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    Amberjack, gray triggerfish season opens Aug. 1 in the Gulf

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    The recreational harvest of greater amberjack and gray triggerfish in the Gulf state opens August 1st. More>>

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    Automated car takes Gov. Scott for ride

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    An automated car took Florida Governor Rick Scott for a ride Monday, as Audi tries to sell the state on its latest technology. More>>

    Florida's Back to School Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 1-3, 2014

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    Are you ready for the new school year? Florida's annual Back to School Sales Tax Holiday can save you plenty of money. The sale starts at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 and ends at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. Here's everything you need to know.
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    Tampa family thanks 8 On Your Side for insurance help

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    A quiet Memorial Day for Joann Mullens, Anna Hughes and their families blew up when a car crashed into their home.
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    St. Pete man will relocate bees for free Video included

    Mr Naturals Mr Naturals
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    He's a carpenter by day, but bees are his passion.  More>>

    Teen killed by stray bullet in Manatee shooting

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    A shooting was reported at the intersection of the US Highway 301 and University Parkway early Monday morning where a 17-year-old was struck by a bullet and killed, Manatee County Sheriff's Office said. More>>

    AM Headlines: Hotter than usual; Small plane crash kills man; Woman struck by stray bullet

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    AM Headlines: Hotter than usual; Small plane crash kills man; Woman struck by stray bullet More>>

    A hot day, even for July

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    "It will feel warm and humid when you step out the door this morning," said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Leigh Spann. More>>

    Small plane crash on Fla. beach: 1 dead, 1 injured Video included

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    A father was killed and his 9-year-old daughter critically injured Sunday while walking along a Florida beach when a small plane crash landed on the Gulf Coast only feet from the surf, authorities said. More>>

    Free hepatitis testing in Pinellas this week

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    Department of Health Pinellas and Pinellas Planning Partnership will offer free hepatitis test and other screenings Monday and Friday. More>>

    Nan Rich touts grassroots campaign for governor

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    Campaign stops like the one in Pinellas County last week are how Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich is getting her message out.She doesn't have the money her opponents do. So while the two men who have already been governor are showing up in TV commercials, Rich has a different approach."I feel let the two of them go ahead and sling the mud at each other," Rich said. "I'm trying to stay above that."Richeven lumpsboth men together."On vouchers, I put them in exactly the same category,... More>>

    USF Police investigates sex battery claim

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    The University of South Florida Police Department is investigating a report of a sexual battery on the Tampa campus. A woman told authorities she was the victim of a sexual battery that occurred at the Juniper-Poplar Residence Hall early Sunday morning. A resident student told police officers a tall, thin black man who she did not know sexually battered her in the residence hall. Police detectives identified a suspect, who told authorities he and the woman had... More>>

    ATVs, trailer missing from Winter Haven home

    An ATV missing from a Winter Haven home. An ATV missing from a Winter Haven home.
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    About 9 a.m. Sunday, a Winter Haven man discovered his 2006 12-foot black "Emerson" style trailer missing his yard on Roselawn St. SW. The trailer, decked out with 5 1/4 inch floor boards, had been taken overnight, the Winter Haven Police Department said. Two ATVs were on the trailer, the police department report said. One of the he ATVs was described as green/black 2005 Polaris MV7 with custom tracks in place of the tires. The second one is a tan/black 2002 Honda TRX250 2X4 with 25 inch... More>>

    Automated car tests close Selmon Expressway elevated lanes

    The gray Audi is the self-driving vehicle. The gray Audi is the self-driving vehicle.
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    BMW touts itself as the ultimate driving machine. Audi may want to start a campaign touting its cars as the ultimate machine you don't have to drive, until you hit 40-miles an hour. The company is testing automated or piloted driving tests in Tampa on Sunday and Monday. On Monday, to facilitate those tests, the Selmon Crosstown elevated lanes will be closed from 10 am till about 3:30 or 4pm. Sue Charzan with the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority says rush hour traffic should not be aff... More>>

    Pet lovers answer call to save animals

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    Area pet lovers have given 91 dogs, cats and kittens housed at the Hernando County Animal Services center new homes. And not a moment too soon. The latest adoptions occurred over a three day period, which ended Saturday, according to the county animal services' website. Last week, the call went out to the community to help save the animals from possibly being euthanized. At the time, Hernando County Animal Services officials said the shelter had exceeded its capacity, so all the animals need... More>>

    Armed man robs Treasure Island Walgreens location

    Police say the armed man entered the store just before 5 am Sunday. Police say the armed man entered the store just before 5 am Sunday.
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    Detectives with the Treasure Island Police Department are on the lookout for an armed robbery suspect who struck early Sunday morning at the Walgreens location on Gulf Blvd.The crime occurred just before 5 am. More>>

