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Speaking to a group of supporters at The Villages, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday once again vowed to require Florida businesses to use a federal system to check the immigration status of new hires.

Wrapping up a long-awaited probe of the botched upgrade of the SunPass toll-collection system, the governor’s chief inspector general said more oversight is needed of state transportation contracts.

Boxes of food line the warehouse shelves at Feeding Tampa Bay
Delaney Brown / WUSF Public Media

Food insecurity is a problem for many in the Tampa Bay area all year long.

While many see Thanksgiving and the holidays as a time to help others, Feeding Tampa Bay President and CEO Thomas Mantz says it's important to carry that spirit of service all 365 days of the year.

It’s been less than four years since Florida voters gave medical marijuana a green light but the plant could wind up on the ballot again next year.

There are three efforts hoping to ask voters to okay recreational pot use. The second Florida petition for recreational marijuana has gathered enough signatures to merit a review by the Florida Supreme Court. The "Make It Legal Florida" petition would allow Florida adults to possess and use marijuana.

What once was Zion Cemetery - believed to be Tampa's first African American cemetery - now sits on two-and-a-half acres divided among three owners.

Scans of the section owned by the Tampa Housing Authority have found 144 coffins so far. Now Tampa restauranteur Richard Gonzmart is clarifying what he thinks might be on the portion of property two of his warehouses occupy.

MacDill Air Force Base will start an investigation in January into reports that a lost African American cemetery could be inside its gates.

The auto club AAA is expecting the busiest Thanksgiving travel period since 2005.

Nearly 2.9 million Floridians are planning to travel more than 50 miles during the period from Friday through Dec. 1, up about 4 percent from last year. 

On any weekday, it’s common to see a line of people in Miami-Dade County courts trying to get their driver’s license reinstated largely due to unpaid fines and fees.

While the number of U.S. and Canadian tourists is growing, industry leaders say the slowing pace of Florida tourism is a major concern.

The most recent quarter, July through September, saw the lowest rise in visitors to Florida since 2010, with an increase of only 1.1 percent over the same period a year earlier. That's compared to the average quarterly gain of 6.2 percent for the last nine years.

Small growers of Florida’s signature crop, expressing concerns about the future of the citrus industry, indicated a willingness Wednesday to pay a higher tax rate if it gets people to drink more orange juice.

The man who helped bring an NBA team to Orlando now wants to bring a Major League Baseball team to the theme park mecca.

King High School is the site of an African-American cemetery, Hillsborough County school officials confirmed Wednesday.

In addition, County Commissioner Les Miller told school officials and black civic leaders gathered for the announcement that efforts are underway to confirm another lost cemetery, in the Port Tampa neighborhood next to MacDill Air Force Base.

In moves that will pave the way for Gov. Ron DeSantis to appoint two more justices to the Florida Supreme Court, the U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Justice Robert Luck’s appointment to a federal appeals court and set the stage for Justice Barbara Lagoa to join him.

Updated at 7:08 p.m. ET

Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, tied President Trump directly to conditioning a meeting with the Ukrainian president with "a public statement from President Zelenskiy committing to investigations of Burisma and the 2016 election."

Two former officials of a Florida city are charged with conspiring with two businesses to bilk the federal government out of $5 million in Hurricane Michael cleanup money, the U.S. attorney’s office announced Tuesday.

The Citrus County Board of Commissioners made their final decision Tuesday, rejecting a request by the county’s public library system for an online subscription of the New York Times by a 3-2 vote.

The issue attracted national attention after one commissioner called the newspaper “fake news" during its meeting a month ago.

Florida's Troubled Prison System Would Get More Money In DeSantis' Budget

Nov 19, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday called for a flurry of new spending to alleviate worker shortages in Florida’s correctional system, as he acknowledged “morale has been low” in prison facilities.

Not so fast.

Tropical Storm Sebastien has formed in the Atlantic, meaning folks who thought we were going to coast into the end of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season will likely have to wait for a few more days.

The worsening wildfires, floods and hurricanes of climate change threaten at least 60% of U.S. Superfund sites, and efforts to strengthen the hazardous waste sites are stalling in some vulnerable regions as the Trump administration plays down the threat, a congressional watchdog agency says.

Tampa mayoral candidate David Straz
Straz for Mayor

Tampa philanthropist David A. Straz - the namesake of downtown Tampa’s performing arts venue and more recently, a Tampa mayoral candidate – has died. 

His foundation announced that the 77-year-old died in his sleep while on a fishing trip with friends over the weekend.

More than 100 people were arrested during a five-month human trafficking investigation in Hillsborough County. 

Sheriff Chad Chronister announced the arrests on Monday morning while standing in front of a video screen that showed the undercover sting and a large board containing the mug shots of those arrested.

Hurricane season officially ends in 12 days, but there’s a 50-50 chance that we will have one more named storm to acknowledge before we can call it a wrap.

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday proposed a $91.4 billion state budget for next year, touting plans to funnel more money to public-school teachers and continue “momentum” on environmental issues.

Residents in the Tampa Bay area are paying less for gas than anyone else in the state.

Drivers in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metro market has the least expensive gas in the state at $2.28 per gallon, according to a AAA news release on Monday.

MSC Cruises Will Become First Major Carbon Neutral Cruise Company In 2020

Nov 17, 2019

MSC Cruises will be the first major cruise company to become carbon neutral.

Starting on January 1, 2020, MSC Cruises will buy enough credits from companies that absorb carbon dioxide to offset all of the carbon emissions from its 17 ships throughout the year, the company announced Friday. That amounts to 2.2 million tons. The credits will only cover activities at sea.

Hemp farming exploded after the 2018 Farm Bill passed last December. The bill decriminalized the plant at the federal level, opening the door for many U.S. farmers to grow and sell hemp.

Over the past year, licensed hemp acreage increased more than 445%, according to the advocacy and research group Vote Hemp. More than 510,000 acres of hemp were licensed in 2019, versus about 112,000 acres in 2018.

Delivering a victory to Democrats, a federal judge Friday declared unconstitutional a decades-old Florida law that requires candidates who are in the same party as the governor to be listed first on the ballot.

Leaders of the Republican Party of Florida on Friday sent out a blast email to support University of Florida student body President Michael Murphy, who faces impeachment over his decision to bring Donald Trump Jr. to campus last month.

WUSF 89.7 News took both honors in the radio division at the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists 2019 Griot Drum Awards and Scholarship Banquet.

A Trump Tax Break To Help The Poor Went To a Rich GOP Donor’s Superyacht Marina

Nov 15, 2019

The Rybovich superyacht marina lies on the West Palm Beach, Florida, waterfront, a short drive north from Mar-a-Lago. Superyachts, floating mansions that can stretch more than 300 feet and cost over $100 million, are serviced at the marina, and their owners enjoy Rybovich’s luxury resort amenities. Its Instagram account offers a glimpse into the rarefied world of the global 0.1% — as one post puts it, “What’s better than owning a yacht, owning a yacht with a helicopter of course!”

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