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    Pinellas school district asks Crist to pull TV ad

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    The Pinellas County school district is asking former Gov. Charlie Crist to pull a television ad filmed at an area high school. More>>

    Ban on importing lionfish into Fla. takes effect

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    A ban on importing live lionfish into Florida is taking effect.Aquarium shops will be allowed to obtain new lionfish from divers instead. More>>

    Higher humidity and rain chance

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    Humidity returns from the south today, so rain chances will increase. Best chance of storms is east of I-75.
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    Gas blasts kill dozens in Taiwanese port Video included

    Smoke and flames from an explosion from an underground gas leak rise above the streets of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, early Friday, Aug. 1. Image AP Smoke and flames from an explosion from an underground gas leak rise above the streets of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, early Friday, Aug. 1. Image AP
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    At least 25 people have been killed and nearly 270 when several underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city of Kaohsiung Friday. More>>

    Closing US 301 for repairs create headaches

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    It’s been a headache for many who travel U.S. Highway 301 in Riverview after the roadway was shut down. But FDOT expects the roadway to be back open about midnight Thursday.After a nearby construction crew damaged a 24-inch water line in the area, water poured out and created a hole, damaging the asphalt on U.S. 301.“It’s still every penny counts, I would say $30 to $50 possibly,” is how much the road closure cost Bee... More>>

    New "Fire challenge" video spurs warnings

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    Videos of a dangerous stunt are spreading all across social media. You can see examples on sites like Youtube and Facebook. It's called "The Fire Challenge" and involves young people dousing themselves with rubbing alcohol and lighting it up on their bodies. Burn victim and now, Tampa General Hospital volunteer, Joe Versaggi, knows all about the horrors of fire. He's undergone 30 surgeries after a fiery plane crash 8... More>>

    Haines City police officer resigns after Facebook posts

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    A Haines City police officer under an internal investigation has resigned. Amelia Inoa, an officer with Haines City since 2012, submitted her resignation Wednesday night. The resignation came a few hours after News Channel 8 aired a story exposing some of Inoa's posts on her personal Facebook page. The posts ranged from jokes about calls on which she was dispatched to racial jabs.On Thursday, police Captain Brian McNu... More>>

    Ice cream changes colors when you lick it

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    Here's a fun way to beat the summer heat, an ice cream that changes colors as you lick it. The unusual cool treat was created by Spanish physicist Manuel Linares, who says the ice cream is made with natural ingredients. More>>

    Tampa Bay woman feels ripped off, pays $61 for coins worth $1.50 Video included

    Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins. Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins.
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    Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins that have been sitting in a bank vault for years.With shipping, she paid $61.43. But, here's what she received: a bag of about 100 pennies, worth at most: $1.50.
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    Tampa Bay Water begins filling Bill Young reservoir Video included

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    Tampa Bay Water is celebrating a rebirth of sort for its beleaguered Bill Young reservoir. TBW is now diverting water from the Alafia river and filling the reservoir after a massive gutting and renovation project that cost in excess of $124 million dollars. More>>

    Teen accused of torturing tortoise faces sex charges Video included

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    The teen accused of setting a protected tortoise on fire and killing it also faces sex charges after an encounter with a boy, NBC affiliate First Coast News reported Wednesday. More>>

    Polk deputies assist in search for missing teen Video included

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    The Polk County Sheriff's Office says they are assisting the Orange County Sheriff's Office in the search for a missing person in the Champions Gate area in Osceola County, according to WESH 2 News.
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    AP Exclusive: Study blames lost calves on panthers

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    Since Florida's frontier days when cattlemen drove their herds through the state's vast fields and forests, ranchers and native panthers have been natural enemies.The ranchers seek to nurture and protect their calves, while the panthers see them as prey.Human development won the battle, driving the large, tawny, cats to the brink of extinction before successful efforts to restore them began decades ago. More>>

    Gymnastics coach accused of sex with Brandon teen bonds out

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    Justin Henry, a 21-year-old gymnastics coach accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl, is out of jail Thursday morning.  More>>

    NB US 301 closed after water line break Video included

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    Northbound lanes of US Highway 301 are closed Thursday morning between Gibsonton Drive and Riverview Drive in Riverview due to a water linebreak. More>>

    Pool parasite invades Pinellas County Video included

    Health officials say the parasite that causes 'Crypto' could be in your pool. Health officials say the parasite that causes 'Crypto' could be in your pool.
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    Health Department officials in Pinellas County are putting out a warning about a parasite that can lurk in swimming pools and water parks. And, if it invades your body, you're in for a rough ride - it's called Cryptosporidium.