    Pregnant Inverness woman injured in shooting dies

    Hernando County deputies were dispatched to the home in Brooksville just before 7 pm Saturday. Hernando County deputies were dispatched to the home in Brooksville just before 7 pm Saturday.
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    A 25-year-old pregnant Inverness woman injured in an accidental shooting on Saturday has died.Katherine Lynn Hoover passed away just after 3 am Sunday morning at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson. More>>

    Riverview resident displaced by early morning fire

    Crews responded to the scene in Riverview just before 2 am Sunday. Crews responded to the scene in Riverview just before 2 am Sunday.
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    Two pole barns, a shed, a boat and a fifth-wheel trailer were completely destroyed by fire early Sunday morning in Riverview.The blaze broke out just before 2 am in the 13000 block of Lincoln Rd. More>>

    FHP seeks hit-and-run driver that injured Holiday family

    The crash is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol. The crash is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol.
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    A young couple was pushing their 4-month-old son in a stroller along Chatlin Rd. in Holiday Saturday afternoon when the unthinkable happened. A Carolina-blue Crown Victoria veered off the roadway and struck 17-year-old Dakota Harwood.

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    Rays continue to roll with 3-0 victory over Boston

    Hellickson, in just his second start of the year, pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings for Tampa Bay. Hellickson, in just his second start of the year, pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings for Tampa Bay.
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    When the Boston Red Sox had chances to challenge several early calls, manager John Farrell kept quiet. So did the bats in his lineup. More>>

    Search is on for Sarasota home invasion suspects

    Deputies with the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office are looking for three suspectss. Deputies with the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office are looking for three suspectss.
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    Authorities in Sarasota are asking for the public’s help in locating a trio of home invasion suspects.The crime occurred late Saturday night at a residence in the 2400 block of Booker Ave. More>>

    Pregnant woman injured in accidental shooting

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    Hernando County sheriff's deputies are investigating the shooting of a five-month pregnant woman late Saturday.About 6:45 p.m. Saturday, theHernando County Sheriff's Office Emergency Communications Center received a call about a shooting at20079 Suncrest Drive in Brooksville.Sheriff's deputies and Hernando County Fire Rescue emergency units responded to thescene, where they found Kathleen Hoover with a head injury, a ... More>>

    Garage sale vs. donations

    Garage sale vs. donations Garage sale vs. donations
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    As you clean out your attic and closets, you might find yourself neck-deep in bell-bottom jeans, polyester leisure suits, dusty garden gnomes and heaps of old toys – not to mention that collection of velvet dolphin paintings you inherited from your grandmother. More>>

    7 simple steps to banish stress from your life forever

    7 simple steps to banish stress from your life forever 7 simple steps to banish stress from your life forever
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    We all face stress, and it's what we do when we're stressed that defines the outcome. While some let themselves get overwhelmed and shut down, others use stress to motivate and push them to greater heights. More>>

    Bradenton man facing murder charge in shooting death

    Davis, 20, was booked into the Manatee County Jail late Saturday. Davis, 20, was booked into the Manatee County Jail late Saturday.
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    Detectives with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office have made an arrest in the shooting death of a Sarasota man. Darian K. Davis, 20, of Bradenton has been charged with first degree murder in connection with death of Justin Jervon Ates, 19, of Sarasota. Ates suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the chest early Saturday morning. More>>

    Sun finally shines at Bucs training camp

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    It was a lightning free day on day two of Bucs' training camp. The fans took home a few autographs, and the players got afull practice.Loyal fans are hoping with coach Lovie Smith bringing back the old Tampa Two defense, maybe this year's Bucs' teamwilllook more like the 2002 SuperBowl team.AHall of Famerfrom the Bucs' Super Bowl Championship team attended practice Saturday. Warren Sapp picked a good day to come out to Bucs training camp. There was plenty on sunshine and impressive catches and. More>>

    Making lemonade to help cure epilepsy

    Lemonade for Livy participants in front of the Gold & Diamond Source in Clearwater Lemonade for Livy participants in front of the Gold & Diamond Source in Clearwater
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    It seems more special when children help other children. Such is the case with a set of Clearwater twins, who have been instrumental in drawing nationwide awareness to help find a cure for epilsepy.They inspired the slogan "Make A Stand Against Epilepsy" because of their efforts to raise money for another child called Livy.The officials 2014 "Lemonade for Livy" fundraising campaign, which launched Friday, continued today.Three Pinellas County businesses and five homeowners are hosting lemon... More>>

