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The Florida Senate is mandating that each senator undergo an hour of workplace and sexual harassment training before the start of each legislative session.

Gasparilla, Tampa's annual celebration of pirates, will be taking place Saturday, and Mayor Bob Buckhorn sees it as a signature event for his city.

Tampa Hits The Ice With NHL All-Star Game

Jan 24, 2018
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This weekend, the Tampa Bay Lighting and the Bay Area play host to the best players on ice for the National Hockey League All-Star Game

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A Tampa man has been identified as one of the 22 people killed in a siege of an upscale hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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It's that time of year again, matey. Gasparilla, Tampa's annual pirate festival and parade, will be taking place this Saturday for swashbucklers and buccaneers alike.

Go easy on the bottle of rum, however, because law enforcement will be cracking down on drinking, whether you're on land or sea.

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Two people have died and a third person was airlifted to a hospital with serious injuries following a standoff and shooting in a Florida neighborhood.

College students in Florida may soon be able to exercise free speech anywhere on a state campus.

Former Florida congresswoman Corrine Brown has twice been rejected as she tries to delay her entry to prison.

The White Racism sociology course being taught at Florida Gulf Coast University this spring has made national headlines since the announcement of it being offered.

RELATED: 'White Racism' Course Begins at FGCU

The controversy surrounding the subject led many to question the course curriculum, including the required textbooks. The main one, chosen by the class' professor, Dr. Ted Thornhill, is "Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America" by Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva.

Congress ended the federal government shutdown on Monday only after Republicans assured Democrats they would move to pass a DACA bill. DACA means Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – the 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children. They're also known as Dreamers. Their struggle to avoid deportation – and live here legally – began almost two decades ago, and it's one of the century's most compelling immigration stories.

One of the key reporters behind the Watergate investigation and the subsequent resignation of President Richard Nixon is coming to St. Petersburg Wednesday night.

Bob Woodward, associate editor of the Washington Post, is speaking at 7:30 p.m. at the Mahaffey Theater. WUSF's Steve Newborn asked him about his talk and if the controversy over "fake news" is affecting the ability of legitimate journalists to connect to their audience.

Pasco County Government

Several Pasco County neighborhoods at risk of serious flooding should soon be safer due to funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

A proposal moving through the Florida Constitution Revision Commission—a body that meets one every two decades to bring proposed constitutional changes directly to voters—would give more duties to the state’s Lieutenant Governor.

Proposals To Restore Felons' Voting Rights Move Forward

Jan 23, 2018

Two proposals that would automatically restore voting rights to felons who have served their sentences were approved last week by a Florida Constitution Revision Commission panel.

Court: Corrine Brown Must Appeal Convictions From Prison

Jan 23, 2018

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that former congresswoman Corrine Brown must appeal her convictions from prison.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Authorities are expected to announce a decision on whether prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a 24-year-old man suspected of randomly killing four people and terrorizing a Tampa neighborhood for several months.

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Efforts to detect voter fraud led to the exposure of private voter data from nearly 1,000 Kansas residents this year by officials in Florida, who released information including partial Social Security numbers to a woman who had filed an open records request.

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Former Florida congresswoman Corrine Brown is asking a federal judge to extend by 30 days the date she must report to prison for her fraud conviction.

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University of South Florida St. Petersburg alum, journalist Eric Eyre, will be returning to St. Pete later this week to give a lecture.

During the free public event, titled “Sustained Outrage,” Eyre will be discussing his Pulitzer Prize-winning reports on the opioid epidemic in West Virginia.

Florida Forest Service

The Florida Forest Service is warning that wildfires could be more severe as a result of Hurricane Irma.

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Authorities say a man died while diving in a popular underwater network of caves in Hernando County.

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Police say two improvised explosive devices ignited inside a mall in Polk County.

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Professional ice hockey has been around for a century, but it’s only 25 years old in Tampa Bay. Yet a hockey culture is being built one generation at a time at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum, the official practice facility of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Demonstrations in support of female empowerment took place in cities across the country this weekend, including marches in Sarasota and St. Petersburg, which attracted thousands at each.

The state Legislature should consider restricting how much insurance companies can spend on attorney fees when fighting workers’ compensation claims, state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis told The News Service of Florida on Thursday.

Florida lawmakers are working on a measure they hope will help the children of incarcerated parents move forward faster. Fort Lauderdale Democratic Representative Patricia Williams has a bill she says would help to map out a plan for parents and their children.

The Competitive Workforce Act would prohibit discrimination for LGBT individuals working for businesses in Florida.

A Florida lawmaker is trying to revive a gun bill that has already failed to pass twice during the 2018 legislative session.

Florida’s governor is lending some support to a bill that would make texting while driving a primary offense. 

DREAMERS and activists with the Florida Immigrant Coalition gathered outside Senator Bill Nelson’s office in Coral Gables on Thursday demanding him to vote no on a spending bill that doesn't  include a clean DREAM act.

“A clean DREAM act would basically give a pathway to citizenship to undocumented youth. And it would not include more enforcement or a wall [or] more criminalization for our communities,” said Paola Muñoz, a community organizer for the Florida Immigrant Coalition.

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