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    Pinellas commissioners to tour new public safety complex

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    Pinellas County Commissioners will have a VIP tour this morning of the brand new public safety complex. More>>

    SAFETY ALERT: Saltwater bacteria kills 1 in Sarasota Video included

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    A death in Sarasota County has health officials reminding people about a bacteria in Florida's coastal waters that has the potential to cause serious illness, even death. Other counties in Tampa Bay have reported cases of Vibrio vulnificus. More>>

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    • Pinellas school district asks Crist to pull TV ad

      Pinellas school district asks Crist to pull TV ad

      Friday, August 1 2014 5:32 AM EDT2014-08-01 09:32:42 GMT
      The Pinellas County school district is asking former Gov. Charlie Crist to pull a television ad filmed at an area high school.
      The Pinellas County school district is asking former Gov. Charlie Crist to pull a television ad filmed at an area high school.
    • Closing US 301 for repairs create headaches

      Closing US 301 for repairs create headaches

      Friday, August 1 2014 12:16 AM EDT2014-08-01 04:16:16 GMT
      It’s been a headache for many who travel U.S. Highway 301 in Riverview after the roadway was shut down. But FDOT expects the roadway to be back open about midnight Thursday.After a nearby construction crew damaged a 24-inch water line in the area, water poured out and created a hole, damaging the asphalt on U.S. 301.“It’s still every penny counts, I would say $30 to $50 possibly,” is how much the road closure cost Bee...
      It’s been a headache for many who travel U.S. Highway 301 in Riverview after the roadway was shut down. But FDOT expects the roadway to be back open about midnight Thursday.After a nearby construction crew damaged a 24-inch water line in the area, water poured out and created a hole, damaging the asphalt on U.S. 301.“It’s still every penny counts, I would say $30 to $50 possibly,” is how much the road closure cost Bee...
    • New "Fire challenge" video spurs warnings

      New "Fire challenge" video spurs warnings

      Thursday, July 31 2014 10:43 PM EDT2014-08-01 02:43:41 GMT
      Videos of a dangerous stunt are spreading all across social media. You can see examples on sites like Youtube and Facebook. It's called "The Fire Challenge" and involves young people dousing themselves with rubbing alcohol and lighting it up on their bodies. Burn victim and now, Tampa General Hospital volunteer, Joe Versaggi, knows all about the horrors of fire. He's undergone 30 surgeries after a fiery plane crash 8...
      Videos of a dangerous stunt are spreading all across social media. You can see examples on sites like Youtube and Facebook. It's called "The Fire Challenge" and involves young people dousing themselves with rubbing alcohol and lighting it up on their bodies. Burn victim and now, Tampa General Hospital volunteer, Joe Versaggi, knows all about the horrors of fire. He's undergone 30 surgeries after a fiery plane crash 8...
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    • Tampa Bay woman feels ripped off, pays $61 for coins worth $1.50

      Tampa Bay woman feels ripped off, pays $61 for coins worth $1.50

      Thursday, July 31 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:10:55 GMT
      Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins.Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins.
      Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins that have been sitting in a bank vault for years.With shipping, she paid $61.43. But, here's what she received: a bag of about 100 pennies, worth at most: $1.50.
      Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins that have been sitting in a bank vault for years.With shipping, she paid $61.43. But, here's what she received: a bag of about 100 pennies, worth at most: $1.50.
    • Tampa Bay Water begins filling Bill Young reservoir

      Tampa Bay Water begins filling Bill Young reservoir

      Thursday, July 31 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:45:52 GMT
      Tampa Bay Water is celebrating a rebirth of sort for its beleaguered Bill Young reservoir. TBW is now diverting water from the Alafia river and filling the reservoir after a massive gutting and renovation project that cost in excess of $124 million dollars.
      Tampa Bay Water is celebrating a rebirth of sort for its beleaguered Bill Young reservoir. TBW is now diverting water from the Alafia river and filling the reservoir after a massive gutting and renovation project that cost in excess of $124 million dollars.
    • 8 on your side helps stranded Riverview driver get a new car

      8 on your side helps stranded Riverview driver get a new car

      Thursday, July 31 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:10:54 GMT
      Last week, 8 on your side told you about the plight of Christopher Soto and his recalled car.Last fall, Soto purchased a 2004 Chevy Malibu from DriveTime, a used car dealership in Brandon.
      Last week, 8 on your side told you about the plight of Christopher Soto and his recalled car.Last fall, Soto purchased a 2004 Chevy Malibu from DriveTime, a used car dealership in Brandon.
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    • Witness in ex-Va. gov trial: Gifts, but no affair

      Witness in ex-Va. gov trial: Gifts, but no affair

      Friday, August 1 2014 5:35 AM EDT2014-08-01 09:35:03 GMT
      The key witness in the corruption trial of Virginia's former governor and his wife said his association with the couple was fraught with bad decisions - but an affair with the first lady was not one of them.
      The key witness in the corruption trial of Virginia's former governor and his wife said his association with the couple was fraught with bad decisions - but an affair with the first lady was not one of them.
    • Florida preserve brings wolves, people together

      Florida preserve brings wolves, people together

      Friday, August 1 2014 4:52 AM EDT2014-08-01 08:52:06 GMT
      At Seacrest Wolf Preserve in northern Florida, billed as the largest such facility in the Southeast, owners Cynthia and Wayne Watkins say they raise their wolves to become accustomed to humans - and for a $25 fee,...
      At Seacrest Wolf Preserve in northern Florida, billed as the largest such facility in the Southeast, owners Cynthia and Wayne Watkins say they raise their wolves to become accustomed to humans - and for a $25 fee, they...
    • Colorado to issue driver's licenses to immigrants

      Colorado to issue driver's licenses to immigrants

      Friday, August 1 2014 4:50 AM EDT2014-08-01 08:50:12 GMT
      Colorado will begin issuing driver's licenses and identification cards to immigrants Friday regardless of their legal status, underscoring a sea change in a state that less than a decade ago passed strict...
      Colorado will begin issuing driver's licenses and identification cards to immigrants Friday regardless of their legal status, underscoring a sea change in a state that less than a decade ago passed strict immigration...
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