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Emergency 911 lines were knocked out in seven counties last month in the Tampa Bay area for several hours. On Wednesday, telecommunication company Frontier Communications and one of its contractors addressed the reasons for the crippling of emergency phone lines.

Tornado Watch North and Central Florida

Mar 20, 2018

A Tornado Watch has been issued for all north & central Florida until 7 pm. The potential exists for a significant outbreak of severe thunderstorms capable of producing a tornado, destructive wind gusts up to 70 mph, and hail as large as nickels.

According to the latest data from the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network team of meteorologists, here is when the risk is the greatest for various regions around Florida.

More than 200 low-income and academically high-achieving students were chosen to be part of an event held by the cable television channel TLC’s “Say Yes to the Prom” event at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

Students from Leto, Spoto, Brandon, Chamberlain, and Middleton high schools were treated to free prom dresses, makeovers, mentoring and shopping for formal wear.

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The city of Brooksville fired Chief of Police George Turner last week after he served more than 10 years in the role.

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Thousands of Florida homeowners who had healthy citrus trees cut down by the state are finally going to get paid for their losses.

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A Cirque du Soleil performer died after his hand slipped off the double rings and he fell 20 feet during a performance in Tampa, police and the entertainment company said Sunday.

The theatrical company announced on Twitter that Yann Arnaud fell while performing an aerial straps number Saturday night during the show VOLTA.

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A Tampa firefighter who recently won a federal lawsuit against the city is speaking out about workplace harassment.

Tanja Vidovic was awarded $245,000 in December. The court decided she was discriminated against because she was pregnant and then retaliated against when she complained.

Florida Department of Transportation

The same company that designed a pedestrian bridge that collapsed in Miami also designed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and the elevated portion of the Selmon Expressway in Tampa.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

An innovative pedestrian bridge being built at Florida International University was put to a "stress test" before it collapsed over traffic, killing six people and sending 10 to a hospital, authorities said.

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Civil rights groups are renewing a call to equip St. Petersburg police officers with body cameras.

Man Who Claimed He Buried Natalee Holloway Fatally Stabbed

Mar 15, 2018
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A man who once claimed he helped bury the remains of a missing Alabama girl in Aruba has died after police say he was stabbed during a foiled kidnapping in North Port.

Updated at 3:30 p.m. ET

As students staged a national walkout Wednesday morning over gun violence, senior federal officials sat down for a grilling from Congress over law enforcement's failure to act on tips about the suspect in last month's school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

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The Church of Scientology launched its own TV channel with a vow that it will be candid about every aspect of the church and its operations but isn't seeking to preach or convert.

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.

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