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A plane bound for Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg on June 30 struck a hangar after taking off from a suburban Dallas Airport, killing 10.
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Federal investigators said Monday that they have started analyzing the cockpit voice recorder from a small plane, bound for Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg, that struck a hangar after taking off from a suburban Dallas airport, and local officials have released the names of six of the 10 people killed in the fiery crash. 

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By Adam Bakst

With recent cyber attacks on Riviera Beach and Lake City, security of computer systems and information seems to be a growing concern even for the smallest of cities.

This is leading local information technology departments throughout the state to try and control this problem before they fall victim to hackers.

Nicole Slaughter Graham / WUSF Public Media

St. Petersburg’s downtown city skyline is dotted with the booms and jibs of cranes stretching toward the sun. The sight is a telling sign of the city’s rapid growth—a topic that’s caused much contention among long-time residents and independent business owners.

The city recently passed the Storefront Conservation Corridor Plan, a measure to preserve the look and feel of Beach Dr. and Central Ave.

The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg holds over 2,100 pieces of the  Spanish-born surrealist artwork
The Salvador Dali Museum

The Salvador Dali Museum’s request for $17.5 million towards a new expansion was approved by Pinellas County Commissioners on Tuesday.

Saratoga Apartments in St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg Housing Authority

The St. Petersburg Housing Authority was recently cited by a federal agency for allowing its chief executive officer to live at an apartment complex designated for low-income families.

Ocala-based artist Robert Mickelsen used a torch to transform thin glass tubes into a human hand. Scroll through this slideshow to see how it came together, and see some other pieces on display at free exhibits for the public.
Stephanie Colombini / WUSF Public Media

Hundreds of glass artists and enthusiasts from around the world are in St. Petersburg this weekend for the 2019 Glass Art Society conference.


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The City of St. Petersburg will declare Feb. 15 "Ray Charles Day" during a special event at the Studio @ 620 Friday evening.

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St. Petersburg is one of 25 cities getting money to go green from philanthropist and rumored presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg.


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Black churchgoers in St. Petersburg joined congregations across the country in holding a get-out-the-vote event on Sunday.

Following the success of the  1963 March on Washington, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights activists set their sights on organizing another large protest in the nation's capital, this one for the rights of the poor.

St. Petersburg leaders have settled a lawsuit filed by environmental groups in 2016 after the city released millions of gallons of sewage into Tampa Bay. 

Courtesy of the Latin Film Festival

St. Petersburg is hosting the first annual Tampa Bay Latin Film Festival starting this Thursday. The four-day event will focus on different aspects of the culture and seeks to answer the question: what is happening in Latin American film?

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Amid negotiations for a new stadium in Hillsborough County, the Tampa Bay Rays are buying the St. Petersburg-based Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer team.

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After about two months of sitting vacant, the St. Petersburg Housing Authority recently decided to move forward with demolition plans for Jordan Park Senior Village.

Stephanie Colombini / WUSF Public Media

The number of privately owned art museums around the world is booming, with wealthy individuals opting to open their own museum rather than donate to an existing gallery.

Roberto Roldan / WUSF Public Media

From sports stadiums to Donald Trump, the three Republican candidates vying for the only open seat this year on the Pinellas County Commission are finding plenty to agree on.

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A stretch of green space along downtown St. Petersburg's waterfront is slated to get a large mesh sculpture, but opposition is growing ahead of a Thursday city council vote.

Michael Kernodle / Lakewood High School

When Lakewood High School’s band director Michael Kernodle walked through the music room door eight years ago, he found one marching band, no equipment and a program without structure — a far cry from glory days half a century earlier.

It’s been a lot of work, but the St. Petersburg school's music program has exploded. It has three full-time music instructors who teach orchestra, jazz, piano, steel drums and AP music theory.

Andy Lalino / WUSF Public Media

This week on Florida Matters we visit the office of St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman to talk about his second term in office, which began about a month ago.


Andy Lalino

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman is wrapping up the first month of his second term in office. This week on Florida Matters he'll talk about his goals for this term, and how he plans to unite a city that was divided during last year's bitter mayoral race.


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The owner of a $300,000 Ferrari is suing Marriott International, saying a hotel valet gave his keys to a young man who was trying to impress a woman he just met.

Miami A Finalist For Amazon HQ; Tampa, St. Pete Miss Cut

Jan 18, 2018
Amazon.com

Amazon named Miami one of 20 finalists on Thursday to house the tech giant’s second headquarters, HQ2, according to an announcement made by City of Miami Major Francis Suárez. Tampa and St. Petersburg did not make the cut.

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Hundreds of volunteers in St. Petersburg used the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday as a day on, rather than a day off.

Julio Ochoa / Health News Florida

Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe announced Friday he won't press charges against the city of St. Petersburg.

The decision came after the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's investigation into the city's sewage discharges of 2015 and 2016.

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What place does respect have in today’s society, and why does it seem to be missing? These are some of the questions a series of community conversations in St. Petersburg hopes to answer.

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A paraglider knocked out electricity in a Pinellas County neighborhood after crashing into power lines.

Smithsonian Magazine

More than 80 museums across Florida will participate in Smithsonian Magazine's national Museum Day Live! event Saturday.

Around 20 Bay area museums are waiving admission fees to guests with a free ticket.

Rain and power outages from Hurricane Irma led to sewage spills across Florida, according to the Department of Environmental Protection.

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The U.S. Coast Guard says a small plane crashed into the waters off St. Petersburg during takeoff but the two people onboard are safe.

Florida Realtors Association

A new report says two Florida housing markets are in the top 10 for where future homebuyers are likely to make purchases.

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