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Lakeland City Commissioner Michael Dunn has resigned less than four days after a grand jury indicted him on charges of second-degree murder.

Emails Offer Window Into The Failed Trump Tower Tampa

Oct 22, 2018
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In November 2007, The Wall Street Journal infuriated Donald Trump with an article that dissected his recent real estate setbacks. Headlined “Stalled Condo Projects Tarnish Trump’s Name,” the report raised doubt about what the mogul treasured — and banked on — most in business: the value of his personal brand.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum's meeting in Tampa Sunday night turned into more of a brawl than a debate.

Following the success of the  1963 March on Washington, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights activists set their sights on organizing another large protest in the nation's capital, this one for the rights of the poor.

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Andrew Gillum was in St. Petersburg Friday for his first campaign event for governor since Hurricane Michael devastated parts of the Panhandle.

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Florida typically leads the nation in child drownings and this year Hillsborough County is leading the state. Seventy-four children have drowned in Florida this year, including nine in Hillsborough, according to the Florida Department of Children and Families.

The devastation red tide has caused in Florida will be one of the topics covered at the 8th annual St.Petersburg Science Festival Saturday.

Courtesy of the Latin Film Festival

St. Petersburg is hosting the first annual Tampa Bay Latin Film Festival starting this Thursday. The four-day event will focus on different aspects of the culture and seeks to answer the question: what is happening in Latin American film?

Sears

After years of financial struggles, Sears filed for bankruptcy Monday morning. The 125-year old company is set to close 142 stores nationwide by the end of the year.

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Around 65 patients with special needs displaced by Hurricane Michael are finding shelter at the Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter in Pasco County.

State Freezes Insurance Rates After Hurricane Michael

Oct 15, 2018

Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday directed the state’s top insurance regulator to freeze any potential property-insurance rate increases for 90 days as homeowners and businesspeople grapple with massive damage from Hurricane Michael.

Scott also directed Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier to require rescinding for 90 days all policy non-renewals or cancellations that had been issued in the days leading up to Michael to give policyholders more time to find coverage. In another move, insurance policyholders will be given an extra 90 days to provide required information to insurers.

Upon touring the damage in several towns along Florida's Panhandle, Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long called the destruction left by Hurricane Michael some of the worst he's ever seen.

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The Muslim community in the Tampa Bay area is one of the largest in the state, and local politicians got the opportunity to make their pitches to them on Saturday.

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The Tampa Bay area is reaching out with donation drives to help the victims of Hurricane Michael.

Donations - including food, medical care, water and cleaning supplies - will make their way up the coast from Tampa to the Panhandle to help those affected by Hurricane Michael.

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It's been about a month since red tide first made its way to Pinellas County, but not much has been seen in the last few weeks. That was until Hurricane Michael passed through earlier this week and pushed the algae bloom closer to shore.

This week The Florida Roundup looked at the destruction caused by Hurricane Michael along with what the response has been from officials.

Mote Marine Laboratory

Mote Marine Laboratory is working with Sarasota County to lease, and eventually own, 27 acres of land for a new aquarium at Nathan Benderson Park. 

Fast, Furious: How Michael Grew Into A 155 MPH Monster

Oct 10, 2018
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Moist air, warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico, and ideal wind patterns supercharged Hurricane Michael in the hours before it smacked Florida's Panhandle.

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The Gulf Coast of Florida is already feeling impacts of Hurricane Michael with minor coastal flooding due to storm surge and high tide.

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Updated 11:30 p.m.

Fast and furious Hurricane Michael barreled toward the Florida Panhandle late Tuesday night with 125 mph winds and a potentially catastrophic storm surge of 13 feet, giving tens of thousands of people precious little time to board up and get out.

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Michael became a hurricane Monday morning and is expected to strengthen before striking the Florida Panhandle later this week.

However, AAA does not currently expect the storm to have a direct impact on gasoline supplies or prices at the pump in Florida.

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Updated at 2:12 a.m. Tuesday

Michael gained new strength over warm tropical waters amid fears it would swiftly intensify into a major hurricane before striking Florida's northeast Gulf Coast, where frantic coastal dwellers are boarding up homes and seeking evacuation routes away from the dangerous storm heading their way.

Update Sunday 1 pm: The National Hurricane Center issued an intermediary update Sunday afternoon to advise that “satellite wind data indicated the depression has strengthened” into a tropical storm and has now acquired the name Michael. The story below has been revised to include this new information.

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Attorney General Pam Bondi on Thursday said reports of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Florida prompted her to launch a statewide investigation and led to a website where people can anonymously report allegations.

On this week’s edition of The Florida Roundup we looked at how the next governor might tackle the rising cost of health care with candidates Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis at largely opposite ends of the political spectrum.

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Amid negotiations for a new stadium in Hillsborough County, the Tampa Bay Rays are buying the St. Petersburg-based Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer team.

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The city of St. Petersburg on Tuesday reported a data breach that could impact thousands of their customers. The breach took place between August 11 and September 25. More than 28,000 customers may have been affected.

In this week’s Florida Roundup we looked at dueling education plans in the race for governor from Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum.

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A University of South Florida student is speaking out about his past in the white nationalist movement.

Scott Ernest, an undergraduate student in public health at USF Tampa, said he first got involved in the movement online in 2004 and eventually moved to Montana to join a white nationalist organization. Now, Ernest advises young people who are thinking about leaving the alt-right, particularly those who are LGBT.

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