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Organizers say an estimated 17,000 people plan to demonstrate in St. Petersburg Saturday.

The event is one of hundreds across the country that will coincide with the National Women's March on Washington.

Duke Energy Pays $600K To Settle Antitrust Case

Jan 19, 2017

Duke Energy has agreed to pay $600,000 as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice in a case about whether the utility followed antitrust requirements in the purchase of a Polk County power plant.

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The man accused of killing Pinky the pink flamingo at Busch Gardens last summer will be evaluated by doctors to determine his mental competency to stand trial.

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A bitter feud over Florida's largest private school voucher program ended Wednesday when the state Supreme Court tossed out a lawsuit challenging a program used by nearly 98,000 school children.

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Video of a massive alligator caught walking through a Florida nature reserve in front of stunned onlookers has prompted crowds of people hoping to catch their own glimpse.

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A man accused of killing a flamingo at Busch Gardens is heading to court in Tampa to determine whether he is competent to stand trial.

The man accused of killing five people and wounding six more in a shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport earlier this month told FBI agents he had been communicating with people involved with or inspired by the Islamic State in online chat rooms.

FBI Special Agent Michael Ferlazzo took the stand at Esteban Santiago’s detention hearing Tuesday morning in federal court in Fort Lauderdale. Ferlazzo said Santiago told him in an interview at around 10:30 pm on the day of the shooting that he had been communicating with Islamic State supporters on the dark web.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama commuted the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning on Tuesday, allowing the convicted Army leaker to go free nearly three decades early as part of a sweeping move to offer clemency in the final days of his administration.

Seventeen bills filed for the coming March legislative session focus on guns. Some seek to ban the sale of certain guns or firearm components, while others seek to expand where Floridians can carry open or concealed weapons.

Orlando Police Department

The manhunt that had Orlando on edge for more than a week ended Tuesday night as police arrested Markeith Loyd in an abandoned house.

Indictment Released For Wife Of Pulse Nightclub Shooter

Jan 18, 2017

Prosecutors say the wife of the Pulse nightclub shooter knew about the attack ahead of time. Noor Salman is facing charges of aiding and abetting her husband Omar Mateen.

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Rescue workers chipped away part of the chimney on a vacant house to rescue an 8-year-old Clearwater girl who got stuck inside.

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A nostalgic Tampa restaurant owner spent nearly $30,000 to preserve his most cherished childhood memories by buying nearly every fiberglass figure left from the Lowry Park Zoo's old Fairyland.

Bucs QB, FAMU And Tuskegee Bands In St. Pete’s MLK parade

Jan 17, 2017
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With Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston as grand marshal and the popular marching bands from Florida A&M and Tuskegee University, St. Petersburg's Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade got a high-stepping shot in the arm this year.

The Florida Legislature faces the difficult task of funding the country’s third largest state on a shoestring.  Lawmakers are putting their noses to the grindstone.

The Anti-Defamation League said it’s concerned by the targeting of journalists on social media in the past year.

Many people considered the rhetoric during 2016 campaign cycle brutal. After voters elected Donald Trump as president, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported more than a thousand hate incidents of white nationalism and harassment of minority groups.

City of St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman gave his annual State of the City address over the weekend, addressing challenges including the release of more than 100 million gallons of sewage into Tampa Bay and onto the city's streets this past summer.

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After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on "The Greatest Show on Earth."

The Ellenton-based owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus told The Associated Press that the show will close forever in May.

The "wet foot, dry foot" policy is over. For more than 20 years, Cubans migrating to the U.S. enjoyed that special privilege, which meant if they made it to dry land here they could stay. President Barack Obama ended it on Thursday– and even most Cubans here agree with him.

President Bill Clinton created the wet foot-dry foot policy in 1995 as a way to appease both the Cuban government and Cuban exile leaders. But since then it’s become a controversial rule that many Cuban-Americans say is antiquated now that the U.S. and Cuba have normalized relations.

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