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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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Players of the sport known as "murderball" came from around the world to Tampa this weekend for an international tournament.

Its intimidating nickname reflects the intensity of the sport popular among athletes who use wheelchairs. The tournament, hosted by the Tampa club, drew 10 teams from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

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Kumquat farmers in Pasco County were hit hard by the cold snap this week.

Dade City saw temperatures in the mid-20's for several hours on Wednesday night. Kumquats, which are citrus fruits that look like olive-sized oranges, don't deal well with sustained freezing temperatures. 

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An otherwise uncontroversial meeting of the St. Petersburg City Council was flooded with angry residents of St. Petersburg’s Midtown neighborhood on Thursday.

People from the predominantly African American neighborhood were upset about the police road blocks that were set up throughout South St. Petersburg on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

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Hundreds of volunteers in St. Petersburg used the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday as a day on, rather than a day off.

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The mayors of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater laid out their priorities for 2018 at the State of the Bay discussion on Friday.

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New regulations on Tampa's massage parlors and bath houses have been approved by the city council.

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The graduation rate for Tampa Bay schools reach above 80 percent for the first time in recent history.

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A report released Wednesday gave a first look at efforts to improve the achievement of minority students in Pinellas County schools.

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The Tarpon Springs Greek Orthodox community held its yearly Epiphany celebration on Saturday.

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Public records advocates are opposing a number of bills that will be considered by the Florida legislature this year.

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This week's cold snap has brought school closures and even snow in some parts of Florida, but that won't stop the Tarpon Springs Epiphany celebration on Saturday.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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