Morgan Blauth

News Intern

Morgan Blauth is a WUSF News intern for spring 2017. She is a senior at the University of South Florida majoring in Mass Communications with a concentration in public relations and a minor in English. She writes for a variety of organizations, including The Oracle, Her Campus and the USF Public Relations Student Society of America’s (PRSSA) blog.

Morgan is interested in journalism because she likes learning new things with each story that she reads or writes. While not at school, Morgan enjoys thrifting and creating outfits.

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As you walk into the Goodwill retail store on Gandy Boulevard in St. Petersburg, signs advertise 50 percent-off items with specific-colored tags. The tag sale started Sunday to try and raise falling profits at 18 local Goodwill stores.

Goodwill Industries Suncoast is nearly $1 million under budget this fiscal year, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The company has frozen employee wages and hiring for a year to lower expenses, and they're working to raise revenue in retail stores using tactics such as the tag sale.

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Rush hour is legendary among Tampa Bay residents for bumper-to-bumper congestion and long commutes.

The area has suffered from traffic woes for years. The Hillsborough County Commission recently approved an $812 million transportation plan, which focuses almost exclusively on road improvements.

Rick Homans is CEO of the Tampa Bay Partnership, an organization that works to solve economic problems in the area.

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The St. Petersburg City Council voted unanimously on Thursday to let state lawmakers know they support Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida.

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On Valentine’s Day 42 years ago, the Tampa Bay Rowdies played their first soccer game in St. Petersburg. This Thursday, the City Council will vote on ballot language for a referendum that could allow the team to stay at Al Lang Stadium for 25 years instead of five.

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Crowds flocked to the opening day of the 113th Florida State Fair on Thursday to sample the latest fried foods and explore the exhibits.

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Two of the 27 plaintiffs in a lawsuit against President Trump's executive order temporarily banning some immigrants from coming to the United States are from Florida.

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The largest ice sports complex in the Southeastern United States will open in Wesley Chapel on Thursday.

After a year of construction, Florida Hospital Center Ice has three NHL-size rinks an Olympic rink and a mini-rink.

“It’s the largest ice rink south of New York,” said Managing Partner of Florida Hospital Center Ice Gordie Zimmermann.  “Mostly all the way to California there’s nothing of this scale.”

The facility will host hockey events, including University of South Florida practices and the Men's Adult Nationals.