News & Public Affairs03/02/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday Listen to this entire show:
Florida's unemployment website launched in October 2103. In the year-and-a-half since CONNECT opened Governor Rick Scott has defended the program. That's despite the fact that many residents have had trouble getting their benefits from the system.
On MidPoint, WMNF's Sean Kinane interviewed Michael Van Sickler with the Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau who wrote the recent article, [State audit highly critical of Florida's unemployment system CONNECT](http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/gu...Be the first to comment
01/09/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday) Listen to this entire show:
On today's Radioactivity, Ben Ritter, co-chair of the Tampa Mayor's Alliance for Persons with Disabilities, voices concern over disability access to ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. The United States Department of Justice has recently sued Uber for violating the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, which Uber claims it does not fall under as it is not a "public accomodation". The Alliance for Persons with Disabilities will be hosting a discussion regarding disability access to ...Be the first to comment
06/25/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday) Listen to this entire show:
Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei's guest was wrongly asked to repay $10,000 in unemployment benefits by the state. "Barry" who asked us not to use his real name, says he was terminated by his employer, applied for and received unemployment benefits, exhausted the benefits and (five months later) was asked by the state to repay all the money. The state claimed that he had wrongly been granted unemployment benefits. Barry says he was legally entitled to the benefits and hired a lawyer to fight...Be the first to comment
03/11/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday Listen to this entire show:
Critics of Floridas botched unemployment claims website are taking aim at Governor Rick Scott and his connection to the private company contracted to operate the CONNECT site.
The website launched in October, but it is still not functioning correctly. Thousands of unemployment applicants have been locked out of the system.
We discussed this issue with three people: Army Reservist Albert Harris (who was unable to collect unemployment insurance compensation because of a glitch in the w...1 comments
01/07/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday Listen to this entire show:
A Pinellas County Republican hoping to join Congress this year, Kathleen Peters, released a statement supporting an extension in unemployment benefits Tuesday. Peters wrote I am calling on Congress to stop this partisan gridlock and pass a three month reinstatement of unemployment benefits that is paid for in full.
In polls, Peters is trailing lobbyist David Jolly in next Tuesdays Republican Primary for the seat in Congress thats open following the death of long-time U.S. Representativ...Be the first to comment
01/03/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday Listen to this entire show:
Democrats have been pushing Washington lawmakers to extend emergency compensation to 1.3 million long-term unemployed people who lost their benefits last week. During a conference call Friday, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez said hes hopeful that a bi-partisan bill extending benefits for three months will pass when Congress reconvenes next week. The bill is sponsored by Rhode Island Democratic Senator Jack Reed and Senator Dean Heller, a Republican from Nevada. President Obama will also pres...Be the first to comment
12/16/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday Listen to this entire show:
Glitches in Floridas new unemployment compensation website have been keeping some people from receiving their only form of income. The CONNECT website launched in October, but still isnt working up to par. Unemployed people like Susan McGrath say they cant even get anyone on the phone to answer questions
What happens is, theyll say, its a high-volume call period, please call back later.
McGrath had to wait to file a claim until the new website launched because the old one was ...1 comments
Florida GOP Chairman Lenny Curry Says Education Spending at Record Levels; Discusses Rick Scott, Charlie Crist and Jobs09/16/13 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday Listen to this entire show:
Good afternoon, welcome to The last Call. Iâm Rob Lorei.
Coming up weâll speak with the chair of the Florida Republican Party- Lenny Curry. In a series of press releases the Florida GOP has been touting Governor Rick Scottâs record and blasting potential challenger Charlie Crist for abandoning his formerly conservative positions.
We're joined now for a live interview by the chair of the Florida Republican Party Lenny Curry.Be the first to comment
03/13/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday Listen to this entire show:
More than 3,000 faith-driven residents are demanding help for Pinellas Countyâs poor. During an action at downtown St. Peteâs 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 FASTâs education committee.
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âWe know that if a child cannot read at grade level by the third grade, there is a huge likelihood that the ch...
Faith-based group's efforts to reduce unemployment among people with records delayed again by St. Pete City Council listen01/10/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday Listen to this entire show:
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...Be the first to comment