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    USF students protest Walmart over wages

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    Calling for better jobs, University of South Florida students and community supporters held a protest Saturday in front of the Walmart store on East Fletcher Avenue west of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.USF student and protest organizer Crystal Wilson said the group wanted to draw attention to employee wages paid by the mega retailer.About 25 peoplegathered from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday to show their outrage that while Walmart makes $17 billion in profits, it pays many workers poverty wages, W... More>>

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    US weighing military exercises in Eastern Europe

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    The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday. The exercises would follow Russia's buildup... More>>

    Truck flips into Keystone Road pond, one injured

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    A man was injuredSaturday night when he lost control ofa pickup truck and ended up in a pond on Keystone Road.Thedriver of a Ford F-150 pickuptruck was traveling west on Keystone Roadshortly after 7:30 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle in a bend in the road, the Florida HighwayPatrol said.Thetruckspun out, went airborne and flipped twice before itcame to rest partially submerged in the pond.Pinellas County firefighters had to cut awaytheroof of the truck to freethe driver, who wasalone... More>>

    Polk County deputies searching for Winter Haven man

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    Polk County sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help to locate Travis "Pinky Barrientos of Winter Haven.Deputies said a warrant has been issued for Barrientos' arrest for attempted second degree murder. He is considered armed and dangerous.Early Saturday morning Barrientos and 32-year-old Juan Bautista got into an altercation on Rifle Range Road in Wahneta, a Polk County Sheriff's Office news release stated. Barrientos stabbed Bautista several times and threatened his life/Bautista... More>>

    Mrs. Obama to appear on May episode of 'Nashville'

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    Michelle Obama is going a little bit country. More>>

    Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

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    No one can say precisely when the mountainside collapsing into this Wyoming resort town will give way. But it appears increasingly likely that when it does, it's going to take a piece of Jackson with it. More>>

    Your Week in Viral Videos: Dyed eggs and dead technology

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    (RNN) – Easter is Sunday, and you’ve probably dyed a few eggs or know someone who has.Make sure you remember where you hid them, because you don’t want to come across them in July and have an unfortunate smell to deal with.Eggs will get their annual day in the sun Monday at the White House Easter Egg Roll, which is being protested by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.PETA doesn’t have a problem with rolling eggs, but it does have a problem with those eggs coming from chickens, so, i... More>>

    Manatee veterinarian arrested in Napier Family Farm case

    Authorities began their investigation in February. Authorities began their investigation in February.
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    Authorities in Manatee County have made a third arrest in connection with an on-going animal cruelty investigation at the Napier Family Farm and Rescue on State Road 64 near Bradenton.Dr. Edward E. Dunham, 76, was taken into custody Saturday morning at his home in Palmetto. He was booked into the Manatee County Jail on one count of animal torture with intent. His bond was sent at $1,500.Sign up for free breaking news and headline email alerts http://8.wfla.com/18DCEqk More>>

    FHP seeks Zolfo Springs man who fled from custody

    Ramirez, 30, was last seen running through a wooded area along SR 66. Ramirez, 30, was last seen running through a wooded area along SR 66.
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    The Florida Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a suspect who escaped from custody Saturday morning in Hardee County.Demetrio DeLeon Ramirez, 30, is facing a variety of charges including theft and escape. More>>

    Arson suspected in fire at Animal Coalition of Tampa Bay

    Crews from Tampa Fire Rescue responded to the scene at approximately 3:30 a.m. Crews from Tampa Fire Rescue responded to the scene at approximately 3:30 a.m.
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    Investigators with the Fire Marshal’s Office are collecting evidence in an early morning fire that claimed the lives of three cats at the Animal Coalition of Tampa Bay’s facility on North Gilchrist Ave. in Tampa.The incident occurred just before 5 a.m. More>>

    Bradenton Police arrest three teens in early morning home invasion

    Officers with the Bradenton Police Department arrested three suspects; a fourth is on the loose. Officers with the Bradenton Police Department arrested three suspects; a fourth is on the loose.
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    Three suspects were arrested early Saturday morning following a home invasion in Bradenton.An unidentified fourth perpetrator managed to escape and is being sought by law enforcement officers. The incident occurred just after 3:30 a.m. in the 400 block of 22nd Ave. West. More>>

