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Ringling College for Art and Design

Ringling College for Art and Design has received a $15 million donation for the world’s first degree in virtual reality.

The gift from husband and wife Dr. Joel Morganroth and Dr. Gail Morrison Morganroth is the largest donation for the Sarasota university in its 86 year history.

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Despite the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Atlantic Division losing to the Pacific Division in the National Hockey League All Star final game, there were some memorable moments.

There was the return of former Lightning player Brian Boyle, now a forward for the New Jersey Devils. He was a Tampa fan favorite while playing here (2014-2017) and was welcomed back with a standing ovation followed by thunderous cheers  every time he took the ice.

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Vancouver’s Brock Boeser was more than happy to just be at the NHL All-Star game, mingling with some of the high-profile players he grew up admiring.

Leaving Amalie Arena as the first rookie to take MVP honors since Mario Lemieux in 1985 on Sunday far exceeded anything he imagined possible.

“Shocked,” the 20-year-old said Canucks star said, describing his reaction. “I never would have dreamt this any time in life.”

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Fans from around the world descended on Tampa this past weekend for the National Hockey League All-Star Weekend, a swirl of events that included a fan festival, live concerts, and a red-carpet extravaganza to welcome the players.

Oh, and a hockey game or three broke out as well.

While it’s so far gone nowhere in the state Senate, a proposal critics are dubbing the “union-busting bill” has passed the Florida House.

Florida House Signs Off On Slavery Memorial At Capitol

Jan 29, 2018

With the idea also moving quickly through the Senate, the Florida House on Thursday unanimously passed a bill to create a slavery memorial at the state Capitol.

The bill (HB 67), sponsored by Rep. Kionne McGhee, D-Miami, calls for the Florida Department of Management Services, working with the state Division of Historical Resources, to develop a plan for the memorial on the Capitol grounds.

Polk County Sheriff's Office

A Florida man suspected of igniting several marine flares in a mall corridor has been arrested.

U.S. House of Representatives

Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown is expected to begin a five-year federal sentence for her part in a fraud scheme that helped end her long career.

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Sen. Marco Rubio said Saturday that he has fired his chief of staff after getting reports of “improper conduct” with subordinate staffers.

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Gov. Rick Scott is calling for the board of directors at two regional job centers to schedule emergency meetings to deal with allegations that the agencies inflated the number of job placements reported to state officials.

Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival Cruise Line is dry-docking its Paradise ship in February on the heels of an introduction of a larger ship — the 2,124-passenger Carnival Miracle — to serve the Tampa market.

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Florida law enforcement authorities said Friday that they have begun a criminal investigation of a state senator who abruptly resigned after an investigation found credible evidence of sexual misconduct.

Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder

  Farmers in Puerto Rico are still reeling from the devastation from Hurricane Maria. Many coffee, banana and tobacco crops are lost, as is a lot of livestock.

 

City of Tampa

If you’re a fan of pirates or hockey, downtown Tampa’s where you want to be this weekend. Problem is, it may not be so easy to navigate your way there.

Dying Teen To Get Last Wish: To Marry High School Girlfriend

Jan 26, 2018
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When doctors told a dying Hillsborough County teen there was nothing else they can do for him, he started checking off his wish list. Now there's one last item: marrying his high school sweetheart.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Advocates in over 400 communities around the country are taking to the streets over the next few weeks to find and tally America’s homeless.

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Improving transportation in the Bay Area always seems to be a hot topic – and that was no exception Wednesday at Urban Land Institute Tampa Bay’s annual Trends in Real Estate Conference in Tampa Heights.


Authorities say a Manatee deputy fatally shot a black man who claimed to have a gun, though no weapon was immediately found.

The Florida Senate is mandating that each senator undergo an hour of workplace and sexual harassment training before the start of each legislative session.

Gasparilla, Tampa's annual celebration of pirates, will be taking place Saturday, and Mayor Bob Buckhorn sees it as a signature event for his city.

Tampa Hits The Ice With NHL All-Star Game

Jan 24, 2018
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This weekend, the Tampa Bay Lighting and the Bay Area play host to the best players on ice for the National Hockey League All-Star Game

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A Tampa man has been identified as one of the 22 people killed in a siege of an upscale hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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It's that time of year again, matey. Gasparilla, Tampa's annual pirate festival and parade, will be taking place this Saturday for swashbucklers and buccaneers alike.

Go easy on the bottle of rum, however, because law enforcement will be cracking down on drinking, whether you're on land or sea.

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Two people have died and a third person was airlifted to a hospital with serious injuries following a standoff and shooting in a Florida neighborhood.

College students in Florida may soon be able to exercise free speech anywhere on a state campus.

Former Florida congresswoman Corrine Brown has twice been rejected as she tries to delay her entry to prison.

The White Racism sociology course being taught at Florida Gulf Coast University this spring has made national headlines since the announcement of it being offered.

RELATED: 'White Racism' Course Begins at FGCU

The controversy surrounding the subject led many to question the course curriculum, including the required textbooks. The main one, chosen by the class' professor, Dr. Ted Thornhill, is "Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America" by Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva.

Congress ended the federal government shutdown on Monday only after Republicans assured Democrats they would move to pass a DACA bill. DACA means Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – the 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children. They're also known as Dreamers. Their struggle to avoid deportation – and live here legally – began almost two decades ago, and it's one of the century's most compelling immigration stories.

One of the key reporters behind the Watergate investigation and the subsequent resignation of President Richard Nixon is coming to St. Petersburg Wednesday night.

Bob Woodward, associate editor of the Washington Post, is speaking at 7:30 p.m. at the Mahaffey Theater. WUSF's Steve Newborn asked him about his talk and if the controversy over "fake news" is affecting the ability of legitimate journalists to connect to their audience.

Pasco County Government

Several Pasco County neighborhoods at risk of serious flooding should soon be safer due to funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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