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Governor Scott announces USAA will add up to 1215 jobs in Hillsborough County listen

11/05/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Rick Scott, jobs, Tampa, USAA

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In a news release Tuesday, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced that the insurance and banking company USAA plans to create up to 1,215 new jobs in Hillsborough County and make up to $164.3 million in capital investments by 2019.

Currently USAA employs more than 1,800 people in New Tampa at Commerce Park. It plans to lease 50,000 square feet of temporary office space at Lakeview Center in Tampa, and to construct a new 420,000 square foot facility at the Crosstown Center in Brandon by 2015.

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Interview with Former State Senator Helen Gordon Davis listen

10/21/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Helen Gordon Davis, Tampa, NAACP, cross burning, Women's rights, Feminism, Nicaragua, Charlie Crist, Cuba, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Rob Lorei talks with women's and civil rights champion Helen Gordon Davis. In 1974 Davis was the first woman elected from Hillsborough County to the state legislature. Davis was a champion of women's issues and fought hard on behalf of ethnic minorities. She served six terms in the Florida House of Representatives. In 1988 she was elected to the Florida Senate. In this interview she talks about being the first white woman to join the local NAACP, a cross burning on her law...

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Tampa City Council approves brownfield designation for planned Seminole Heights WalMart listen

10/03/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Tampa, Tampa City Council, Walmart, Seminole Heights, Frank Reddick

Thursday morning Tampa City Council unanimously approved a brownfield designation for the site where WalMart plans to build a big-box store in Seminole Heights.

That will give the retail giant tax breaks for building on the Hillsborough Avenue site of a former auto dealership.

Council member Frank Reddick said there will be a public meeting next week.

"I'm pretty sure quite a few of us receive emails from certain individuals asking us to delay this but I just want to say that on O...

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How partial government shutdown is affecting one Tampa family listen

10/02/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Tampa, Army, government shutdown, National Guard

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President Barack Obama has summoned congressional leaders to the White House the second day of a partial government shutdown.

House Speaker John Boehner's office says the invitation is a sign that the president might be backing down.

But an Obama adviser said the president would urge House Republicans to pass a spending bill that didn't include provisions on health care or other demands.

Meanwhile, there have been some rumblings from Republicans who want to reopen the government. GOP...

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Tampa's Green ARTery movement turns two listen

09/30/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Tampa, recreation, Bob Buckhorn, Green ARTery, green living

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The Green ARTery is a community-based movement which is focused on connecting the green areas of 20 Central Tampa neighborhoods for pedestrians, cyclists and recreationalists. Saturday morning the mayor and others applauded the work already done by the grassroots organization but recognize there’s more to do.

During the second anniversary of Tampa’s Green Artery initiative. early birds were welcomed to a country fair atmosphere with a distinctive musical back...

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Debates in Congress: Food Stamps and the Benghazi controversy

09/20/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Tampa, wmnf, food stamps, Benghazi, 88.5

Today Radioactivity explores two hotly debated issues in congress: Did the Obama administration turn its back on the embassy personnel in , Libya on 9/11/12? And the House of Representatives in Washington cutting the food stamp budget yesterday. Listen to the full show above.

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Criticism of Obama administration handling of Benghazi does not stand up under scrutiny

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Rob Lorei takes listener calls on Vladimir Putin, Trayvon Martin, and Syria.

09/12/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei takes listener calls on Putin's op-ed in the New York Times, Trayvon Martin, 9/11, Europe, and the decision by the Tampa Bay Times to charge some people for online use. Listen to the full show above.

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[A Plea for Caution From Russia What Putin Has to Say to Americans About Syria][1]

[Jeff Daniels from THE NEWSROOM: Is America #1?][2]

[Trayvon Martin medical examiner claims prosecutors inten...

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Will Weatherford criticizes Florida's nuclear cost recovery law listen

09/10/13 Naveen Sultan
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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State House Speaker Will Weatherford was in the hot seat Tuesday at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club in Pinellas County. The speaker said that Florida made a mistake when allowing power companies including Duke Energy to take money from their customers to pay for nuclear plants that were never built.

“We all know now 7or 8 years later that it was not a wise decision. It was not something that worked out. We’re not going to build nuclear plants because they are three times ...

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Noam Chomsky discusses Syria Crisis

09/09/13 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Rob Lorei interviews MIT professor Noam Chomsky on the Obama administration's plans to attack Syria. Listen to the full show above.

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Peace activists plan No War With Syria rally in Tampa Saturday listen

08/30/13 Samar Jarrah, Rob Lorei, Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Peace activists are planning a No War With Syria demonstration in South Tampa Saturday at 6 p.m. They’re gathering at the corner of Gandy Boulevard and Dale Mabry Highway.

One of the organizers from St. Pete for Peace was on the WMNF program True Talk Friday morning. Host Samar Jarrah is in Jordan but used Skype to interview Chris Ernesto, who was in the studio with Rob Lorei.

President Barack ...

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