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What You Need To Know About the New Pulse Memorial & Museum

Oct 31, 2019

The onePULSE Foundation announced the winning team that will design the Pulse Memorial & Museum.

The memorial will commemorate the 49 people who died when a gunman opened fire at the Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016.

The Washington Nationals beat the Houston Astros 6-2 in Game 7 of the World Series in Houston.

It is the Nationals' first championship since the franchise moved to Washington, D.C., in 2005.

The Nationals are also the first team in MLB history to win the World Series by winning four games as the visiting team.

Washington won despite being dominated by Houston starter Zack Greinke for better than six innings. The Nationals scored all of their runs in the last three innings.

Florida's new high speed rail system is building a station at PortMiami, giving theme park tourists the opportunity for a car-free vacation by connecting them to the cruise capital of the world.

Orange, black — and now teal? Yes, teal. There are teal plastic pumpkins, paint-your-own pumpkin kits, and trick-or-treating buckets. It's all part of a campaign to make the culmination of Halloween festivities, trick-or-treating, more food-allergy friendly.

Having a teal pumpkin on the doorstep (teal being the color of food allergy awareness) is a way to signal to people with food allergies that this is a safe home for trick-or-treating, says Jennifer Norris, president of the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET), which started the project.

While drunk driving deaths fell in the state of Florida last year, highway safety advocates are continuing to push for government funding for more prevention efforts.

Southbound traffic on Interstate 75 in Hillsborough County was backed up for Monday morning’s commute after a semi transporting U.S. mail crashed, causing much of his load to spill onto the roadway.

President Donald Trump announced today that U.S. special forces had killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Northern Syria. 

In a speech delivered at the White House, Trump remembered four of the group’s victims including University of Central Florida student and Floridian Steven Sotloff.

panelists at a conference
Erin O'Brien

Immigration laws pushed by the Trump administration are having significant impacts on the psychological well-being of young people in America and sometimes can even lead to suicidal behavior, a researcher from the University of South Florida said.

While people across the southern United States value equity and diversity, white people and people of color have drastically different perceptions on the existence and impact of institutionalized discrimination in today’s society.

That’s according to a recent study by the E Pluribus Unum Fund, an organization founded by Mitch Landrieu, the former Mayor of New Orleans.

A large majority of voters approve of the job Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is doing, according to the University of North Florida’s Opinion Research Lab.

This week’s story from StoryCorps' One Small Step - Tampa Bay focuses on two men who served our country in Afghanistan under Presidents Bush and Obama, and yet both came away from the experience with different political ideologies.

Dozier School For Boys
Pool/Edmund D. Fountain / Tampa Bay Times

A House Democrat has filed a proposal that could be a step toward providing compensation to victims of abuse at two notorious state reform schools.

Beekeeper tends to honeybee hives on roof of Museum of Fine Arts in St.Petersburg.
Allison Lynn Photography

Beekeeper Matt Davis has to walk something of a labyrinth to get to the rooftop apiary at The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. First he climbs a set of stairs, passes a gallery of boldly colored canvases, and then walks down a series of hallways.

We could know by next week whether King High School is resting on a forgotten cemetery.

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The state has launched more than 900 investigations into deaths in Florida prisons over a five-year span, with causes ranging from overdoses to homicides, a Florida Department of Law Enforcement official said Wednesday.

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Six years after a middle-school student’s suicide drew national headlines, a federal appeals court has rejected a civil-rights lawsuit filed on behalf of a Polk County girl who was arrested and accused of bullying and harassment that allegedly led to the death.

A Florida House committee passed a bill Tuesday requiring a minor to receive parental permission before getting an abortion.

The House Health and Human Services Committee approved the bill by a 12-6 vote.

Since 2016, WUSF has teamed with University of South Florida student journalists on a series called "Telling Tampa Bay Stories," which highlights communities in the area and the people who call them home.

In 2018, we visited Plant City - a Hillsborough County community where agriculture and development, history and progress all meet.

President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for Florida in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.

Just a month after setting a record for the hottest September on record, Tampa can lay claim to yet another heat milestone.

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.

Tampa Theatre is adding a unique cinematic experience for movie-goers. The historic theater is building a new microcinema in a space under its marquee that is now occupied by a flower shop.

National Weather Service

Nestor made landfall Saturday as a post-tropical cyclone after the former tropical storm spawned a tornado that damaged homes and a school in central Florida but spared an area of the Panhandle devastated one year ago by Hurricane Michael.

The storm made landfall on St. Vincent Island, a nature preserve just off Florida’s northern Gulf Coast in a lightly populated area of the state, the National Hurricane Center said. Nestor is now expected to bring 2 to 4 inches of rain to inland areas as it moves northeast through Georgia and into the Carolinas through Sunday before exiting into the Atlantic Ocean.

Tropical Storm Nestor made a powerful arrival Friday night and early Saturday, producing tornadoes along with heavy downpours and gusty winds that knocked out power to thousands across the Tampa Bay area.

Hillsborough County School officials are looking into the possibility that some grounds of King High School rest on what was a cemetery for indigent African Americans.

Storm Clouds
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Tropical Storm Nestor is causing changes to a number of weekend events.

Scientists have discovered a mash-up of two feared disasters — hurricanes and earthquakes — and they're calling them "stormquakes."

The Tampa Bay region should brace for strong storm surge, gusty winds and periods of heavy rain from a system, now Tropical Storm Nestor, that intensifed on Friday as it speeds across the Gulf of Mexico on a path toward the Florida Panhandle.

Tampa Electric Co. received state approval Thursday for two large solar-power projects in Hillsborough County, part of a multi-year plan to build solar facilities.

The Cross-Bay Ferry will return to Tampa Bay for a third season, with new services, a new website, and a proposal for permanent, year-round service in the next three years.

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