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Alexandra Harney on 'The China Price' listen

02/19/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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No country has a greater impact on America’s economy today than China. And at a time when many say is our greatest fiscal crisis since the Great Depression, a new book goes behind the scenes in China and into its world-beating factories.

The book, The China Price: The True Cost of Chinese Competitive Advantage, was written by Alexandra Harney, a former editor of the Financial Times.

WMNF spoke with Harney today.

We’ll hear the second part of this interview on tomorrow nightâ...

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Stimulus could create jobs at Moffitt Cancer Center listen

02/19/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Hundreds of construction and research jobs could be created if the Moffitt Cancer Center is able to tap into money from the federal stimulus bill signed by President Barack Obama this week.

In a press conference this morning, Moffitt officials announced they will apply for funding from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act – more than $1 billion of which is earmarked for construction, renovation or repair of existing research facilities.

Less...

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Economic intervention forum organized by GOP donor listen

02/18/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A major donor to Republican causes organized a panel discussion today at a Cruise Terminal at the Port of Tampa. The forum focused on the federal government’s recent interventions into the economy, including last year’s bailout of financial institutions, labeled the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

Former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco was among those invited to speak.

A panel made up of bankers, business owners, economists, and others disagreed about whether one of the main goals of ...

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Castor, Hillsborough Schools officials celebrate windfall listen

02/17/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As part of the federal stimulus plan signed into law by President Barack Obama, more than $5 billion in education funding is expected to come to Florida.

In Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor’s 11th Congressional District which encompasses Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Manatees Counties, $145 million is coming soon.

Castor spoke this morning from Chamberlain High School, her alma matter, where she was joined by dozens of people, including local school board officials, and dozens of...

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Hillsborough School District makes plans for stimulus funds listen

02/17/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Some of the education money from the stimulus plan will be distributed through competitive funding.

Jeff Eakins is the Hillsborough County School District’s Director of Federal Programs. WMNF spoke with him after Kathy Castor's news conference today, and asked him about that and other aspects of how the district will spend its new funding.

That’s Jeff Eakins, he’s the Hillsborough County School District’s Director of Federal Programs, speaking about how the district will deal w...

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Here comes new attempt to scale back Class Size Amendment listen

02/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Two weeks before the Florida Legislature convenes for its formal regular session, there is again talk of class-size rules being scaled back because of budget issues.

As mandated by the passage of the 2002 Constitutional amendment, class-size rules are scheduled to be fully implemented by next year.

But according to the state board of education, approximately a quarter to a third of all of the state’s classrooms will be above the cap next year- and it’s expected to cost over $800 mil...

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Florida could get $5B in education funding from stimulus bill listen

02/13/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Public housing provisions total nearly $10 billion. Nearly $15 billion would go to clean-water and environmental protection projects.

And minus the construction money, education programs would receive nearly $100 billion in new funding, including $12 billion for special education, boosting the federal share for education services to the highest level ever, according to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Arne Duncan is the Secretary of Education. On a conference call with reporters t...

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Nobel economist speaks at USF listen

02/13/09 Sean Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Vernon Smith is a professor of economics and law at Chapman University School of Law in Orange, Calif. This morning at the University of South Florida, Smith outlined the economic and sociological reasons for the collapse of the housing bubble, which led to the current global financial meltdown.

Smith showed data from the Dow Jones index and house prices since the 1970s to establish that there has been a pattern of bubbles and collapses in th...

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Crist discusses his support of stimulus package listen

02/13/09 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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While the stimulus package has passed in the house, and poised to pass in the senate tonight, Republican Gov. Charlie Crist spoke today in St. Petersburg about how the stimulus will help Floridians.

Crist met with Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Kopelouso,Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker to discuss the $1.3 billion that is being allotted to Florida’s transportation department.

While the governor supports the stimulus package, virtually all Republicans ...

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Hillsborough Commissioners discuss dismal budget scenario listen

02/11/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners began the first of many public workshops they will conduct on their fiscal year ’09 budget today – and the news was sobering.

Kevin Brickey, an economist with the county, said with the housing market continuing to deteriorate, economic forecasts are more difficult than ever before. And he listed statistics on dropping home prices in the area and the state from a variety of sources.

But existing sale have actually gone up in recent months, due to the...

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