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'Stress Test' Preceded FIU Bridge Collapse That Killed 6

An innovative pedestrian bridge being built at Florida International University was put to a "stress test" before it collapsed over traffic, killing six people and sending 10 to a hospital, authorities said.

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A Cirque du Soleil performer died after his hand slipped off the double rings and he fell 20 feet during a performance in Tampa, police and the entertainment company said Sunday.

The theatrical company announced on Twitter that Yann Arnaud fell while performing an aerial straps number Saturday night during the show VOLTA.

USF Athletics

Buffalo coach Felisha Legette-Jack received two important text messages before her 11th-seeded team faced No. 6 seed South Florida in the women's NCAA Tournament.

The first came from Buffalo men's coach Nate Oats on early Friday after the Bulls upset Arizona in the first round. The second came from Central Michigan's Sue Guevara prior to Saturday's tipoff after the Chippewas pulled off their own upset of LSU.

Both had the same message — "It's your turn now."

Scott Signs Budget, Takes It Easy On Vetoes

Mar 17, 2018
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With a light touch of his veto pen, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a new $88.7 billion state budget, eliminating only $64 million in spending and projects, the lowest total of his seven-plus years as governor.

“Today, Florida is strong, and I am proud of our hard work over the past seven years to grow the economy, invest in education, protect the environment and keep our families safe,” Scott said in a budget message.

Gov. Rick Scott quickly signed a new $88.7 billion state budget that boosts funding for K-12 education by $485 million. But many district superintendents say the package still shortchanges schools.

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A Tampa firefighter who recently won a federal lawsuit against the city is speaking out about workplace harassment.

Tanja Vidovic was awarded $245,000 in December. The court decided she was discriminated against because she was pregnant and then retaliated against when she complained.

Florida Department of Transportation

The same company that designed a pedestrian bridge that collapsed in Miami also designed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and the elevated portion of the Selmon Expressway in Tampa.

Southeastern Grocers

Southeastern Grocers announced plans to close 94 stores, including 10 Winn-Dixie stores in the Tampa Bay area.

It has been almost an article of faith in Florida politics: residents do not want oil drilling off the state’s coasts.

But poll results released Thursday suggest that a drilling ban might not have enough voter support to go into the Florida Constitution.

Broward County filed a new lawsuit in federal court Monday against manufacturers of opioid drugs.

Walmart, Walgreens, the McKesson Corp. and CVS Health are just some of the drug makers and distributors Broward County is suing.  


Others include Johnson & Johnson, Cardinal Health Inc., Health Mart Systems, Mallinckrodt, Amerisourcebergen Corp., as well as Endo Janssen, Purdue, Cephalon and Teva Pharmaceuticals. 

Bill Could Help Police, Deaf Drivers In Traffic Stops

Mar 16, 2018

Lawmakers this week sent a bill to Gov. Rick Scott that could help provide information to police about whether drivers are deaf before officers approach cars during traffic stops.