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Protesters criticize Florida's Republican Legislature at an Awake the State rally in St. Petersburg listen

05/11/11 Nolan Ruark
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This year there have been rallies in Florida by people upset at policies pushed by the Republican-dominated state Legislature. Twenty-three Awake the State rallies were held across the state yesterday, including one at the office of Representative Jeff Brandes in St. Petersburg.

About sixty people held signs and shouted slogans outside the office of Republican Jeff Brandes on North 4th street. They encouraged drivers to honk their horns as they drove by. This is F. Timothy Martin, one of t...


St. Pete residents hear Raytheon's plans to clean up Azalea contamination listen

05/11/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Following a long battle from residents, Raytheon finally presented its solution to the groundwater contamination it is charged with leaving throughout St. Petersburg’s Azalea neighborhood. Raytheon officials presented their clean up plan, but some residents are still not satisfied with the response.

The contamination affecting Azalea residents was first discovered in 1991, before it was purchased by a company called E-Systems. But news of the contamination wasn’t made available to re...

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Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry takes calls on attempts to criminalize public feedings

05/11/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Welcome to the WMNF afternoon call-in show the Last Call. I’m Seán Kinane. This afternoon we’ll talk about efforts by cities across Florida that are making it more difficult – and in some cases illegal – to feed people in public parks.

Joining us in this conversation is the co-founder of Food Not Bombs, Keith McHenry. He’s in St. Petersburg right now helping to cook a meal for people in downtown’s Mirror Lake Park. Thank you for Joining us Keith.


WMNF reports from St Pete Right to Recall rally listen

04/15/11 Seán Kinane and Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Floridians have no way to recall from office a politician elected statewide. But there’s a movement growing to change that. This afternoon at Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg, there’s a rally going on to support bills in the Florida Legislature to give Floridians the Right to Recall. WMNF’s Kate Bradshaw will bring you a full report on Monday. She’s there live on the scene. Kate, tell us what you’re hearing from the people there.

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Pinellas FAST leaders call for action listen

04/12/11 Andrea Lypka
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Budget cuts and the slow economic recovery are crippling Pinellas County’s public schools, affecting local jobs, affordable housing, and public programs. Organizers from a number of faith communities grilled public officials on these issues at the annual Nehemiah Action at the First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks on Monday, April 11. 3000 community members from 38 faith congregations came together as one group, called Faith and Action for Strength Together ([FAST](http://www.thedartcenter.o...


Plastic flamingos, St. Pete officials unite to fight proposed pro-fertilizer industry law listen

04/07/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In recent years, cities throughout Florida have been banning use of certain fertilizers with the hope of curbing water pollution. Now, the state legislature is pushing through a law that would limit local control over fertilizer use. Today St. Petersburg became the latest city to pass a resolution opposing that bill.

The front lawn at St. Petersburg City Hall went kitsch this morning ahead of the City Council meeting. Dozens of pink plastic flamingos covered the small rectangle of grass. I...

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Florida Governor Rick Scott gets booed at Tampa Bay Rays home opener listen

04/04/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The increasingly common public outcry against Governor Rick Scott continued on Friday. This time at a baseball game. Hundreds of protesters gathered both in and around Tropicana Field to protest Scott as he threw out the first pitch at the Tampa Bay Rays’ home opener.

Friday was April Fool’s Day, and several hundred Rick Scott opponents celebrated with a chorus of boos at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. As news of Rick Scott’s throwing of the first pitch at the season opener for ...


Activists cry foul over police handling search for shooting suspect listen

02/23/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night, police charged a 16-year-old St. Petersburg boy in the killing of a police officer. The Chief Assistant State Attorney said suspect Nicholas Lindsey will likely be charged as an adult, which could mean life in prison. As more details come out surrounding the death of the latest officer killed on duty in St. Petersburg, some activists are crying foul over the way police handled their search for the suspect.

In the last hour, Maj. Michael Kovacsev with the St. Petersburg Police ...


Another Police officer shot & killed in St Pete; includes video of suspect listen

02/22/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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update: late Tuesday night, Nicholas Lemmon Lindsey (who just turned 16 on Feb 13th) turned himself in and confessed to the crime.

Another police officer has been shot and killed in St. Petersburg. In a news conference this afternoon, Police Chief Chuck Harmon said the manhunt continues for the suspect who killed Officer David Crawford late last night.

Harmon said Crawford was issued a bullet-proof vest, but wasn’t wearing it when he was shot.

St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster says there...


Tampa Bay Water gets 90 million gallon/day permit listen

01/25/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The board that oversees water usage in the Tampa Bay area has granted Tampa Bay Water permission to withdraw 90 million gallons of water per day for another ten years. This means the area’s biggest supplier of water can continue withdrawing the vital resource from area lakes, streams, and the rich aquifer that underlies much of the Sunshine state. Today water manager Alba Mas told the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s governing board the agreement comes with several conditions...

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