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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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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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The Atlanta Braves could soon spend a few months of the year in southern Sarasota County if officials have their way.

Sarasota County Administrator Tom Harmer sent an email to Sarasota County Commissioners Monday informing them about a proposal to bring the team to North Port for spring training. The West Village Improvement District made the bid for the team.

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The Firestone Grand Prix kicks off in St. Petersburg on Friday, and restaurants and hotels already are stocking up and selling out.

HART

When Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) officials look into the future, they see riders tapping preloaded smart cards as they get on the bus.

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and Police Chief Anthony Holloway announced new initiatives on Tuesday to curb gun violence.

Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority

A project to put two elevated toll lanes on Gandy Boulevard in Tampa is taking a step toward reality after decades of debate and false starts.

  

Two much-talked-about bills in the Senate are moving forward, but may be threatened in the House. 

A bill to allow concealed carry permit holders to bring guns into an airport terminal passed the Senate Criminal Justice Committee Tuesday morning. The concealed carry bill, sponsored by Sen. Wilton Simpson, R- New Port Richey, would only apply to the non-secure side of the airport. It would not allow those planning to get on a flight to carry a weapon.

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A raucous sell-out crowd greeted Donald Trump Friday night at the Sun Dome at the University of South Florida in Tampa. An estimated 10,000 people filled the arena to capacity, while several thousand others were turned away at the gate.

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Lawmakers are a step closer to approving a gambling compact made between Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

The House Regulatory Affairs Committee Tuesday advanced the compact that would expand gambling for the Seminole Tribe and for casinos in South Florida. The deal, which needs approval from the Legislature, guarantees the Seminole Tribe would pay $3 billion to the state over the next seven years.

The committee also passed an amendment proposed by Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami. It would shift future approval of gambling expansion to voters statewide.

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Legislation on the move in the Florida Legislature could ban the use of red-light cameras and the millions in revenue they generate for local governments.

A bill sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, would outlaw the ticketing cameras starting in 2019.

Port Tampa Bay

The hardest part of getting a business off the ground is finding resources and money.

Downtown Tampa will become a hub for creators and investors to meet starting Monday, February 8. The goal is to make launching a startup easier in the Bay area.

Tampa Bay Startup Week will host workshops, panels and networking events centered on entrepreneurship. 

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The excitement for Saturday's annual Gasparilla Parade is ramping up, but some local businesses along the parade route are closing down.

Many Americans watched in shock as the Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated over the Florida sky 30 years ago.

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, D-FL, was one of the viewers who had tuned in to the national broadcast. Then a U.S. representative, Nelson arrived back to earth only 10 days earlier after a six-day mission in space. 

It would be the final successful mission to space before the Challenger disaster.

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Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter will be the franchise’s newest head coach, the team announced Friday.

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