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Voters Head To The Polls For Primary Election

Voters around the Tampa Bay area are heading to the polls this morning to cover several key races. Follow WUSF staff and journalism students from the University of South Florida as we bring you live coverage.
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Every four years, we watch the world’s best athletes on the Olympic Stage.  And the massive athletic competition is being covered by an equally grand number of journalists.

This year, the Olympic Games in Rio are garnering complaints about media coverage that appears to diminish what female athletes are doing.

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As the sun rises over St. Pete Beach, Tracy Andrews walks across the sand searching for turtle crawls.

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One of the more heated races coming up during the August 30 primaries is for State Senate District 19. It's a majority-minority district, being vacated by Arthenia Joyner, the longtime Tampa politician and the Senate minority leader.

Reporter Steve Newborn looks into this race with WUSF's political analyst William March, who says it's pitting a lot of black politicians in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties against each other.

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The military is big business in Florida. Business leaders estimate the state's 20 military installations, along with the defense industry and veterans,  account for 10 percent of Florida's economy.

So, it's no surprise that protecting Florida’s bases from realignment or closure is a top priority for elected officials and businesses alike.

Consumer advocacy group Florida CHAIN released a new report Wednesday that once again calls for the expansion of Medicaid in the state.

The push comes despite the fact that Florida House lawmakers have shut down expansion of the health care for the poor each year since 2010.

  Mindfulness meditation is designed to settle and ground you in the present moment.

That's something that Carole Kinder had a difficult time with after her husband was diagnosed with cancer.

There is only one confirmed case of travel-related Zika in Sarasota County, but that didn’t stop a large crowd of people from bringing their concerns to a forum about the virus.

  The Tampa Bay area's first medical marijuana dispensary opened Thursday morning and it will only be a matter of weeks before another local shop opens.

Abortion Clinic Case Could Cost State $50K

Aug 18, 2016

Attorneys for a Gainesville abortion clinic requested Wednesday that the state be required to pay $50,000 in legal fees and costs after the clinic was cleared of an allegation that it performed second-trimester abortions without a proper license.

Three More Local Zika Cases Found In Miami-Dade

Aug 18, 2016

State health officials said Wednesday they have found three more Zika cases believed to have been caused by mosquito bites in Miami-Dade County, bringing to 33 the number of locally transmitted cases in South Florida.

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