Top St. Petersburg official attending State of the Union speech
One of Mayor Rick Kriseman's top aides will have an up-close view for President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech.
Nikki Gaskin-Capehart, the city's director of urban affairs, was invited to Washington, D.C. by her former boss, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa. Gaskin-Capehart is in charge of economic development in St. Petersburg's poorest areas.
Taxpayers did not pay for her flight north, said Ben Kirby, Kriseman's spokesman. She also had meetings with housing and education officials to talk about issues facing St. Petersburg, Kirby added.