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Bethany Hanson

Digital News Intern

Bethany Hanson is a WUSF/USF Zimmerman School digital news intern for spring 2018.

Born in Weymouth, England, she moved to Tampa in 2006 and is currently a junior, working towards a bachelor's degree in mass communication with a concentration in news editorial.

Bethany hopes to become a travel writer, or report on human rights issues.

Polk County added a new name to their healthcare provider network this week. A new contract with Impower will bring behavioral and mental health services to uninsured residents through a telehealth program.

Courtesy of Brooke Shapiro

On the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, students across the Tampa Bay area participated in Friday’s National Student Walkout.

Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

With another hurricane season around the corner, there could be some changes to the way school districts and counties receive reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the cost of storm shelters.

Bethany Hanson / WUSF Public Media

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Police Chief Brian Dugan announced plans Thursday to commemorate Autism Awareness Month. Their new program, "Help Us, Help You" is an online special needs registry for first responders in the city of Tampa.

Buckhorn announced in his State of the City address last year that he wants to make Tampa one of the first cities in America to be designated as autism friendly. This registry is the next step in his initiative.

Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

Faith leaders from across Pinellas and Pasco counties are urging State Attorney Bernie McCabe to stop seeking the death penalty in murder cases.

Among the 46 pastors and priests who signed a letter to McCabe were Bishop Gregory Parkes from the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg and Reverend Russell Meyer, the director of the Florida Council of Churches.

Pasco Sheriff's Office

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco announced the appointment of  appointment of General Counsel Lindsay Moore as their first constitutional policing advisor.

 

Nocco said Moore and Capt.Eric Seltzer will work with the State Attorney’s Office in an effort to make sure that agency members are abiding by the law and Constitution.

 

Yuisa Rios / FEMA

Puerto Rican veterans will be reuniting for the first time in 30 years Saturday, and they’ll be raising awareness about the current situation on the island.

For most of the veterans, this will be the first time seeing each other since they were stationed at Naval Station Roosevelt Roads in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, in the 1980s and 1990s.

Visit Central Florida

While the Florida Grand Prix is taking place in St. Petersburg this weekend, there will also be racing on two wheels elsewhere in the area - and it will happen, rain or shine.

There’s a high chance of storms in Winter Haven this Sunday, but that won’t stop bicyclists from competing in the Chain of Lakes Cycling Classic.

Bethany Hanson / WUSF Public Media

A device developed by University of South Florida engineers that turns wastewater into clean water, energy and nutrients will soon be headed to South Africa.

The NEWgenerator uses membrane filtration - similar to a coffee filter - to clean dirty water and convert it for future use.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

Hillsborough County commissioners voted 6-1 in favor of spending another $61 million on maintenance of Tampa’s Amalie Arena.

Commissioner Stacy White was the only one of seven to vote against this plan Wednesday.

“I felt it would be premature to be spending such a large amount of the Tourist Development Tax revenues without knowing if they would become available in the future for critical County needs,” he said in a statement.

ADA Foundation

Low income kids in Pinellas County can see a dentist for free Monday and organizers hope more children will take part this year.

The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg on Saturday opened a new exhibit showcasing two of the twentieth century’s most influential artists.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

There is a possible repair solution for the Pasco County sinkhole that destroyed two homes last summer.

The Board of County Commissioners and the Public Safety office are leaning towards a decorative fence, the least expensive and safest option.

Embracing Our Differences

Arts organizations from Sarasota and St.Petersburg were among those honored by the state this week for their work promoting diversity and inclusion.