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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. ...

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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 spee...

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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 thre...

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Interview with Nomi Prins on financial meltdown listen

10/30/09 Mary Glenney
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The new book by Nomi Prins is called It Takes a Pillage: Behind the Bailouts, Bonuses and Backroom Deals form Washington to Wall Street. She ought to know: she used to be an investment banker at Goldman Sachs.

Today, WMNF Women’s Show co-host Mary Glenney asked Prins how the real economy is brought down by the virtual economy of Wall Street executives who caused the financial crisis by using their “play money.”

Nomi Prins: “That is exactly what the situation is: it’s ...

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Foreclosure Workshop At Tampa Convention Center listen

09/28/09 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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With foreclosures rates at an all-time high across the nation, hundreds gathered at the Tampa Convention Center on Saturday for a foreclosure prevention workshop.

Karen Brown is sick over the thought that she might lose the first home she has ever owned. “I cannot eat. I have no appetite. My husband. They don’t understand my family. They notice I’m withdrawn from talking. I just don’t want to hear it. If I’m talking about it. I go to a corner by myself. I will cry and they ...

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Report: Florida faces tough economic path listen

07/21/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As the recession continues and the unemployment rate has now risen to its highest level in the Sunshine state since the Ford administration, a new report paints a bleak look at the economic future of the state.

The study comes from the Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy (FCFEP) in Tallahassee, which conducts independent research on state fiscal issues.

Their report begins by listing some dubious statistics. Such as, that the state’s high school graduation rate and its he...

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Charlie Crist holds business roundtable on Florida economy listen

07/14/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Governor Charlie Crist toured a printing factory in Clearwater today before holding a roundtable discussion with business leaders. Crist, who is competing for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, promised businesses that government would “stay out of their way.”

Governor Crist toured the factory of BIC Graphic USA, a division of the multinational company that makes pens and disposable lighters. Their central Pinellas factory, which Crist calle...

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'Cash for Clunkers' gets green light listen

07/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The three biggest car makers in America called a bottom to the long decline in U.S. auto sales as the industry reported its smallest monthly sales drop this year.

According to the market-research firm Autodata Corp., new vehicle sales in June fell 28 percent from a year earlier to 860,000 cars and light trucks. But that would be the smallest decline in any month this year.

Auto sales are expected to pick up as well now that President Barack Obama has signed into law what is known as the...

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Florida education head discusses school layoffs listen

06/24/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night in Fort Lauderdale, the Broward School Board voted unanimously to lay off almost 400 teachers.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that board members said they had little choice but to lay off the teachers, citing three years of state budget cuts and declining student enrollment. But they were angry and defiant, urging the audience to call and write state leaders to protest.

Andy Ford is president of the Florida Education Association (FEA). He said that the recession is ...

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Empowerment Tour offers career advice, chance at scholarships listen

06/24/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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People thinking about going back to school or looking for a change in career got some free advice today in downtown Tampa. Career coaches traveling in an event calling itself “the Empowerment Tour” offered counseling under the dome in Joe Chillura Courthouse Square.

Luis Rivera, from Town 'N Country, sought out advice because it has been tough to find work in his field lately.

“I was planning to go back to school because right now the job I do is a little bit slow because they ha...

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