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FEMA is extending housing assistance for Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria.

The extension lasts through March 20. Puerto Rico’s government asked for the extension of the Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program as more than a third of the island remains without power.

But the Rev. Jose Nieves of the First United Methodist Church of Kissimmee says many families and hotels where they are staying have not yet gotten the word.

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Security guards in Hillsborough County fatally shot two people at a club that was hosting a teen night.

Staff Sgt. Carmen Fleischmann / Florida Army National Guard

Just like 2004 and 2005 – Florida will remember 2017 as the year of hurricanes especially Hurricane Irma. It was a year that the Florida National Guard learned some new lessons in disaster response.

Florida activated its National Guard troops days before Hurricane Irma made landfall on Sept. 10 in the Florida Keys.

Arctic Blasts Arrive With The New Year

Jan 1, 2018
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While 2017 may have been the warmest year on record in Florida, the start of 2018 is proving to be frigid.

A freeze is likely in portions of the Sunshine State each of the first seven mornings of the new year, with multiple hard freezes in a row possible north of Interstate 4.  The brutal air mass that cancelled New Year’s Eve celebrations in dozens of states could send subfreezing temperatures as far south as Lake Okeechobee by week’s end.

A plane carrying families from Tampa Bay and New York crashed in a wooded area of San Jose, Costa Rica, killing all 12 aboard Sunday, government officials said.

Polk County Sheriff's Office

Authorities say a Kentucky man shot two relatives he was visiting in Florida before turning the gun on himself.

In a statement Sunday, Polk County Sheriff's Office spokesman Brian Bruchey said deputies found two men dead and one woman injured at a Polk City home Saturday evening.

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Florida regulators say temperatures rose to 99 degrees in a sweltering nursing home under investigation for the deaths of 12 residents after Hurricane Irma.

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Police say five people were wounded in shootings that shut down a Florida highway.

In an Orlando Sentinel report, Orlando Police Lt. Jonathan Bigelow said authorities briefly closed Interstate 4 and Kirkman Road due to "the sheer size of the scene" early Sunday.

Lisa Peakes is host of WUSF's All Things Considered. This newscast is from Feb. 8, 2017

Carson Cooper, host of WUSF's Morning Edition.  WUSF reporter Steve Newborn also is part of this newscast from Dec. 13, 2017

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A federal agency says Tampa Electric Company ignored its own rules when performing a dangerous maintenance job at one of its plants that left five workers dead.

On Thursday, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration slapped the company with its most serious citation — a willful violation.

Regulators To Look At Need For Power Plants In Pasco, Putnam Counties

Dec 29, 2017
Seminole Electric

State regulators will hear arguments in March on proposals for two new power plants in Putnam and Pasco counties that would supply electricity to customers of electric cooperatives throughout Florida.

Duke, TECO Ask To Hike Rates After Irma

Dec 29, 2017

Pointing to Hurricane Irma and other recent storms, Duke Energy Florida and Tampa Electric Company on Thursday filed proposals to collect millions from customers.

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Florida's minimum wage will increase by 15 cents next year.

On January 1, the state's minimum wage will go from $8.10 per hour to $8.25 an hour. Tipped workers meanwhile will earn $5.23 an hour, also an increase of 15 cents.

Florida voters approved a statewide minimum wage in 2004. The Florida Minimum Wage Amendment was approved by a 71 % margin.  It’s recalculated each year based on the Consumer Price Index.

Florida Highway Safety And Motor Vehicles

Pinellas County Senator Jeff Brandes is renewing his push to limit how the state suspends driver's licenses. He filed a bill in the Florida Senate that would ban suspensions for most offenses that don't involve driving.

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A new Florida law aims to streamline parenting plans for unmarried parents.  

On January 1, the state's Department of Revenue will have the authority to provide parents with a proposed Standard Parenting Time Plan.

The plan would determine, among other things, where the child will live and how parental responsibility shall be shared.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Police investigating a single-car accident found marijuana and hollow point bullets in an abandoned vehicle registered to Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver DeSean Jackson.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

A babysitter faces desertion charges after deputies say he abandoned three children near a busy Plant City road following a Christmas night crash.

Broward County Sheriff's Office

A Florida man told investigators he punched an automatic teller machine because it gave him too much cash.

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The new Republican tax law is prompting plenty of questions and many of them are coming from homeowners.

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Residents in Florida's biggest cities may be reluctant to recommend their hometown to people looking to move.

The USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey asked about deterrents to moving to a community, and 72 percent of people listed traffic congestion as "a problem" or "a big problem."

A passenger tried to bring a gun and ammunition in a carry-on bag at Orlando International Airport causing a long back-up at checkpoints during the Christmas holiday rush.

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Lakeland attorney John Shannon and his two daughters were among five people killed in the crash of a twin-engine plane at the Bartow Municipal Airport Sunday morning.

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It's been three months since Hurricane Irma hit Florida, and some counties are still cleaning up.

While Pinellas County is getting closer to getting all of the debris out of their area, harder-hit Polk County is setting final collection dates.

A Florida woman who was working as a caretaker for a World War II veteran has been sentenced to 38 years in prison for beating him with his oxygen tank.

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Maintaining his innocence after a special master concluded he had engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment for years, Sen. Jack Latvala announced Wednesday he will quit his legislative post.

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An Amtrak train struck the flatbed trailer of a truck in Florida.

Florida lawmakers are once again trying to reform the state’s food stamp program, which has more than doubled since the Recession. But unlike in previous years, the Republican-led effort could be making some in roads with Democrats. 

In an empty lot near the corner of 23rd Street and North Miami Avenue in Wynwood there’s a giant statue of a man carrying a fish on his back. A few feet away there are smaller human-like sculptures arranged in a circle facing a pyramid, a sphere and a cube.

The molds for these sculptures have made the long journey from Mexico hoping that, as they are created, these pieces of art ignite conversations about how to deal with sea level rise. 

Outback Bowl

Tampa Bay businesses will be laying out the welcome mat for fans arriving ahead of the 2018 Outback Bowl on New Year's Day.

Economists say college football's bowl season is a boon to host cities.

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