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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.

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

Family members of victims from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre and shooting survivor David Hogg launched on Monday an effort to get a constitutional amendment on the Florida ballot in 2020 that would ban the sale of assault weapons. 

Hogg and Gail Schwartz, who lost her 14-year-old nephew Alex Schachter at the Feb. 14, 2018 shooting, were among the group that dropped off 200 signed petitions to be certified at the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. 

Almost 100,000 people are serving time behind bars in Florida state prisons, where there’s a shortage of guards and healthcare costs are expensive. We took a closer look at the state’s attempts to address its overcrowded and underfunded prisons with Health News Florida’s Julio Ochoa and John Kennedy, capitol reporter for GateHouse Media.

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Hyde Park United Methodist Church

Same-sex marriage and the acceptance of LGBTQ clergy are issues that many religions are dealing with today. Now, the United Methodist Church is holding a special session to vote on a proposal regarding those subjects.

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The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will vote Feb. 20 on a plan to limit the practice and protect swimmers.

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There is little chance the Florida Senate will revisit a controversial state law that has impacted public access to some beach areas, according to top Republicans in the chamber.

Orange Crop Numbers Remain Steady

Feb 9, 2019
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Florida’s orange crop forecast has held steady since the end of 2018, while projections for other types of citrus have been reduced.

Citing a “tremendous safety threat,” Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is asking President Donald Trump to use his executive power to allow banks to do business with state-authorized medical marijuana companies. 

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital has announced that Tom Kmetz will join as interim president on Feb. 18.

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.

Haines City Police Department

The opioid crisis is affecting communities of all sizes across the country. In one example, Haines City has equipped all officers in its police department with a life-saving drug that combats opioid overdoses.

Surgical Centers Could Face Changes After Deaths

Feb 7, 2019

Florida’s plastic surgery centers could undergo a regulatory makeover to improve patient safety if state Sen. Anitere Flores is successful during the upcoming legislative session. 

The Florida Supreme Court has reversed course on a case regarding a minimum wage ordinance in Miami Beach.

Last year, the high court agreed to consider whether the city should be allowed to set its own minimum wage. Now, with three new justices on the bench, the court has decided not to hear the case. That means the lower court ruling against the city stands.

Lawmakers Want Tough Stance On Toll Problems

Feb 6, 2019

State lawmakers called Tuesday for transportation officials to maintain a hard financial line against a contractor blamed for a troubled project last summer to upgrade the SunPass system, as final toll invoices from a backlog go out to motorists this week.

Members of the Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee implored the state Department of Transportation to hold Conduent State & Local Solutions accountable for its implementation of the SunPass Centralized Customer Service System.

A local political organization is trying to show people there are things they can do to keep their community safer from gun violence.

About a dozen parents with signs and red banners gathered in front of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Monday evening to protest the leadership of Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie.


The protest took place while Rundie was holding a private meeting with parents of 10th-grade students at Stoneman Douglas. 

Inmate Health Costs Drive Up Prison Budget

Feb 5, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to fund the Florida Department of Corrections next year at $2.7 billion, a spending plan that has some criminal-justice reform advocates pointing to struggles facing Florida’s prison system as a result of increased health-care costs. 

The new sheriff in the Florida county where last year's high school massacre happened says he'll improve training for deputies assigned to protect campuses. 

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Gov. Ron DeSantis’ state budget proposal puts $50 million dollars toward Florida’s ailing springs, even as existing springs money sits unspent. 

The federal government is threatening to cut off public funding to All Children's Hospital unless it addresses issues related to infection control and how it manages doctors.

Former Florida Elections Chief Apologizes For Blackface

Feb 4, 2019
Seminole County Supervisor of Elections

Florida's former top elections official on Sunday apologized for dressing in blackface as a Hurricane Katrina victim, more than a week after he resigned when photos of his Halloween costume were made public. 

TSA Officer Dies After Jumping From Orlando Airport Hotel Balcony

Feb 2, 2019
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Security checkpoints at Florida's busiest airport were brought to a temporary halt for several hours on Saturday when some panicked passengers rushed past a checkpoint after a TSA officer fatally jumped from a hotel balcony inside the airport.

Girls Who Code

The gender gap in the computer science industry continues to be an issue. But a national organization  equipping young women with coding skills is hoping to change that by increasing its presence in the Tampa Bay area.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis' first proposed budget is calling for more money to be spent on schools and the environment in the coming year. At the same time, he's also asking for a small cut in taxes.

Lawmakers Take Aim At Plastic Straw Bans

Feb 1, 2019

Local governments wouldn’t be able to regulate single-use plastic straws under a measure filed Thursday in the House. 

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