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President Donald Trump speaks at the Tampa Fairgrounds during a rally July 31, 2018.
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A federal lawsuit alleging President Donald Trump kissed a former campaign staffer during a Tampa rally in 2016 has been dismissed.

AbleNook, an expandable, customized modular dwelling.
AbleNook

In a nondescript warehouse in Tampa's Ybor City, a young company is in the process of creating a new kind of modular home that could change both luxury living and post-hurricane shelters.

Cuban sandwich
Jim Thoree

A New York Times crossword clue over the weekend reignited an age-old debate over which Florida city has the best Cuban sandwiches: Tampa or Miami?

NPR's All Things Considered took up the battle Tuesday. 

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, right, with Florida Matters host Robin Sussingham
Lesley Laney / WUSF Public Media

Jane Castor is in her first weeks as the new mayor of Tampa. Her position as the first gay mayor in the Southeastern U.S. didn't come up much during the campaign, but she made national news the day after her victory. 

RGA Architects

A Tampa architect says an 18-acre site on the Hillsborough River could be the new home of the Tampa Bay Rays.  

William Henry presented his proposal during a public comment period at a Hillsborough County Commission meeting Wednesday. The development would include, apartments, a hotel, and a 28,000-seat stadium.  

Sky Zone Tampa's Book Drive Box
Sky Zone Tampa

March is National Reading Month, and Sky Zone Tampa is using it as an opportunity to bring literacy to the community.

The trampoline gym is hosting a month-long book drive, and on Monday, they’ll donate around 300 books to Achieve Plant City, a nonprofit fostering education and literacy in east Hillsborough County.

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Tampa area Muslims are mourning the deaths of at least 49 people in attacks on a pair of mosques in New Zealand Friday.

Hassan Shibly, attorney and chief executive director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Tampa, took to social media early Friday morning to share his thoughts.

Schultz To Visit Miami, Tampa As He Considers Presidential Bid

Mar 13, 2019
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Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is set to provide more details on what an independent presidency could look like despite not yet deciding whether to enter the White House race himself.

courtesy Hurley Young family

June Hurley Young was the television teacher to generations of Tampa Bay children who tuned in every weekday to the local version of the syndicated program “Romper Room.”

Young, better known as “Miss June,” died on February 2 of pneumonia.  

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NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with TV host Mario R. Núñez, who sparked a debate over the proper moniker for people who live in the city of Tampa.

Roberto Roldan / WUSF Public Media

Hurricane Irma did a number on Earlene Kelly's home last year. Part of the roof on her Tampa home was ripped off, screens were torn to shreds and sections of the fence had fallen.

The storm hit just weeks after Kelly was told her car needed a new transmission. She had already been stressing over how to pay her mortgage, as her seasonal job as a reading instructor at Hillsborough Community College was coming to an end.

It was a perfect storm of circumstances, and it put Kelly out of the place she had called home for more than 20 years.

Construction in downtown Tampa
Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

High above downtown Tampa, giant construction cranes tower near what will become the city’s newest offering in luxury living. The project - 815 Water Street - will feature two towers of apartments and condominiums replete with amenities such as a rooftop bar, fitness center and a ground-level grocery store.

But drive just two miles west, and you will find the bulldozed cinder block remains of what used to be North Boulevard Homes, Tampa’s oldest public housing complex.

Courtesy of the Tampa Police Department

The Tampa Police Department can help protect your home if you're planning to leave town this holiday season.

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The seven candidates for Tampa mayor laid out their vision for the city's transportation infrastructure at a forum at Sparkman Wharf Tuesday night.

Roberto Roldan / WUSF Public Media

On top of what used to be a parking lot between the Amalie Arena and the Florida Aquarium, now sits the new Sparkman Wharf.

The state Senate Race between Democrat Janet Cruz and Republican incumbent Dana Young will now go to a manual recount. Results submitted by the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections shows Cruz had a lead of 376 votes over Young.

Roberto Roldan / WUSF Public Media

Governor Rick Scott is sweeping through Tampa this week, making a final appeal to voters ahead of next Tuesday's midterm election.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum's meeting in Tampa Sunday night turned into more of a brawl than a debate.

Roberto Roldan / WUSF Public Media

The Muslim community in the Tampa Bay area is one of the largest in the state, and local politicians got the opportunity to make their pitches to them on Saturday.

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Local and state officials held a ceremonial ribbon cutting Friday to celebrate the TECO Line Streetcar System going fare-free for the next three years.

Bethany Tyne / WUSF Public Media

Residents of Tampa and Orlando might finally be getting a solution to the dreaded Interstate 4 traffic. The Florida Department of Transportaion is taking bids from private companies to build a high-speed rail between the two cities.

Roberto Roldan

Many Puerto Rican’s lost everything when Hurricane Maria made landfall on Sept. 20, 2017. Tens of thousands of people made the decision to take what belongings they had left and travel to the mainland. Many have started new lives in Central and South Florida. These new Floridians already have had significant influence on political races, the public school system and affordable housing.

This week on Florida Matters, we'll hear the stories of two people who chose to make the Tampa Bay area their new home:

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Transportation planners in Hillsborough County laid out how they would spend money from a proposed one cent sales tax increase on Thursday, with little mention of rail or other mass transit options besides busses.

Roberto Roldan / WUSF Public Media

Democratic candidate for governor Chris King was in Tampa Tuesday morning, vying for the votes of the local Muslim community.

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On the five-month anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, some of the students brought their "Road to Change" bus tour to Tampa.

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More than 500 people gathered at the Joe Chillura Square near the Hillsborough County Courthouse on Saturday, protesting the seperation of families at the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Photo by City of Tampa Housing and Community Development

The median rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Tampa today is $1,200 a month,  meaning owning a home can be cheaper. 

Quincy J. Walters / WGCU News

The wild roosters and chickens in Ybor City were at the center of debate and laughter at the Tampa City Council meeting on Thursday.

City of Tampa, Tampa Police Department

A toddler has died a day after police say she and her mother were struck by two Tampa teenagers who were street racing on Bayshore Boulevard.

Courtesy of the University of South Florida, Tampa Library and Florida Studies Center

To many people, the F.W. Woolworth building on East Franklin Street looks like just another empty red brick building abundant in that area of downtown Tampa.

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