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Castor, Straz Pulling No Punches In Runoff For Tampa Mayor

A lot of ads for Tampa mayor are saturating TV sets throughout the Tampa Bay area. And they show there's little being held back between businessman David Straz and former Tampa police chief Jane Castor.

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Behavioral therapists who work mostly with children on the autism spectrum say the state agency that oversees the Medicaid program is finally starting to listen to their concerns.

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A lot of ads for Tampa mayor are saturating TV sets throughout the Tampa Bay area. And they show there's little being held back between businessman David Straz and former Tampa police chief Jane Castor.

Severe Storm Risk Blowing Through Tampa Bay, All Of Florida

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There's a risk of severe storms across Florida today, including a tornado watch through 4 p.m.
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

A tornado watch is in effect until 4 p.m. for northeast, north-central, and west-central Florida, including the Tampa Bay area.

Update 1:20 p.m. The National Weather Service in Ruskin has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for a large portion of the Tampa Bay area until 2:30 p.m.

Those areas include Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, Pasco County, northwestern Manatee County, Hernando County, southeastern Citrus County and Sumter County. 

To mark Ron DeSantis's 100th day in the Governor's office, environmentalist groups gathered across several cities in Florida on Wednesday for a day of action to ban all forms of fracking, the controversial oil-drilling technique, in the state. 

A small group of about 20 people gathered in front of the state Department of Economic Opportunity in Oakland Park in the early evening to call on the governor to ban all forms of fracking, and not just some. 

The Snell Arcade in St. Petersburg
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The devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris may have people taking a closer look at iconic structures in the Tampa Bay area.

Downtown Bradenton in Manatee County.
Manatee County Government

Housing prices and rents continue to rise across Florida. Thursday, a group of community leaders and advocates gathered in Bradenton to discuss Manatee County's ongoing affordable housing crunch at an event sponsored by the Manatee Tiger Bay Club.

Nationwide, an average wage earner would need to spend 32.7 percent of his or her income to buy a median-priced home. But for Manatee residents, that figure is 46.3 percent.

Updated FEMA flood maps indicate risk zones in Pinellas County.
Pinellas County Government

Flooding is one of the most common and costly disasters during storms. Pinellas County is the latest area to have adjustments made to its flood map to better reflect the risk that some homeowners may face.

Hillel Academy in Tampa celebrated Passover on Wednesday through a series of learning stations, plays, and food tastings.
Rachel Smith / WUSF

“Tell old pharaoh
to let my people go!”

A group of students from the Hillel Academy School in Tampa sang that plea as they marched to the start of the ceremonial feast of Seder on Wednesday.

A dangerous squall line of thunderstorms is expected to approach the Florida Panhandle Thursday night, then sweep across the entire Florida Peninsula Friday.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller
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Attorney General William Barr has released a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference to Congress and the public.

Read the full report here.

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