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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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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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Group wants $15 minimum wage in St. Pete listen

09/29/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: minimum wage, St. Pete, 15 Now, poverty, labor, Green Party

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A campaign is underway to change the minimum wage in St. Petersburg to fifteen dollars an hour.

For that to happen, a Florida law prohibiting local minimum wages would have to be repealed.

WMNF interviewed Jeff Roby, part of a group called 15 Now and is taking the fight to raise the minimum wage to the St. Pete City Council.

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Update on new pier design in St. Pete listen

08/25/14 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Tags: pier, St. Pete

Today on the Last Call, Rob Lorei speaks with LEED Architect, Raul Quintana about the process to select a new pier design in St. Pete.

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St. Pete Indian Mounds to get a major technological facelift listen

07/11/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Indian mound, Native American, St. Pete, parks, technology

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St. Petersburg has a rich Native American history and lots of Indian Mounds. The city is continuing efforts to protect and enhance the mounds and surrounding parks.

Parks and Recreation planner Mike Vineyard talks with WMNF News about what’s already been done and some really cool stuff still to come.

There’s a public forum 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Sunshine Center Auditorium in downtown St. Pete. More information about the technology St. Pete hopes to integrate into these parks [here](...

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St. Pete ramping up public input for pier listen

06/25/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: the pier, St. Petersburg, St. Pete, Rick Kriseman, The Lens

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The St. Petersburg Pier has been shuttered for more than a year now. The city is hoping to come up with a solid plan to replace the iconic inverted pyramid. During the second of five public meetings Tuesday night, an advisory group convened by Mayor Rick Kriseman took notes on what citizens are looking for in a new design. Tracy Weber came prepared with a ten-page packet.

“…that incorporates a Spanish colonial village, an ambiance to mimic St. Petersburg historical landmarks like the Vin...

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Hidden Cash St. Pete wants you to find a $100 bill and pay it forward listen

06/20/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Hidden Cash, St. Pete, philanthropy

Somebody is going to hide a $100 bill in St. Petersburg this weekend.

It’s part of a trend called “hidden cash.” The Hidden Cash St. Pete group sends out clues on Twitter about where to find the money. But they want to be anonymous..

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Five public meetings planned for St. Pete Pier listen

06/19/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: St. Pete, pier, downtown st. pete, Rick Kriseman, Ben Kirby

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The city of St. Pete is asking for the public’s help designing a new pier. The first of 5 public meetings kicks off Thursday at 7 p.m. at Child’s Park Recreation Center on the Southside. the city’s Ben Kirby is the city's communications director.

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St. Pete City Council expands residential curbside recycling listen

02/21/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Darden Rice, curbside recycling, St. Pete City Council, St. Pete, recycling

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Many St. Petersburg residents will soon have access to curbside recycling. City Council voted unanimously Thursday to support new Mayor Rick Kriseman’s initiative to start a search for a company to provide the service. It would also include a local hiring and living wage stipulation. The issue has been pushed heavily by city council member Darden Rice even before her election.

It could be implemented as soon as seveb months from now, but could take longer. The program will replace the cur...

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Former mayors Pam Iorio and Rick Baker discuss the history of Tampa and St. Pete’s development listen

01/23/14 Ashley Whitney
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Pam Iorio, Rick Baker, Suncoast Tiger Bay, A Tale of Two Cities, Tampa, Tampa Bay, St. Pete

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The cities on either side of Tampa Bay sometimes compete -- but more often their histories are complementary. At a Suncoast Tiger Bay Club meeting yesterday in St. Petersburg former Mayors Pam Iorio and Rick Baker reflected on Tampa and St. Pete.

For more than a hundred years Pinellas and Hillsborough County have been rivals and shared in a rich history. With one of the largest ports in the United States, MacDill Air Force Base, an NFL franchise, and an abundance of lush, preserved park...

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