Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that he will propose an increase in per-pupil funding for Florida students if he is elected to a second term. His proposal calls for a $232 boost in per-student spending to $7,126. Scott and potential political opponent Charlie Crist have traded barbs on education in recent weeks, with Crist launching a bus tour around the state he called “Restore the Cuts.”Scott's proposal tops the ... More>>
Shan Henderson and her husband, Brian, have spent their entire summer begging Hillsborough County to fix a deep, dangerous hole in their backyard. More>>
A planned book on the 100 year anniversary of Clearwater is making some business owners angry.Clearwater will celebrate the century mark next year and the city plans to publish a book on their rich history. More>>
Dozens of events were planned this week to welcome new and returning students back to the University of South Florida for the fall semester.Nearly 5,500 students were expected to move into campus residence halls Thursday. More>>
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett, 39, of Ruskin, Florida, died Aug. 20, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of injuries received when he was engaged by the enemy. More>>
Two firefighters were injured while using their fire truck ladder to help a college marching band take part in an ice bucket challenge, the school's president said Thursday. More>>
The Tampa police department is responding to an 8 On Your Side investigation into a January shooting.The police contend the reports were incomplete and contained errors.The stories focused on a January 9th police shooting in Tampa and the lack of crisis intervention team training at T.P.D. More>>
Kyle Williams, who is accused of killing a Lakeland Police officer was found guilty of murder Thursday afternoon. More>>
A Tampa middle school student faces a felony charge after police say he brought a loaded gun to school. More>>
A federal judge has declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot. More>>
An Ocala man is accused of leaving his three children in a car while he drank beer at a bar, according to the Ocala Police Department. More>>
An 8 On Your Side investigation into police shooting and the lack of Crisis Intervention Team training at the Tampa police department is not sitting well with T.P.D.Police spokesperson Laura McElroy sent an email to News Channel 8 management with the subject line labeled, "The Rest of the Story More>>
A rescued Florida panther kitten was released into a permanent wildlife habitat Thursday morning. More>>
94th Avenue North in St. Petersburg will be closed from Gandy Blvd to Dr. Dr. M.L. King Street for the next several hours after a head-on crash between a PSTA bus and an Acura. More>>
After nearly three weeks of treatment, the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital, officials said Thursday.
A Plant City church youth group volunteer is charged with possession of child pornography after church staff told police they discovered images of child pornography on a church computer.Polk County Sheriff's Office Computer Crimes detectives on Wednesday arrested Jay Howell Bloodworth, 28, of Lakeland in connection with the crime.Detectives say Bloodworth is an active member of the Church on the Rock and is a volunteer with the youth group which includes 30 to 40 juveniles under the age of 18... More>>
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is warning people not to have sex in parks. The warning came after the sheriff's office received complaints. The sheriff's office sent undercover detectives to Lakeland's Saddle Creek Park, they wound up arresting two men.
Tuesday's primary election will be the final decision on some races across the Tampa Bay region.Although primaries are often thought of as precursors to the general election, some contests won't make it that far. More>>
A man was shot and killed outside Club Underground in downtown Tampa early Thursday morning, Tampa Police say. More>>
A man is facing charges after Tampa Police reported finding numerous weapons and military gear in his vehicle early Thursday morning.
Four people needed to be airlifted to the hospital Thursday morning after a two-car crash on County Line Road in Wesley Chapel. More>>
This year the cafeterias in all Polk County High Schools are resemble restaurants more than lunchrooms."We hope they feel like it's something different. Not just a bigger portion size when they get to high school," said Jenna Kaczmarskie, Polk County School Nutrition Coordinator.
A woman started an act of kindness chain that lasted for hours at a St. Petersburg Starbucks.
A Winter Haven homeowner is working to remove a huge yellow jacket nest, before the wasps that live inside do any more harm. A cat that had jumped up onto the recliner to take a nap was attacked and killed by the yellow jackets. More>>
Near record highs are possible again this afternoon. Just a slight chance of a storm later today.
A giant hole is eroding the earth in Shan and Brian Henderson's backyard.