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A group calling themselves All for Transportation is looking to revive efforts to fund transportation improvements in Hillsborough County through a penny sales tax increase.

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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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With hurricane season here, authorities say residents should know whether they live in an evacuation zone, so they know when it’s time to leave.

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Some local government leaders are saying state legislators are choking their ability to pay for programs for their communities. City and county governments across Florida face a possible decline in tax revenue. That’s because of a proposed homestead exemption on the November ballot.

At the same time, local leaders are scrambling to find funds to pay for state mandated programs, such as Pinellas County's new $20 million school safety officer requirement.

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Since the Parkland school shooting, sixteen-year-old Alex Barrow says Hillsborough High School has an environment of fear.

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Hillsborough County commissioners voted 6-1 in favor of spending another $61 million on maintenance of Tampa’s Amalie Arena.

Commissioner Stacy White was the only one of seven to vote against this plan Wednesday.

“I felt it would be premature to be spending such a large amount of the Tourist Development Tax revenues without knowing if they would become available in the future for critical County needs,” he said in a statement.

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The volunteers were out early, canvassing the area near Tampa's downtown Gaslight Park while many of the people living there were just starting their day.

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A group of Tampa business leaders will hold a news conference Friday afternoon to unveil a plan to bring the Tampa Bay Rays to their city - and team ownership may be set to say Ybor City is their preferred location.

McClure Cruises To Win Hillsborough House Race

Dec 20, 2017
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Keeping the seat in Republican hands, Dover businessman Lawrence McClure easily won a special election Tuesday in a Hillsborough County state House district.

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Hillsborough County officials have chosen a site near downtown Tampa as their top choice for a new Tampa Bay Rays stadium, according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

But possibly losing  the hometown baseball team has become an issue in the St. Petersburg mayor's race.

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Amazon, the nation’s most valuable retailer, recently announced its search for a location to set up their second national headquarters, or HQ2. Dozens of major metropolitan areas are competing to score this Holy Grail of deals, including Tampa Bay.

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Hillsborough County Libraries are providing assistance to residents affected by Hurricane Irma. 

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The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Irma has strengthened back into a Category 5 storm, as officials warned more than 5 million people that time was running out Friday and ordered them to evacuate ahead of the deadly hurricane as it followed a path that could take it from one end of the state to the other.

Forecasters also extended hurricane and storm surge warnings and watches farther north to the Anclote River, including Tampa Bay.

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Some Florida residents woke up to an uninvited, scaly guest in their backyard swimming pool: a 7- to 8-foot-long (2-meter-long) alligator.

Republicans Set To Run For Raulerson, Cruz Seats

Aug 1, 2017

Two Republicans have opened campaign accounts to try to succeed Rep. Dan Raulerson, R-Plant City, and House Minority Leader Janet Cruz, D-Tampa, in Hillsborough County House districts.

Bucking a growing trend elsewhere in the south, Hillsborough County officials decided Wednesday not to move a Confederate memorial from in front of a courthouse administrative building in downtown Tampa.

No more than 20 medical marijuana dispensaries would be allowed to open in unincorporated parts of Hillsborough County under new rules passed by commissioners on Wednesday.

Hillsborough commissioners will consider placing a cap on the number of medical marijuana dispensaries that can open in unincorporated parts of the county.

Hillsborough PTC Comes To A Dead End

May 11, 2017
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A bill to dissolve the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission passed the Florida Legislature and is awaiting the signature of Gov. Rick Scott. 

The PTC has faced criticism for trying to regulate ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft. If Scott signs the bill, the agency will be officially dissolved Dec. 31.

Hillsborough County commissioners want to use affordable housing funds to help four families stuck paying mortgages on homes in one neighborhood left worthless by the presence of toxic Chinese drywall.

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Never mind the hurricanes and the Zika that have come to Florida. Santiago Corrada, the CEO of Visit Tampa Bay, says it's been a banner year for tourism in Hillsborough County.

The close of the fiscal year, September 30th, showed record-breaking numbers and he's waiting to see how the calendar year ends.  Corrada says if the tourism agency hits the mark it expects to then, which is $600 million in taxable hotel revenue, it will mean yet another record and a special designation.

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Authorities say firefighters found an adult and a child dead inside a burning mobile home near Tampa.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue crews were called to the home around 11 p.m. Wednesday.

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The bus driver involved in last week's school bus crash in Hillsborough County was cited for careless driving after it was discovered he was speeding at the time of the incident.

Lenoir Sainfimin, 54, was driving with the county for only a week before the crash occurred last Thursday.

Superintendent Jeff Eakins said the district will purchase 200 new school buses.

Concerns about the safety of the buses are high because the county is home to one of the oldest fleets in the state.

Authorities say a Florida mom home with her two children has been shot multiple times after answering her front door.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's officials say 37-year-old Angela Morales heard several knocks at the door shortly after midnight Saturday while home with her husband and 9-year-old twins. That's when authorities say a man opened fire, hitting Morales multiple times.

She was hospitalized in critical condition.

Sometime after the sun came up Wednesday, a woman walking her dog past a fenced-off area in a sleepy suburban neighborhood near Tampa heard a loud rumble. She quickly dialed 911.

Road Closures Due to Flooding in Hillsborough County

Aug 3, 2015
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According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, due to the heavy rains Monday morning, the following roads have been closed as of 2 PM:

Group Moves Forward with Sales Tax Increase Plan

Jul 17, 2015
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Three mayors from Hillsborough County cities are joining forces with several county commissioners and the chairman of Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) to discuss a possible sales tax increase. Part of a plan called the GO Hillsborough initiative would increase the county sales tax by a half cent, with a majority of that money going towards road maintenance and improvements. 

Local Community Celebrates 150 Years

Jun 24, 2015
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Just south of Plant City is a place with a history of agriculture and adversity. Bealsville was settled by 12 freed slaves and their families following the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865. This week, residents of the small, unincorporated Hillsborough County community will celebrate Bealsville's 150th anniversary.  

Runoff Candidates Hope for More Voter Turnout

Mar 23, 2015
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Tampa's City Council District 6 runoff elections are Tuesday.

District 6 covers the areas of West Tampa, Seminole Heights and parts of South Tampa.

Guido Maniscalco is going up against his District 6 runoff opponent, Jackie Toledo.

Toledo won 46 percent of the votes in the primary election but failed to win the seat outright. With low voter turnout expected for the runoff election, Maniscalco said he hopes more people make the effort to get out and vote.

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn weighed in on the firing of Hillsborough County School Superintendent Mary Ellen Elia on Wednesday.

Following Gov. Rick Scott's press conference about his education plan, Mayor Buckhorn spoke with reporters and questioned the School Board's  4-3 decision on Tuesday to let Elia go and buy out the remainder of her contract.

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