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Roberto Roldan

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Roberto Roldan is a reporter with WUSF News, after serving as an intern in spring 2016.

At that time, he was a senior at the University of South Florida pursuing a degree in mass communications and a minor in international studies.

He has previously worked with the Tampa Bay Times, WMNF and The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal, where he covered the wedding ceremonies in Kentucky of plaintiffs in the historic same-sex marriage case before the U.S. Supreme Court. In Tampa, he's covered everything from violent crime in Tampa’s university neighborhoods to the local music scene.

When he's not out reporting, Roldan enjoys seeing local bands and spending time in the outdoors.

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Florida has never been the perfect climate for growing strawberries -- it's usually too hot or too cold.

And the current cold snap has strawberry farmers in the Tampa Bay region on the defensive this week.

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Now that the holidays have passed, many Tampa Bay residents may be wondering what to do with their Christmas trees.

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Emergency cold shelters have opened up across Tampa Bay as temperatures fall to near freezing throughout the week.

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Two state lawmakers from Tampa Bay want to change the way some special taxing districts are run in the state.

Bills filed by state Senator Tom Lee (R-Brandon) and state Representative Jake Raburn (R-Valrico) would place new regulations on community redevelopment agencies (CRAs). These agencies funnel tax dollars back into neighborhoods - many of which are impoverished.

Tampa International Airport officials are bracing for an influx of holiday travelers coming into and leaving the Tampa Bay area.

The airport saw a record number of passengers during the spring break season and the number of travelers during the 2017 Thanksgiving week was seven percent higher than their busiest year thus far.

Officials said they are expecting this trend to carry over into the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Tampa Police Department

As many Tampa residents are getting ready to travel to their holiday destination, the Tampa Police Department is trying to keep safe what is left behind.

As part of the Vacation Watch Program, Tampa residents can sign up to have police officers keep tabs on their home while they are on vacation.

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Volunteers laid wreaths on the graves of hundreds of thousands of veterans on Saturday as part of a national event known as Wreaths Across America.

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A group of volunteers are putting up Christmas lights in their Tampa neighborhood, just blocks from where food pantry worker Ronald Felton was shot and killed by a serial killer just a few weeks earlier.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

The suspect in the four Seminole Heights murders entered a not guilty plea in Hillsborough County Court on Tuesday morning.

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Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum was questioned on issues such as transportation and teacher wages at a Tampa community forum on Friday.

Tampa International Airport

A draft of a state audit into Tampa International Airport's $2.3 billion expansion has raised questions about the airport's spending and executive salaries.

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The Tampa neighborhood of Seminole Heights is known for it's craft beer, innovative restaurants and eclectic boutiques.

But over the past 51 days, state, local and federal authorities have been constantly patrolling the neighborhood looking for whoever killed four people.

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Tampa Police have arrested a fast-food worker they believe is connected to the shooting deaths of four people in the city.

Polk County Fire Rescue

A train hauling molten sulfur  derailed in Lakeland early Monday morning, but officials now say the imminent danger appears to be over.

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Some Seminole Heights business owners are expecting a record holiday shopping season in spite of the recent series of murders in the neighborhood.

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Florida) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) met with Tampa business leaders on Monday to discuss the Senate's version of the tax reform bill.

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Residents of the Seminole Heights community in Tampa collected canned food and donations Saturday after a man was gunned down while volunteering at a local food pantry.

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Interstate 4 is the deadliest road in the U.S., according to a study produced by Teletrac Navman, a transportation technology company.

Between 2011 and 2015, federal data shows there were more than 165 deaths on the 132 mile interstate. The stretch of I-4 running through Orlando was the deadliest part of the interstate with 19 deaths.

Mort Elementary School is one of Tampa’s lowest-performing elementary schools situated in one the most troubled neighborhoods in Hillsborough County.

In 25 years though, officials are hoping it will be a model of success.

Chef Greg Baker
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 The Seminole Heights neighborhood, once dotted with car repair shops, has become a key player in the growth of Tampa's culinary and craft beer scene.

Greg Baker has been at the forefront of the transformation in the now-trendy historic neighborhood. And he recently brought an additional boost of national attention to the area by receiving his fifth nomination for a James Beard Award, the Grammys of the food business.

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The U.S. Department of Justice released a long-awaited report Wednesday morning that found Tampa Police unfairly stopped and ticketed black bicyclists as part of its bike stop program.

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St. Petersburg Police made an arrest early this morning in the death of a St. Petersburg teenager who was killed in his driveway on his 18th birthday Wednesday. 

Courtesy of Wannemacher Jensen Architects, Inc.

Thursday, March 31 was the last day for Tampa Bay area residents to make suggestions on the amenities and activities that will be offered in the area approaching the new St. Petersburg Pier.

The Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Officials at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts are looking to upgrade the center’s building, as well as its image.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

A wrong-way crash in Seffner on Friday left one man dead and another injured.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won big over opponent Bernie Sanders in Tuesday's Florida primary, but Sanders supporters didn't seem all that worried though.

At a Sanders election watch part at the Edge of 9 bar in downtown St. Petersburg, the crowd was energetic. They seemed to break out into "Bernie" chants almost at random. As Sanders might put it, they were "Feeling the Bern."

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Despite minor delays getting polls open in a few counties, turnout for today's primary voting in Florida is expected to be heavy and steady throughout the day.

In addition to the possibility of a historic number of voters going to the polls, Secretary of State Ken Detzner says a record number of absentee and early voting ballots have been cast ahead of Tuesday.

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Several thousand people crowded into the Tampa Convention Center Monday afternoon, as Donald Trump made his second local appearance ahead of the Florida presidential primary.

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Chelsea Clinton held a get out the vote rally in downtown St. Petersburg Friday afternoon in support of her mother and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

At the intimate event at the local coffee shop (swah-rey), Clinton set her event apart from other recent Tampa Bay political rallies by sitting on stage and speaking to the crowd in a conservational tone.

She told the roughly 100 people at the event about her mother's ability to work with Republican's to pass key legislation.

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Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders concluded a state tour Thursday night at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. An estimated crowd of 9,000 packed the Expo Hall to hear the Vermont senator in this final push to Tuesday's presidential primary.

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