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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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Two St. Pete mayoral candidates would consider decriminalizing marijuana in the city listen

07/03/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Two St. Petersburg mayoral candidates said they would consider making marijuana offenses civil rather than criminal in the city. During a debate last week, three candidates weighed in on issues of race. Former state representative Rick Kriseman most strongly supports decriminalizing marijuana use and possession.

“If we can redirect and give that young person an opportunity to make a change in a life and not destroy their life by putting them a record, whether or it’s the arrest or a m...

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Saint Pete Shows its Pride listen

07/01/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Saint Petersburg Pride parade and festival was in full swing on Saturday, despite the rainy weather. The celebrants were still savoring the euphoria unleashed last week from the Supreme Court’s favorable decisions on same-sex marriage.



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Mayor Foster takes a beating from South St. Pete residents during first mayoral debate listen

06/28/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The heat was on St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster during the first mayoral debate Thursday night in South St. Pete. Foster took more of a beating from residents than he did from two of his challengers former State Representative Rick Kriseman and former City Council member Kathleen Ford.

Mayor Foster released a list of 25 accomplishments during his first three years in o...

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Can St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster survive against liberal challengers?

06/28/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Thursday night, St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster squared off against challengers, Rick Kriseman and Kathleen Ford during the first debate of the cycle. Ford has won favor from much of the African-American community and Kriseman isn't far behind. Both bring more liberal principals to the table. The debate was sponsored, in part, by the NAACP whose members have grown critical of Foster in the wake of what they see as increased police chases and brutality. The April shooting of two teens through a car...

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Police brutality and car chases in black neighborhoods bemoaned by NAACP listen

06/19/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The NAACP is crying foul over the St. Petersburg Police Department’s use force and frequent car chases in predominantly black neighborhoods. Tuesday night during a town hall meeting at their midtown office, more than 40 people weighed in on the problem. Angela Owens is an attorney working with the group.

“The value of apprehending a suspect verses the possible danger to innocent people, that’s what they’re supposed to be weighing. But, the real irony of it is that, if they’re we...

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St. Pete mayoral candidate Rick Kriseman wants to reopen pier approach to pedestrians, city already planning to do that listen

06/13/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A St. Petersburg mayoral candidate wants the city to re-open the outdoor portions of the Pier to pedestrian traffic something that is already slated to happen sometime next week. Former state Representative Rick Kriseman also wants city council and the current mayor to stop making any further decisions about the Pier’s future until a new mayor is elected. That includes possibly delaying demolition of the iconic inverted pyramid.

But during a press conference Thursday at the St. Petersbu...

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Poverty in South St. Pete is the focus of city budget during public forum listen

06/13/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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St. Petersburg residents poured into the Enoch Davis Center in mid-town St. Pete Wednesday evening to weigh in on the city’s budget. During the final public review before the mayor submits his proposed budget on July 1, residents were focused on issues affecting the low income areas of South St. Pete. Sharon Russ pushed for a change in the way the city uses neighborhood stabilization money set aside to rebuild homes in blighted communities.

“I would like the city to do more to maybe ...

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As Andrea bares down, St. Pete officials boast hurricane preparedness listen

06/06/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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As parts of Florida continue to take a pounding from Tropical Storm Andrea, St. Petersburg City Council members unanimously voted to make this June hurricane awareness month. The measure was brought forward by council member Wengay Newton and referenced superstorm Sandy that devastated parts of the Northeast last year.

“Drove a catastrophic storm surge into New Jersey and New York coastline – preliminary U.S. damages estimated at nearly $50 billion, making Sandy the second largest cyc...

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Shorter yellow lights may lead to more red light camera citations

05/17/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Good Afternoon, welcome to the Last Call, I’m your host, Janelle Irwin. Alvaro Montealegre is our engineer. We’ll be opening up the phone lines to take your calls. Today we’ll be talking about Red Light Cameras.

An investigative report released this week by Noah Pransky of Channel 10 news shows that the Florida Department of Transportation changed its rules on yellow light intervals in 2011 to be less than federal recommendations. Just a half second reduction in the length of time...

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