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Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

Sharon Scott and Sheila Williams of Tampa had been searching for their sister, Brenda Williams, ever since she disappeared in 1978.

Last year, the two had their DNA tested to see if it matched a cold case victim they saw at a University of South Florida symposium. It didn't.

Tampa Police Department

Police believe the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old autistic man who took the wrong bus home from work on Thursday night is linked to two other suspicious deaths in a Tampa neighborhood.

Grace King / WUFT News

A man who fired a shot at anti-Nazi protesters following a speech at the University of Florida by a white nationalist has been charged with attempted murder, police in Gainesville said Friday. Two men who allegedly urged him to shoot face the same charge.

Florida’s cities are making strides in protecting lesbian gay bisexual and transgender rights while state efforts falter according to the Human Rights Campaign.  The national LGBT group is releasing its sixth annual municipal equality index.

Bipartisan Plan To Curb Health Premiums Gets Strong Support

Oct 20, 2017

A bipartisan proposal to calm churning health insurance markets gained momentum Thursday when enough lawmakers rallied behind it to give it potentially unstoppable Senate support. But its fate remained unclear as some Republicans sought changes that could threaten Democratic backing.

Plastics Widespread in Florida Coastal Waterways

Oct 20, 2017

New research shows plastic pollution is widespread in Florida’s coastal waters.

Bill Would Allow Local Smoking Regulations In Parks

Oct 20, 2017

A Senate Republican wants to allow cities and counties to be able to regulate smoking in public parks.

Court Backs Scott On Emergency Generator Rules

Oct 20, 2017

A Tallahassee-based appeals court Thursday gave a victory to Gov. Rick Scott in one part of a legal battle about emergency rules requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities to quickly add generators that can power air-conditioning systems.

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Authorities say they found three explosive devices and other weapons during a child porn raid at a Florida home.

White Nationalist Shouted Down At UF Speech

Oct 20, 2017

White-nationalist Richard Spencer brought his “alt-right” movement to the University of Florida Thursday, calling America a “white country,” but his message was drowned out.

Attempting to speak over the derisive shouts and chants from a diverse and hostile crowd at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Spencer and others attempted to preach about what they called the failure of diversity and the success of identity politics.

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