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A Southwest Florida deputy has been charged after authorities say she lied to investigators to help another deputy accused of trying to kill a woman he had been defrauding.

Full Moon, Comet In Night Show This Weekend

Feb 9, 2017
Caribbean moonlight at El Colony Hotel on the Isla de la Juventud
Steve Newborn / WUSF News

A full moon and comet share double billing in a special night sky show this weekend.

Publix Cuts Out Free Deli Meat To Customers

Feb 9, 2017
Publix Super Markets

Deli customers at Publix may be asking, "Where's the meat?"

Florida Gov. Rick Scott was in Miami on Wednesday to tout the $10 billion  in transportation spending he’s included in his proposed budget for 2017-2018.

 

The governor spoke at PortMiami surrounded by dozens of orange-vested workers -- some of the more than 200-thousand employees he said the port supports.

Eric Mennel

Authorities say a man who had been sleeping in a Tampa commercial trash bin is recovering after nearly being crushed in the back of a garbage truck.

Tumble From Tightrope Injures 5 In Sarasota

Feb 9, 2017
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It was supposed to be the headline act for Circus Sarasota: a high-wire pyramid some 30 feet in the air.

WUSF TV License Sold; Station Will End Operations

Feb 8, 2017

The University of South Florida has sold WUSF Television as part of the Federal Communication Commissions's spectrum auction.

The license for the station was sold for $18.7 million. As part of its Broadcast Incentive Auction, the federal government is buying signals from broadcasters around the country to sell to wireless network providers.  

Some Pulse Patrons Upset At Not Getting Funds

Feb 8, 2017

Some patrons of Florida's Pulse nightclub are upset they aren't receiving money from a $29.5 million victims' compensation fund since they were outside the Orlando club when a mass shooting began.

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The first responders who make up the Tampa Police Department and Tampa Fire Rescue typically spend days and nights fighting crime, helping those in danger and keeping the city safe.

Two Florida lawmakers want to strengthen franchise protections for small business owners. 

Public Records Fee Fight Re-Emerges In Florida Senate

Feb 8, 2017

Reopening a debate about Florida's Sunshine Law, a Senate committee Tuesday approved a proposal that would give judges discretion in deciding whether to award attorney fees in public-records lawsuits.

The proposal, approved in a 4-3 vote by the Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee, would make a major change because judges are now required to award attorney fees to people who successfully file lawsuits against government agencies that have improperly withheld public records.

How are inmates supposed to transition to the world outside of prison? 

For one pre-release program at the Homestead Correctional Institution, the answer is in entrepreneurship. 

Hillsborough PTC May Be Dissolved

Feb 7, 2017

Florida lawmakers are considering transferring oversight of the Public Transportation Commission (PTC) to Hillsborough County agencies.

The committee is facing criticism over sting operations targeting Uber and Lyft drivers who didn’t meet the additional regulations required by the PTC, including fingerprinted background checks and commercial insurance, according to The Tampa Bay Times.

State officials are warning Floridians about scams during tax season.

Florida House Minority Leader Janet Cruz says Democrats are working on different ways to help the state’s law enforcement and corrections officers. The House Democratic Leader from Tampa says that includes a pair of bills by Rep. Robert Asencio (D-Miami).

Around 3,000 protesters took to the streets of West Palm Beach Saturday, hoping to be seen by President Donald Trump.

Steve Newborn / WUSF News

Scores of individually wrapped heroin packets seized during a Florida drug bust featured a certain famous likeness: that of President Donald Trump.

3 Florida Metro Areas Had Double-Digit Rises In Home Prices

Feb 6, 2017

Three Florida metro areas had among the greatest increases in home prices nationwide last year.

1982 Murder In St. Petersburg Draws Renewed Interest

Feb 6, 2017

The murder of Joseph Warner has been the focus of major attention twice: first, when the 44-year-old father of five and 22-year Air Force veteran was killed in 1982 and later, when it was featured on America's Most Wanted.

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President Trump will be back in Tampa Monday for the first time since the election campaign. Spokesman Sean Spicer says he plans to visit MacDill Air Force Base.

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