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Rays owner threatens to move team if new stadium isn't built outside downtown St. Pete listen

06/21/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Tampa Bay Rays are threatening to break their contract with the city of St. Petersburg and are looking to move out of Tropicana Field. Team owner Stuart Sternberg made that announcement this morning after he met with St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster.

The Rays signed a contract with the City of St. Petersburg that doesn’t expire until 2027. It says the Rays are not allowed to directly or indirectly negotiate for the use of any other facility besides the Trop. But Sternberg insists on moving...

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Azalea neighbors irate about response from Raytheon, Crist, Foster, and DEP listen

06/07/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The BP oil blowout isn’t the only environmental catastrophe some Pinellas residents have to worry about. People in the Azalea neighborhood of northwest St. Petersburg have been dealing with an underground plume of toxins coming from a nearby Raytheon plant. On Saturday morning, about 60 residents gathered with state legislators such as state [Senator Charlie Justice](http://...

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St. Pete passes panhandling ban listen

06/04/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Residents flooded city hall in St. Pete last night to weigh in on a contentious ordinance that bans exchanging money curbside on major thoroughfares. The move, which the city council passed, was meant to curb roadside panhandling, but many were outraged about the new law’s collateral damage.

You see them on many of St. Pete’s I-275 on-ramps. They vary by age and background. Some have dogs; others come in a pair. But th...

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Crist meets with BP in St Pete on oil disaster listen

05/12/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Gov. Charlie Crist has asked BP for more than thirty-four million dollars so the state can cover the costs of a marketing blitz to convince visitors the state’s beaches are still clean.

Crist met with representatives from BP, the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies at the St. Petersburg unified command center this afternoon. But Crist says BP has not responded to his request to fund the [VISIT F...

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Alex Sink supports special session on drilling ban and ethics reform listen

05/10/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, Alex Sink, told WMNF on Saturday that she supports a special legislative session on ethics reform and on a constitutional amendment to ban fossil fuel drilling in state waters. Sink was in St. Petersburg for a meeting with officials from BP about their oil blowout in the Gulf.

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St Petersburg Alcohol Sales Extended One Hour listen

05/06/10 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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St. Petersburg’s one hundred or more bars and restaurants can keep bar tabs going until three in the morning, thanks to a vote by the city council today. The ordinance to allow sales of alcoholic beverages from 2 a.m. until 3 a.m. passed in a 6-2 vote. Supporters of the ordinance spoke about the increase in revenue and better competition with Tampa. Duffy Iorio has bartended in downtown St. Peters...

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Crist announces Senate run with no party affiliation listen

04/29/10 Kate Bradshaw & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Minutes before 6 p.m., Governor Charlie Crist announced he was dropping out of the Republican Primary for the U.S. Senate and would run without party affiliation instead.

WMNF's Kate Bradshaw brings us this live report from Straub Park in St. Petersburg

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Crist will announce independent Senate run tomorrow in St Pete listen

04/28/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Governor Charlie Crist is set to announce tomorrow in St. Petersburg that he will run for the U.S. Senate with no party affiliation. Crist will make the announcement that he is dropping out of the Republican Primary in Straub Park beginning at 5pm.

Crist trails former state House speaker Marco Rubio by wide margins in most recent polls on the Republican Primary. But the two are running virtually neck-and-neck in a three way race, with the leading Democratic candidate Kendrick Meek in thir...

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St. Pete Approves Red Light Cameras listen

04/01/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today the St. Petersburg City Council voted to install cameras throughout the city to deter red light runners. They join Hillsborough County, Oldsmar, South Pasadena and Temple Terrace on the short list of local governments that have done so. But some people question whether cash flow, and not public safety, is their ...

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Federal judge rules for St. Pete in homeless complaint listen

03/12/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This week a federal judge ruled in favor of the City of St. Petersburg by dropping several counts of a lawsuit filed by members of the homeless community.

For reaction, WMNF spoke with homeless activist Reverend Bruce Wright, pastor and director of Refuge Ministries.

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