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On a perfectly manicured practice field at the new Atlanta Braves spring training facility in North Port, dozens of girls from across the country are lined up for batting practice.

They are here for a girls baseball camp, and are being coached by members of the gold medal winning U.S Women’s Baseball World Cup team, players from Canada’s national team, and alumni from the World War II era, All American Girl's Professional Baseball League, which inspired the movie, "A League of their Own." 

Ybor Cigar Building is one of the locations that has been funded by the grant.
Hillsborough County

Next week, Hillsborough County Commissioners will decide which historical buildings will be given money to be restored. 

Citizens Property Insurance Corp. customers will see increased average rates for residential personal-lines policies by just under 4.7 percent, down from an earlier plan for an 8.2 percent hike.
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The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has approved new rates for Citizens Property Insurance Corp. customers that will increase average rates for residential personal-lines policies by just under 4.7 percent, down from an earlier plan for an 8.2 percent hike.

The new rates, which will vary for individual policyholders depending on details of their coverage and locations, will go into effect Dec. 1. The planned 8.2 percent hike was approved in December but did not take effect.

Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center are now monitoring two tropical waves that don’t appear to have much chance of developing into tropical systems, but still serve as a reminder that we are in the midst of hurricane season.
NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center are now monitoring two tropical waves that don’t appear to have much chance of developing into tropical systems, but still serve as a reminder that we are in the midst of hurricane season.

Forecasters continue to keep an eye on a wave in the northeastern Caribbean that was tracking toward Florida on Monday. The track, however, has shifted to the east, and appears likely to approach the state by the weekend before skirting the East Coast.

Jordan Belliveau smiles.
Jordan's Law.com

Jordan Belliveau would have celebrated his third birthday on Monday.

Instead, the toddler died in September. He was just two when police say his mother, Charisse Stinson, struck him in the face, causing him to slam into a wall and injure his brain.

A group of five beached whales appeared on Redington Beach this morning.
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Wildlife officials spent Monday rescuing a group of five whales that beached themselves on Redington Beach that morning.

Officials with Clearwater Marine Aquarium used trucks and boats to transport the whales to safe locations.

Gov. Ron DeSantis says he thinks the legislature acted within its authority when enacting the medical marijuana implementing bill. 

New Hemp Industry Buoyed By CBD Demand

Jul 29, 2019

Hemp has been hyped as a lifesaver for Florida farmers, touted as a versatile crop that can be used to build houses, feed livestock and create clothing. 

Update Monday 2:00 PM ET:

The tropical wave over the eastern Caribbean Sea is moving slowly west-northwestward and it’s not becoming better organized yet.

Gas Prices Plunge Across Tampa Bay

Jul 29, 2019
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Gas prices in Florida dropped nine cents during the past week.

Triple A says in a press release that Florida drivers are now paying an average price of $2.58 per gallon.

The average price for gasoline ranges from as high as $2.69 per gallon in Tallahassee to a low of $2.52 in Tampa Bay.

The largest weekly discount in the state occurred in Tampa Bay, at 14 cents.

IndyCar
Firestone Grand Prix St. Petersburg Facebook page

Start your engines, the Firestone Grand Prix will be returning to St Petersburg every year for the next five years.

The city has served as the kick-off to the NTT IndyCar series for the last nine years. 

The event lasts for three days in March, and it brings with it thousands of fans, said Kim Green, CEO of Green Savoree, the company that promotes for the race.

He said race fans provide an economic boost for the city. 

traffic jam
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More than 300,000 people have moved to Florida each year since 2015 and state economists are predicting the trend to continue into 2024.

Population
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State demographers estimate Florida’s population will surpass 22 million residents as soon as 2022.

Forecasts released earlier this month by the Demographic Estimating Conference estimate that Florida will grow an average of 330,000 people a year over the next five years.

With 21.3 million people, Florida is the nation’s third most populous state, trailing only California and Texas.

The U.S. Census Bureau said Florida had the second-biggest population gain in 2018, growing by more than 322,000 residents. Only Texas had bigger growth by adding 379,000 residents.

After a stormy week, sunshine begins to emerge in Tampa early Friday morning.
CARL LISCIANDRELLO

The Tampa Bay region will have to endure one more potentially stormy afternoon before normal summertime conditions return in time for the weekend.

Early risers are waking up to a bit more sunshine than in the last few days, with blue skies peeking through some light clouds.

Sonic Booms Across Central Florida After SpaceX Launch, Landing

Jul 26, 2019
SpaceX's CRS-18 mission launches from Cape Canaveral.
SPACEX

Sonic booms rattled much of Central Florida after a successful SpaceX launch and landing Thursday. The launch from Cape Canaveral comes after a 24 hour delay due to weather.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched a Dragon capsule packed with more than 5,000 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station.

