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State Officials Anticipate Active Wildfire Season

Mar 12, 2018
Florida Forest Service

Peak fire season runs from late winter into spring and that has the Florida Forest Service on high alert. 

Crews have been systematically conducting controlled burns across the state in an effort to prevent wildfires over the next few months.

A drier-than-usual start to the year has already sparked more than 650 wildfires across the state.

State Officials Anticipate Active Wildfire Season

Mar 12, 2018
Florida Forest Service

Peak fire season runs from late winter into spring and that has the Florida Forest Service on high alert. 

Crews have been systematically conducting controlled burns across the state in an effort to prevent wildfires over the next few months.

A drier-than-usual start to the year has helped spark more than 650 wildfires across the state already.

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After more than a year of waiting, Fabiana Dragonetti finally became a U.S. Citizen on Friday.

Dragonetti, who immigrated from Brazil, took her Oath of Allegiance in Riverview alongside 57 other women from more than 25 countries. 

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Community leaders talked about putting an end to school violence at a town hall in Tampa's Seminole Heights neighborhood Thursday night. The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists hosted the event in response to the Parkland shooting last month that left 17 people dead.


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Tiger Woods discovered how tough Innisbrook can be in a swirling wind, and he was up to the task.

A former child protective services investigator has been arrested in Florida for falsifying records.

Florida legislators want to move the date of their 2020 annual session.

Most state workers won't be getting a raise in the coming year, but Florida's judges could be getting a big one.

In the minutes after a gunman opened fire in a Florida high school, killing 17, frantic students and parents begin flooding 911 with calls.

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The president of the Tampa Bay Rays spoke Thursday at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club in St. Petersburg for the first time since the team announced it wants to move to Tampa. He fielded some hostile questions - but said a move is almost inevitable.

Federal disaster officials are ending a program that paid for hotel rooms for more than 27,000 Florida households in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

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A former Tampa Bay Rays physician will not face criminal charges after being fired when a woman accused him of sexual abuse in January.

The St. Petersburg Police Department started its investigation of Michael Reilly after a former employee made the accusations in a 10-minute-long YouTube video. The video detailed allegations of abuse that the woman claimed happened when she was a teenager working at Reilly’s St. Petersburg practice nearly 10 years ago.

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University of South Florida researchers have discovered a long-forgotten audio reel describing a plan to build a massive Picasso sculpture on the campus.

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A sheriff's office captain told deputies to form a perimeter instead of rushing into the Florida high school where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting, according to documents obtained by the Miami Herald.

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Tampa Bay Beer Week kicked off over the weekend, bringing in brewers and aficionados from across the country.

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Will Florida join most of the rest of the country and place an outright ban on texting and driving? Probably not anytime soon.

A Pinellas County woman is suing a T-Mobile store employee for invasion of privacy, claiming he stole a sex video while working on her cellphone.

Florida officials, government employees and the lobbyists and contractors who deal with them could be subject to new rules and penalties for sexual harassment under a bill the House passed unanimously on Thursday.

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State officials say archeologists have located a 7,000-year-old Native American ancestral burial site in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida.

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The gunman who killed 49 people in the Pulse nightclub attack was shot and killed hours afterward. Now, nearly two years later, his widow is being held accountable, charged with helping her husband plan the attack.

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Hackers, beware - the Florida Center for Cybersecurity has unveiled a service to help state universities teach students how to prevent cyber-attacks.

The resource is called the Florida CyberHub and includes a “Cybertown,” in which users monitor a simulated city’s virtual ecosystem and defend the different facilities against cyber-attacks. The CyberHub is designed to mimic a realistic cybersecurity experience.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin in the trial of the widow of the gunman who police say killed dozens at a Florida nightclub.

Florida's Republican legislative leaders are starting their final negotiations on a new state budget after reaching a deal on key details behind closed doors.

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The Major League Baseball Players Association filed a grievance against the Tampa Bay Rays, Miami Marlins, Oakland Athletics and Pittsburgh Pirates accusing the teams of failing to appropriately spend revenue-sharing money.

A Florida man has pleaded guilty to threatening to burn down a Muslim family's new home.

About 50 uniformed officers marched into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School early Wednesday, just one aspect of the heavy security as classes resumed for the first time since 17 students and teachers were killed by a troubled teenager with an AR-15, thrusting them into the center of the nation's gun debate.

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Authorities say a man who's responsible for starting fires at several Florida churches has been arrested.

The Broward campus deputy widely lambasted for not entering Marjory Stoneman Douglas High during the massacre that killed 17 people insists he is no coward — and that he did not initially believe that gunfire was happening inside the building.

Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson, in a statement released through his lawyer Monday, said his actions during the Valentine’s Day massacre “were appropriate under the circumstances.”

One man in upstate New York sawed his AR-15 rifle into pieces and posted a video of it on Facebook. A woman in Connecticut did the same with her handgun. Not far from scene of the Florida high school shooting in Parkland, another man brought his assault weapon to police and asked them to destroy it.

The criminal case against the gunman accused in the Florida high school shooting returns to court Tuesday with prosecutors seeking hair samples, fingerprints, DNA and photographs of the suspect.

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