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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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Gov. Scott re-announces Canada company's 100-job move to Boca listen

06/08/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Governor Rick Scott owes his seat to the campaign promise that he was going to be a “jobs” governor – something critics say his austere budget flatly contradicts. Scott held a telephone press conference today from Montreal, where he touted what he believes is a step forward in Florida’s fight for jobs.

The skin tight state budget didn’t leave much wiggle room for public employees. They took pay cuts, and thousands lost their jobs. Scott claims this will bring private sector jobs ...

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The rich don't create jobs- -demand from the public does, says our guest Dave Johnson

05/19/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Our country is still in recession. And there are several schools of thoughts about how to reduce unemployment. Is the solution more tax cuts? Or is it more investment by the government? Our guest, Dave Johnson is a Fellow at Campaign for America's Future, writing about American manufacturing, trade and economic/industrial policy. He is also a Senior Fellow with Renew California.

Dave has more than 20 years of technology industry experience including ...

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WalMart ramps up PR in face of Supreme Court discrimination suit listen

04/13/11 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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WalMart has launched a nationwide ad campaign that critics say is aimed at offsetting declining sales and bad press generated by a class action discrimination lawsuit now in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. This comes as a remodeled WalMart store in Tampa held an official ceremony today to unveil its expansion to include 188,000 square feet and a full line of groceries.

With flair provided by the MacDill Air Force Base color guard and an invocation by the pastor of the First Baptist Churc...

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"Awake the State Rally" Protests Gov. Scott's Budget Cuts. listen

03/09/11 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tuesday about a thousand pro-worker protesters marched to Gaslight Park in Downtown Tampa. Thousands more labor union workers, state employees, and teachers demonstrated in more than 30 cities across the state to protest the largest annual budget cuts to education in Florida’s history. The largest of the “Awake the State” protests was in Tampa Bay.

While Governor Rick Scott may have run an election platform for job creation that insisted, “Let’s get to work,” President of the ...

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Interview with Sam Webb Chair of the Communist Party USA

03/01/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Recently talk radio hosts and commentators on conservative TV shows have accused President Barack Obama of being a communist. We'll hear some of what Glenn Beck has said regarding the President. After that we'll hear from an actual communist - he is Sam Webb who heads the Communist Party USA. Webb was born in Maine and attended Xavier University in Nova Scotia. He received a Master's degree in economics from the University of Connecticut. He worked as a a Communist Par...

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Vigil For Immigration Reform Tonight, March For Housing And Jobs Tomorrow

12/09/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll talk about a vigil for immigration reform which takes place tonight and a march for jobs and housing which takes place tomorrow evening in St. Petersburg.

Our first guest Ernesto Sendic Vargas who is one of the organizers of an event tonight- a vigil for immigration reform which takes place at 7:30 PM at St. Paul's Catholic Church on North Dale Mabry in Tampa. Among the organizations sponsoring the event...

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Tampa City Council gives preliminary approval for wet zoning for Cigar City Brewing listen

12/02/10 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa’s Joe Redner infamously made his mark in the adult entertainment business on Dale Mabry. Two years ago Redner’s son Joey took his passion for hand-made artisan beer and built award-winning Cigar City Brewing on Spruce Street at the Redner complex. Joey’s application to add a tasting room on site brought out strong neighborhood resistance.

"In 1994 I took a trip. I'd h...

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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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