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SpaceX Launches Hefty Rocket With 24 Satellites

Jun 25, 2019
Launch of the Falcon Heavy Demo Mission in February 2018.
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SpaceX launched its heftiest rocket with 24 research satellites Tuesday, a middle-of-the-night rideshare featuring a deep space atomic clock, solar sail, a clean and green rocket fuel testbed, and even human ashes. 

Getting older is not easy. Yet aging in South Florida brings its own challenges, including affordable housing, new technology, transportation, and specific issues that LGBTQ seniors face — like discrimination in nursing homes.

The majority of voters in Duval County are in favor of decriminalizing marijuana, according to a University of North Florida poll released Friday.

The Wallenda family has been a star tightrope-walking troupe for generations, tracing their roots to 1780 in Austria-Hungary, when their ancestors traveled as a band of acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, animal trainers, and trapeze artists.
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Two siblings from the famed Flying Wallendas safely crossed Times Square on a high wire strung between two skyscrapers 25 stories above the pavement.

Growing Unaffordable: America’s Housing Crunch in Hillsborough County” won second place in two different journalism contests: PRNDI and the Green Eyeshade awards.
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A WUSF News multimedia series exploring America’s growing housing problem in Hillsborough County was among the journalism recently named among the best work in public media for 2018.

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Florida's unemployment was 3.4% in May, down 0.1% from the month before.

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An attorney says 18 more plaintiffs have been added to a lawsuit accusing Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco and his commanders of extortion, defamation and intimidation.

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Quinnipiac University Poll

Support for a minimum wage hike in Florida is strong in every party, gender, education, age and racial group, according to an independent Quinnipiac University Poll.

However, support is divided on choosing whether or not to make felons pay fines before they can regain voting rights.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a nearly $91 billion budget Friday that increases money for education and the environment — but not before cutting $131 million from the spending plan lawmakers sent him, including $18 million in projects from the Tampa Bay area..

Florida officials received a report in May of alleged child sexual abuse at the Homestead migrant shelter, marking the seventh report of such abuse at the controversial federal facility.

Florida Appeals Court Sides With Defendant On iPhone Passcode

Jun 21, 2019

Saying courts across the country are “struggling to find common legal ground” on the issue, a divided Florida appeals court Thursday sided with a criminal defendant who fought turning over his cell-phone passcode to police.

It all started on a Tuesday night, when I came home from work to an unmistakable absence. My brown-and-white pit bull mix, Maizey, wasn't at the top of the stairs to greet me. Instead she was in her bed, shaky and confused.

When I tried to get her up, she stumbled, nearly falling over while standing still. Walking to the vet, she leaped like a puppy chasing imaginary balls.

Later, at the 24-hour veterinary clinic in San Francisco's Mission District, the staff ran some tests and determined Maizey was in no immediate danger.

Jacksonville, FL
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With all the state has to offer, Florida cities welcome new residents every year. But as a city grows, so does its responsibilities.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Florida is one of the four states that gained more than 50,000 housing units in the last year, behind Texas and ahead of California and North Carolina.

Rays Get MLB Approval To Explore Splitting Home Games With Montreal

Jun 20, 2019
The Tampa Bay Rays have been given the go-ahead by Major League Baseball to look into playing a split season in Montreal.
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The Ex-Rays?

Starved for fans despite success on the field, the Tampa Bay Rays have been given the go-ahead by Major League Baseball to look into playing a split season in Montreal.

Leaders from across the Tampa Bay area gathered at the Glazer Family Jewish Community Center in Tampa to announce a new mental health coalition..
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In the Tampa Bay area, one in six people suffers from depression.

One in twelve has a substance abuse disorder.

And there is only one mental health professional for every 700 people in Florida.

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Boeing says it is moving the headquarters of its space and launch division to Florida.

The Riviera Beach city council voted to let the city’s insurer pay 65 bitcoin to get access to city data and computer systems blocked by a cyber attack three weeks ago.

The difficult-to-trace digital currency’s value fluctuates, but 65 Bitcoin is worth roughly $600,000. Council members discussed the ransom at a special meeting held Monday night.

AP FACT CHECK: In 2020 Debut, Trump Exaggerates Growth

Jun 19, 2019
Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP

President Donald Trump officially opened his 2020 campaign Tuesday with a speech exaggerating what he’s done for the economy and against illegal immigration. 

The number of Cuban nationals being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has sharply risen over the last few years, according official data from the federal agency obtained by WLRN through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Minimum Wage Hike Doesn’t Draw Arguments

Jun 19, 2019

The Florida Supreme Court will not hold oral arguments on a proposed constitutional amendment that would increase the state’s minimum wage, after it did not receive any briefs on the issue. 

A Florida police officer has been convicted of a misdemeanor but acquitted of attempted manslaughter for shooting at a severely autistic man and wounding the man's caretaker. 

Sheriff Suspended After Parkland Shooting Fights For His Job

Jun 19, 2019

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' decision to suspend the sheriff who oversaw the response to the Parkland school shooting was a knee-jerk reaction based on politics, not facts, a lawyer said Tuesday as a Senate hearing began on whether to uphold the suspension.

The lawyer for suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel portrayed DeSantis as using the deaths of 17 students and staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for political gain, saying DeSantis was promising to remove Israel even before the governor was elected in November.

Workers’ Comp Challenge Rejected

Jun 19, 2019

In a dispute about treatment of a shoulder injury, a state appeals court Tuesday rejected a constitutional challenge to part of Florida’s workers’ compensation insurance laws. 

Police cars driving on the road.
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The city of Bradenton is considering forming a citizen review board to oversee its police department.

Wednesday morning at 9 a.m., the city council will meet for a workshop on the subject.

Florida is bucking the trend by seeing rises in foreclosure starts.

ATTOM Data Solutions reported last week that foreclosure starts in the Sunshine State increased by 23 percent last month compared to May 2018.

Monday, Governor Ron DeSantis essentially reversed his predecessors’ actions by giving back $2.3 million  to elections supervisors to spend on cyber security. The money was left over from a $19 million grant the federal government gave the state prior to the 2018 primary election.

Map of the planned Riverwalk expansion
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The city of Tampa completed its Riverwalk project in 2016. Now neighboring Bradenton will be expanding its own downtown Riverwalk.

The hope is to draw in tourists and revitalize the area. It’s a costly expansion, but city officials say it’s worth it.   

Governor Ron DeSantis speaks about computer science funding at Ridgecrest Elementary School in Largo Monday.
Carrie Pinkard / WUSF Public Media

Governor Ron DeSantis was in the Tampa Bay area Monday to hail the state legislature's $10 million investment in computer science teachers across the state of Florida.

During his visit to Ridgecrest Elementary School in Largo, DeSantis said it's the largest one-time funding of these teachers in the nation.

Intersection of Moon Lake Rd. and Bethwood Ave. in New Port Richie
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A non-profit organization that says they aim to "provide positive role models in the LGBTQIA+ and allied communities" is celebrating Pride Month in a way few other groups are.

Pasco Pride adopted a section of Moon Lake Road in New Port Richey which was sponsored by an infamous hate organization 25 years ago.

Sybrina Fulton understands what it means to lose someone to gun violence. In 2012, her 17-year-old son Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a nightwatch officer in Sanford, Florida.

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