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Bob Graham: Political Mudslinging Could Spur Citizens To Get Involved

Many people believe the presidential campaign has sunk to new lows. Former Florida Governor and Senator Bob Graham suggests the name-calling and mud-slinging could be corrosive to democracy -- but it could also be an opportunity for people to try to change the country by getting more involved.
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Poll: U.S. Senate Race Too Close To Call

Oct 18, 2016

With Democrat Patrick Murphy making gains among independent voters, Republican incumbent Marco Rubio's lead in Florida's closely watched U.S. Senate race has narrowed to two points, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Rubio leads by a margin of 49 percent to 47 percent in the Quinnipiac University poll, which was conducted before the candidates battled in a televised debate Monday night. The two-point difference is within the poll's margin of error.

Courtesy of Visit Tampa Bay

Never mind the hurricanes and the Zika that have come to Florida. Santiago Corrada, the CEO of Visit Tampa Bay, says it's been a banner year for tourism in Hillsborough County.

The close of the fiscal year, September 30th, showed record-breaking numbers and he's waiting to see how the calendar year ends.  Corrada says if the tourism agency hits the mark it expects to then, which is $600 million in taxable hotel revenue, it will mean yet another record and a special designation.

Rubio, Murphy Spar Over National Candidates, Gun Control

Oct 18, 2016

Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton dominated much of the first U.S. Senate debate Monday night between Republican incumbent Marco Rubio and Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy.

Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

WUSF News is venturing beyond the opinion polls and campaign ads to hear directly from you about the issues that will decide your vote this November. We’re setting up “Listening Posts” throughout the Tampa Bay region and opening up our microphones.

Our latest visit was outside the Senior Expo at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg where retirees came for free health screenings and seminars.

Tommy Fraustro / Flickr

Officials say a fire caused extensive damage to a Tampa retail store.

Lottie Watts

The product that helped define Tampa will face new competition under an executive order issued on Friday by the Obama administration.

The directive lifts the $100 limit on Cuban cigars that travelers can bring into the U.S., which could spell trouble for the last operating cigar factory in Tampa.

The Manatee County branch of the NAACP is accusing the Bradenton Police Department of racial discrimination. The civil rights organization is referencing public records it recently requested from the department.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

There’s a storefront along Main Street in Lakewood Ranch, a planned community between Sarasota and Bradenton, where future restaurant and hospitality employees are learning their chops.

It’s the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Culinary Innovation Lab, and beginning this semester, every few weeks, it transforms into the Bulls Bistro.

USF Sport and Entertaintment Management MBA Program

Executives from the most financially successful U.S. sports league and one of the up-and-coming leagues will speak at the University of South Florida next week.

USF's Sport and Entertainment Management MBA Program will welcome Tod Leiweke, the Chief Operating Officer of the National Football League and Don Garber, Commissioner of Major League Soccer, to campus on Oct. 26.

Melinda Hohman

The day before school let out in May, 9-year old Hailey Everett brought home a certificate for making the honor roll at Chocachatti Elementary School in Hernando County.  The next day, her grandmother and guardian Pam Everett got a call from the school's principal telling her Hailey would not be promoted to fourth grade.


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