    Sleeping Sarasota woman killed when car slams into home

    The car struck the home early Saturday morning. The car struck the home early Saturday morning.
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    A 62-year-old Sarasota woman was killed early Saturday morning when a fleeing suspect crashed her vehicle into a home.Eleanor Ball, who was sleeping in a back bedroom at the time, died at the scene. The incident occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m. More>>

    Bill could slow growth of Florida's craft beer industry

    Tampa Bay has several craft beer breweries in operation. Tampa Bay has several craft beer breweries in operation.
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    Republican Senate President Don Gaetz is boasting in emails to beer lovers that he helped a craft brewery in his district get started. But now he's also supporting legislation that would hurt the same brewery.Gaetz wrote the legislation that set up an economic development grant program with BP oil spill recovery money. More>>

    Restaurant Buzz: Free McDonald's breakfast, steakhouse closes, Tampa Ferg's

    A Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill is scheduled to open across the street from the TBT Forum in August. Facebook photo A Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill is scheduled to open across the street from the TBT Forum in August. Facebook photo
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    No doubt, dining out is a popular pastime here in Tampa Bay. We're here to keep you informed. Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants. More>>

    Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations April 7-13

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    We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from April 7 to 13, 2014. More>>

    Breezy conditions expected on Saturday

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    Storm Team 8 meteorologist Julie Phillips says only light rain is expected for your Friday night plans. More>>

    Are background checks enough for Florida teachers? Video included

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    In an effort to weed out potential perverts, Florida law requires fingerprinting and criminal background checks before school districts hire employees that will have any contact with children.


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    Rodents, roaches close 6 Tampa Bay restaurants

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    State inspectors found rodents or roaches and temporarily closed six Tampa Bay eateries on our list of restaurants with the most violations from April 7 to 13, 2014. More>>

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    • Arcadia dog set on fire improving, could be released early

      Arcadia dog set on fire improving, could be released early

      Tuesday, April 1 2014 11:26 PM EDT2014-04-02 03:26:55 GMT
      "Hope" was doused with kerosene and set on fire. BluePearl Veterinary photo"Hope" was doused with kerosene and set on fire. BluePearl Veterinary photo
      A 1-year-old DeSoto County dog that was set on fire is improving and could be released from 24-hour care to a primary care veterinarian next week.
      A 1-year-old DeSoto County dog that was set on fire is improving and could be released from 24-hour care to a primary care veterinarian next week.
    • Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations April 7-13

      Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations April 7-13

      Saturday, April 19 2014 6:47 AM EDT2014-04-19 10:47:28 GMT
      We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from April 7 to 13, 2014.
      We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from April 7 to 13, 2014.
    • Gainesville authorities investigate arrest of UF football player

      Gainesville authorities investigate arrest of UF football player

      Saturday, April 19 2014 11:55 AM EDT2014-04-19 15:55:51 GMT
      Authorities in Gainesville say Purifoy was arrested last month on drug-related charges. Authorities in Gainesville say Purifoy was arrested last month on drug-related charges.
      The Gainesville Police Department has launched an internal investigation into the quashing of an arrest warrant for a former University of Florida football star and current NFL draft prospect.The Gainesville Sun reports that Loucheiz Purifoy was allegedly caught by the Alachua County Sheriff's Office last month in possession of both marijuana and bath salts.
      The Gainesville Police Department has launched an internal investigation into the quashing of an arrest warrant for a former University of Florida football star and current NFL draft prospect.The Gainesville Sun reports that Loucheiz Purifoy was allegedly caught by the Alachua County Sheriff's Office last month in possession of both marijuana and bath salts.
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    • USF students protest Walmart over wages

