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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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St. Pete residents weigh city budget options listen

04/25/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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St. Pete officials are taking input from residents on how to manage the city’s money. During the first of three budget summits last night in Northeast St. Pete, residents weighed in on what services and projects they think officials should prioritize. Lou Brown III has worked on a project called the people’s budget review that surveyed more than 500 residents.

“Ten percent responded with ending racism, segregation and enhancing the southside. Nine percent of responses were Pier r...

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Some blind people could be cured if medical research continues; foundation simulates blindness to raise funds listen

04/23/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Blindness caused by degenerative eye diseases can be slowed or even reversed thanks to breakthroughs in medical research. That’s why the Foundation Fighting Blindness set out to raise funds for clinical trials this month by simulating what it’s like to eat what you can’t see. Foundation spokesperson and Mrs. World April Lufriu said guests of Dining in the Dark at the Vinoy in downtown St. Pete wore a foam and plastic mask for thirty minutes while they tried to enjoy their entrees.

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St. Pete groups ready to lobby officials for improved curbside recycling program listen

04/16/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The city of St. Petersburg doesn’t offer free curbside recycling to residents; some community-based groups are pulling together to change that. The League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg has hired a consultant to look into the feasibility of universal curbside recycling in the city. The group’s president, Karen Coale, announced the results during a press conference in front of City Hall Tuesday morning.

“Curbside recycling is the norm throughout all of the other 49 populated ci...

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Pinellas begins its domestic partnership registry listen

04/16/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Monday non-married couples in Pinellas were able to sign up for the county’s new domestic partner registry. The four different branches of the Clerk of Courts were prepared for a large influx of registrations, but the rush didn’t occur.

By the end of yesterday, fewer than ten couples had signed up on the first day of countywide registration. Rod Tabler, manager of the Saint Petersburg branch office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court, said he wasn’t surp...

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Problems in Africa kick off two day conference on international affairs listen

03/28/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Many countries in Africa are facing famine, poverty and civil war. A panel of experts dove into the issues facing African nations during the first day of USF St. Petersburg’s Conference on International Affairs.

Countries like Mali and Libya face fierce fighting between groups in power and opposition forces. The issue has left a divide among people who think the U.S. should provide military intervention and those who think the militarization of nations should be avoided. Bill Felice, ...

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St. Pete group wants city to offer free curbside recycling listen

03/25/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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St. Petersburg residents have to pay $45 a year if they want their recyclables picked up curbside. The League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg wants to change that. Karen Coale, the chapter’s president, will kick off an effort called the People’s Trash Monday night at Studio@620 in downtown.

"It is a new campaign for this year that's kicking off tonight. The League of Women Voter's is probably most known for our voter registration and voter education but we also look at issues; n...

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St. Pete conservative activist wants city to limit surveillance drones listen

02/08/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A conservative St. Petersburg activist and blogger wants the city to ban the use of drones except in certain situations. David McKalip, a St. Pete neurosurgeon wants to limit the use of surveillance drones.

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