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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 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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Commuting in Tampa Bay can be challenging. Often, drivers can get stuck in traffic and endure plenty of red lights.  But in a few local spots, commuters are seeing those mundane gray signal boxes transformed into colorful, vibrant canvases.

Traffic box art isn't a new thing. They’ve been successful public art projects in cities like Tampa and Fort Lauderdale. And now an arts group in Clearwater is jumping on the trend with a signal box public art project called "Thinking Outside The Box." 

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A capacity crowd of 700 filled the State Theatre in St. Petersburg Saturday night to hear Jon Bon Jovi make his case for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The musician played some acoustic versions of his hits and reminded the audience how Florida in the past has decided the outcome of the presidency.

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Civil rights icon, U.S. Rep. (D-GA) John Lewis joined former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist for several "get out the vote" events in St. Petersburg Wednesday.

At a Q & A town hall event at the University of South Florida, the longtime Georgia congressman said the negative tone of the current election cycle is the "worst he's ever seen." 

"Maybe our foremothers and our forefathers all came to this great land on different ships. But we're all in the same boat now,” he said. “So I think in America today, we need to humanize our politics."

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Hillary Clinton spent her 69th birthday in Tampa.

The Democratic presidential nominee was at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa Wednesday to urge Florida voters to take advantage of in-person early voting.

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The product that helped define Tampa will face new competition under an executive order issued on Friday by the Obama administration.

The directive lifts the $100 limit on Cuban cigars that travelers can bring into the U.S., which could spell trouble for the last operating cigar factory in Tampa.

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The day before school let out in May, 9-year old Hailey Everett brought home a certificate for making the honor roll at Chocachatti Elementary School in Hernando County.  The next day, her grandmother and guardian Pam Everett got a call from the school's principal telling her Hailey would not be promoted to fourth grade.

These days, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy works as an analyst for "NBC Sports' Football Night in America." But he's also the founder of "All Pro Dad," an organization committed to bringing "intentional focus" to fathers. 

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The Florida Board of Education has approved a budget request for the coming fiscal year.

The proposal also recommends against renewing 49 million dollars for the state's controversial teacher-incentive plan.

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Homeschooling entered the mainstream in the 1980s and was led largely by white evangelical Christians. Today, the U.S Department of Education says approximately 1.7 million students in the U.S are homeschooled—more than 84,000 of them in Florida.

The fastest growing demographic choosing to leave traditional schools behind are African-Americans.

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WUSF is infusing a little fun in our news with an occasional series called “Art Populi.” The aim is to shine a light on Tampa Bay's rich cultural landscape-- and offer a perhaps welcome diversion from the political stories that can dominate during election season.

Our debut collection of stories will focus on public art.  We’ll be reporting on city murals, abandoned art, public art galleries and more.

For our first story-- we traveled to a place in Pinellas County known as "Whimzeyland."

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Singapore and Switzerland have at least one thing in common.

Both countries boast a low unemployment rate for young adults and some researchers say that's because of robust post-secondary vocational training.  Lawmakers say the U.S. needs to step up its game and follow suit.  

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An appeals court says Florida's teacher union has no legal right to challenge the state's largest private school voucher program.

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A group of parents from across Florida,  including several from Tampa Bay, filed a lawsuit this week challenging the state’s reading retention law for third-grade students.

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Florida's first charter school opened 20 years ago.  Since then, enrollment in these publicly funded, privately run schools has exploded. 

Today, more than 250,000 students attend about 650 charter schools across the state and many of them are returning to school this week.

But the rapid growth has come with more than a few speed bumps.

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Monday, Aug. 1 is the last day to register to vote in Florida's Aug. 30 primary.

Florida is a closed primary state, which means you must be a registered Republican to vote for the GOP candidate or you must be registered Democrat to vote for candidates in that party.

In the Aug. 30 primary, Floridians will vote for candidates they would like to see representing their party on the general election ballot in November.

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When kids gaze up at the moon -- many dream about becoming astronauts. But how many look to the sea for similar inspiration?

The ocean covers more than seventy percent of the planet's surface and less than five percent of it has been studied.  But at least one submarine pilot is working to motivate a new generation of ocean explorers.

At a Pinellas County summer camp -- middle school girls learn about marine technology.   

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This week on Florida Matters (Tuesday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 17 at 7:30 a.m.), we are talking about entrepreneurs here in the Tampa Bay area.

The show includes a conversation WUSF’s Lisa Peakes had with Tonya Donati, the creator of the Mother Kombucha Warehouse in St. Petersburg. 

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One of the oldest continuously operated attractions in Florida is an 11-acre oasis just minutes away from a busy strip mall.

At Sarasota Jungle Gardens, visitors can feed flamingos, stroll under a canopy of lush foliage and even see the occasional unicycle-riding cockatoo.

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Florida is home to some of the country's largest school districts but according to a report from the Florida Department of Education, it doesn't have enough teachers.

That means school districts are coming up with new ways to fill vacancies.

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Authorities in Orlando have recovered the body of a 2-year-old boy who was dragged into the water by an alligator at Walt Disney World Tuesday night.

An Orange County Sheriff says the boy's body was found intact by divers using sonar equipment.

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News of the toddler who was dragged into the water by an alligator at Walt Disney World Tuesday night is a parent's worst nightmare.

But the media coverage can also be frightening for children.

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Last month the Obama Administration sent a letter to school districts threatening to pull federal funding if they do not allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity.

When Rishi Nair triumphed at the 2016 National Geographic Bee in May, he also won the hearts of mothers everywhere by grabbing the microphone and thanking his own mother, calling her a “great lady.”

On Wednesday, Nair’s classmates at Williams Middle Magnet School in Tampa celebrated with cupcakes as they watched a TV clip from the finals.

At the event, Nair said his path to glory started with the basics: U.S. capitals, currency and longest rivers.

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Coming into the 2016 Hurricane Season, Florida has been on something of a lucky streak. It’s been 11 years since a hurricane has made landfall in the state but experts say this could be one of the most active storm seasons since 2012.

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The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts Wednesday.

On average, 11 named tropical storms, six hurricanes, and two major hurricanes could happen during any given season.

During emergencies, Pinellas County assigns administrators to shelter sites.

Students in the Center for Advanced Technologies at Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg have created a website to help the district keep track of shelter assignments and manage communications during emergencies.

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A Hillsborough County 6th grader is the winner of the 2016  National Geographic Bee.

Rishi Nair, 12, of Seffner is officially an expert on maps, borders, culture and history.

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How do you teach kids about ecology when the natural world is shrinking around them?

In fast growing Florida, one solution is to take environmental studies outside the walls of a classroom.

The Pinellas County School Board Tuesday unanimously voted to issue a 90-day notice of termination to four charter schools.

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Tampa Bay area school districts have received an Obama administration directive regarding transgender students.

A joint letter from the Departments of Education and Justice calls for every public school district in the country to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity.

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The second highest elected leader in the nation was in Tampa Wednesday to deliver wide-ranging remarks about American policy in Latin America.

Vice President Joe Biden addressed local business leaders and elected officials at an invitation-only event at the University of Tampa.

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