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Ferguson solidarity rally in St. Pete to end police violence and militarization listen

09/02/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Race, marijuana, Ferguson, police, police militarization, ACLU, police violence, Michael Brown, rally, arrests, St. Petersburg

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Some citizens of St. Petersburg are outraged the at the militarization of the city's police and systemic racial inequality. They gathered in peaceful rally Saturday to show solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Missouri. The protesters' contempt for police injustice isn't a question of better police public relations; it goes much deeper.

Issues like ethnic injustice and inequality have reverberated around the country following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. So...

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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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Kids in St. Pete can get free breakfast and lunch all summer long listen

06/18/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: free lunch, nutrition, food, hunger, poverty, St. Petersburg, free

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The city of St. Petersburg has rolled out a program to feed kids for free this summer. The Free Summer Food Program provides both breakfast and lunch at city-owned properties across St. Pete. Alexis Shuder is with the Parks and Recreation Department.

"The city of St. Petersburg parks and recreation department is sponsoring summer food service program which is through the state's program through the department of agriculture at our play camp sites for June, July and August this summer. It'...

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Medicinal marijuana debated at Suncoast Tiger Bay club listen

06/04/14 Ashley Whitney
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: marijuana, medical marijuana, Tiger Bay, St. Petersburg, drugs, Florida, Constitution

Is Medical Marijuana an illicit drug? If Florida voters approve Amendment Two in November, will the Department of Health be able to regulate its distribution, and what consequences will Floridians suffer if loopholes in its legislation arise? Members of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club gathered in St. Petersburg Wednesday to ask these questions.

Lana Beck of the Drug Free America Foundation opposes the amendment.

“But I’d like to leave you with just asking if you would please read the a...

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Rick Scott touts Florida tourism record as job booster listen

05/15/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Rick Scott, Bob Buckhorn, Tampa, St. Petersburg, tourism, Visit Florida, Visit Tampa Bay, jobs, economy, sea level rise

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Tourism marketers in Florida are hoping to see at least 100 million trips to the state this year. The latest numbers are out for first quarter and they broke records.

The announcement Thursday at Busch Gardens by Visit Florida was heralded by Governor Rick Scott as a huge win for Floridians.

“Think about it. We want more jobs in our state. Tourism is a big driver. When people come here as tourists they buy homes, they buy cars, they think, ‘man, this is a nice place to live.’”

And a...

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman wants more community engagement in choosing new pier listen

05/01/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Rick Kriseman, St. Petersburg, the pier, The Lens

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman announced a plan Thursday that would give residents a chance to weigh in on what to do with the city’s downtown waterfront pier.

“We are still finalizing the process, but what we’re envisioning is something where, over a week to two weeks period of time, the public will have an opportunity to actually go and cast a vote for the three designs they like the best.”

But residents won’t necessarily go to the ballot box. It’ll likely be more like a survey,...

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St. Pete officials start budget planning with community forum listen

04/24/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Rick Kriseman, St. Petersburg, The People's Budget Review, David McKalip

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman is getting ready to write his first city budget since being sworn in this year.

More than 50 residents flooded the Walter Fuller Community Center Wednesday night for the first in a series of budget review meetings where city officials will hear what taxpayers want their money spent on.

Kriseman said the budget will be a reflection of the city's priorities.

“St. Petersburg will be a city of opportunity where the sun shines on all who come to live,...

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Peace advocates continue to raise awareness on Pinellas street corners listen

04/17/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: peace, Pax Christi, Kathleen Rumpf, Quakers, St. Petersburg

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Religious-based peace activists continue their weekly sign-waving on busy Pinellas County street corners.

During rush hour Wednesday afternoon, Kathleen Rumpf joined half-dozen others from Pax Christi and Quaker groups on the corner of U.S. 19 and 22nd Avenue South in South St. Petersburg.

They plan to peace corner again next Wednesday.



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Tampa extends red-light camera contract with 25% of net revenues earmarked for intersection safety listen

04/03/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: red light cameras, Tampa, City of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Tampa City Council, Bob Buckhorn, Hillsborough County

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The City of Tampa is renewing its contract with the vendor of its red-light cameras. City council voted 6-1 today to extend the contract by two years despite a vote last month against renewing the contract. What changed? Mayor Bob Buckhorn proposed using a quarter of the net revenue from red-light camera citations to improve the safety of intersections with the cameras.

But that didn’t sit well with the only person who spoke on the issue during public comment, St. Petersburg red-light cri...

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Hillsborough commissioners support continuing red-light cameras listen

04/02/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: red-light cameras, Hillsborough County, Hillsborough County Sheriff, Hillsborough County Commission, Tampa, St. Petersburg

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Red-light cameras are receiving scrutiny in the Florida legislature and cities like Tampa and St. Petersburg could soon wind down their programs. But in unincorporated Hillsborough County commissioners reiterated their support for the cameras today.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Colonel Greg Brown told the county commission the ten cameras installed at six locations in unincorporated Hillsborough County have resulted in fewer crashes.

Brown estimated it would cost “hundreds of t...

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