      USF students protest Walmart over wages

      Saturday, April 19 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-04-20 03:14:18 GMT
      Calling for better jobs, University of South Florida students and community supporters held a protest Saturday in front of the Walmart store on East Fletcher Avenue west of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.USF student and protest organizer Crystal Wilson said the group wanted to draw attention to employee wages paid by the mega retailer.About 25 peoplegathered from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday to show their outrage that while Walmart makes $17 billion in profits, it pays many workers poverty wages, W...
      Calling for better jobs, University of South Florida students and community supporters held a protest Saturday in front of the Walmart store on East Fletcher Avenue west of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.USF student and protest organizer Crystal Wilson said the group wanted to draw attention to employee wages paid by the mega retailer.About 25 peoplegathered from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday to show their outrage that while Walmart makes $17 billion in profits, it pays many workers poverty wages, W...
    • Truck flips into Keystone Road pond, one injured

      Truck flips into Keystone Road pond, one injured

      Saturday, April 19 2014 9:29 PM EDT2014-04-20 01:29:42 GMT
      A man was injuredSaturday night when he lost control ofa pickup truck and ended up in a pond on Keystone Road.Thedriver of a Ford F-150 pickuptruck was traveling west on Keystone Roadshortly after 7:30 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle in a bend in the road, the Florida HighwayPatrol said.Thetruckspun out, went airborne and flipped twice before itcame to rest partially submerged in the pond.Pinellas County firefighters had to cut awaytheroof of the truck to freethe driver, who wasalone...
      A man was injuredSaturday night when he lost control ofa pickup truck and ended up in a pond on Keystone Road.Thedriver of a Ford F-150 pickuptruck was traveling west on Keystone Roadshortly after 7:30 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle in a bend in the road, the Florida HighwayPatrol said.Thetruckspun out, went airborne and flipped twice before itcame to rest partially submerged in the pond.Pinellas County firefighters had to cut awaytheroof of the truck to freethe driver, who wasalone...
    • Polk County deputies searching for Winter Haven man

      Polk County deputies searching for Winter Haven man

      Saturday, April 19 2014 8:44 PM EDT2014-04-20 00:44:05 GMT
      Polk County sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help to locate Travis "Pinky Barrientos of Winter Haven.Deputies said a warrant has been issued for Barrientos' arrest for attempted second degree murder. He is considered armed and dangerous.Early Saturday morning Barrientos and 32-year-old Juan Bautista got into an altercation on Rifle Range Road in Wahneta, a Polk County Sheriff's Office news release stated. Barrientos stabbed Bautista several times and threatened his life/Bautista...
      Polk County sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help to locate Travis "Pinky Barrientos of Winter Haven.Deputies said a warrant has been issued for Barrientos' arrest for attempted second degree murder. He is considered armed and dangerous.Early Saturday morning Barrientos and 32-year-old Juan Bautista got into an altercation on Rifle Range Road in Wahneta, a Polk County Sheriff's Office news release stated. Barrientos stabbed Bautista several times and threatened his life/Bautista...
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    • Are background checks enough for Florida teachers?

      Are background checks enough for Florida teachers?

      Friday, April 18 2014 7:41 PM EDT2014-04-18 23:41:35 GMT

      In an effort to weed out potential perverts, Florida law requires fingerprinting and criminal background checks before school districts hire employees that will have any contact with children.

      In an effort to weed out potential perverts, Florida law requires fingerprinting and criminal background checks before school districts hire employees that will have any contact with children.


    • Pasco mix-up sends registration notices to wrong drivers

      Pasco mix-up sends registration notices to wrong drivers

      Friday, April 18 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:02:51 GMT
      The vehicle registration information of hundreds of drivers in Pasco County were sent to the wrong person in a mix-up that led to the firing of a contractor.
      The vehicle registration information of hundreds of drivers in Pasco County were sent to the wrong person in a mix-up that led to the firing of a contractor.
    • Flushable wipes, not so flushable says Tampa's wastewater officials

      Flushable wipes, not so flushable says Tampa's wastewater officials

      Friday, April 18 2014 3:52 PM EDT2014-04-18 19:52:20 GMT
      Personal wipes, baby wipes, face wipes, flushable wipes. They are all designed to help us deal with delicate issues. But the wipes themselves are actually pretty sturdy and increasingly local water systems are finding they are creating costly problems.
      Personal wipes, baby wipes, face wipes, flushable wipes. They are all designed to help us deal with delicate issues. But the wipes themselves are actually pretty sturdy and increasingly local water systems are finding they are creating costly problems.
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