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Walt Disney World entrance.
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Walt Disney World is offering discounted tickets to visitors who want to sleep in.

Starting Friday, the Florida theme resort is offering two-day tickets for as low as $88 a day, as long as purchasers don't show up at the parks until after 12 p.m.

July 2019 Florida unemployment figures came in at 3.3 precent, down slightly from the month earlier, and down from the 3.7 national rate.
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

Florida gained almost 23,000 jobs last month, the most of any state other than Texas.

Figures released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Florida's unemployment rate in July was 3.3 percent, a slight decrease from 3.4 percent in June.

Florida has added 227,000 jobs year over year, the most of any state but Texas and California.

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A Tennessee man died this week after being infected with a flesh-eating bacteria during a trip to a Florida beach.

According to news reports, the man became ill shortly after returning from vacation in Destin Beach where he was visiting family for the 4th of July.

Cheryl Wiygul, the man's daughter, says the family discovered that a large sore had developed on her dad's back once they had returned home, as well as red bumps on his arms and legs. The man died on July 7, just 48 hours after his last swim in Florida.

A JetBlue plane on a runway.
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Authorities say a plane bound for Tampa was evacuated at a New Jersey airport due to a suspicious item.

NJ.com reports that JetBlue flight 573 was scheduled to depart Newark Liberty International Airport for Tampa when a flight attendant alerted authorities at about 7:45 a.m. Saturday.

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Environmental activists and state environmental officials disagree about how regulations should be used to combat algae blooms in Florida's waterways. 

Put your phone down while you are driving to avoid getting a ticket in Florida.

Starting Monday, law enforcement officers can pull motorists over solely for texting while driving, thanks to a new law passed by the Florida Legislature. Before, texting while driving was not a primary offense, meaning officers had to have another reason to stop a motorist to cite them for texting and driving.

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An attorney says 18 more plaintiffs have been added to a lawsuit accusing Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco and his commanders of extortion, defamation and intimidation.

A Florida police officer has been convicted of a misdemeanor but acquitted of attempted manslaughter for shooting at a severely autistic man and wounding the man's caretaker. 

More than 600 divers scooped up trash from the ocean floor off a South Florida beach, setting a Guinness World Records milestone for largest underwater cleanup.

President Donald Trump speaks at the Tampa Fairgrounds during a rally July 31, 2018.
Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

A federal lawsuit alleging President Donald Trump kissed a former campaign staffer during a Tampa rally in 2016 has been dismissed.

Gov. Ron DeSantis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Courtesy Governor's Press Office

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis met with Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, calling the embattled Israeli prime minister a "strong leader" on the governor's final day of a trade mission to Israel.

The meeting came the day after Netanyahu failed to assemble a governing coalition, sending the country into a political crisis.

Southeast High School in Bradenton tweeted that recent graduates Albert Ales and Zachary Morris were killed Friday while exploring in Peru.
Southeast High School

Two teens who recently graduated from high school in Bradenton have died in a crash while traveling in Peru.

Alligator on a runway at MacDill Airforce Base
Facebook / MacDill Airforce Base

Staff at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa had to bring in a front-end loader to remove an alligator that was lounging on a runway.

DeVaughn Putna Farrington / Facebook St. Croix Hurricane Maria Check In page

A Federal Communications Commission report says wireless carriers' poor preparation and coordination lengthened communication outages in the Florida Panhandle after Hurricane Michael. 

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Legislative budget negotiators have reached a deal to extend the life of the Visit Florida tourism agency, which had been set to expire in October. 

John Jonchuck was found guilty of first-degree murder earlier in April for dropping his 5-year-old daughter off a bridge in 2015.
Scott Keeler/Tampa Bay Times pool photo

John Jonchuck, who was found guilty of first-degree murder for dropping his 5-year-old daughter off a bridge four years ago, is asking for a new trial.

A JEA crew works on power restoration in the Egrets Bluee area after Hurricane Irma in Sept. 2017.
JEA

Utilities would have to come up with a 10-year plan to strengthen and bury power lines and be allowed to pass along the cost to customers under a bill passed by the Florida Senate.

The Florida Constitution Revision Commission met in Tampa in May 2017.
Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

Florida voters could have a chance to abolish a commission that meets every 20 years to suggest changes to the state constitution.

The new law, which increases penalties for killing or seriously injuring police dogs, is in honor of Jacksonville Police K-9 Fang, who was killed by a carjacking suspect last year.
Jacksonville Police

People who kill or seriously injure police dogs in Florida will now face tougher penalties.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Friday making that crime a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. It was previously a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, left, congratulates his Columbus counterpart, Sergei Bobrovsky, after the Blue Jackets completed a four game sweep Tuesday night, 7-3.
Tampa Bay Lightning

Sullen and speechless, the Tampa Bay Lightning had little explanation for how they followed up a glorious regular season by getting bounced from the playoffs with record-setting haste.

John Jonchuck is fingerprinted by deputies after he was found guilty of first-degree murder by a Pinellas County jury in the death of her 5-year-old daughter four years ago.
Scott Keeler/ Tampa Bay Times Pool Photo

A Pinellas County jury on Tuesday found John Jonchuck guilty of first-degree murder for dropping his 5-year-old daughter off a bridge four years ago, despite arguments from his attorneys that he was insane and thought his actions would actually save her. He was automatically sentenced to life in prison.

John Jonchuck was found guilty of first-degree murder earlier in April for dropping his 5-year-old daughter off a bridge in 2015.
Scott Keeler/Tampa Bay Times pool photo

A Pinellas County man who threw his 5-year-old daughter off a Tampa Bay area bridge four years ago knew what he was doing was wrong and should be found guilty of first-degree murder, a prosecutor told jurors Monday during closing arguments of his trial.

Tampa Bay Lightning

The Columbus Blue Jackets extended their postseason mastery of the Tampa Bay Lightning, beating the NHL's best team 3-1 on Sunday night and moving to within a game of sweeping the playoff series.

University of South Florida researchers in 2013 unearthed graves at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna.
Pool Photo - 2013

A company doing pollution cleanup at a shuttered Florida reform school may have found more graves of the nearly 100 boys estimated to have died there.

The Carnival Paradise
Wikimedia Commons

A federal judge has threatened to temporarily block Carnival Corp. from docking cruise ships at ports in the United States as punishment for a possible probation violation.

The NTSB has put out a preliminary report on a fiery Jan. 2019 crash on Interstate-75 that killed five children and two truck drivers.
Alachua County Fire Rescue

It appears three children were wearing seatbelts when they were ejected from a church van in a fiery, Jan. 3 crash that killed seven people on Interstate 75, according to a report released Wednesday.

A bill to limit the strength of smokable medical marijuana is heading to the House floor. 

Prison bars
Michael Coghlan/Wikimedia Commons

Legislation putting into law a constitutional amendment restoring voting rights to some Florida felons has won approval by a state Senate committee. 

Baylor and Notre Dame will face off in the NCAA Women's Basketball championship game Sunday night in Tampa.
NCAA

Notre Dame will be looking to join UConn, Tennessee and Southern Cal in winning consecutive national championships during the NCAA era in Sunday night's title game against Baylor in Tampa.

The USF men's basketball team won the College Basketball Invitational championship with a 77-65 win over DePaul Friday in Chicago.
USF Athletics

David Collins had 19 points and eight rebounds as the University of South Florida beat DePaul 77-65 on Friday night in Chicago for the College Basketball Invitational championship.

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