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African solidarity committee to host international conference in St. Petersburg listen

01/02/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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People from all over the country will be gathering in St. Petersburg next week for the African People’s Solidarity Committee’s international conference. Groups from all over the world were invited. Penny Hess who chairs the group said some 100 people will brainstorm ideas on how non-minority groups can stand in solidarity with oppressed communities in Africa.

"We will be talking about the role that white people can play in the growing movement for African li...

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Genetically Engineered Trees Secretly Planted in Florida? And Mayor Bill Foster Says He Has Every Intention of Running for Re-Election

11/28/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk with the mayor of St. Petersburg about baseball, the Lens and his plans for the future…. And we’ll also hear from an environmentalist who is raising the alarm about the planting of genetically modified trees in the US.

But first, five listener comments about yesterday’s program. Yesterday we spent the hour talking about WMNF’s programming- in light of the fact that we are in the regular two year proces...

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St. Pete inner-city elementary students get a legs-on lesson in pedestrian safety listen

10/03/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Some kids walking to school everyday face speeding drivers, sidewalks in disrepair and any number of other dangers. More than 40 students walked a mile in the rain today on their way to an elementary school in inner-city St.Pete. With police officers, firefighters and the mayor in tow, the students learned how to keep safe.

Campbell Park Elementary is in one of St. Petersburg’s poorest neighborhoods. It’s classified a Title I school which ...

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Listening to residents, St. Pete raises property taxe rate for first time in more than two decades listen

09/28/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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St. Petersburg City Council has approved a budget that doesn’t include the controversial Fire Readiness Fee. After hearing from impassioned public comment, council members increased the city’s millage rate in a final vote Thursday night.

Winding up the 2012 fiscal year, St. Pete officials found themselves having to dig into reserves to cover a more than $5 million shortfall. To cover that, city officials proposed a flat tax on all properties regardless of their value. The [Fire Read...

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St. Pete set to vote on new budget

09/26/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Two weeks ago the St. Petersburg City Council rebuffed Mayor Bill Foster's calls to raise revenue through a fire fee for all properties. Instead the city voted to increase its property tax millage rate for the first time in two decades. If the budget passes its second vote, city services won't be cut and a lot can be attributed to public outcry.

The final budget hearing and vote is Thursday at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Recently an effort called the Peo...

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St. Pete kills fire fee; poised to raise property tax rate buoyed by residents' calls to maintain services listen

09/14/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Late Thursday night the St. Petersburg City Council rebuffed the Mayor's calls to raise revenue through a fire fee for all properties; instead the city increased its property tax millage rate for the first time in 2 decades.

City services won't be cut and a lot can be attributed to public outcry.

Recently an effort called the Peoples’ Budget Review has surveyed city residents and found they prefer tax increases to cuts in services. WMNF interviewed Rick Smith, who has been involved i...

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St. Pete City Council approves temporary ordinance for the Republican convention listen

08/10/12 Lisa Kauffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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St. Pete officials say they need to have safety and security measures in place while delegates and dignitaries are in town for the pre-convention party. But some people are concerned about the ordinance infringing upon residents’ constitutional rights. Councilman Bill Dudley supported the ordinance, saying it is necessary to take all precautions.

“We can nit pick and do all that stuff, but I’m telling you, after something serious h...

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St. Pete RNC Coalition to protest at City Hall before Thursday vote on Republican convention Event Zone

08/08/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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In less than three weeks the Republican National Convention kicks off; Most of the events are in Tampa, but on Sunday August 26, St. Petersburg is hosting a giant party for delegates, dignitaries and journalists at Tropicana Field.

In response, the city is considering a temporary Event Zone ordinance similar to one passed by Tampa. They'll be voting on it Thursday and our guest, Mark Skogman from the [St. Pete RNC Coalition](http://www.wmnf.org/news_stories/st-pete-rnc-coalition-questions-...

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The Pier and the stadium - what happens next?

08/02/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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On this program we discussed the two big issues of the day - the rejection of a proposed ballot initiative on the Pier in St. Petersburg, and the Hillsborough County Commission voting to send a letter to the Tampa Bay Rays to discuss their future plans, *vis a ...

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Girl's death still inspiring change in St. Pete three years later listen

05/21/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Volunteers and St. Petersburg city officials worked together this weekend to bring progress out of tragedy. Three years ago, an eight year old girl was struck by a stray bullet and killed during a drive by gun assault in midtown’s Bartlett Park neighborhood. After the shooting, members of the community came together to start fixing up the neighborhood. Now, the city has renamed the street Paris Avenue, after the victim, and St. Pete’s director of housing and community development’s J...

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