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

07/08/10 Robert Lorei
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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.

"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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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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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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Iorio announces city reorganization and elimination of management jobs listen

03/30/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio announced a major reorganization of city government to help balance the budget.

As a result, more than 16 positions will be eliminated, saving the city more than $3 million this year. Iorio has already announced that some of those positions would be cut. Such as the vacant Convention Center & Tourism Director whose salary and benefits amount to nearly $200,000

But Iorio’s reorganization announced today will eliminate other major positions such as the storm...

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Job fair for veterans in downtown Tampa. listen

12/03/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Seeing combat oversees can be a challenge, but for many veterans, finding a job is a battle that is just as hard to wage. A group called Recruit Military held a job fair for veterans this morning at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts to help veterans get work.

About 300 unemployed veterans were expected to attend a job fair in downtown Tampa today. RecruitMilitary is veteran-owned-and-operated military-to-civilian recr...

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City Council asks: How much are temps saving the city? listen

05/21/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In recent years, Tampa has laid off more than 100 employees and eliminated hundreds of part time, seasonal or otherwise vacant positions to cope with diminishing revenues.

Because of those losses, several City Council members today objected to learn that a request for a million dollars to hire temporary staffing positions came before them.

Greg Spearman is Tampa’s director of purchasing. He said there was a compelling reason for the funding request.

Commission Chair Thomas Scott w...

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Professionals seek career resources at USF Expo listen

03/17/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today, the University of South Florida hosted a professional career resources expo providing tips to people seeking employment.

Florida’s unemployment rates are at a 15-year high of 8.6 percent; and many of the people looking for work are professionals.

Tuesday’s expo was organized by Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance, which has offices in Tampa, Brandon and Plant City. Their communications consultant, Erin Glover, says the event isn’t a typical job f...

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Hopefuls seek work at St. Pete job fair listen

09/22/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Inside the Coliseum in St. Petersburg today, a job fair brought together people looking for work and 38 companies or government agencies that are either hiring or offering employment services.

With unemployment numbers across the country and especially in the bay area at their highest levels in years, many of the job seekers were determined to find positions, but aware of the challenges of the current economy.

Nearly a year ago, the company Neil Schipper worked for went into bankruptc...

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