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Nicole Slaughter Graham

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Nicole Slaughter Graham is a WUSF Stephen Noble Intern for the 2019 spring semester.

Before taking the plunge as a full-time freelance journalist, she was the digital editor at duPont REGISTRY, where she wrote and edited for the publication’s digital site, Autofluence. As a freelance journalist, she has contributed to publications like The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, U.S. News & World Report, Cosmopolitan magazine, and realtor.com.

Slaughter Graham is a graduate of Eckerd College, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in creative writing. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in digital journalism and design from USF St. Petersburg.

Slaughter Graham hopes to one day obtain a newsroom position as a multi-media reporter and would also like to add “college professor of journalism” to her resume.

Opening performance
Nicole Slaughter Graham / WUSF Public Media

Across the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus, both students and the public are finding a smattering of free live performances to enjoy. The inaugural Short and Sweet Theatre Week kicked off Monday, bringing the arts to the university.

USF St. Petersburg Campus
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Enrollment for the upcoming fall semester is expected to be down at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and a variety of factors, including stricter admission requirements due to consolidation, are to blame.

Regional chancellor Martin Tadlock said that the university received about 2,400 applications last year and are down by about 150 this year.

Sarasota waterway
Sarasota County Government Facebook / Sarasota County Government

Sarasota County is under fire for the massive amount of treated wastewater that has spilled from its Bee Ridge treatment facility into local waterways. Three nonprofits have told the county they plan to sue if it cannot figure out how to stop the spillage.

Sky Zone Tampa's Book Drive Box
Sky Zone Tampa

March is National Reading Month, and Sky Zone Tampa is using it as an opportunity to bring literacy to the community.

The trampoline gym is hosting a month-long book drive, and on Monday, they’ll donate around 300 books to Achieve Plant City, a nonprofit fostering education and literacy in east Hillsborough County.

A rendering of the St. Pete Pier
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The highly anticipated St. Pete Pier is scheduled to open this fall, and among the many attractions planned is Tampa Bay Watch’s 3,000-square-foot Discovery Center.

Downtown St. Petersburg will be the new home for the interactive exhibition and education center, where visitors will come face-to-face with some of the area’s native aquatic life.

Aerial view of downtown St. Petersburg
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St. Petersburg developers and preservationists on Thursday debated how the city might balance its rapid development with the preservation of its charm and history.

A PSTA bus at a stop in Williams Park in downtown St. Petesrburg
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The lack of widespread public transit in the Tampa Bay area is no secret. Talks of  how, when, where, and what kind of transportation options to fund have been lengthy, and largely unproductive at the state and county levels, leaving individual cities to fend for themselves.

In Washington D.C. though, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is hopeful they can secure federal funding for improving transit infrastructure. The association met with representatives of Congress this week to discuss the federal government’s role.

Erin Stewart Mauldin of USF St. Petersburg with her new book
Nicole Slaughter Graham / WUSF Public Media

Burned fields. Cut down trees. Obliterated fencing. Thousands upon thousands of muddy tracks from foot traffic. A small-scale drought.

Those were just some of the changes that affected the rural South’s landscape post-Civil War. The environmental changes after the conflict had lasting economic impact, and yet, those changes have been largely unexplored until now.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department

A 116-year-old church bell went missing from a Presbyterian church in Lutz. The relic is of great importance to the church congregation, and members are hoping it will be returned to its rightful place.

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Marc Randolph shared lessons on how to become a successful entrepreneur with 700 people at the University of South Florida Thursday. But first, the co-founder of the multi-billion dollar streaming service Netflix took a selfie.

University of South Florida

The University of South Florida is the 2018-19 top producer of Fulbright Scholars with 12 recipients, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. The accomplishment places the institution among top research schools like Michigan State University, UCLA, and Notre Dame.

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At this year’s Florida State Fair, the agriculture scene is on full display. As you might expect, cows, goats and pigs are available for fairgoers to feed and pet. But this year’s agricultural exhibits also include another of the state’s prosperous, but lesser-known commodities: aquaculture.

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Now in its seventh year, the St. Petersburg Conference of International Affairs is expanding its scope to include local establishments that cater to a global audience.

U.S. Airforce

In Hillsborough County, each of the 100 public elementary schools has crossing guards to help children get to and from school safely.

Its 42 middle schools, however, do not offer the same protections for their students.

Nicole Slaughter Graham / WUSF Public Media

For the past 93 years, the Tampa Theatre has been a buzzing hub for entertainment and movies. Visitors come from all over to enjoy the storied, Mediterranean style theatre.

To honor the building's significance, a Tampa lawmaker has submitted a letter asking the government to recognize it as a State Historical Marker.

Robert Suess / Hillsborough County Public Works

When Hurricane Irma hit Florida in September of 2017, the resulting power outages were felt all across the bay area.

Of the more than 300 traffic signals maintained by Hillsborough County, 125 lost power, making it difficult for motorists to navigate. 

Emily Nipps / Tampa International Airport

Representatives Kathy Castor, D-Tampa and Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg joined a host of local federal workers at Tampa International Airport Tuesday to talk about the government shutdown and its continuing effects.

Roberto Roldan / WUSF Public Media

In Florida, voter pre-registration is open to both 16 and 17-year-olds, which means their private information like phone numbers, addresses, and birth dates is public record. Two Florida lawmakers are trying to change that.