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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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Active-duty military personnel and their families looking for something to do this summer are in luck. More than 2,000 museums nationwide are offering free admission through Labor Day, thanks to the Blue Star Museums program.

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Balloons, flowers and stuffed animals now line a stretch of Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard where a mother and her toddler daughter were struck and killed by what police say were racing drivers.

Residents are discussing how to create a permanent memorial for Jessica Reisinger and her 21-month-old baby Lillia Raubenolt. Ideas include artist murals, a sculpture or a plaque and medallions to honor pedestrians and drivers who have died along the iconic boulevard.

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When most people hear the phrase “computer hacking,” they think of someone trying to do harm. But the National Day of Civil Hacking aims to help solve community problems.

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Festival-goers packed away their fanny packs, bandanas and flags Sunday when both the Sunset Music Festival and Tampa Bay Margarita Festival announced the cancellations of the second day of activities.

Subtropical Storm Alberto came ashore Monday afternoon in the Florida Panhandle near Laguna Beach, just west of Panama City Beach. The remnant circulation from the system will move through Alabama today, but plenty of tropical moisture remains across Florida this week. This will enhance the typical sea breeze showers and thunderstorms, leading to heavier rainfall rates at times and longer-lasting episodes of thunderstorms in the coming days.

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The 2012 general election in Florida had some of the longest voting lines in recent memory.

Rain Bands Linger In Tampa Bay As Alberto Lands In Panhandle

May 28, 2018
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The center of Subtropical Storm Alberto arrived just west of Panama City Monday afternoon, bringing with it 45 mph winds. 

Rain, Winds Blow Through Tampa Bay Area As Alberto Heads To Panhandle

May 27, 2018
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Subtropical Storm Alberto's trip into the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday brought bands of rain and wind, but little damage into the Tampa Bay area. The storm, with winds up to 50 mph, is expected to reach landfall in Florida's panhandle Monday.

Tropical Storm Warning Issued for Tampa Bay Area As Alberto Heads Toward Gulf

May 26, 2018
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

The National Weather Service issued a Tropical Storm Warning at 5 p.m. Saturday for parts of the Tampa Bay area, as Subtropical Storm Alberto continues to travel into the Gulf of Mexico.

Publix announced on its corporate website Friday that they are going to “suspend corporate-funded political contributions as we re-evaluate our giving processes.”

Flood Watch Issued Ahead Of Subtropical Storm Alberto

May 25, 2018
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

Subtropical Storm Alberto could produce tropical storm force winds, minor storm surge, and inland flooding along portions of the Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday and Monday, according to the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network.

We have compiled a list of Memorial Day events within the Tampa Bay area and across Florida, taking place Friday through Monday. With Subtropical Storm Alberto expected to mean rain for much of the area throughout the weekend, we'll try to keep this list updated with any cancellations or other changes.

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A toddler has died a day after police say she and her mother were struck by two Tampa teenagers who were street racing on Bayshore Boulevard.

Chances For 2018's First Tropical System Now 90 Percent

May 24, 2018
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

There is now a 90 percent chance a tropical storm will form in the Gulf of Mexico by Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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Officials at Publix Supermarkets are now saying they are going to reevaluate how the company contributes to political campaigns.

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With the national average gas price averaging $2.93, travelers are paying the highest Memorial Day weekend prices since 2014, which reached $3.65. However, AAA predicts these rising gas prices will not put a damper on Floridians’ travel plans this holiday weekend.

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To many people, the F.W. Woolworth building on East Franklin Street looks like just another empty red brick building abundant in that area of downtown Tampa.

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If you are reading this, you are likely one of the more than 14 million people who vehemently believe that this audio clip is saying either the word "yanny" or the word "laurel."

If you haven't heard it yet, take a listen:

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The history of the Gulf of Mexico is often times relegated to the footnotes in history textbooks.

It’s a wrong that historian Jack Davis said he hopes to make right in his latest book, “The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea.”

Tropical Development Possible In Gulf This Week

May 14, 2018
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

Hurricane season may more than two weeks away, but the Gulf of Mexico thinks otherwise. A disturbance just west of the Florida Keys has the potential to develop tropical characteristics as it drifts slowly north in the coming days. Regardless, periods of heavy rain are likely across most of the Sunshine State over the next few days.

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The newly renovated Julian B. Lane Riverfront park opened on the west bank of the Hillsborough River over the weekend to a lot of fanfare.

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn painted a picture of a growing city with new challenges during his final State of the City address as mayor on Friday morning.

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President Trump announced Tuesday that he has decided to exit a 2015 multinational agreement in which Iran agreed to limit its production of nuclear weapons material.

"I am announcing today that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal," Trump said.

He said the U.S. will reimpose economic sanctions that were lifted as part of the U.S. commitments made in the deal.

Four homeless sex offenders living in tents outside Hialeah are suing to block Miami-Dade from dismantling their roadside encampment, arguing the county's own rules aimed at sexual predators have left them few options.

"Inhabitants of the encampment are not there by choice or circumstance," reads the request for an emergency injunction from unnamed plaintiffs. "They were forced into involuntary homelessness by Defendant's deliberate, long-standing policy of severely restricting where individuals formerly convicted of certain sexual offenses may reside in Miami-Dade County."

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Housing advocates are calling on local politicians to make more funding for affordable housing a priority in the 2018 elections.

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The Takeaway is a national talk show produced by WNYC in New York. It airs weekday afternoons at 3 on WUSF 89.7.

Tanzina Vega is the Takeaway’s new host.  Vega, who has worked for CNN Money and as a correspondent for The New York Times, spoke with WUSF’s Lisa Peakes about her new role.

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson applauded FEMA's decision to extend a program that provides temporary housing for Puerto Rican families displaced by Hurricane Maria. 

 

 


City of Tampa

Despite requests by critics of the department for a female chief, there will soon be a new man heading up Tampa Fire Rescue.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced Tuesday that Assistant Chief of Operations Nick LoCicero will replace Chief Tom Forward, who is retiring after 35 years with TFR.

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WUSF’s Robin Sussingham has been honored with a Regional Edward R. Murrow award for Feature Reporting.

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