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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.

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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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Congressman Kendrick Meek on his Candidacy for the Democratic US Senate Nomination

07/08/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Coming up an interview with Congressman Kendrick Meek -- one of the Democrats who is running for his party’s nomination for the open US senate seat in Florida. But first a listener comment about yesterday’s interview with the chair of the Florida Public Service Commission- Nancy Argenziano. Argenziano says that the giant utility companies have too much influence over who gets to serve on the PSC. Here’s what one listener had to say.

Our next guest is Congressman Kendrick Meek from S...

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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.

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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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So-called jobs bill unanimously passes Florida House listen

04/28/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A series of tax breaks and incentives to businesses has passed the Florida House. The bill, SB 1752, passed unanimously. Supporters like Republican Will Weatherford from Wesley Chapel call it a "jobs bill."

Even though like all his colleagues Representative Perry Thurston ultimately voted for the so-called "jobs bill," the Democrat from Ft. Lauderdale warned that it does little for poor Floridians, who "will not see this as a jobs bill."

The cost of the bill is expected to be $200 milli...

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