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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
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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
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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.

Jurors in the John Jonchuck trial on Monday began debating whether he was insane or not when he threw his daughter off a Tampa Bay area bridge four years ago.
Pinellas County Jail

A murder trial is moving forward for a man who threw his 5-year-old daughter off a Tampa Bay area bridge. 

Children in Florida public schools would be taught about the dangers and warning signs of human trafficking under a bill moving in the state House. 

A Florida mental health care worker is facing charges that he sexually battered three patients. 

Gov. Ron DeSantis, seen in a file photo.
Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

Gov. Ron DeSantis wants a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the sheriff who he suspended and accused of failing to prevent the Parkland school shooting. 

A lawsuit claims an 11-year-old boy visiting from Brazil had his foot and leg crushed at the end of the E.T. Adventure ride at Universal Studios in Orlando. 

Florida will seek new bids in three years instead of renewing its contract with the company that oversaw last year’s botched SunPass conversion.
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A Florida state senator wants to know why the state's Department of Transportation paid a company $3.6 million to drop its challenge to the awarding of another company with a lucrative contract to overhaul Florida's toll road system. 

The Florida sheriff who was suspended by the governor and accused of failing to prevent the Parkland school shooting has filed a lawsuit alleging Gov. Ron DeSantis improperly ousted him for political reasons. 

Florida's coastal waters appear free from a devastating red tide bloom that began in October 2017.

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report released Wednesday says the toxic algae were no longer present in water samples collected anywhere in the state. 

people at the beach
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Florida tourism officials say a record number of visitors came to the state last year. 

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott said Sunday that he was never told by Homeland Security officials in 2016 when he was Florida's governor that Russian hackers had gained access to voter databases in two Florida counties ahead of the presidential election.
MyFloridaHouse.gov

Multimillionaire U.S. Sen. Rick Scott won't keep his wealth inside a blind trust account anymore. 

The new sheriff in the Florida county where last year's high school massacre happened says he'll improve training for deputies assigned to protect campuses. 

A rare whale was found dead in the waters of Florida's Everglades National Park. 

The federal government is threatening to cut off public funding to All Children's Hospital unless it addresses issues related to infection control and how it manages doctors.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

Gov. Ron DeSantis' first proposed budget is calling for more money to be spent on schools and the environment in the coming year. At the same time, he's also asking for a small cut in taxes.

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

The former leader of Florida's corrections agency was appointed Thursday to oversee a New Mexico public-private state prison system and parole division that is struggling with rising recidivism rates and overworked guards.

Julie Jones was chosen by new Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to oversee a corrections system with a prison population that has grown to 7,300. It has struggled to hire and retain officers and avoid growing overtime expenses.

Marion County Schools

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he wants to overhaul the state's school standards in the next year. 

Alachua County Fire Rescue

The federal agency responsible for investigating major crashes and accidents is sending an eight-member team to Florida to investigate a fiery crash that killed two semitrailer drivers and five children riding in a church van.

Stephanie Colombini / WUSF Public Media

A Florida sheriff has ordered counseling for deputies who responded to a bank shooting where five women died.

In a video posted Tuesday on Facebook, Highlands County Sheriff Paul Blackman said his office suffered additional trauma after the Jan. 23 shooting at a SunTrust branch in Sebring when a sergeant killed himself Saturday. He had not been involved in the bank investigation.

Blackman said the tragedies "highlight the importance of seeking treatment for mental health issues."

Florida Public Archaeology Network

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit aimed at blocking Lakeland from moving a statute honoring Confederate soldiers.

District Judge Virginia Hernandez Covington dismissed the lawsuit this week filed by Confederate rights groups against Lakeland. The city plans to move a statue of a Confederate soldier from a park where it was erected in 1910 to a veterans cemetery where it will be placed among statues honoring the dead from other wars.

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