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Sarasota Senator Seeks To Protect Dogs During Bad Weather

Oct 17, 2019
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People who leave dogs outside and unattended during freezing temperatures or other severe weather could face up to a year in jail or a fine of up to $5,000, under a measure filed Wednesday in the Florida Senate.

The proposal (SB 522) by Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, would lead to first-degree misdemeanor charges for people who leave dogs outside, “regardless of whether the dog has access to an outdoor shelter,” when the temperature is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit or the National Weather Service has issued a severe weather advisory or warning.

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Portions of the Tampa Bay coastline are under a storm surge watch as a potential tropical system that is making its way east across the Gulf of Mexico is forecast to produce a rainy, gusty weekend.

Public schools across Florida must have a policy in place by the end of the year allowing students to use medical marijuana on campus, or they will risk losing some state funding. 

DCF Leader Makes Contracting Changes After Probe

Oct 16, 2019

Department of Children and Families Secretary Chad Poppell said Tuesday he has taken steps to change contracting at his agency in the wake of an internal probe that raised questions of cronyism.

Public health officials confirmed the 18th case of dengue fever in Hillsborough County this year.

But this case is different- while the first 17 were travelers who got sick when they returned from a trip, this one contracted the fever from a mosquito locally.

A fight is underway in Manatee County between some residents and the Florida Department of Transportation over a drawbridge that leads onto Anna Maria Island.

While FDOT officials say a renovation to the Cortez Bridge will ease traffic congestion, residents say it could hurt both their daily activities and a historic site.

A toddler died in Tampa on Monday night after police say she was left in a family vehicle.

Pinellas County is offering people with outstanding traffic and court fees a chance to pay it off at a discount.

On this week’s edition of StoryCorps' One Small Step - Tampa Bay, we talk to a hair stylist from Odessa and a business consultant from Lutz. Both have questioned their political leanings and given deep thought as to why they believe what they believe.

A Florida sheriff’s office is investigating the apparent theft of items used in Peter Pan’s Flight and the Space Mountain roller coaster at Walt Disney World.

State lawmakers walked back from plans to dissolve the city of Port Richey Friday after hundreds of city residents came out - many to support their hometown.

At the Pasco County Legislative Delegation meeting, three state senators and three representatives for the county decided more information was needed, and agreed to table the bill until after a state audit of the city’s finances is complete.

Amendment 4 restored voting rights to more than a million Florida residents with a felony conviction.

Vowing that the state won’t forget hurricane-damaged Northwest Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday made his first use of a controversial economic-development program by saying money will go to a pair of roads tied to workforce housing in Bay County.

All season long, it seemed inevitable.

Yankees-Astros for the American League pennant.

Houston made it happen Thursday night as Gerrit Cole pitched another playoff masterpiece and the Astros jumped to a quick lead, turning back the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 in the deciding Game 5 of their AL Division Series.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services expressed concern Wednesday about a virus dangerous to tomatoes and peppers that has been found in tomatoes imported from Mexico.

Five months after the fatal stabbing of a bus driver by a passenger, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) has begun installing safety shields in its 180 buses and 12 HARTflex vans. They are scheduled to complete the project in the next few weeks.

A year after Hurricane Michael slammed Florida's panhandle, communities there are struggling, and rebuilding is slow. With housing devastated, local governments are being forced to raise property tax rates to pay for high recovery costs, and a severe housing shortage has caused many, to temporarily leave the area.

A high school marching band greeted shoppers and paraded through the store when a Winn-Dixie supermarket reopened recently. Businesses have been slow to reopen since Hurricane Michael, in part because there aren't enough workers.

Michael Drejka was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday for the fatal shooting of Markeis McGlockton over a handicapped parking spot in Clearwater last year - a sentence that McGlockton's family praised.

If you use travel booking websites, beware.

New research from the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) reveals that customers are cheated out of almost $6 billion annually by online booking scams from fraudulent or misleading travel websites.

Updated Oct. 9 at 3:50 p.m. with statement from Expedia Group

Officials estimate there are still years of recovery left after Hurricane Michael slammed into the panhandle this time last year.  But for many who are living in tents or doubled up in homes still in disrepair, that’s too long, and insurance companies are bearing part of the blame for what some see as a slow recovery.

Florida Greyhound Supporters File Suit, Say Dog Racing Ban Is Unconstitutional

Oct 9, 2019

Florida’s greyhound racing industry is asking a federal judge to revoke an amendment voters approved last year banning dog racing in Florida, saying the process was unconstitutional.

The Tampa Bay Rays never doubted themselves, even with Justin Verlander looking to end their season.

Willy Adames homered and made a sensational relay throw from shortstop, and the Rays chased the Houston ace early in beating the Astros 4-1 Tuesday night to even their AL Division Series at two games apiece.

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COURTESY PHOTO: JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS,Va

Therapists in Tampa are once again able to conduct the controversial procedure known as conversion therapy after a federal judge struck down a city ban on it.

Kevin Kiermaier hit a go-ahead, three-run homer as Tampa Bay teed off on Zack Greinke, and the Rays backed another clutch playoff pitching performance by Charlie Morton to beat the Houston Astros 10-3 Monday and cut their AL Division Series deficit to 2-1.

Fans still have the opportunity to see if the Tampa Bay Rays can stay alive today in their American League Division Series against the Houston Astros.

According to the Rays’ website, limited numbers of tickets remain in nearly all of the 300-level upper-deck sections of Tropicana Field for Monday’s Game 3 at 1:05 p.m. against the Houston Astros – the Rays’ first playoff game at the Trop since 2013. Limited seating is also available in certain lower levels.

This week’s story from StoryCorps' One Small Step - Tampa Bay focuses on two Tampa residents – both who identify as Jewish, but with differing ideas on what their faith means to them and how it informs their politics. 

Walt Disney World entrance.
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Walt Disney World park-goers were stuck for hours aboard the Florida resort's newly launched aerial cable car system Saturday night, prompting firefighters to lift people from the gondolas to bring them back to the ground. There were no reported injuries.

Riders reported being stuck as long as three hours as rescuers worked their way up to evacuate the Disney Skyliner. Disney officials said in a statement that one of the new cable car system routes "experienced an unexpected downtime."

This courtroom shows where businesses believe they are unfairly treated, especially in Florida, which ranked 46th in the nation for its business lawsuit climate.
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Florida foster parents and safe-house workers who help victims of human trafficking will be required to get training on how trafficking for forced labor intersects with the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

Couple Injured In Possible Bobcat Attack In South Florida

Oct 6, 2019
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Florida Fish And Wildlife Conservation Commission

An animal believed to be a bobcat dropped down from a tree and attacked a couple out on their typical early morning walk Friday in a dense, urban part of South Florida, authorities said.

Conor Goulding / Mote Marine Laboratory

Scientists say toxic red tide is back in the waters off the Florida southwest coast after fading away earlier this year following a 15-month bloom.

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