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A proposal to give Florida’s Chief Financial Officer more duties failed to pass a subpanel of the state’s Constitution Revision Commission, but it may still be alive.

Housing officials are worried local governments are under-utilizing money that could fund affordable rentals. The state’s demand for rental units hasn’t slowed since before the Great Recession. But according to state housing officials, most local governments aren’t using available public money to build affordable rentals. 

Miami residents rallied outside Sen. Marco Rubio’s office in Doral Wednesday to oppose the GOP tax bill. In the spirit of the season, they were decked out in Santa hats, carrying a cardboard Grinch version of Sen. Rubio and singing their own versions of Christmas carols--from "We Wish For A Better Tax Bill" to "You're A Mean One, Rubio."

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott's unusual push to disqualify a sitting state Supreme Court justice from a pending case has been quickly rejected.

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Four Florida deputies have been suspended for allegedly neglecting their duties during Hurricane Irma.

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A 24-year-old college graduate who was arrested in a string of deadly shootings that terrorized a Tampa neighborhood will make his first court appearance Thursday to face four counts of first-degree murder.

Ban On Aid To Religious Groups Could Be Removed

Nov 30, 2017
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A ban on state support for religious groups would be removed from the Florida Constitution under a proposal approved Wednesday by a Constitution Revision Commission panel.

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The Tampa neighborhood of Seminole Heights is known for it's craft beer, innovative restaurants and eclectic boutiques.

But over the past 51 days, state, local and federal authorities have been constantly patrolling the neighborhood looking for whoever killed four people.

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Major League Soccer plans to add to two more teams to the roster in 2017.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies were left behind as the MLS moves onto their final four for their 2017 expansion picks.

Florida's elections commission is waiving a hefty $110,000 fine that had been placed on the Republican Party of Florida.

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A Republican congressman from Florida said Tuesday he won't support a year-end spending measure unless Congress passes a solution for immigrants brought into the country illegally as children.

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Officials say a faulty bearing caused the derailment of a train hauling molten sulfur in Florida.

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NBC News says it has fired longtime Today host Matt Lauer following a complaint about "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace."

Today co-host Savannah Guthrie read a statement on-air from NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack on Wednesday morning:

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Tampa Police have arrested a fast-food worker they believe is connected to the shooting deaths of four people in the city.

About a month before Hurricane Harvey slammed Texas with an amount of rain so immense forecasters said it could not happen more than once in a thousand years, a University of Miami scientist developing a new weather tool knew what might be in store for the Gulf coast.

“I can’t claim ‘problem solved’ or anything like that,” said Ben Kirtman, an atmospheric scientist at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. But his experimental model could “preemptively improve your chances of not having a catastrophe.”

Authorities say a Florida man shot a young boy with an airsoft gun as punishment.

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A mosquito control worker was found dead, face-down in a Pinellas County creek where he had been sent to conduct tests.

As Hurricane Irma churned through South Florida, Patrick O'Quinn felt trapped.

He'd moved to Miami about three months before the storm and described himself as "just getting on his feet in terms of finding a place to live." As the storm bore down, O'Quinn decided to fly to Memphis, where he has family.

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A train hauling molten sulfur  derailed in Lakeland early Monday morning, but officials now say the imminent danger appears to be over.

Mounted Police Patrol Seminole Heights Neighborhood

Nov 26, 2017
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The Tampa Police Department used horse patrols this weekend in a neighborhood that has been plagued by four homicides since October.

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