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Craft beer enthusiasts hook up with environmentalists to call for clean water in Florida listen

04/01/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: Beer, craft beer, St. Petersburg, Darden Rice, environment, water

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A new alliance between environmentalists and craft beer enthusiasts has formed to protect clean water and to call on the Florida legislature to act; they argue that microbreweries need pure water to brew the best beer.

The alliance between craft beer enthusiasts and environmentalists is calling for a ban on fracking in Florida and for the Environmental Protection Agency to enforce Clean Water Act protections for state waterways.

Tuesday night at [3 Daughters Brewing](http://3dbrewing....

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In St. Pete Student Farmworker Alliance announces boycott of Wendy's listen

03/23/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Coalition of Immokalee Workers, CIW, St. Petersburg, Student Farmworker Alliance, fair food, food, farmworkers, music

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An alliance between student groups and farmworkers announced this weekend in St. Petersburg they are organizing a boycott against Wendy’s restaurants.

At Saturday’s March and Concert for Fair Food at Vinoy Park the Student/Farmworker Alliance led hundreds in chanting “The burgers may be square but the food ain't fair.”

The Student Farmworker Alliance wants Wendy’s to sign on to the Fair Food Program led by the [Coalition of Immokalee Workers](http://ciw-on...

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At Eckerd College, Vandana Shiva speaks about "Making Peace with the Earth" listen

03/10/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Tuesday
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Tags: environment, Vandana Shiva, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg

Vandana Shiva has been active for decades in the environmental and global democracy movements. She spoke Monday night at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg about "Making Peace with the Earth."

Here is the full audio of her speech:

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Governor Scott wants feds to keep funds flowing for low-income heath care listen

03/05/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: Rick Scott, standardized tests, education, health care, insurance, LIP, St. Petersburg, jobs, taxes, email

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A $2 billion federal program to reimburse hospitals that many poor and uninsured patients will expire at the end of June. Florida Governor Rick Scott sent president Obama a letter asking the feds to renew the LIP program. In St. Petersburg Thursday morning Scott reiterated his support for receiving the federal funds.

Scott was in St. Pete to champion his tax cuts he says have helped Florida companies stay in business and thrive. He held a press conference at the e-commerce company Jagged P...

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Next Dalí Museum exhibit will feature work by Leonardo Da Vinci listen

01/13/15 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Salvador Dalí, Art, St. Petersburg, science, The Dalí Museum

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The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg announced Tuesday that its next special exhibit will feature diagrams by Leonardo da Vinci as well as manuscripts and paintings by Salvador Dalí in an exhibit called "Invention as Art." It will run from March 8, 2015 through July 26, 2015.

According to a press release:

'The exhibit features more than 75 works, including da Vinci diagrams, Dalí manuscripts and paintings, and the invented objects both da Vinci and Dalí propo...

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St. Pete City Council rejects deal for Rays to explore stadium sites in Hillsborough and Pinellas listen

12/19/14 Janelle Irwin and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Rays, Rays stadium, Tropicana Field, Sports, Baseball, MLB, St. Petersburg, St. Pete, Rick Kriseman

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This is St. Pete city council voting down an agreement between Mayor Rick Kriseman and the Tampa Bay Rays that would have allowed the team to explore possible stadium locations in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties.

The vote Thursday night was 5-3 against the deal.

One of the reasons the measure failed is a clause in the original contract with the Rays that requires the city to split revenue from any development on the Tropicana Field site with the baseball team. Council member Jim Ken...

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St. Pete unveils 8 new design possibilities for Pier listen

12/15/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: St. Petersburg, St. Pete, pier, St. Pete Pier, architecture, construction, Tampa Bay

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The City of St. Petersburg has unveiled eight possible concepts for a new Pier design.

Eight architectural firms spent up to $30,000 to create initial design concepts, which can now be seen on the city’s website.

Raul Quintana is St. Petersburg’s city architect. WMNF News spoke with him this morning before the designs were unveiled.

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Protests and civil disobedience expected in St. Petersburg after Ferguson grand jury announcement listen

11/21/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Ferguson, Michael Brown, Omali Yeshitela, Uhurus, St. Petersburg, Darren Wilson

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When the decision of whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson comes down, there are plans for protests and civil disobedience in St. Petersburg.

On Friday WMNF interviewed Omali Yeshitela about those plans. He’s chair of the African People’s Socialist Party.

In Missouri, activists, authorities and the family of Michael Brown called for calm today as a grand jury drew closer to an announcement in the Ferguson police shooting. But a spokesperson for St. Louis County's top ...

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Artist Guy Harvey previews fisheries symposium in St. Pete listen

11/13/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: fisheries, Guy Harvey, University of South Florida, USF, USF St. Pete, St. Petersburg, science, Florida Institute of Oceanography

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Four years after the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster scientists are gathering in St. Petersburg this week to share knowledge about the population size of several important Gulf of Mexico fish species; the Guy Harvey Fisheries Symposium is named after the artist and conservationist and continues through Saturday at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

To find out about the important issues at the meeting, Thursday morning WMNF interviewed Guy Harvey.

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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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