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In Florida Secretary of Labor pushes paid family leave and increased minimum wage listen

05/14/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: minimum wage, Department of Labor, Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, unions, labor, wages, paid family leave, miami, St. Petersburg, Florida


The U.S. Secretary of Labor is in Florida this week pushing for an increased minimum wage and for paid leave for employees; Wednesday in St. Petersburg Tom Perez rallied for paid family leave and Thursday in Miami Secretary Perez is pushing for a higher federal minimum wage.

WMNF News spoke with him Wednesday night and he said the Obama administration wants a $12/hour minimum wage by 2020.

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Tampa state Rep criticizes Scott administration over All Aboard Florida listen

07/31/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: All Aboard Florida, rail, passenger rail, high-speed rail, Tampa, Orlando, miami, Rick Scott, Mark Danish

A passenger rail project that would link some of Florida’s biggest cities is coming under fire from an unexpected source – transit advocates.

All Aboard Florida is a private rail line proposed to link towns from Orlando to Miami. But there are connections between the company and Governor Rick Scott’s Chief of Staff. Before word of this private venture, Governor Scott rejected federal funding for high-speed rail from Tampa to Miami, through Orlando, killing the project.

Tampa state [Rep...

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Is Miami Doomed?

06/28/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk with author Jeff Goodell who has written a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about the effect of global warming on Miami. It’s called “Goodbye Miami”.

The piece begins with these words” By Century’s end, rising sea levels will turn the nation’s urban fantasyland into an American Atlantis.”

Jeff Good...

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Graffiti art is changing the face of Miami's Wynwood neighborhood listen

12/20/12 Lenka Davis and Christopher Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The sound of a graffiti artist’s can of spray paint may mean different things to different people. For people in the Wynwood and Overtown districts of Miami, it is the sound of the inner and outer transformation of their neighborhood.

Rob Fogel is a graffiti artist painting a mural on the border between the two districts. It is the middle of the night, but police spotlights are lighting up the wall, so Fogle carries on painting. But, the police are not here to help him finish his mural...

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Pinellas art students from Osceola High School study at Art Basel in Miami Beach listen

12/10/12 Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Over the weekend weekend the town of Miami dedicated almost every public and private space to art, paying tribute to one of the world’s biggest art shows, Art Basel Miami Beach. People come from all across the world to be a part of it, including fifty art students from Osceola High School in Pinellas County.

After walking across the Art Public exhibition in Collins Park and Bass museum, John Stewart, Osceola High’s art, art history and literature teacher, and his students take a break ...

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Preview of Art Basel Miami Beach listen

12/06/12 Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thursday was the official opening of Art Basel Miami Beach, the largest art expo in North America. It is being held at the Miami Beach Convention center until Sunday.

Pablo Picasso, Edgar Degas, Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, all for sale under one roof with hundreds of artists you may have never heard of, but will still awe and inspire you. Screenings and performances, discussions and public art, this eclectic mix makes up only a portion of Art Basel Miami Beach 2012. Bob Goodman, the Florida...

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Zirin hits back against Miami Marlins suspension of Guillen for Castro comments listen

04/10/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins suspended their manager Ozzie Guillen. The infraction? Paying a compliment to former Cuban president Fidel Castro. Guillen has apologized for telling Time magazine he loves Castro. Dave Zirin writes about the politics of sports and is critical of the Marlins and the right-wing Cuban exile community in Miami for their witch-hunt of Guillen. Zirin i...


Cuban Five advocates say trial journalists moonlighted as pro-US propagandists listen

05/09/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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For thirteen years members of the group known as the Cuban five have been in prison in the US. They were convicted on charges including espionage and conspiracy to commit murder after the Cuban military shot down two US planes in 1996. They were living in Florida at the time, and had allegedly infiltrated a network of anti-Castro Cuban exiles. A group that’s been fighting for the Cuban Five’s release says propaganda impeded their right to a fair trial.

The trial took place in Miami, wh...

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Miami-Dade County voters recall local elected officials by a landslide. listen

03/16/11 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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South Florida residents voted yesterday to recall Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez. Amid the massive recall campaign building in Wisconsin, public outcry over state budget deficits, government corruption, and incompetence has now led to one of the first major recalls of local elected officials in the country.

Alvarez drew criticism for cutting public worker salaries by 5% while raising the salaries of his personal staff. Political activist Millie Herrera says that many of the coun...


Florida Supreme Court rules with Gov Scott on rail, but could "Hail Mary" exist? listen

03/04/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Governor Scott said he is “gratified that the court provided a clear and unanimous decision.” Scott said he “spoke with US DOT Secretary LaHood this morning and informed him that Florida … will not move forward with any federal high speed rail plan."

Senator Bill Nelson says he’s disappointed in the governor’s decision

"It's unfortunate that the Supreme Court has thrown out the Florida legislator's attempt to stay the hand of the governor of returning $2.4 billion of federa...


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