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Sam Newlon

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Sam Newlon is a WUSF Public Media Stephen Noble intern for summer 2018.

Born and raised in San Antonio, Fla., Sam attended the University of Alabama before transferring to the University of South Florida to pursue a career in journalism. He is currently a junior who covers USF athletic programs as a staff writer for The Oracle, USF’s student newspaper.

Sam would like to become a sportswriter for a major sports media network and is interested in filmmaking. 

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Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri spoke at a press conference Tuesday to update the public about a recent controversial "stand your ground" case.

The news conference was supposed to include representatives from The Upper Pinellas County Ministerial Alliance and NAACP Clearwater, but they called before the event saying they would not attend. Gualtieri addressed the media alone.

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The family of Markeis McGlockton urged authorities Tuesday to pursue a case against the man who shot and killed him last week.

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Lakeland’s historic district, peppered with low-to-the-ground bungalow-style homes covered by a thick canopy of trees, could start to feel the effects of the city’s growing urban presence.

Florida Forest Service

Prescribed burns are a part of precautions taken throughout Florida to prevent massive forest fires by clearing flammable debris from the ground. They are meant to keep people safe, but one such burn was quite the opposite.

In the Panhandle town of Eastpoint, one of these burns grew out of control on June 24 and burnt down 36 homes. 

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The Tampa Bay Rays unveiled their long-awaited plans Tuesday for a new ballpark in Tampa's historic Ybor City.

The ultramodern design includes glass walls, a translucent dome to let in sunlight to potentially allow for natural grass, while having features that tip its hat to the surrounding Latin district.

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After a year of policy changes designed to decrease rates of juvenile arrests, a report shows Hillsborough County made significant improvements keeping young people out of jail.

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A USF professor rewrote a tasty part of Italian history after running tests on the inside of a 4,000 year-old jar found in a prehistoric settlement in Castelluccio, Italy.

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It was a normal Hernando County School Board meeting until an off-agenda item was added at its conclusion.

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For the first time in Hillsborough County, a drug dealer will face murder charges after deputies said a man overdosed on an opioid that was sold to him.

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After months of negotiations, representatives from the Hillsborough County School District and Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association (HCTA) met at the HCTA building in West Tampa on Wednesday to sign a tentative agreement on teacher pay.

City of Sarasota

Even though Subtropical Storm Alberto only brushed the coast of Florida last month, at least one of its beaches experienced some significant damage.

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Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority displayed a 40-foot electric bus Wednesday. Even though the bus was running, the loudest part of the presentation was the rain falling outside and cars speeding past.

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Despite only receiving 1.28 inches of rain during the first named storm of the season, Pasco County officials say they pulled out all the stops to test its preparedness.

We have compiled a list of Memorial Day events within the Tampa Bay area and across Florida, taking place Friday through Monday. With Subtropical Storm Alberto expected to mean rain for much of the area throughout the weekend, we'll try to keep this list updated with any cancellations or other changes.

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The University of South Florida St. Petersburg announced a plan Wednesday to expand scholarship programs for students from Pinellas County.

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Parts of Florida are experiencing several days of rain, which is expected in a state notorious for its afternoon thunderstorms. But May is supposed to be one of Florida’s driest months.

With the dry season experiencing this much rainfall, Floridians could face the threat of severe flooding when the rainy season starts.

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A coalition of 50 homeowners presented a report to Sarasota County Commissioners on Wednesday suggesting potential land-uses surrounding Celery Fields, which is one of the most important bird-watching spots on Florida's Gulf Coast.

In November, after a split commission rejected plans to build a recycling center near the fields, the group was given six months to create a proposal for how the land should be used.

Sarasota County Schools

A Sarasota County School Board member had a tough time keeping his composure during an emotional apology at Tuesday's board meeting. 

City of St. Petersburg

In 2011, Gov. Rick Scott signed a law backed by the National Rifle Association that essentially stripped cities of their right to enact gun control regulations.

Seven years and a wave of political activism later, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman joins ten Florida cities suing the state in hopes to overturn the legislation.

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Florida used to be the premier spot for Major League Baseball’s spring training, but a growing number of professional teams are heading to Arizona instead of the Sunshine State for their preseason workouts.

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Florida beachgoers often imagine a day on the water. Colorful umbrellas peppered across the sand, the sound of waves foaming as they crash onto the shore and the inescapable smell of saltwater nipping at your senses.

Sometimes, instead of this picturesque scene, a sickening odor of dead fish wafts across empty beaches, local restaurants are closed because they can’t prepare seafood, and residents even experience trouble breathing. The culprit is red tide.

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Pinellas County Schools face a massive budget deficit in the wake of new legislation spurred by the Parkland shooting.

The law requires school safety officers to be assigned to every public school in Florida.

National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service

No more computer models or projections. Finally – concrete data.

A scientific paper published in February may pave the way for a new conversation about rising sea levels using data instead of projections.

Pinellas County Government

Keep Pinellas Beautiful is looking for volunteers for their cleanup event at Joe’s Creek and Cross Bayou Canal on Saturday.

The event is a prelude to The Great American Cleanup, a national effort to neaten communities around the country. That takes place March 20, the first day of spring.

Nobody sat in the back row.

Students filled the front rows at the center of the auditorium at Tampa’s King High School during an optional voter registration campaign put on Wednesday by the Hillsborough County Elections Office. They were chattering when they walked in, but the room silenced when county officials started speaking.

They were ready to build on a political movement started by students in South Florida after a deadly school shooting there two weeks ago.

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Like a bear waking from hibernation, Major League Baseball teams are emerging from their cave-like dugouts to start a new season.

Billy Graham Library

In the late 1930s, 20-year-old Billy Graham dropped to his knees on the dewy fringe of the 18th green of what is now the Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club.

Florida Sheriff's Association

You never know who you're talking to on social media today. What may be surprising is who some of these online impersonators choose to be.

One internet scammer’s attempt to impersonate Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco was extinguished after a tip was sent to the Sheriff's office.

Metro Development Group

Wesley Chapel has transformed from a town of sprawling cattle ranches to a hot spot of suburban growth.

Now, there will soon be a new addition – the nation’s first Crystal Lagoon, a 7.5 acre manmade body of turquoise water.

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Manatee County Commissioners reopened a longtime discussion about decreasing the risk of flooding in residential areas Tuesday.

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