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St. Pete Police change policy to no longer pursue vehicles unless chasing violent felons listen

01/09/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Rick Kriseman, St. Petersburg, St. Pete, St. Petersburg Police, chase policy, police chases, Bill Foster

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St. Petersburg Police will no longer be able to pursue vehicles unless the driver or occupants have been involved in a violent felony.

The new chase policy was announced Thursday by Mayor Rick Kriseman and Interim Chief of Police David Dekay. It replaces the...

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St. Pete City Council veterans say goodbye as city ushers in rookies Darden Rice and Amy Foster listen

01/02/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Leslie Curran, Jeff Danner, Darden Rice, Amy Foster, St. Pete City Council, St. Pete

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City council members met inside city hall to say goodbye to council members Jeff Danner and Leslie Curran who were term limited out of office. Replacing them will be Amy Foster and Darden Rice.

Foster will replace District 8’s Jeff Danner in the middle of the city butting up to Pinellas Park. Rice will take over Leslie Curran’s long held seat in District 4 which covers parts of northeast St. Pete from 9th avenue North extending to Meadowlawn.

Both Rice and Foster were joined with their...

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St. Pete Edge District and Chamber of Commerce get city funding listen

12/19/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: St. Pete, St. Pete City Council, Steve Kornell, St. Petersburg area chamber of commerce, Janelle Irwin, budget

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The St. Pete Area Chamber of Commerce and a growing entertainment district near downtown was awarded a piece of city funding being divvied up for various economic development and community revitalization projects. As part of a new budget, city council used $180,000 from its reserves, freeing up that amount from the general fund. But after a morning filled with bickering about how to spend the money, board members voted unanimously to decide what to do with the remaining $124,000 later.

“T...

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Tampa scores high in new report on LGBT equality; St. Pete and other Florida cities above average listen

11/19/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: LGBT, equality, Human Rights Campaign, equality florida, Tampa, St. Pete, Florida, marriage equality, domestic partnership

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Tampa ranks high for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in American cities in a report released today by the Human Rights Campaign.

The LGBT rights group gives Tampa 89 points and St. Petersburg 66 points out of 100.

The Municipal Equality Index report was written by Cathryn Oakley, legislative council for state and municipal advocacy at the Human Rights Campaign. ...

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Rick Kriseman trounces incumbent St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster in election listen

11/06/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Rick Kriseman, Bill Foster, St. Pete, Darden Rice, Amy Foster

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St. Petersburg will have a new mayor come next year. Tuesday voters elected former state representative Rick Kriseman over incumbent Bill Foster. During an election party just outside downtown, Kriseman thanked supporters.

"I’m feeling very blessed right now and I’m excited about making St. Pete a better place."

Just minutes after polls closed at 7, showed Kriseman with an early ten point lead over Foster, all but...

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Kriseman, Foster defend dueling endorsements during St. Pete mayoral debate listen

10/09/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Charlie Crist, Bill Foster, Rick Kriseman, Rick Scott, St. Pete

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It’s supposed to be a non-partisan race, but St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster and the man challenging him for his office at City Hall made some partisan issues the crux of a debate Wednesday at a Suncoast Tiger Bay luncheon. Rick Kriseman, a Democrat who formerly served in the Florida House, has been endorsed by former Governor Charlie Crist, also a Democrat. Meanwhile, Foster, a Republican, has been endorsed by fellow conservative and current governor, Rick Scott.

Kriseman and Foster were also...

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Midtown St. Pete Wal-Mart draws applicants by the hundreds listen

10/07/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: jobs, St. Petersburg, midtown, Bill Foster, Wal-Mart, St. Pete, economic development

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Wal-Mart will open a neighborhood market in midtown St. Petersburg by January, providing 95 jobs and the area’s only grocery store. Monday morning more than 200 people stood in intermittent rain waiting for their chance to apply for one of the spots in the new store. Mary Cummings got there at 6:30 to beat the crowd. The elderly African-American woman said from a lawn chair that she already has a job at a laundry mat, but isn’t making enough money to support herself.

Standing next to her w...

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St.Pete Mayoral candidates Foster and Kriseman clash over campaign finance during city debate listen

09/18/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: election, Bill Foster, Rick Kriseman, St. Pete

Candidates running for offices in St. Petersburg fielded some new questions during a debate near downtown Tuesday night. Mayoral and City Council hopefuls answered questions separately during 30-minute question and answer sessions. Mayoral candidate Rick Kriseman responded to pleas from the small business community to incentivize them instead of large corporations.

“We need to work with some of our local lending institutions who haven’t always been as quick to open their accounts to loans...

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Little-known mayoral candidates in St. Pete make a showing at City Hall debate listen

08/16/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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St. Pete mayoral candidates, Kathleen Ford, Rick Kriseman and incumbent Bill Foster have taken to many stages to earn votes, but two other candidates – Anthony Cates and Paul Congemi have been mostly unheard of. Until now. On Thursday night, Cates appeared at a debate in midtown and again last night at a forum at City Hall in downtown.

“Pretty much my whole life has prepared me for this moment. From when I was in elementary school, I was a part of the safety patrol. [In] middle school...

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Equality Florida asks St. Pete to suspend its relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia because anti-gay legislation listen

08/14/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The LGBT rights group Equality Florida sent a letter this week to the Mayor of St. Petersburg and city council asking that the city suspend its relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia because of recent anti-gay violence and legislation.

We interviewed Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida.

Note: St. Pete's relationship with its Russian namesake is not an official Sister City designation; St. Pete's Sister City is Takamatsu, Japan.

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