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Residents honor, remember people with Alzheimer's listen

11/15/10 Zack Baddorf
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Across the country Sunday, people gathered together for a National Commemorative Candle Lighting to remember those with Alzheimer's Disease. About a dozen Tampa Bay residents met at the Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg on Sunday night to honor their loved ones.

Karen Walsh's step-mother-in-law Billie had Alzheimer's for almost 20 years. For four of those years, Walsh looked after her. She said it was hard.

"But there were a lot of really joyful moments in all the hardships," she sa...

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Political action committee formed to save the St. Pete Pier listen

11/11/10 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The St. Petersburg City Council voted last August to demolish the Pier, the waterfront landmark that has defined the St. Pete skyline since 1973. A new group wants to put the fate of the pier in the hands of voters during next year's municipal elections. WMNF was there for the organization's first meeting as an official political action committee.

Tom Lambdon formed the Vote on the Pier political action committee to try to force a referendum on ...

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Pinellas schools consider swapping fundamental, Montessori programs listen

11/09/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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It’s no secret that many public schools in Florida are disappointing at best. The Pinellas County School Board is trying to makes some tweaks to the system to boost results, but one of these changes has two South Pinellas communities up in arms. Deputy Superintendent Jim Madden says the draft of the county’s Student Achievement Proposal takes a long view of student success.

"We're trying to look at our district from say, like the 30,000 foot level, and saying 'how are we structured sc...

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Homeless advocates critical of proposed shelter listen

11/08/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Pinellas County, especially St. Petersburg, isn’t known for taking extra humanitarian measures when it comes to the area’s large homeless population. A new shelter city and county officials are proposing may dispel – or reinforce – St. Pete’s anti-homeless reputation.

Officials in Pinellas County’s Homeless Leadership Network are calling the facility a courtyard. It would provide beds, showers, bathrooms, a host of services, and food – though they’re not yet sure whether th...

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With help of anti-Dem climate, Republican Jack Latavala wins state senate seat listen

11/03/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Jack Latvala, held his victory party in the Feather Sound area near Clearwater. WMNF caught up with Latvala as the night wound down. He says he waged a campaign that succeeded on the grassroots level.

"Well, we had about a year and a half campaign where we talked to a lot of people."

This isn’t the first time Latvala has won office at the state level. He was a state senator starting in 1994, but termed out in 2002. Tonight, he puts things in concrete terms when he talks about what is...

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Goodwill Is Looking For Some Good Guide Mentors

09/22/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Goodwill recently launched a teen mentoring program called GoodGuides. The program helps teens who face risk factors such as school failure and juvenile delinquency by pairing them with volunteer mentors -- caring people who can offer support and guidance. The goal is to encourage these young people to finish school and make choices that will lead to successful futures.

Unfortunately, the number of teens who want and need mentors currently exceeds the number of mentors. We're joined by Ste...

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St. Pete likely to extend benefits to domestic partners of police officers listen

09/03/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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It’s looking like the City of St. Petersburg will extend health benefits to same sex partners of the city’s police officers. The city is following in the footsteps of Pinellas County and the City of Tampa.

When St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster was elected last November, the city’s more liberal residents may have been skeptical of the level of tolerance the conservative Christian would bring to the dais. Yet Foster has reportedly said he’s keeping his faith out of his policies. Crit...

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Crist tours disabled home, talks politics listen

08/05/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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He didn’t have any major announcements to make, but Governor Charlie Crist was in town for a short time today. WMNF’s Kate Bradshaw reports that the purpose of his visit was ostensibly to tour a facility for persons with disabilities, but he took a few minutes to field a random slew of questions from reporters.

Crist spent the better part of an hour touring the 10-acre campus, which sits off St. Petersburg’s traffic-choked Tyrone Boulevard. Parc houses more than forty different progr...

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USF marine scientists confirm underwater plumes are dispersed from BP well listen

07/23/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Researchers from the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg say they have the first proof that dispersed oil below the surface of the Gulf came from BP’s Deepwater Horizon Well.

The USF researchers say they have used a “chemical fingerprinting process” to identify the source of subsurface clouds of “degraded underwater oil”

"Essentially we found two layers. The first layer was two miles long by six miles wide, by about 100 feet deep. The s...

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St. Pete council approves broader comp plan ahead of Amendment 4 listen

07/23/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In an attempt to thwart the Florida Hometown Democracy Amendment, the St. Petersburg City Council approved a new land use plan yesterday critics say would let developers continue to have their way. Supporters say the new plan simplifies land use issues, but local activists, like Jill Yelverton of Dade City, see it as a blow to democracy.

"These kind of tricky maneuvers designed to circumvent the will of the people are exactly why Florida Hometown Democracy Amendment 4 is necessary in the...

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