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St. Petersburg earns top score on an index of LGBT equality listen

11/12/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: St. Pete, St. Petersburg, LGBT, equality florida, Rick Kriseman, Human Rights Campaign, equality, human rights, WMNF News

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St. Petersburg has earned the highest score in a rating of human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.

St. Pete scored a 100 in the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index.

Mayor Rick Kriseman acknowledged the city’s LGBTQ liaison, Robert Danielson, as he announced the rating Wednesday morning ...

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Jeremy Irons warns BLUE Ocean fest about pollution dangers to oceans listen

11/10/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: film, BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit, St. Petersburg, plastics, plastic pollution, pollution, oceans

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The BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit wrapped up in St. Petersburg over the weekend; Sunday night at Mahaffey Theater, actor Jeremy Irons was presented the festival’s Making Waves Award before his film Trashed was screened.

Trashed is about how over-consumption of disposable items is leading to unprecedented pollution of the air and water.

Irons was also part of a [panel discussion](http://blue2014.sched.org...

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St. Pete voters weigh in on governor, medical marijuana and Greenlight Pinellas listen

11/04/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: elections, St. Petersburg, St. Pete, marijuana, medical marijuana, Amendment 2, Greenlight Pinellas, Pinellas County, taxes, transit, light rail, Rick Scott, Charlie Crist

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Probably the most closely-watched race in Florida is for governor.

Tuesday morning at the Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg WMNF spoke with voters about who they supported for governor.

We heard from Henry Weinsheimer, Susie Buckley, Ross Johnson and Robin O’Dell.

Florida voters will also decide whether to add the right to use marijuana for medical purposes to the state constitution.

In Pinellas County, residents will decide to add a penny to the sales tax to fund transit an...

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Ocean explorer Fabien Cousteau in St. Pete for Blue Ocean Film Fest listen

11/03/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: oceans, Jacques Cousteau, Fabien Cousteau, Blue Ocean Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Conservation

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This week St. Petersburg is hosting the Blue Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit highlighting the importance of ocean research and protection.

One explorer and filmmaker who is in St. Pete for the festival is the grandson of Jacques Cousteau, Fabien Cousteau, who describes himself as an ocean explorer, aquanaut and voice of the oceans.

He broke his grandfather’s record by living and working underwater for 31 days in what’s known as Mission 31.

The ...

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Greenlight Pinellas supporters take pro-transit message to commuters stuck on Tampa Bay bridges listen

10/31/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Greenlight Pinellas, Yes on Greenlight, transit, Pinellas County, Transportation, light rail, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Howard Frankland Bridge, Tampa Bay Partnership

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In a push to influence voters during the last few days before the election, Yes on Greenlight is flying a banner from a sailboat near heavily trafficked bridges across Tampa Bay.

The group is encouraging voters to support the Greenlight Pinellas ballot initiative to fund transit by increasing sales tax by a penny and eliminating the transportation portion of the property tax.

Friday morning they sailed near the Howard Frankland Bridge.

On the Tampa end of the bridge, several peopl...

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Eckerd College professors offer context about Iraq conflict listen

10/31/14 Gwyneth Dunsford
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: ISIS, Iraq, Syria, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg

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ST. PETERSBURG - On Thursday night, a forum at Eckerd College offered context about the ongoing conflict in Iraq. As part of the Presidential Events Series, history professor Adam Guerin spoke about the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

“I want to take tonight to reframe the story of the [Islamic State],” Guerin told a group of about 50 students and community members. “Not as this great evil that just appeared out of the ether. But… a militant, violent but seemingly logical response by marg...

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Poynter president on why they're hosting African journalists when USF St. Pete would not listen

10/24/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Ebola, Media, Poynter Institute, USF, USF St. Pete, St. Petersburg, Africa, Journalism

This week the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg decided to rescind its invitation to a group of African journalists because of student and faculty fears of Ebola; but the nearby Poynter Institute decided to host the journalists instead.

To find out what was behind those decisions and how the media is covering the Ebola outbreak, WMNF spoke with Tim Franklin, president of the Poynter Institute.

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Opponents of police violence say "Not One More Black Life" listen

10/20/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Ferguson, guns, police, police violence, St. Petersburg, Uhurus

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Because of the death of a black youth in Ferguson, Missouri, the issues of racism and police killings have been in the national spotlight; but a group in St. Petersburg wants to make sure police violence against the black community doesn’t fade from view.

WMNF spoke with Kefira Baron, the St. Petersburg chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, about Thursday’s event called “Not One More Black Life.” It's this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Akwaaba Hall, 1245 18th Avenue South, in St. Petersburg,...

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Greenlight Pinellas transit proposal gains supporters listen

10/02/14 Gwyneth Dunsford
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Yes to Greenlight, St. Petersburg, kathy castor, transit, psta, Greenlight Pinellas, Transportation

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A transit plan for Pinellas County is gaining momentum. On Thursday, Congress member Kathy Castor endorsed the Yes to Greenlight initiative during a media conference in Midtown St. Petersburg.

“Oftentimes, the buses don’t run on a regular schedule,” said the representative for Florida’s 14th district. “Many people don’t have a couple of cars to fight the traffic… We need better transit options.”

Organizers of the campaign said the transit proposa...

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League of Women Voters &Florida Nurses Association hold candidate forum on healthcare listen

10/02/14 Crystal Farina
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: League of Women Voters, Florida Nurses Association, elections, St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Democrats

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Many Florida voters who requested their November general election ballots by mail are receiving them this week. That means there will be candidate forums like the one on healthcare issues Wednesday night in St. Petersburg sponsored by the Florida Nurses Association and the League of Women Voters.

No Republican candidates showed up, and all five of the candidates who were there support the proposed constitutional amendment allowing the medical use of marijuana. That includes the Democratic...

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