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Authorities say a Tampa Bay area teen is facing a felony charge after bringing a pellet gun to school.

Scott Warns Ports About Trading With Cuba

Jan 26, 2017
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Gov. Rick Scott is using Twitter to threaten funding cuts for port operators that do business with Cuba, as legal cargo arrived Wednesday at Port Everglades from the island nation.

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Sheriff's officials say a 4-year-old boy is in stable condition after a shooting at the apartment where he was staying with his mother's boyfriend.

Shark Attacks Drop In 2016 After Record-Breaking Year

Jan 25, 2017
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Unprovoked shark attacks dropped last year after a record-breaking number in 2015.

Proposal Could Solve Major Death Penalty Issue

Jan 25, 2017

Lawmakers are inching toward getting Florida's death penalty back on the books after a series of court rulings left the state without a way to condemn to death defendants convicted of capital crimes.

House Judiciary Chairman Chris Sprowls on Tuesday filed a measure that would require unanimous jury recommendations for death sentences to be imposed, in response to a Florida Supreme Court ruling in October.

A top priority for Senate President Joe Negron aimed at decriminalizing adolescence passed its first committee hearing Monday, but not without some concerns.

In 2011, Florida made sweeping changes to the laws regulating new development. Now legislators are re-examining how the state is juggling the needs of a growing population. At the time, lawmakers characterized state oversight of development as bad for business, and said rolling back the regulations would boost job creation. Cutting growth management was also a campaign push for then candidate Rick Scott.

Braves, Sarasota County Detail Spring Training Plans

Jan 24, 2017
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The Sarasota County Commission and representatives of the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday discussed the team's proposal to build a new Spring Training stadium in North Port.

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The largest ice sports complex in the Southeastern United States will open in Wesley Chapel on Thursday.

After a year of construction, Florida Hospital Center Ice has three NHL-size rinks an Olympic rink and a mini-rink.

“It’s the largest ice rink south of New York,” said Managing Partner of Florida Hospital Center Ice Gordie Zimmermann.  “Mostly all the way to California there’s nothing of this scale.”

The facility will host hockey events, including University of South Florida practices and the Men's Adult Nationals.

Two Republican senators plan to propose legislation that lets states keep former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul or opt for a new program providing trimmed-down coverage.

Three people were killed in 2015 because of what they looked like. In November 2016, signs saying “whites only” and “colored” were taped on the wall above water fountains at a Jacksonville high school.

Florida’s veterans could enjoy two full months without sales tax if one South Florida lawmaker gets his way.  But he’ll face an uphill battle in a year with so little new money available.

Hundreds of cases of human trafficking are reported in Florida every year, and a new report from 2016 shows the number of human trafficking cases in the state doubled in the last year.

The vast majority of trafficked persons in Florida are young women, and sex trafficking is the most common form of human trafficking in the state, according to a report from Florida's Department of Juvenile Justice and the Department of Children and Families.

Sheriff: Deputy Tried To Kill Woman He Was Defrauding

Jan 24, 2017
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Authorities say a sheriff's deputy in southwest Florida tried to kill a woman he had been defrauding.

Women have gained more financial power in recent years. But they’re still paid less than men and as technology makes it easier to comparison shop, women in Florida and across the country are realizing they’re paying more at the checkout counter. It’s known as the “pink tax.”

How many people can say that they have been friends for more than 70 years? Howard Chandler and Martin Baranek can.

And these two boyhood friends from the same small Polish town of Starachowice can also add that their friendship  survived the horrors of the Holocaust. 

Storms Knock Out Power, Down Trees, Flood Streets

Jan 22, 2017
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A line of severe thunderstorms that caused at least 18 deaths in the Georgia and Mississippi brought strong winds and heavy rain to the Tampa Bay area, knocking down trees and flooding streets Sunday night.

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Waving signs reading “Nasty Women Unite,” and “Choose Love,” thousands of marchers poured into downtown St. Petersburg Saturday to support women’s issues and civil rights. It was one of hundreds of “sister marches” happening the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, as a protest to his agenda. 

Updated at 6:10 p.m. ET

As the Women's March on Washington has swelled in support, attracting attention and supporters in the lead-up to Saturday's demonstrations, its name has become something of a misnomer.

Sister marches have been organized in all 50 states, several U.S. territories and countries around the world. They have tried to express solidarity with the aims of the original march: opposition to President Trump's agenda, and support of women's rights and human rights in general.

Florida is appealing a ruling that allowed the Seminole Tribe of Florida to keep blackjack at its well-known casinos in the state.

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