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Recent developments in Treasure Island may indicate a shift in position in its legal battle with some Gulf front hotel owners.

At Tuesday's meeting of the City Commission, City Attorney Maura Kiefer resigned her position rather than submit to a performance review. In a move that may be related, the city has reversed its earlier position and resumed raking its beaches.

It's official. Tropical Storm Danny has made the leap, becoming the first hurricane of the Atlantic season as it makes its way toward the eastern Caribbean.

Currently, the storm is centered about 1,200 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and moving west at 10 mph. The National Hurricane Center's "forecast cone" has Hurricane Danny making landfall possibly as far north as Puerto Rico or as far south as St. Lucia.

The storm currently has sustained winds of nearly 75 mph, with higher gusts.

Sometime after the sun came up Wednesday, a woman walking her dog past a fenced-off area in a sleepy suburban neighborhood near Tampa heard a loud rumble. She quickly dialed 911.

A few weeks ago, we asked the Internet a simple question: how much does this cow weigh?

Over 17,000 people responded.

We wanted to know how good the collective guess of the crowd would be. The idea was to understand this eerie phenomenon that drives everything from the stock market to the price of orange juice. (We explain at length in today's podcast.)

National Weather Service

Tropical Storm Danny is forecast to strengthen far out over the Atlantic and could become a hurricane.

The storm's maximum sustained winds early Wednesday are near 50 mph (85 kph). But the U.S. National Hurricane Center says additional strengthening is expected over the next two days and Danny could become a hurricane on Thursday.

The storm is centered about 1,445 miles (2,325 kilometers) east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west near 14 mph (22 kph).

The storm does not currently pose a threat to any land.

NOAA

A tropical depression in the Atlantic Ocean has become a tropical storm named Danny, according to the National Hurricane Center.

George Zimmerman Supporting Gun Shop That Bans Muslims

Aug 18, 2015
Florida Gun Supply

George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, has picked up a paintbrush to help a Florida gun shop owner who has banned Muslims from his store.

Zimmerman is selling prints of his painting of the Confederate flag to benefit Florida Gun Supply of Inverness.

Matthew Paulson / Creative Commons

Tampa is the best place to live in the entire Southeast United States, according to Money Magazine.

New jobs at companies such as Amazon and Bristol-Myers Squibb were among the reasons Tampa ranked as the top Southeastern city in the Best Places to Live 2015 report. It looked at the job market, housing costs, access to health care and other amenities such as the expanded flights at Tampa International Airport.

The other top cities included Denver, Omaha, Pittsburgh and Mesa, Arizona.

The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature - which has been split this year over health care and a new state budget - is divided yet again, this time over a new map for congressional districts.

With just days left in their special session, legislators in the House and Senate are now working on different plans to change the state's 27 congressional districts. Lawmakers are holding a rare August special session after the state Supreme Court threw out the current map.

The WUSF News team collected eight awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Sunshine State Awards in Miami this past weekend.

Morning Edition host Carson Cooper was named Anchor of the Year in Florida, besting television and radio anchors from across the state.

Exploring Miami Beach one recent afternoon, Swiss tourists Adrian Cannistra and Shkunte Mustafa said they considered vacationing on a beach closer to home before booking the lengthy overseas flight.

Greece might have been ideal — with the financial crisis, bargains can be had and many Swiss are taking advantage. Cannistra has vacationed in Tunisia but said recent terrorist attacks there scared him away from North Africa.

"The Swiss don't go there anymore," he said. "They're afraid."

State of Florida

Florida law enforcement officers provided around-the-clock security for Attorney General Pam Bondi for six weeks this year due to a threat that is still under investigation.

Authorities had not previously acknowledged the threat until today. That’s because a new report released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement showed the state had spent more than $216,000 on providing security for Bondi this past year.

FDLE officials would not provide any details about the threat but called it “credible.” They provided security for Bondi from late May until early July.

Port Tampa Bay

A new, 45-acre "vision" for Tampa’s downtown waterfront was unveiled Thursday by city and port officials.

The master plan for the eastern edge of downtown from the Florida Aquarium north to the old banana docks, is in addition to the Channelside re-development being worked on by Lightning owner Jeff Vinik's group.

U.S. House of Representatives

The Florida House is moving ahead with changes to the state's 27 congressional districts, despite criticism it would disenfranchise black voters.

A House panel on Thursday approved a new map that would make several significant changes, including shifting the district now held by U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown.

There are just a few days left for Florida’s 10-day Back-to-School Sales Tax holiday.

FL Gay Couples Sue Over Names On Birth Certificates

Aug 14, 2015

The first couple to be issued a same-sex marriage license in Florida sued the state Thursday, saying that the Bureau of Vital Statistics still won't allow hospitals to list both same-sex parents on birth certificates.

Cathy Pareto and Karla Arguello of Miami filed the lawsuit in federal court in Tallahassee. Pareto and Arguello had twins on Aug. 6. Two other married, same-sex couples – including one in St. Petersburg -- also are part of the lawsuit.

Pasco Flood Watch Remains Through Thursday Evening

Aug 13, 2015
National Weather Service

A flood watch is in effect for Pasco County until 8 p.m. Thursday evening. More widespread rainfall is forecast to return throughout the week.

Residents can access updated information on the flooding here.

The Pasco County Flood Recovery Center is open and located on the second floor at 7536 State St., New Port Richey.

  A manhunt was underway in Thonotosassa after a sheriff's deputy was shot in the thigh early Thursday while responding to a 911 call about shots being fired in the neighborhood.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Col. Donna Lusczynski told local television stations that shots were fired in the direction of three arriving deputies around 12:30 a.m.

Steve Gaskins / FHP

It wasn't happy hour, but the beer was flowing on southbound Interstate 75 when a Budweiser truck overturned.

The Florida Highway Patrol says beer cans were strewn along the highway north of Tampa early Tuesday after 23-year-old truck driver Malcolm Jamal Wilcox of Fernandina Beach became distracted by a small dog riding in the cab and lost control of the vehicle.

The truck went onto the outside shoulder and the driver overcorrected, crossed the highway and hit the center median guardrail before overturning.

'Smart Solar' Group Rakes In $463K

Aug 11, 2015

With backing from four major electric utilities, a newly formed group known as "Consumers for Smart Solar" raised $463,000 in July for a solar-energy ballot initiative, according to a finance report filed Monday.

The group last month announced it would seek to put a solar-energy initiative on the November 2016 ballot.

The proposal is competing with a rival solar-energy initiative by a group called "Floridians for Solar Choice."

The finance report indicates Consumers for Smart Solar collected $463,045 and spent $194,177 between July 23 and July 31.

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