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Erin O'Brien

Digital News Intern

Erin O’Brien is a WUSF/USF Zimmerman School digital news intern for summer 2019.

Born and raised in Clearwater, Erin moved to Tampa to attend the University of South Florida. She is a senior at USF pursuing a degree in journalism with a concentration in news – editorial.

Hillsborough County Sheriff cruiser parked in front of brick wall that has a postcard of Tampa.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

By Erin O'Brien

Reversing a previous position, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is now accepting proposals for body cameras for their deputies. 

Young female green iguana
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

By Erin O'Brien

Green iguanas, an invasive species, have been making increased appearances in the Tampa Bay area. Now, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking people to help them humanely decrease the number of the creatures. 

By Erin O’Brien

Last March, the World Economic Forum and Treepedia ranked Tampa as the leading city in the world in the amount of green space and trees. A new law signed this week by Gov. Ron DeSantis might threaten the status.

Quinnipiac University Poll logo
Quinnipiac University Poll

Support for a minimum wage hike in Florida is strong in every party, gender, education, age and racial group, according to an independent Quinnipiac University Poll.

However, support is divided on choosing whether or not to make felons pay fines before they can regain voting rights.

Intersection of Moon Lake Rd. and Bethwood Ave. in New Port Richie
Google Earth

A non-profit organization that says they aim to "provide positive role models in the LGBTQIA+ and allied communities" is celebrating Pride Month in a way few other groups are.

Pasco Pride adopted a section of Moon Lake Road in New Port Richey which was sponsored by an infamous hate organization 25 years ago.

Updated Pinellas County flood zone map.
Pinellas County

Pinellas County residents may find themselves living in a flood zone after a recent update to coastal flood maps by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. These new changes can mean higher or lower flood insurance premiums for some people.

Front of the updated Florida driver's license.
Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

The last time Florida driver’s licenses were redesigned was in 2003.

In 2017, licenses and state identification cards debuted with a new look and enhanced security features.

Now, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles or FLHSMV, is adding further modifications to the cards.