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Cathy Carter

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Cathy Carter is a reporter and host for WUSF 89.7 and other Florida public radio stations.

A graduate of Boston’s Emerson College, Cathy has covered everything from the affordable housing crisis to the ever growing cultural landscape of Tampa Bay and Sarasota.

Before joining WUSF, Cathy was the local host of NPR’s Morning Edition for Delaware Public Media and reported on a variety of topics from education to the arts.

Cathy also reported for WAMU, the NPR news station in Washington D.C, was a host at XM Satellite Radio and wrote arts and culture stories for a variety of newspapers, including the Virginian Pilot and the Baltimore Sun.

Her work has been honored by journalism organizations such as the Public Radio Journalist's Association, Florida Associated Press Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Maryland Press Association and the Delaware Press Association.

Contact Cathy at 813-974-8638, on Twitter @catcartreports or by email at ccarter@wusf.org

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The La Musica International Chamber Music Festival is now in its 33rd season.
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This year marks the 33rd season for La Musica International Chamber Music Festival at the Sarasota Opera House, and for about the same price as a movie ticket, audiences can get admission to a series of open rehearsals on the campus of New College of Florida.

Petticoat Painters

In 1950, a female artist from Sarasota took the top spot at a city art show.

What happened next led to one of the oldest continuously exhibiting group of women artists in the country.

Sergeant Steve Kim of the Sarasota County Schools Police Department with students at Bay Haven School of Basics Plus.
Sarasota County Schools

Within weeks of the mass school shooting in Parkland, the Florida Legislature passed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. The law requires a police officer or sworn school guardian be present on all public school campuses.

The issue is set to be discussed at the City Commission’s March 18 meeting.
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People caught with small amounts of marijuana or drug paraphernalia in Sarasota could soon avoid arrest.

On Monday night, the city commission will discuss the possibility of allowing law enforcement to issue civil citations instead.

Visitation and annual revenue are up since Selby Gardens was repositioned as a "living museum." The newest exhibit pairs botany with artist, Paul Gauguin.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has big ideas for the renovation of its 15-acre site on Sarasota's Bayfront.

Their 10-year master site plan includes a vertical "sky" garden, a cutting edge plant research center, parking garage and a rooftop restaurant. The plan, which is estimated to cost $67 million, will include infrastructure improvements aimed at keeping Selby's living collections out of flood zones into secure structures using green technology.

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The first day of the Gasparilla Music Festival drew a sold-out crowd to Curtis Hixon Park on Saturday. 

Headliners included the Avett Brothers and 2017 NPR Tiny Desk Contest winners, Tank and the Bangas.  But the nonprofit organization that plans and runs the festival also committed 50 percent of the spotlight to local acts. 

Chuck Manahan

Booker High School serves the most diverse and underprivileged student body in the Sarasota County School District. It's also recognized for its rigorous program in arts education, including instruction in music, theatre, dance, digital film and motion design, and visual art.

This week, the Booker High School Visual and Performing Arts program will host its first ever fundraiser to support initiatives that provide educational enhancements for VPA’s rising stars.

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State housing advocates on Tuesday gathered in Tallahassee to call on the Florida Legislature to use all state and local housing trust fund monies for affordable housing. The Sadowski Coalition is made up of 32 statewide organizations, including industry and business groups.

Encouraged by a Library of Congress initiative, volunteers and non-profit groups around the country are recording and preserving veterans' voices.

The interim school superintendent in Manatee County has been offered a long-term contract.

The deal follows two months of postponement after the Florida Department of Education issued a report accusing Cynthia Saunders of manipulating data to improve graduation rates.

The  Manatee County School Board is scheduled on Tuesday to consider a long term contract for the district’s embattled interim school superintendent.

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There are all kinds of methods for creating art. Jean Schlumberger's medium was gemstones. From useable objects like cigarette cases and candlesticks to extravagant fine jewelry, the designer's work sparkles.

The moon will travel into Earth's shadow early next week.

Overnight from Sunday into Monday, North Americans will have a prime view of a total lunar eclipse.

The Republican Party of Florida has elected a new leader.

State Sen. Joe Gruters of Sarasota was chosen to lead the state GOP at the party's annual meeting in Orlando Saturday.

The Republican Party of Florida has elected a new leader.

State Senator Joe Gruters of Sarasota was chosen to lead the state GOP at the party's annual meeting in Orlando Saturday.

The Florida Department of Education says the state is experiencing a critical teacher shortage. Meanwhile, school districts across Florida continue to struggle to fill teacher positions.

A Sarasota lawmaker is proposing to make it easier for retired teachers to get back in the classroom.

Theresa Shabazz of Tampa was convicted of welfare fraud 32 years ago in her home state of Wisconsin. After serving 2 years’ probation, her voting rights were restored.

“Then I came here and I couldn't vote,” she said of her 2016 move to Florida. “I couldn't voice my opinion on how I felt about things."

On Tuesday, Shabazz walked out of the Gilder Elections Service Center in Tampa wearing a smile and a sticker emblazoned with an American flag. It read, "I Registered to Vote." 

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More than a million people could soon be added to Florida's voting rolls.

In November, voters approved a constitutional amendment which automatically restored voting rights to felons, with the exception of those convicted of sex offenses and murder.

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As life slows down for the holidays, it's an ideal time to visit one, or a few, of the region's many art museums.

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Public education is supposed to be the great equalizer.

And while it's easy to focus on teachers and curriculum as the engines behind a student’s success, housing instability also affects learning. Frequent school moves in childhood can impede academic and social development, research shows.

Like everywhere in Florida, Hillsborough County has a lack of affordable housing.

The issue has grown more acute due to a growing population, deep federal cuts to subsidized housing programs, and stagnant wages.

Construction in downtown Tampa
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High above downtown Tampa, giant construction cranes tower near what will become the city’s newest offering in luxury living. The project - 815 Water Street - will feature two towers of apartments and condominiums replete with amenities such as a rooftop bar, fitness center and a ground-level grocery store.

But drive just two miles west, and you will find the bulldozed cinder block remains of what used to be North Boulevard Homes, Tampa’s oldest public housing complex.

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Back in October, hundreds of Hillsborough County residents packed the pews of Tampa's First Seventh Day Adventist Church.

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The Sarasota County School Board has voted to keep its new gender guidelines following weeks of acrimony over the issue of parental notification.

The instructions were sent to Sarasota County schools in October.

All 120 Florida House seats were up for grabs in 2018 and a few races offered a few firsts for candidates in Tampa Bay.

Republican Ray Blacklidge and Democrat Jennifer Webb battled for an open seat in Pinellas County’s House District 69 for the seat being vacated by Republican Kathleen Peters.

In the end, the win went to Democrat Webb who will become the first openly gay woman in the Florida Legislature.

Tank and the Bangas

NPR Tiny Desk Contest winners Tank and the Bangas from New Orleans are among the artists that will perform at the Gasparilla Music Festival at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa next March. 

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A recent story on the Huffington Post website revealed that some Florida private schools have discriminatory policies despite accepting students with publically-funded school vouchers.

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The Gulf Coast of Florida is already feeling impacts of Hurricane Michael with minor coastal flooding due to storm surge and high tide.

Sarasota High School / Sarasota County Schools

Starting next school year, the State College of Florida will no longer offer college-level courses in Sarasota and Manatee county high schools.

Instead, students can only access dual enrollment classes online or at SCF campuses.

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 A retrospective exhibit featuring one of the world's most instagrammed artists is currently breaking attendance records at museums across the country.

And now, one of her iconic works is on view at the Tampa Museum of Art.

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