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Florida's infrastructure is getting a grade of "C'' by civil engineers, but that's still better than the grade of "D+" given to the nation overall.

Florida's citrus crop has been reduced again.

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The IndyCar season kicks off this weekend with the 13th annual Firestone Grand Prix in St. Petersburg.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected in the city Friday through Sunday. Drivers will compete in 13 races throughout the weekend.

Mayor Rick Kriseman says the event shows St. Pete is taking its place on the world sporting stage.

A Stand Your Ground-related bill is now teed up for a vote in the full Florida Senate. But, a bipartisan push to water down the bill Thursday is angering some gun rights groups.

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Court documents show a Hillsborough County woman is set to plead guilty to threatening the parent of a boy killed in the 2012 mass shooting at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, because she thought it was a hoax.

Tampa Mayor Buckhorn Won't Run For Governor

Mar 9, 2017

Pointing to his family and a "job that I love," Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced Thursday he will not seek the Democratic nomination for governor next year.

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The Hillsborough County Commission is jumping ahead of the state legislature by creating a framework for medical marijuana dispensaries.

Gun Bills Could Again Struggle In Senate

Mar 8, 2017

A proposal that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to store firearms with security officers at courthouses narrowly advanced Tuesday through the Senate Judiciary Committee — a panel where high-profile Second Amendment measures stalled last year.

An Orlando police officer diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after the Pulse shooting has been ordered back to work.

Florida lawmakers say the future is right around the corner and now is the time to get prepared. This legislative session lawmakers are talking autonomous vehicles and personal delivery devices.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran has prevailed in his lawsuit against the Florida lottery. A judge sided with the House over whether the agency violated state laws in awarding a contract.

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SeaWorld officials are preparing for the last birth of an orca at one of its parks.

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Rush hour is legendary among Tampa Bay residents for bumper-to-bumper congestion and long commutes.

The area has suffered from traffic woes for years. The Hillsborough County Commission recently approved an $812 million transportation plan, which focuses almost exclusively on road improvements.

Rick Homans is CEO of the Tampa Bay Partnership, an organization that works to solve economic problems in the area.

New 'Hurricane Hunter' Base On Schedule For Storm Season

Mar 6, 2017
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Officials say they are on schedule to open the new home base for the U.S. government's "hurricane hunter" aircraft before the Atlantic hurricane season begins.

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Authorities in Manatee County say two people are dead after their twin-engine plane crashed Saturday.

Coach: Private School Baseball Players Suspended For Hazing

Mar 6, 2017
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The baseball coach at a private school in Bradenton says he suspended at least 15 players after an incident of locker-room hazing.

USF Student Part Of Trump's Case For School Choice

Mar 3, 2017
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In his address to a joint-session of Congress this week, President Trump celebrated the success of Denisha Merriweather, a graduate student at the University of South Florida.

SeaWorld To Open New Dolphin Show In Orlando

Mar 3, 2017
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SeaWorld Orlando is set to open a new dolphin show beginning this spring.

SeaWorld officials announced Thursday that Dolphin Days will open April 1. Guests will get to witness the individual personalities of the Atlantic bottlenose dolphins on display.

Dolphin Days will give guests the opportunity to not only watch the dolphins perform but to learn about their daily habits and what is necessary to keep them safe in their natural habitat. There will also be interactive opportunities for young park visitors.

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New rankings released by U.S. News and World Report say Florida is the number one state in the nation for higher education.

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The St. Petersburg City Council passed a referendum on Thursday that will allow voters to decide whether to allow the Tampa Bay Rowdies to extend their lease at Al Lang Field to 25 years.

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