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Delaney Brown

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Delaney Brown is the WUSF Stephen Noble news intern for the spring 2020 semester, her second semester with WUSF.

Originally from West Palm Beach, Delaney moved to St. Petersburg to study journalism and history at the USF St. Petersburg campus. During her time at the university, Delaney has worked as a staff reporter and general editor for The Crow’s Nest while competing with the nationally ranked sailing team.

Delaney credits her passion for journalism to all the early mornings spent listening to Morning Edition with her dad, and is now excited to spend the semester learning to find her radio voice at WUSF.

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Senior citizens in Pinellas and Pasco may soon have low-sodium Chinese food delivered right to their doorstep.

The Area Agency on Aging of Pinellas-Pasco “Dining Out at Home” program plans to connect seniors staying at home because of the coronavirus with freshly cooked meals from local restaurants.

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Small businesses feeling the impact of coronavirus caused shutdowns and local stay-at-home measures may be eligible for emergency loans through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

At the same time, tens of thousands of Floridians are filing for unemployment benefits.

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If you're having trouble logging into your child's Edsby account, you're not alone.

As Hillsborough County schools make the switch to remote instruction, teachers and parents are having trouble logging into the county's online learning platform.

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State officials made the decision to cancel all in-person classes for the remainder of the school term.  

Schools and universities across the Tampa Bay area are now having to gear up for the transition to online instruction.

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As Democrats across the state head to the polls Tuesday for the Democratic Presidential primary, Clearwater residents will have an additional choice to make: who will serve as the city’s next mayor.

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Local businesses are starting to feel the impact of coronavirus.

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges people to continue social distancing, some local businesses are seeing a traffic slow down as a result.

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Over the years, college-age voters have been accused by some of being apathetic when it comes to politics. Two groups of University of South Florida students are trying to flip that narrative.

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As cases of coronavirus continue to pop-up on cruise ships, the U.S. State Department is urging travelers - especially those with underlying medical conditions - to stay ashore.

But as passengers at the Port of Tampa embarked on their vacations Monday, the only visible sign of concerns about COVID-19 came from a bachelorette party debating the best brand of hand sanitizer.

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The Tampa Bay area is becoming a popular location for refugee resettlement - there are more refugees per capita in Clearwater and Tampa than anywhere else in Florida. 

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When it comes to affordable housing, public transportation and baseball’s future in the region, the mayors of the Tampa Bay Area's two largest cities are in agreement - for the most part.

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As Tampa's population grows, so does its need for affordable housing.

Mayor Jane Castor describes the lack of affordable housing options as a result of simple supply and demand: as the city's population increases, so does the cost of rent, pricing out some longtime residents.

Public school teachers advocating for increased pay have found an ally in the Florida business community. 

Members of both the Council of 100 and the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council have grown vocal in their support of increasing teacher salaries. 

Addressing community concerns with its initial plan, Sarasota’s Selby Gardens has announced its amended expansion proposal.

The initial plan was rejected in a 3-2 city commission vote Nov. 5 after area residents raised issues with the height of the parking garage, evening noise from the proposed roof-top restaurant, and the potential for increased traffic.

Some have called Gasparilla "Mardi Gras without the Catholicism," and what would either of those celebrations be without an abundance of beads?

But long after the floats are packed and the krewes have gone home - the plastic trinkets are still there.

More than 300,000 people are expected to line Bayshore Boulevard on Saturday for the Gasparilla Pirate Fest, the Tampa Bay area’s annual parade.

Tampa Police will be stationed along the parade route to ensure public safety, but Chief Brian Dugan says parade-goers can do their part to make the event safe and enjoyable for all.

Hundreds of thousands of spectators are expected to break out the pirate costumes, line Bayshore Boulevard, and beg for beads Saturday for the Children's Gasparilla Parade and Jan. 25 for the Gasparilla Pirate Fest. 

State lawmakers are set to consider legislation that would mandate increased safety measures for bus drivers and strengthen criminal penalties for passengers who become violent. 

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St. Petersburg city council members say it's time for property owners to do their part in fixing the city's sewage woes.

After a public hearing on Thursday, Council members approved a measure by a 7 to 1 vote that encourages homeowners to fix leaky pipes on their property.

When Heather Howard cut ties with her parents last year, the University of South Florida senior suddenly found herself wondering where she would find her next meal.

“I had like a survival mindset. I felt like I had just been abandoned in the woods, and I had to just make do with what I had,” she said. “I was looking up plants I could forage. I was desperate.”

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The Florida Department of Education is investigating the Sarasota County School District after a state judge found the district placed a number of children into programs reserved specifically for students with severe cognitive disabilities.

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Food insecurity is a problem for many in the Tampa Bay area all year long.

While many see Thanksgiving and the holidays as a time to help others, Feeding Tampa Bay President and CEO Thomas Mantz says it's important to carry that spirit of service all 365 days of the year.

Before and after photos of the kittens. The cats are aprox. two weeks old on the left and five months old on the right.
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A mysterious neurological condition that impacts an animal's ability to control their hind legs has Florida wildlife officials stumped and left panther kittens orphaned.

The panther mother was the second confirmed case of the disorder, but footage from trail cameras suggests more of Florida's panthers may be impacted.

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At a press conference in Tampa Attorney General Ashley Moody announced two new initiatives aimed at providing increased legal resources for Florida’s veterans.

Representative Kathy Castor spoke out about the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, calling his actions "a stunning betrayal of America and America's national security."

Kathy Castor (center) poses with a members of  Florida Covering Kids and Families and the Childrens Board of Hillsborough County.
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People shopping for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act have more options than ever - but one lawmaker is warning that not all plans promise equal coverage.

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Tampa police are stepping up their patrols on three roads that have been deadly for pedestrians.

The Tampa Police Department announced on Friday that they will put more officers on Fowler Avenue, Busch Boulevard, and Hillsborough Avenue.

According to U.S. Department of Education figures, enrollment at some Florida colleges and universities has decreased in the past five years.

But sometimes those numbers don’t show the full story.

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A recent joint study conducted by researchers at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and Eckerd College found over four billion plankton-sized particles of plastic floating in the waters of Tampa Bay.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is a program that matches adult volunteers with children in need of guidance. Now, the federal government is helping the organization provide mentoring services, particularly for young people facing the opioid crisis.

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Tropical Storm Nestor is causing changes to a number of weekend events.

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