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Students are moving in this week to their homes for the school year at the University of South Florida.

While there are a number of new halls in "The Village" opening on the Tampa campus, St. Petersburg is packed beyond capacity, with 104 students living in a nearby hotel and apartment complexes that the university reached agreements with over the summer.

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According to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes – many of them the Type 2 form of the disease. That's where the body doesn't produce enough insulin on its own.

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Authorities in California say they're struggling to recover two bodies from a car that crashed down a cliff two weeks ago and landed in the middle of a raging river.

Thailand's Consulate in Los Angeles says it believes the bodies belong to two Thai students who attend the University of South Florida and were vacationing in California.

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Twenty years ago next month, the University of South Florida football team took to the field of Houlihan's Stadium for its first game.

Since that 80-3 trouncing of Kentucky Wesleyan, the enduring question has been if the Bulls would ever play in a stadium on their Tampa campus.

A feasibility study released Tuesday may bring an answer.

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(originally aired March 14, 2017)

The University of South Florida is 61 years old – and believe it or not, that’s pretty young compared to many of the premier research universities that USF wants to be in the company of.

Universities also like to get successful alumni to share their stories with faculty and students, and USF’s age makes that a bit of challenge.

So, USF Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation Paul Sanberg reasoned, why not create an institute that taps into the pool of talent whose careers have recently ended?

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Florida officials have condemned three more homes due to a Florida sinkhole, bringing the total to seven homes that are now unlivable.

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Court records show that the parents of a 16-year-old Florida girl are suing a University of South Florida fraternity for not doing enough to prevent rape.

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The University of South Florida will wrap up the summer semesters with a pair of commencement ceremonies in Tampa Saturday. More than 2,700 students from across all three campuses will receive their degrees in the school's 112th convocation.

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When a large sinkhole opened in Land O’ Lakes last month and swallowed a pair of homes, Dr. Lori Collins first heard about it not on the news, but in text messages from her family.

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In the history of debating, a recent contest held at the Hardee Correctional Institution had one of the more interesting lineup of participants.

On one side were four college students who had never taken part in a debate before. On the other, wearing matching uniforms - dark blue and grey - were a quartet of inmates serving life sentences.

By the time the contest was over, the participants, as well as much of the audience, knew that they had experienced something they probably never would again.

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Tampa General Hospital is already billed as one of the busiest organ transplant centers in the country.

Now, in conjunction with the University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine and its South Tampa Center for Advanced Medical Care, they’re creating what they call a new model for advanced organ transplantation.

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Two recent college graduates have decided to sue the state for skipping out on school payments.

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Home shopping giant and one of the largest employers in St. Petersburg, HSN, is being bought out by its main competitor.

QVC’s parent company, Liberty Interactive, already owns 38 percent of HSN shares. With the new deal, however, the business once known as the Home Shopping Network will cede control of the remaining shares to the rival retail outlet.

The deal is reportedly worth $2.1 billion.

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Stetson University College of Law and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee are a little over thirty miles apart. But under a new admissions agreement reached between the two schools, they’re closer than ever.

Students wanting to pursue a law degree can now enroll at USF Sarasota-Manatee, take classes there and then have the admissions process into Stetson streamlined – as well as maybe receive a scholarship for the Gulfport law school.

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Editor's note, 7/5: updated to correct  Csilla Ari D'Agostino's birthplace to Hungary instead of Belgium.

Sixty feet beneath the water’s surface in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary sits one of the world’s three undersea research laboratories.

And as you read this, the Aquarius Reef Base is home to an international crew of researchers, including Dominic D’Agostino, an associate professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine.

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Make no mistake about it, Kayla Cole is going to graduate this year.

She has to so she can start a new job in the fall.

Now, thanks to a summer semester scholarship program, the University of South Florida public health major will graduate on time. 

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When Florida Gov. Rick Scott got out his veto pen for the 2017-18 state budget last week, about $9.5 million earmarked for University of South Florida projects - plus $4.3 million for a forensic research training facility USF anthropologists will play a part in -  went away.

But university officials were looking on the bright side after a Board of Trustees meeting Thursday.

Funding for a first-of-its-kind facility did not survive the Governor’s veto pen. That’s despite being named for an abused victim of the now-closed Dozier School for Boys.

This week on Florida Matters, our ongoing "Newsmaker" series features Dr. Susan MacManus.

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What do you get when you take a renowned NPR host, pair him with an award-winning children's show personality (who happens to be a USF graduate), mix in scientific concepts and creative radio production, throw in a little bit of poop (we'll explain), and blend it well?

You end up with Wow in the World, the first program for children in NPR's 47-year history. 

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