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With a message that neighborhood violence won't be solved by law enforcement or government agencies alone -- a group called "Safe and Sound Hillsborough" today said it wants to galvanize the community to respond.

Speaking at the Grant Park Community Center in East Tampa, Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner referenced a 14-year-old boy killed recently, possibly for giving information to police, and said it's urgent that youth violence be addressed.

Median household income in Florida has returned to the same range as it was before the recession.

New figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau show the median household income last year was almost $47,500.

Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik says the team will spend more than $6 million over the next five years to expand the sport of youth hockey in the region.

Florida's court clerks are going to start using new marriage and divorce forms that no longer use the words "husband" and "wife."

Scott Appeals For Federal Disaster Declaration

Sep 14, 2015

After getting turned down by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday appealed to President Barack Obama for a major disaster declaration in five counties hit by heavy rains and flooding this summer.

The last time Erik Paul took a Caribbean cruise out of PortMiami, getting off the ship took well over an hour.

The lines clearing immigration in the port were backed up, and there was such general chaos that Paul's mother got into a heated argument with a purser when she insisted on getting off the Carnival ship before she was called.

For the first time in years, Florida citrus growers are juiced at the prospect of getting a new defense against citrus greening, the bacterial disease slowly killing their trees, perhaps as early as spring.

Two telecommunications companies contend in a new lawsuit that the administration of Gov. Rick Scott is flouting the state’s public records law.

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A Florida man could get 20 years in prison. Joshua Ryne Goldberg is accused of masterminding a plan to plant a pressure cooker bomb loaded with nails and rat poison near a 9/11 remembrance day ceremony in Kansas City, Missouri this weekend. His story has been picked up by news outlets across the world

Goldberg is 20 years old and lives with his parents in Orange Park, near Jacksonville.

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Authorities say a Florida man dressed as the Red Power Ranger was arrested near a Tampa public pool following reports that he pointed a gun at someone and made a threatening statement.

"After supervisory review, the suspect was not officially charged," according to an email from Andrea Davis with the Tampa Police Department's Public Information Office. "The case will be looked into further and will have an additional review by the State Attorney's Office to determine if charges are appropriate."

Federal agents have arrested a man wanted for killing two brothers as they worked at their family's convenience store in Florida.

Gov. Rick Scott says he believes that there should be a statewide decision made on how to fairly regulate rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft.

A state water management district plans to purchase almost 5,000 acres around central Florida's famed Silver Springs.

As Florida continues to recover from the depths of the recession, the state should have a budget surplus in the coming year, but it may not be big enough to avoid yet another spending battle in the state Capitol.

A new but controversial study asks if an end is coming to the busy Atlantic hurricane seasons of recent decades.

The Atlantic looks like it is entering in to a new quieter cycle of storm activity, like in the 1970s and 1980s, two prominent hurricane researchers wrote Monday in the journal Nature Geoscience.

Researchers say sea turtles rebounded from a slump last year to deliver one of the strongest summer nesting seasons on record on beaches from the Carolinas to Florida.

A former Florida A&M University band member was sentenced Friday to four years in prison for his role in a drum major's hazing death.

Judge Marc Lubet announced the sentence for 26-year-old Caleb Jackson, who pleaded no contest to manslaughter and hazing in April 2013 for his part in the death of Robert Champion, of Decatur, Georgia.

Florida doctors can soon order medical marijuana for their patients. The law goes into effect at the start of next year.

But so far, only a few dozen doctors have signed up.

A homeless charity that filed a federal lawsuit resulting in the partial overturning of Tampa's panhandling ban will be shut down.

Officials for the city and the charity say Homeless Helping Homeless will shut down today.

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The federal government has denied Gov. Rick Scott's request for “Individual Assistance” (IA) for Pasco County flood victims.

Scott requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds last month after hundreds of homes and dozens of businesses were damaged during nearly three weeks of rain.

Many of the residents affected are on fixed incomes.

Annette Doying, the Director of Emergency Management in Pasco County, explains what federal officials looked at to make their decision.

The lone survivor of a house fire in Tampa that killed his grandmother and two other young boys earlier this week has died.

Romello Jackson, 8, was taken off life support at Tampa General Hospital Wednesday.

Tampa Fire Rescue officials said the family could not escape the flames because of burglar bars on the windows of the house at 3720 E. Paris Street. The home did not have a working smoke detector. The fire was likely triggered by a faulty power cord. 

A funeral is planned for September 12th, but the place and time has not been named. 

A federal judge has thrown out Tom Brady's four-game suspension over his role in "deflategate."

The suspension was handed down by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after attorney Ted Wells found that employees of the New England Patriots deflated footballs to make them easier to grip. Goodell said Brady likely knew about the scheme.

Brady appealed Goodell's decision in federal court, and today, he prevailed.

The Miami-based rapper will film his upcoming video for “Sexy Beaches” in Florida.

Tampa Bay Area Under Flood Watch

Aug 31, 2015
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Emergency operations centers across Tampa Bay are on guard for heavy rain and the very real possibility of flooding tonight and Tuesday.

When it came to the bottom line, there's no question that Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell was a success.

Under her four-and-a-half year tenure, O'Connell pushed up lottery sales to nearly $6 billion through an aggressive push of scratch-off tickets and an effort to expand sales to retailers who had previously resisted selling lottery tickets.

Authorities say a Florida mom home with her two children has been shot multiple times after answering her front door.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's officials say 37-year-old Angela Morales heard several knocks at the door shortly after midnight Saturday while home with her husband and 9-year-old twins. That's when authorities say a man opened fire, hitting Morales multiple times.

She was hospitalized in critical condition.

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Though a flood watch is underway for the Tampa Bay area, public school districts from Pinellas to Hillsborough to Polk have announced they will be open as normal on Monday.

Friday’s concerns that Tropical Storm Erika would strike the Tampa Bay area dissipated over the weekend, and families in the three districts were notified that students, teachers and other employees should report to class and work as normal.

Weakened Erika Still A Worry For Tampa Bay

Aug 29, 2015
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

Tropical Storm Erika dissipated Saturday, but folks in the Tampa Bay area are watching it carefully.

The 9 a.m. forecast from the National Hurricane Center showed the storm had degenerated into a trough of low pressure by early Saturday after mountains and an unfavorable environment in Hispaniola knocked Erika below tropical storm force.

Erika Fizzles, But Be Ready For The Rain

Aug 29, 2015
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

Good news this morning regarding tropical storm Erika. It is no longer a tropical storm.

But residents in the Tampa Bay area should be ready for several days of rain.

The National Hurricane Center at 9:30 a.m. Saturday said the storm has officially dissipated into a tropical wave. As a result, all coastal watches and warnings were discontinued.

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The National Hurricane Center said Friday that Tropical Storm Erika is forecast to weaken into a tropical depression.

During the 5 p.m. announcement, meteorologists said they expect Erika to be downgraded to a depression Saturday. There's even a possibility that the storm could dissipate to a trough of low pressure during or after its passage over Hispaniola.

Officials say there's "a significant chance" that no watches or warnings for Florida will be required over the weekend.

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