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There was disappointment Wednesday night because the annual fireworks shows at Tampa’s Riverwalk and St. Petersburg’s downtown waterfront did not go as planned.

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Displaced Puerto Rican families who were preparing to leave their hotels and motels on Thursday will get to stay a bit longer.

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The Fourth of July is a holiday notorious for increased drunk driving accidents, so AAA and Budweiser are teaming up to get people home for free if they've had too much to drink.

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While Independence Day fireworks come with lots of bright colors and loud noises that wow humans, they also can create an unsafe environment for pets.

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July 4th is Wednesday, but neighborhood fireworks displays often start days leading up to the holiday, and continue through the end of the weekend.

And those unexpected loud blasts and flashing lights can induce panic attacks for veterans who have PTSD.

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Live music, parades and fireworks are among the many patriotic Independence Day events taking place across the Tampa Bay area this week.

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More than 500 people gathered at the Joe Chillura Square near the Hillsborough County Courthouse on Saturday, protesting the seperation of families at the U.S.-Mexico Border.

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The historic State Theatre in St. Petersburg has a new owner with a new vision for the venue.

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WUSF stories about disabled veteran caregivers, female prisoners and the career of a college basketball coach recently won honors in the only national contest recognizing outstanding public radio news reporting at local stations.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will open the season without quarterback Jameis Winston, who has been suspended three games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

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The federal program that has provided hotel vouchers to Puerto Rican families displaced by Hurricane Maria will end on Saturday, and advocates are worried some Tampa Bay families will be left with nowhere to go.

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A crowd of 200 filled Selby Library auditorium in Sarasota Wednesday night for a town hall featuring students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Hundreds more were unable to get a seat after the hall reached capacity.

This summer, students involved in the March For Our Lives movement are traveling across the country to energize young people. Local organizers say they want to educate and encourage them to vote.   

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With new bars and restaraunts going up in Downtown Lakeland, one city commissioner thinks allowing people to walk the downtown streets with alcoholic beverages could be a boon for businesses.

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More than a month after the Lakeland City Commission voted to move the Confederate memorial from the center of downtown, fundraising has slowed and tensions continue.

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18-year-old Kevin Knox was the ninth overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft. He was selected by the New York Knicks.

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The median rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Tampa today is $1,200 a month,  meaning owning a home can be cheaper. 

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WUSF All Things Considered Host Lisa Peakes has been honored for having the top radio newscast in the southeast United States in 2017.

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A group calling themselves All for Transportation is looking to revive efforts to fund transportation improvements in Hillsborough County through a penny sales tax increase.

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Teenagers today struggle with many challenges. But parents and others who work closely with teens also face serious questions that a free weekend conference in Tampa hopes to answer.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced they will give $13.5 million to revitalize the shorelines of Lido Beach.

Caribbean Comes Alive, but Not a Likely Threat

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An area of disturbed weather in the southwest Caribbean Sea has caught the eye of forecasters at the National Hurricane Center. In an outlook issued Monday afternoon, the system was labeled as having a “low chance” of developing over the next five days.

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Shriners Hospitals for Children flew six children who suffered severe burns after a volcano erupted near the capital of Guatemala to Texas.

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The wild roosters and chickens in Ybor City were at the center of debate and laughter at the Tampa City Council meeting on Thursday.

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A newly released interview with a security monitor at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School describes what happened immediately before the shooting that killed 17 people.

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Days before Hurricane Irma hit last September, a lifeguard was entrusted with translating a public announcement in sign language to residents of Manatee County. 95% of his interpretation was incomprehensible.

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Supporters of an amendment to ban greyhound racing in Florida launched their campaign Monday at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, with several grassroots speakers and Republican Senator Dana Young.

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In the last four years, police shootings of unarmed young men have created tension between police and communities of color.

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A leader of a group of former students that spoke out about the violence at the Dozier School for Boys has died.

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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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