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A Florida college professor fired after publicly saying the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut was a hoax has lost a lawsuit claiming he was wrongfully terminated.

Local news outlets report that a federal jury on Monday sided with Florida Atlantic University. The school contended communications professor James Tracy was fired last year not because of his blog posts about the Sandy Hook school shooting but because he violated rules regarding reporting of outside work.

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This week on Florida Matters we'll hear the first episode in a special two-part series called Telling Tampa Bay Stories: Progress Village.

We'll hear residents of Tampa's first affordable housing suburb share their memories growing up there. And they'll talk about their hopes for the neighborhood's future.

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Tensions between the United States and North Korea grow with every development with the Asian country's nuclear weapons program and with every tweet and response between U.S. President Donald Trump and his counterpart, Kim Jong Un. 

One man who has sat across the table from North Korea's leaders is Christopher Hill, who was U.S. ambassador to a number of countries, including South Korea (2004-05) and Iraq (2009-10). He also was the head of the U.S. delegation to the 2005-07 six-party talks aimed at resolving the North Korean nuclear issue. 

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After hosting the Bulls last year, you'd think the Birmingham Bowl would remember University of South Florida's name.

You'd be wrong.

Ads for the official bowl game apparel came out this week, bearing the name "South Florida University."

Florida State University has hired Willie Taggart as the new head football coach.  He had been considered the front-runner for the job.

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The University of South Florida is remembering the work of famed  pop artist and printmaker and longtime Tampa Bay area resident James Rosenquist with a special exhibition. 

Former Florida State University football coach Jimbo Fisher says accepting a job at Texas A&M University was a no-brainer. He issued his first statement Monday after splitting from FSU last week.

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College football announced its slate of bowl games Sunday, and the University of South Florida Bulls are once again Alabama-bound, as they will be playing in the Birmingham Bowl for the second year in a row.

This time, the Bulls (9-2, 6-2 American Conference) will take on Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-6, 3-6 Big 12) on Saturday, December 23 at noon.

Florida State University will be searching for a new head football coach for the first time in more than 40 years.  Jimbo Fisher has accepted a job at Texas A&M University.

Speculation continues over whether Florida State University football head coach Jimbo Fisher will stay with FSU or move on to Texas A&M University. But the coach remains mum on his decision.

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A University of South Florida doctoral student is suing the Tampa school, saying administrators are allowing a man who raped her to continue attending class with her.

A decade after the University of Miami purchased a 560-bed hospital across the street from its medical school campus in downtown Miami, UM is struggling to turn a profit at the facility as operating expenses skyrocket and patient admissions dwindle.

A recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing for UM shows that the university lost $94.5 million operating the hospital during the year that ended May 31. That’s more than double the $45 million UM lost on the hospital during the prior year.

The University of South Florida has formed a partnership with a network of hospitals to train more doctors in the Tampa Bay area.

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Edie J. Banner is an organic chemistry instructor at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

While most of the school’s teaching laboratories are at Mote Marine, there’s one particular lab right outside the university’s front door.

Local university professors are pushing against the Republican tax overhaul that’s moving through Congress, saying the legislation will irreparably harm graduate education.

Three professors from Florida International University and a peer from the University of Miami visited Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s office earlier this week to share their concerns about the plan.

State lawmakers are advancing a bill to create a statewide board to oversee Florida’s 28 state and community colleges.

The schools are now under the State Board of Education, which also oversees Florida’s pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade system.

The proposal also revives a plan college presidents objected to last year: stricter performance measures for graduation.

New Music New College

For nearly two decades, the New Music New College series has been holding contemporary music concerts in Sarasota. It’s featured works from artists ranging from John Cage and John Luther Adams, to pieces composed by New College students.

State Senators Back College System Revamp Amid Graduation Rate Concerns

Nov 15, 2017

A plan to create a statewide board to oversee Florida's state and community colleges advanced Monday, while college presidents raised objections to a proposed cap on four-year degrees and a stricter performance measure for graduation that are part of the legislation.

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One of the major headlines coming from the University of South Florida's gala celebration of its Unstoppable Campaign reaching its billion dollar goal was the announcement of another $15 million gift from philanthropists Les and Pam Muma.

WUSF's University Beat was the only broadcast media invited to speak to the couple at their Belleair home ahead of the announcement. 

When the new Legislative session begins in January, lawmakers will debate policy and craft budgets.

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For almost a decade, the University of South Florida's Unstoppable Campaign has raised funds for a variety of programs, with an ultimate goal of $1 billion.

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A new indoor training facility for the University of South Florida Bulls football team will be built at the Tampa campus.

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Students at the University of South Florida held a moment of silence and were asked to sign a pledge to take measures to prevent hazing, just days after another state university temporarily banned Greek life due to the death of a fraternity pledge.

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When Bill Hogarth was told the Florida Institute of Oceanography's new research vessel was going to be named after him, he had a pretty reasonable - and funny - reaction. 

“I said, ‘Somebody knows something I don’t know!’ I think, it’s (the naming) usually after you’re dead, I said, ‘I’m retired but I didn’t know I was dying at the same time!’” 

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Florida State University indefinitely suspended its 55 fraternities and sororities Monday after the alcohol-related death of a freshman pledge and cocaine charges for another fraternity member.

After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, 18-year-old Ledishla Acevedo booked a flight to Miami in hopes of continuing her college education in Florida.

When she arrived at her cousin’s house here, she turned on the lights and started to cry.

Then she took a hot shower and cried some more.

Something much larger than a luxury yacht was unveiled at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on Thursday.

South Florida’s new Marine Research Hub hopes to make the region the next Silicon Valley or Durham Research Triangle for marine sciences.

 

The search is on for a new head football coach at the University of Florida after the school parted ways with Jim McElwain on Sunday, following the Gators’ 42-to-7 drubbing by Georgia the day before in Jacksonville.

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It’s 13 days before the election, and one of the candidates for St. Petersburg Mayor finds himself in front of a class of University of South Florida St. Pete students, explaining what his last six months have been like.

"It has been a far different election that the city has ever seen for mayor, or for that matter, really in some ways, for any other race," said incumbent mayor, Rick Kriseman, who’s in a neck-and-neck race with former mayor Rick Baker.

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Florida and coach Jim McElwain have agreed to part ways a day after a third consecutive loss and nearly a week after he said his players and their families had received death threats.

Athletic director Scott Stricklin made the announcement Sunday and named defensive coordinator Randy Shannon the team's interim coach for the final four games.

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