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Tristan Dodd

Digital News Intern

Tristan Dodd is a WUSF/USF Zimmerman School digital news intern for the spring 2020 semester.

He is currently a senior at USF, where he is completing his bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Production.

As an undergraduate, Tristan has interned for Bulls Vision as a videographer and WTurner Productions as a videographer and sports reporter.

He hopes he can bring a fresh perspective to the newsroom and establish himself as a more well-rounded multimedia journalist while at WUSF.

Tampa General Hospital
Tampa General Hospital

Tampa General Hospital and the USF Morsani College of Medicine are joining forces to create one of the largest academic medical centers in the state.

woman casting a vote in privacy booth
ROBERTO ROLDAN / WUSF PUBLIC MEDIA

With cases of COVID-19 appearing in Florida, polling places are looking to take extra measures to protect voters during the primary elections.

Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer said that hand sanitizer stations and sanitizing wipes will be available to the public and workers at polling stations.

A voter filling in a ballot.
Wikipedia Commons

After a Super Tuesday that saw Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden pull away from the rest of the pack in the race for the Democratic Presidential nomination, yet another candidate - former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg - dropped out.

But Floridians who voted early are also paying the price.

Tampa hotel
Robert Neff via Wikimedia Commons

Last week, a Hillsborough judge struck down a 2017 Tampa ordinance that charged visitors staying at downtown and Ybor City hotels an additional $1.50 per-room per-night fee.

Then-Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran called the fee, which the city dubbed a “Tourism Marketing Assessment,” illegal.

The Diamond Princess cruise ship is currently quarantined in Japan because of 175 confirmed cases of the coronavirus — the infectious disease the World Health Organization is calling COVID-19, raising questions about the future of the cruise industry.

The question is important for Tampa, a port for six cruises lines and over one million passengers annually.

Former Port Richey Mayor Dale Massad is attempting to file a stand your ground motion in his attempted murder case.

The 2020 primaries are fast approaching in Florida. Those who have not yet registered to vote or changed party affiliation still have a little time to do so.

Primaries take place March 17. However, those who want to participate and are not registered voters, need to register before the February 18 deadline. 

Abandoned boats in Florida waters have become a big financial issue for the state. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials say it costs about $30,000 to $50,000 dollars to remove one boat. 

Woman speaks at podium with military members behind her
Delaney Brown / WUSF Public Media

Florida’s law enforcement agencies will be represented by two local officials who have been appointed to a Presidential commission. 

Attorney General William Barr announced the Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice Wednesday, which looks to modernize solutions for reducing modern crime in America.