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Andrea Martin

Andrea Martin is a WUSF/USF Zimmerman School digital news reporter for spring 2018. 

Born in Hialeah, Florida, and later raised in Ocala, Florida, Andrea moved to Tampa to attend the University of South Florida. She is now in her senior year, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, with a concentration in magazine journalism and a minor in Spanish.

Andrea is also the copy editor and a lifestyle writer at the Oracle, the USF student newspaper. 

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The city of Sarasota is planning to file a lawsuit against a number of major pharmaceutical companies to recover damages from the opioid crisis. City Commissioners have voted to retain two attorneys to file the lawsuit. 

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There has been concerns for years over a disproportionate number of cancer cases among former and current students, faculty and staff at a Bradenton high school. That has led the Manatee County School Board and Board of Commissioners to request a study from the Florida Department of Health.

Bayshore High School has been in operation since 1962, but the district’s electronic records of students only go back to 1985 and to 1993 for the staff.

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Tampa International Airport was one of the worst offenders last year in terms of the number of firearms confiscated from fliers.

The federal Transportation Security Administration said in 2017, 97 firearms were found at Tampa International Airport, ranking sixth in the nation for firearms found.

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The first of three Pinellas County solar energy cooperatives was launched Tuesday to help homeowners obtain discounts on residential solar power.

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Several Pasco County neighborhoods at risk of serious flooding should soon be safer due to funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).