Proposal Would Open Medical Pot Market

Feb 25, 2019

A longtime proponent of medical marijuana filed a measure Friday that would eliminate Florida’s “vertical integration” system requiring state-licensed operators to grow, process and dispense cannabis and related products. 

Mayor Rick Kriseman delivers State of the City address at Palladium Theater in downtown St. Petersburg.
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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman left several controversial issues out of his State of the City address over the weekend at Palladium Theater.

United Methodist Church leaders are meeting in St. Louis beginning Saturday to decide whether to lift a ban on LGBTQ clergy and same-sex weddings.

The topic has become increasingly contentious in recent years, as more United Methodist clergy have come out as gay. United Methodists are among the last mainline Protestant denominations to address the issue, and some worry it could cause a major rift in the church.

From Sanctuary Cities to a bid to bring the headquarters of President Donald Trump's Space Force to Florida, here's a summary of what you'll hear in this week's Roundup.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced this week a new proposal to update safety standards for sunscreen  ingredients and marketing.

Updated at 4:45 p.m. ET

A Florida police chief has announced that Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, will face charges of soliciting prostitution after he was caught on surveillance video allegedly in the midst of a sexual act.

Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr announced the charges on Friday as part of a sting on a local spa suspected of human trafficking and potential money laundering.

Highlands County Sheriff's Office

A man arrested in the fatal shootings of five women at a Sebring bank last month has entered a plea of not guilty.

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Greyhound tracks in Florida have until December 31, 2020, to stop races. But some, like Melbourne Greyhound Park, are ending the practice early. 

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Lineman technicians from Duke Energy will get to show off their skills at the company’s Rodeo this weekend in Winter Garden.

MacDill Air Force Base

MacDill Air Force Base has the largest economic impact on the Tampa Bay area compared to all other companies and organizations.

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Florida tourism officials say a record number of visitors came to the state last year. 

Hackers Take Over Tampa Mayor's Twitter Account

Feb 21, 2019

UPDATED at 1:20 p.m. with cybersecurity information.

Several racist, sexist and pornographic images have been deleted from Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s Twitter account after they were posted reportedly by hackers early Thursday.

NCAA Vice President Lynn Holzman announces Final Four weekend events at Sparkman Wharf in Tampa.
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The women’s college basketball season will culminate in a weekend-long celebration in Tampa this April.

NCAA Vice President Lynn Holzman announced the 2019 Women's Final Four event schedule Wednesday at a news conference at Sparkman Wharf in Tampa's Channel District.

Sarasota Police Department

The Sarasota Police Department is investigating an act of vandalism to the city's "Unconditional Surrender" statue.

The figure is based on an iconic Alfred Eisenstaedt photograph taken in New York's Times Square at the end of World War II, featuring a nurse being swept off her feet and kissed by a Navy sailor.

Prison bars
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Visits from friends and loved ones can be beneficial to prisoners, but challenging for people who live far away. Florida House and Senate Democrats are proposing a new law to move inmates closer to their homes in an effort to increase visitation opportunities.

Florida Woman Accused Of Scamming Hurricane Irma Victims

Feb 19, 2019

A Florida woman has been arrested twice on multiple charges after authorities say she scammed hurricane victims while posing as a public adjuster. 

A House Democrat filed on Monday a proposal that calls for apologizing to people who were targeted in the 1950s and 1960s by a legislative committee that went after civil-rights activists and homosexuals.

Rep. Evan Jenne, D-Dania Beach, filed a resolution (HCR 893) that proposes offering a “formal and heartfelt apology to those whose lives, well-being, and livelihoods were damaged or destroyed by the activities and public pronouncements of those who served on the committee.”

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Local law enforcement is beginning to make security plans for when Tampa hosts the Super Bowl in 2021, and human trafficking is one issue they're focusing on.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday he intends to keep Noah Valenstein as the state’s environmental secretary, a move that quickly drew praise from a number of conservationists. 

Chef Julius Forte prepares collard greens at the second annual Collard Greens Festival in St. Petersburg.
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Beads of sweat glisten on Chef Julius Forte’s face as he demonstrates how he prepares his collard greens.

“We often only know one way to cook (collards),” said Forte, the creator of a meal preparation company called Forte Fuels.

Forte is talking about how many families usually add pork and other salty products to their collard greens to make them tasty. But by eliminating fatty, salty products and cooking the leafy green vegetable in a pressure cooker, he believes the family favorite can be more nutritious.

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Hear ye, hear ye! Tampa is stepped back in time this weekend with the 40th annual Bay Area Renaissance Festival at the Museum of Science and Industry.

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The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is working on road safety enhancements for pedestrians and bicyclists as the Tampa Bay area is ranked among the most dangerous metropolitan areas in the United States for pedestrians.

Schools Fall Silent To Mark Anniversary Of Parkland Massacre

Feb 14, 2019

Hundreds of thousands of students and adults across Florida and beyond bowed their heads in a moment of silence Thursday to mark the first anniversary of the shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 people dead.

It's been exactly a year today since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and anniversaries can be particularly hard on survivors of trauma.

WE Local Tampa

Women only make up around 16 percent of the male-dominated profession of engineering. The Society of Women Engineers is hoping to increase that with an upcoming conference and career fair in Tampa.

Honor Ride

Veterans and first responders affected by trauma will be recognized at the seventh annual Florida Honor Ride in St. Petersburg this Saturday.

Hillsborough County Public Schools

Polk County public school officials say more than 80 schools have been cleared after a recent round of tests looking for lead in drinking water.

Forty-three students and teachers who survived the Parkland massacre on Feb. 14, 2018 have published a compilation of writing, photography and art.

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State officials say they have almost completed tests on thousands of sexual assault kits dating back five years in an effort to eliminate the backlog and help solve crimes.

Multimillionaire U.S. Sen. Rick Scott won't keep his wealth inside a blind trust account anymore.