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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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At Tiger Bay Bill Foster addresses chase policy, BayWalk, budget listen

02/23/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last week, the St. Petersburg city administration and police department suggested loosening the city’s police chase policy. A new policy would allow police vehicles to pursue some fleeing car thieves and burglars. It was the first subject residents wanted to hear about at Tuesday’s Suncoast Tiger Bay Club meeting featuring St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster.

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A History of Waterfront Parks in St. Petersburg. listen

02/11/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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For 100 years, St. Petersburg has been known for its downtown public parks along the water’s edge. The Waterfront Centennial Committee is commemorating the occasion by honoring the civic leaders who made this possible. Last night was the first part of a series by the Florida Humanities Council called “Perspectives on the Parks.” A few dozen people went to the discussion at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

St. Petersburg history buffs took a step back in time last night, as a...

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Osceola High School students go christmas caroling for the homeless. listen

12/08/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Dozens of St. Petersburg Community activists and students from Osceola High School get together each year to sing Christmas carols for the city's homeless. Sunday night the caroling stroll called “Still No Room at the Inn,” walked through downtown St. Petersburg to share songs, books, and food with the homeless.

John Stewart is an English teacher at Osceola High Sc who has worked with ASAP homeless service for over two decades. He organizes the car...

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Candidates in St Petersburg Mayoral Race discuss differences listen

10/09/09 Lance Robson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Thursday evening, forerunners in the St Petersburg mayoral race met for a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters. The event was held in St Pete City Council chambers downtown.

One often-repeated belief about the forerunners in the St Pete mayoral race is that they agree on the majority of issues. To some degree both candidates accept the need for more community policing, neighborhood revitalization, and for further educational efforts .

Asked by the moderator what issues might hi...

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Mayoral Candidates Bare Teeth at Debate listen

09/24/09 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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With fewer than six weeks left until Election Day, the St. Petersburg mayoral race has gaining steam. Last night marked the South St. Pete leg of the mayoral debates, which took place at Lakewood High School. Candidates Bill Foster and Kathleen Ford exchanged jabs over two very different visions for the Sunshine City. WMNF’s Kate Bradshaw reports.

With the economy on everyone’s minds, it didn’t take long for the mayoral candidates to dig in to the biggest issue of the election year. ...

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Bill Foster picks up endorsement of Mayor Rick Baker and others listen

09/09/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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On the steps of City Hall this morning, outgoing St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker announced that he is endorsing Bill Foster to be his replacement.

After 8 years in office, Rick Baker is term-limited as St. Pete's Mayor. He says there are two reasons why he is endorsing Bill Foster over his opponent Kathleen Ford.

Last week's primary election trimmed the field of contenders to replace Mayor Baker from ten to two. Bill Foster received the most votes, 27 percent, and he was followed closel...

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