Along with crew supplies, the spacecraft is delivering science experiments and a new docking adapter for the station. Once installed, it will allow more space vehicles to park at the space station.

people standing at podium at census press conference.
Carrie Pinkard

Next year, you will be able to fill out your U.S. Census form the same way you order Uber Eats – on your smart phone.

On Wednesday, local and state leaders promoting census participation talked about how 2020 will be the first year United States residents are able to fill out census information entirely online. 

Cruise Line Can Face Lawsuit Over Sexual Assault

Jul 25, 2019
Tampa Port Authority

A federal appeals court Wednesday ruled that a lawsuit can move forward against Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., over allegations that a teenage ship passenger was plied with alcohol and then gang raped in a cabin. 

Court Rules Against Sex Offender On Internet Use

Jul 25, 2019
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Rejecting First Amendment arguments, a state appeals court Wednesday upheld restrictions on internet use by a sex offender. 

Storms moving in off the Gulf of Mexico produced a wet Thursday morning commute.
FLORIDA PUBLIC RADIO EMERGENCY NETWORK

The cold front that had promised to create soggy conditions over Tampa Bay is firmly in control, stalled over the region and dumping heavy rain for the Thursday morning commute.

The good news? Things return to normal this weekend, meaning storms starting inland and drifting toward the west coast in the afternoon.

The wet morning conditions are fueled by the stalled front, combined with deep tropical moisture and winds from the southwest that are driving the storms off the Gulf of Mexico, according to the National Weather Service.

Updated at 2:05 a.m. ET

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced his resignation amid a scandal over sexist, homophobic and otherwise offensive text messages he and his inner circle exchanged. The leaked texts set off mass demonstrations and widespread calls for his departure.

"I was willing to face any challenge, fully understanding that I would prevail against any accusation or process," Rosselló, a Democrat who was elected in 2016, said late Wednesday.

The man who was struck by lightning on Clearwater Beach earlier this week has died.
NOAA

The man who was struck by lightning on Clearwater Beach earlier this week has died.

Police have identified the man as Garry L. Perks, 32, of New Port Richey.

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By Ti'Anna Davis

Hillsborough County Board Commissioners held a public hearing last week about a proposed budget allocation for affordable housing.

Skyline in downtown St. Petersburg
City of St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg city officials have announced a ten-year plan to create more affordable housing as rents rise across the region.

Forecasters continue to monitor an area of disturbed weather associated with a cold front in the northern Gulf of Mexico that may have a minimal chance of forming into a tropical system but will could produce heavy rainfall and potential flooding across the Tampa Bay area.

University of South Florida researchers in 2013 unearthed graves at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna.
Pool Photo - 2013

No additional human remains were discovered as forensic experts completed a review of 27 sites around a shuttered Northwest Florida reform school where the remains of more than 50 people were unearthed in 2015.

Forecasters are monitoring a cold front that could pose a much more serious impact in the northern Gulf of Mexico, and the Tampa Bay area.
NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

While Tropical Depression Three appears poised to fizzle out as it spins off the east coast of Florida and moves away from the state, forecasters are monitoring a cold front that could pose a much more serious impact in the northern Gulf of Mexico – and the Tampa Bay area.

Update 5:00 PM Monday: The season’s third tropical depression has formed between the Bahamas and Florida.

The National Hurricane Center says it’s located about 120 miles southeast of West Palm Beach as of the 5 PM advisory. Maximum sustained winds are near 30 mph. The depression is moving toward the northwest at 13 mph.

The depression is not forecast to reach tropical storm status. There are no changes to the forecast of locally heavy rain and gusty winds outlined in the 3 PM update below.

Lightning across the sky.
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On Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m., lifeguards along Clearwater Beach blew their whistles, warning beach goers that a storm was quickly approaching.

The lifeguards then closed the water and left the beach.

Twelve minutes later, lightning struck a man, leaving him and seven others nearby injured.

Lightning Strike On Clearwater Beach Injures 8

Jul 22, 2019
The man who was struck by lightning on Clearwater Beach earlier this week has died.
NOAA

WUSF Staff

Eight people visiting Clearwater Beach Sunday afternoon were injured by a lightning strike.

Clearwater Police say the lightning struck one person, while seven others were injured on the beach area behind Frenchy's Rockaway. It happened just minutes after 12:30, when lifeguards on the beach left their towers because of the bad weather.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis touted private-sector job creation Friday as Florida’s unemployment rate held steady from May to June.

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