please note the important update to this story on 30 June: the layoffs were taken back.

The economy is hitting everyone hard, especially media organizations. This radio station, WMNF, 88.5 FM has faced economic difficulties in the past and has made budget cuts over the last few years. But for the first time in the station’s 31-year history, WMNF laid off employees yesterday because of budget cuts. We spoke with station manager...

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Florida unemployment hits another record high: 12.3% listen

04/16/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Another month, another record number for unemployment in Florida. The state’s Agency for Workforce Innovation released the March unemployment numbers today, and their economist, Rebecca Rust, says it’s not good news: the rate hit a record of 12.3%

The number of people in Florida who are underemployed is probably much higher.

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Kendrick Meek, Candidate for US Senate

04/06/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Our guest on the first part of today's program is south Florida Congressman Kendrick Meek. He is running for the Democratic nomination for US Senate. He joins us now via cell phone; he's on I-95 driving up to a campaign appearance on Florida's east coast.

FMI http://www.kendrickmeek.com

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Florida unemployment hits record high 12.2 percent, worse in Tampa Bay listen

03/26/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida’s unemployment rate is the highest it’s ever been. The Agency for Workforce Innovation’s chief economist Rebecca Rust announced today the state’s unemployment rate was 12.2 percent in February.

Rust says this unemployment rate breaks the record for the highest since 1970 when records began being kept.

Unemployment is even higher in the Tampa Bay area. It’s 12.6 percent in Pinellas County and 12.7 percent in Hillsborough. The county with the second-highest unemploymen...

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Florida Unemployment ties record high listen

03/10/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Florida’s unemployment rate in January tied the highest since records began in 1970.

Rebecca Rust, chief economist for the Agency for Workforce Innovation, said it increased to 11.9% from the revised month-ago rate of 11.7%.

Florida’s unemployment is more than two points higher than the nationwide rate of 9.7%. Rust says that translates to more than a million Floridians out of work.

“It’s 1,100,000 unemployed Floridians out of a labor force of 9,231,000 for January 2010.”...

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