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Tampa Mayor Buckhorn traveling to Israel, but not Palestine listen

11/16/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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As Tampa continues to struggle with the rest of the country to find jobs for its citizens, Mayor Bob Buckhorn is reaching out to Israel. During a press conference Tuesday night the Mayor provided details about his trip.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn says he is traveling to Israel to strengthen relationships with the country in an effort to attract businesses to the area. For example, a lot of the equipment that will be used in USF’s [Center fo...

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Sarasota’s Awake the State rally focuses on the “worst legislative session in Florida’s history” listen

11/02/11 Doug Driscoll
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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At the Awake the State rally in Sarasota, about 120 people geared up to get out the vote in 2012. They represented a large cross section of people affected most by Florida’s deep spending cuts and social agenda.

Donna Cubit-Swoyer is secretary for the Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections. She says they are pushing legislators to enact fair districting in time for the next elections.

Rita Ferrandino, President of the [Sara...

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Tampa demonstrators support Obama's jobs bill for veterans benefits listen

10/20/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Advocates for President Barack Obama’s jobs bill told veterans to tell their representatives to pass provisions that would benefit America’s military at a Rally in front of the VA hospital in Tampa Wednesday. The group handed out literature outlining parts of the bill that would give tax credits and job preference to some military people.

President Obama’s Jobs bill contains $447 million worth of incentives to get people back to work and repair t...

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In Land O' Lakes, Biden says approving Obama's jobs bill would stop teacher layoffs, and then some listen

10/05/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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President Barack Obama is facing hurdles from Congressional Republicans in passing a new jobs bill. But yesterday at an elementary school in Land O’ Lakes, Vice President Joe Biden said passing the plan would put 35 billion dollars back into education.

Biden: “Yes?”

Student: “Do you know how often the President does nothing or pocket vetoes a bill?”

Biden: “Well, we have not pocket vetoed…wow, you’re real smart man……No, I...

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Vice President Joe Biden says Obama's Job's Act could create 400,000 teaching jobs listen

10/04/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Vice President Joe Biden told a library full of students, educators and even some laid-off teachers why President Obama’s Jobs Act will help education. This afternoon in Land O’ Lakes Biden said it would put 35 billion dollars into public education and create 400,000 jobs.

Biden told a crowd of about 200 people, America can do better for our children. He spoke to a class of 25 fifth graders before giving his jobs press conference. Under ...

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Hundreds flock to St. Pete jobs fair listen

09/19/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As of last Friday, Florida has had three straight months of 10.7 percent unemployment. Today the St. Pete Times hosted a jobs fair in downtown St. Petersburg. President Barack Obama is trying to address the problem through the American Jobs Act. It would include 5 billion dollars to help public safety officials a...

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WorkNet Pinellas holds 5th Annual Business & Education Summit listen

09/16/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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One reason it may be hard for people to find work is because many job skills are not taught in school curricula. Today was the 5th annu8al business and education summit, which sought to give local school curricula guidance from the Pinellas business community.

Many businesses believe that they can help provide students with skills that will get students in the jobs they want by summits like today. WorkNet Pinellas held the summit along with several other corporate sponsors. Tony Leisner i...

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Tampa MoveOn protesters to Sen. Rubio: "Jobs not cuts" listen

08/10/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Jobs, not cuts, was the message of protesters today, outside Congressional offices across the country. About two dozen activists protested outside Senator Marco Rubio’s office near USF-Tampa.

The progressive nonprofit advocacy group Moveon.org called on it’s supporters to flood local legislative offices today to ask congressi...

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Country's unemployment rises to 9.2 percent listen

07/08/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The country’s unemployment rate climbed to 9.2 percent last month. Hiring slowed to a near-standstill and employers added the fewest jobs in nine months.

The Labor Department says the economy generated only 18,000 net jobs in June. And the number of jobs added in May was revised down to 25,000.

Businesses added the fewest jobs in more than a year; governments cut 39,000 jobs.

Average hourly wages declined last month. After-tax incomes, adjusted for inflation, have been flat this ye...

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Is the Pentagon Inflating Success Numbers in Afghanistan? Plus, Job Creation

06/13/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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First up today, our guest Gareth Porter has written a new article scrutinizing the claims of success General David Petraeus has made about Afghanistan. Porter writes on the Interpress web site today "During his intensive initial round of media interviews as commander in Afghanistan in August 2010, Gen. David Petraeus released figures to the news media that claimed spectacular success for raids by S...

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