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Religious group demands help for impoverished Pinellas County residents listen

03/13/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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More than 3,000 faith-driven residents are demanding help for Pinellas County’s poor. During an action at downtown St. Pete’s Tropicana Field last night, the group Faith and Action for Strength Together, or FAST, asked elected officials to implement programs that would improve healthcare, housing, jobs and schools. Glad McCurtain is a member of FAST’s education committee.

“We know that if a child cannot read at grade level by the third grade, there is a huge likelihood that the child will...

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Faith-based group's efforts to reduce unemployment among people with records delayed again by St. Pete City Council listen

01/10/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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St. Pete City Council members deferred a vote on an ordinance today that would require city contractors to hire Florida residents for certain jobs. The plan presented Thursday was met with opposition from people on both sides of the local hiring argument.

The politically-motivated coalition of religious groups, called Faith in Action for Strength Together, or FAST, wants a local hiring ordinance. But they want it to include a provision that would make contractors hire people with crimina...

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