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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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Mayor Foster finds himself on the defensive during televised debate in St. Pete listen

08/07/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Three St. Pete mayoral hopefuls took jabs at one another Tuesday night during a debate in downtown. Former City Council member Kathleen Ford, Mayor Bill Foster and former State Representative Rick Kriseman answered questions from both moderators and residents during the one hour televised discussion. One issued centered on a statement made by Foster yesterday admitting that the Rays may need to look at Hillsborough County for a new stadium site. Foster responded to his change in position duri...

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Rallies in St Pete and Tampa for justice for Trayvon Martin after not guilty verdict listen

07/15/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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People furious with George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict protested on both sides of Tampa Bay Sunday.

About fifty activists chanted and held signs on the four corners of a busy South St. Petersburg intersection early in the afternoon.

And a few hours later nearly 200 marched from downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park to the Federal Courthouse and back.

Despite the 90 degree heat, many in the long line of marchers in Tampa are wearing hooded sweatshirts like the one...

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Council Member Wengay Newton votes to end design contract on the Lens Pier project listen

07/15/13 Naveen Sultan
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Council Member Wengay Newton voted to terminate the contract on the Lens Pier project with Michael Maltzan Architecture, the designers of the new development. St. Petersburg officials chose not to conduct early voting for the August primary, but residents can still cast mail-in ballots in person. Newton announced his vote during a press conference at the Supervisor of Elections Office in St. Petersburg, Friday. He encouraged all St. Petersburg residents to vote now.

“For me this is a c...

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Verbal daggers thrown at St. Pete City Council candidate forum listen

07/09/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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One of the most fiercely contested St. Petersburg City Council races is shaping up to be the contest to represent parts of northeast St. Pete. All four District 4 candidates sparred during their first debate Monday night. But two of candidates took the gloves off. Tea Party activist and neurosurgeon David McKalip and longtime community activist Darden Rice threw verbal punches at each other over proposed policies.

City council seats are non-partisan. So it doesn’t matter that McKalip is ...

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