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Jane Castor worked her way up through the ranks of her hometown police department before retiring at the top, making history as Tampa’s first female police chief.

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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Tampa Mayor Jane Castor is rolling out a program that focuses on reaching out to minority-owned businesses to connect them with the city.

Meant to make city hall more readily available to the community, “Bridges to Business” illustrates one of Castor’s major campaign promises: helping small businesses.

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Hurricane season may be about three months away, but the city of Tampa already has a plan to help residents after a storm.

A Tampa federal magistrate has called for an end to a part of the city’s ban on conversion therapy, saying it infringes on the free speech rights of licensed mental health professionals.

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For many people struggling to afford rent in Tampa, owning a home could provide more space, more stability and sometimes even a lower monthly cost.

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Two small public relations firms from Tampa are being recognized for their success both locally and for their plans to expand nationwide
 

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Despite requests by critics of the department for a female chief, there will soon be a new man heading up Tampa Fire Rescue.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced Tuesday that Assistant Chief of Operations Nick LoCicero will replace Chief Tom Forward, who is retiring after 35 years with TFR.

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As monster Hurricane Irma buzz-sawed its way up Florida's Gulf Coast, it looked for several hours like the heavily populated Tampa Bay area could face catastrophic wind damage and flooding from the first major storm to roar ashore there in 96 years.

Ruling Overturned In Tampa Police Shooting

Apr 17, 2017
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A federal appeals court Friday overturned a ruling that had cleared the city of Tampa and a police officer in the shooting of a man who was suspected of being suicidal.

USF Researchers To Map Historic Tampa Cemetery

Mar 23, 2017
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Anyone walking along Harrison Street in downtown Tampa for the next several weeks may notice people surveying Oaklawn Cemetery with strange equipment.

The researchers are from the University of South Florida Department of Anthropology, and they’re using gradiometers - devices used to measure small changes in the magnetic field that are caused by hidden anomalies in the ground - and ground-penetrating radar to create a digital database of the historic cemetery.

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Thousands of college football fans gathered in Tampa and surrounding cities for a weekend packed with events meant to pump them up for the College Football National Championship game.

The Latest On Championship Traffic, Events

Jan 7, 2017
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Follow WUSF reporters this weekend as we bring you the latest on traffic and road closures, as well as news from events leading up to Monday's College Football National Playoff Championship in Tampa.

Use #TampaBay2017 on Twitter and Instagram to join in on the conversation. 

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While all eyes will turn Monday night to the College Football Playoff National Championship showdown between Alabama and Clemson, downtown Tampa is ready and raring to go for dozens of pre-game events starting today.

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Many local schools and government offices are shut down today because of Tropical Storm Hermine. But Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is taking a different tack - he expanded hours at the city parks and recreation centers.

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Looking for a way out of a parking ticket? Donate some canned goods to a food bank.

That's a proposal being considered by the Tampa City Council. The program would run for about a month over the winter holidays.

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Tampa is the best place to live in the entire Southeast United States, according to Money Magazine.

New jobs at companies such as Amazon and Bristol-Myers Squibb were among the reasons Tampa ranked as the top Southeastern city in the Best Places to Live 2015 report. It looked at the job market, housing costs, access to health care and other amenities such as the expanded flights at Tampa International Airport.

The other top cities included Denver, Omaha, Pittsburgh and Mesa, Arizona.

Tampa Responds to Gun Violence Spike

Jul 6, 2015
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Responding to a surge in gun deaths, Tampa police say they will increase patrols through East and West Tampa, where a higher concentration of the gun violence is happening.

"It's just this particular spike in violent crime is obviously very concerning so we're doing even more than what we traditionally do," Andrea Davis with the Tampa Police Department said. "We want to have that very visible police presence to deter some of this violent crime."

A federal grant received last year will cover overtime pay, she said.

A new legislative proposal by Florida Sen.  Jeff Brandes would place greater restrictions on how cities use red-light cameras.

The St. Petersburg Republican, who has been an outspoken critic of the use of the cameras, says they are being used to fill city and county coffers, not improve public safety.

“We’re bringing in 100 million dollars a year,  and we can’t look our constituents in the eye and tell them we’re making them any safer, ”he said. “And I think that - that deeply troubles me. It deeply, deeply troubles me,” he said.

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The Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative held the grand opening for the Community Housing Solutions Center on Thursday. What makes this different from other homeless shelters is it gives both single men and women housing for four months - with the belief that a stable place to live is the first step to getting them off the streets. 

City of Tampa: There's an App for That

Jan 8, 2014
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The City of Tampa is going mobile.

It has launched its first app available for smartphone users that allows folks to do everything from viewing upcoming events around town to reporting a pothole.

"Technology plays a critical role in the economic future of our city. That’s why I am committed to modernizing our infrastructure, bringing free Wi-Fi to our urban parks, and making the city more user friendly through apps like this," Mayor Bob Buckhorn said.  "The app puts city services and City Hall at the fingertips of residents."