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Tropicana Field will be transformed into a winter wonderland for more than a month leading up to Christmas.

Newly filed court records are shedding light on the closely watched federal court case relating to voting rights for people with felony convictions. Several groups filed lawsuits against state and local officials after Governor Ron DeSantis signed a law tying the right to vote to paying all the fines and fees related to a felony conviction.

Jerry is now a hurricane, making it the fourth of the 2019 season. And chances are increasing that it will not be a threat to the United States.

Hurricane Jerry has become significantly better organized over the past 24 hours, according to an update from the National Hurricane Center at 11 am Thursday. The category 1 storm had maximum sustained winds up to 75 miles per hour, and it was moving west-northwest at 16 mph.

Delta Flight Diverted To Tampa After Air Pressure Issue

Sep 19, 2019

Delta Air Lines diverted an Atlanta flight headed to Florida after an unknown issue caused the cabin's oxygen masks to be released.

Heather Garozzo, a world champion video gamer and vice president of Marketing for the Dignitas gaming organization, speaks with USF business professor Janelle Wells about diversity and growth within eSports.
Thomas Iacobucci / WUSF Public Media

Video gamers and national eSports industry leaders gathered in Tampa Wednesday to talk about gaming as a culture and as a business, across the country and in the Tampa Bay area.

Dali Museum
Courtesy of Thomas Iacobucci / The Crow's Nest

Free Museum Day is returning to Tampa Bay on Saturday. Hosted by Smithsonian Magazine, museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free admission as part of this "annual celebration of boundless curiosity."

“This event is important as it highlights the culture, history, science, art, and nature that each state has to offer and represents a national commitment to access to these unique places,” said Amy Wilkins, Chief Revenue Officer at Smithsonian Media.

Nearly $10 million in property-insurance claims have been filed for Hurricane Dorian, which skirted Florida’s East Coast this month.

Chart showing the increase in homelessness caused by the affordable housing shortage.
Miami For All, Inc. & Shimberg Center for Housing Studies, University of Florida

Student homelessness in Florida has almost tripled in the last decade to about 96,000 in the 2017-18 school year.

Those experiencing homelessness score lower on statewide assessments and have a lower high school graduation rate compared to students who are economically disadvantaged but have a place to live.

Wednesday morning update: Tropical Storm Imelda came ashore in southeast Texas Tuesday evening, but will continue to produce heavy rain and possible flooding as a remnant tropical low through the day Wednesday. Tropical Depression Ten intensified overnight and became the season's tenth named storm, Tropical Storm Jerry.

The original story seen below has been edited to reflect recent changes in storm classification.

Hedy Lamarr, famous 1930s-40s actress, is being honored Friday for her work as an inventor.
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If you know the name Hedy Lamarr, it's most likely because of her work as a beautiful starlet during the Golden Age of Hollywood in the 1930s and 40s. But her son has spent the last three decades making sure the world remembers her for far more than just that.

Lamarr will be honored for her role in the field of wireless communications this Friday by the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame.

While Hurricane Humberto continues to strengthen and grow on a path toward Bermuda, forecasters are now monitoring a tropical depression that is forecast to become a hurricane by the end of the week.

Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts, who joined an upstart NPR in 1978 and left an indelible imprint on the growing network with her coverage of Washington politics before later going to ABC News, has died. She was 75.

Roberts died Tuesday because of complications from breast cancer, according to a family statement.

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In a state with a painful history of gun violence, Florida lawmakers swiftly condemned shootings that claimed 31 lives earlier this summer in Texas and Ohio.

Stone Crab
Flickr/Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commision

There is one more victim of the red tide outbreak that plagued Florida’s Gulf Coast last year. This season’s stone crab harvest is among the state's lowest, according to seafood industry experts.

Duke Energy Florida said Monday it expects to see a reduction in customers’ monthly electric bills in 2020 because of factors such as lower fuel costs for power plants.

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More than 3 million women experienced rape as their first sexual encounter, according to a new study, which surveyed women ages 18 to 44 in the U.S. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that most respondents were adolescents when they were raped. It also found that these women were more likely to suffer worse long-term health outcomes than women who had sex voluntarily the first time.

A portion of Interstate 175 and 6th Street South was closed in St. Petersburg on Monday afternoon after a large truck struck the I-175 pass.

After a former student killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year, Florida public school children are being watched more closely.

Days after teasing the east coast of Florida with the possibility of another tropical scare, Humberto strengthened late Sunday night into a hurricane but is moving out to sea.

While expressing sympathy for the couple, a state appeals court Friday upheld financial penalties against two Sarasota County residents who received a homestead exemption in Florida while also receiving a property-tax exemption on a home in Ohio.

Sheriff's deputies in Clewiston are investigating the slaying of a transgender woman whose body was found in her burning car.

All tropical storm watches related have been discontinued in Florida, as confidence increases that Tropical Storm Humberto will stay well offshore of the Atlantic Coast this weekend.

National Hurricane Center map showing Tropcal Storm Humberto is likely headed out to sea after affecting the already damaged Bahamas.
National Hurricane Center

A tropical depression near the Bahamas has strengthened into Tropical Storm Humberto.

Parts of the northwestern Bahamas that were recently pummeled by Hurricane Dorian are expected to experience tropical-storm-force winds and heavy rain over the weekend, but not significant storm surge.

Weather map showing potential track of Tropical Depression Nine
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

A tropical depression has formed near the Bahamas and is likely to bring heavy winds and rain to islands already hit hard by Hurricane Dorian.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Tropical Depression Nine formed Friday afternoon and could become a tropical storm by Saturday. The storm is expected to have some impact on portions of Florida.

A portion of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge collapsed into Tampa Bay in May 1980 after it was struck by a cargo ship.
"The Skyway Bridge Disaster" / YouTube

A new documentary, “The Skyway Bridge Disaster,” is premiering this weekend at the Tampa Theatre. The film reveals details about the tragedy and the events that followed nearly 40 years ago. 

Portions of Florida’s east coast are under a tropical storm watch as the likelihood has increased that Tropical Storm Humberto will form off the Atlantic Coast this weekend.

UPDATE THURSDAY 5 PM: The National Hurricane Center began issuing advisories on what they call Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine (or “PTC Nine”). This nomenclature is used when a system is likely to produce tropical storm conditions near land - in this case, the Bahamas - but has yet to be officially classified as a tropical storm.

 

Rep. Jackie Toldeo, R-Tampa
Alysia Cruz / WUSF Public Media

A local legislator is taking steps to combat what she calls "an alarming and urgent healthcare crisis” – especially among young people.

Rep. Jackie Toledo, R-Tampa, said she is introducing legislation to raise the legal age to purchase vaping and tobacco products to 21.

The National Hurricane Center has increased the possibility that a tropical wave over the southeastern Bahamas will pass through Florida – and the Tampa Bay area – as the next named tropical system.

Tropical System May Bring Wet Weekend to Florida

Sep 11, 2019

A tropical wave moving through the southeastern Bahamas is likely to bring rain to parts of Florida this weekend, but there is an increasing chance it will become a tropical depression or tropical storm as it does so.

The tropical wave is expected to move toward the west-northwest along the periphery of a strong high pressure ridge that has been responsible for a stretch of dry, hot weather over the Southern United States in recent days. Strong westerly wind shear and dry air are the primary reasons why the tropical wave is unlikely to develop over the next 2 days.

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