    4-year old attacked by pit bulls laid to rest

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    It's something a parent should never have to do; bury a son or daughter. But that's what Michael Sheppard and Stephanie Groulx did today, with dozens of family members and friends at their side. Their 4-year old son, Logan, was attacked and killed by his uncle's two pit bulls a week ago today in Riverview. "It was very emotional. You know, it was a very, very sad funeral. The boy was loved. He definitely was loved." Said Dustin Hall, a family friend who attended the service. "I have a little... More>>

    TPD: Vehicle in fatal crash on cemetery grounds was stolen

    Tampa Police investigators say the driver of the stolen Honda Civic lost control of the vehicle. Tampa Police investigators say the driver of the stolen Honda Civic lost control of the vehicle.
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    A vehicle involved in a fatal crash on the grounds of the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Tampa was stolen.The two occupants of the black Honda Civic may have been involved in a shooting approximately 20 minutes before they died. More>>

    Lakeland PD detective arrested on DUI charge

    Lane, 41, was hired by the Lakeland Police Dept. in October 1996. Lane, 41, was hired by the Lakeland Police Dept. in October 1996.
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    A detective with the Lakeland Police Department has been placed on administrative leave following his arrest Friday night on a driving under the influence charge.Billy Lane, 41, was hired by LPD in October 1996. More>>

    New leader at Special Ops Command Center in Tampa

    Gen. Joseph Votel will assume command next month. Gen. Joseph Votel will assume command next month.
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    Army Gen. Joseph Votel will assume leadership of the U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, replacing the man widely credited with planning the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.Votel will assume leadership of Special Operations Command from Navy Adm. William McRaven. More>>

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    • Rodents, roaches close 7 Tampa Bay area restaurants

      Rodents, roaches close 7 Tampa Bay area restaurants

      Monday, July 28 2014 12:03 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:03:39 GMT
      State inspectors temporarily closed seven Tampa Bay eateries from July 14 through 19 after discovering problems with rodents or roaches at the restaurants.We've listed the restaurants that were closed, along with details about what inspectors say they found.
      State inspectors temporarily closed seven Tampa Bay eateries from July 14 through 19 after discovering problems with rodents or roaches at the restaurants.We've listed the restaurants that were closed, along with details about what inspectors say they found.
    • Watch this excited dog faint after being reunited with owner

      Watch this excited dog faint after being reunited with owner

      Monday, July 28 2014 7:32 AM EDT2014-07-28 11:32:38 GMT
      Rebecca Ehalt may have missed her dog while away in Europe, but it's clear that her pet schnauzer missed her so much that it knocked the poor pooch off her feet — literally.
      Rebecca Ehalt may have missed her dog while away in Europe, but it's clear that her pet schnauzer missed her so much that it knocked the poor pooch off her feet — literally.
    • Teen killed by stray bullet in Manatee shooting

      Teen killed by stray bullet in Manatee shooting

      Monday, July 28 2014 9:53 AM EDT2014-07-28 13:53:32 GMT
      A shooting was reported at the intersection of the US Highway 301 and University Parkway early Monday morning where a 17-year-old was struck by a bullet and killed, Manatee County Sheriff's Office said.
      A shooting was reported at the intersection of the US Highway 301 and University Parkway early Monday morning where a 17-year-old was struck by a bullet and killed, Manatee County Sheriff's Office said.
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    • FWC: Lionfish need to be removed from Florida waters

      FWC: Lionfish need to be removed from Florida waters

      Monday, July 28 2014 2:48 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:48:42 GMT
      Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is changing management rules of invasive lionfish to remove them from state waters.Lionfish was introduced to state waters in the 1980s, and since then, populations have boomed in recent years, negatively impacting native wildlife and habitat, the FWC says.Starting August 1st, several changes go into effect to help combat the growing problem by making it easier for lionfish hunters to remove the spiny predators and limiting further introductio...
      Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is changing management rules of invasive lionfish to remove them from state waters.Lionfish was introduced to state waters in the 1980s, and since then, populations have boomed in recent years, negatively impacting native wildlife and habitat, the FWC says.Starting August 1st, several changes go into effect to help combat the growing problem by making it easier for lionfish hunters to remove the spiny predators and limiting further introductio...
    • Florida's Back to School Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 1-3, 2014

      Florida's Back to School Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 1-3, 2014

      Monday, July 28 2014 12:57 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:57:43 GMT
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      Are you ready for the new school year? Florida's annual Back to School Sales Tax Holiday can save you plenty of money. The sale starts at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 and ends at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. Here's everything you need to know.
      Are you ready for the new school year? Florida's annual Back to School Sales Tax Holiday can save you plenty of money. The sale starts at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 and ends at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. Here's everything you need to know.
    • VIDEO: Sea turtles hatch in the Keys

      VIDEO: Sea turtles hatch in the Keys

      Monday, July 28 2014 8:09 AM EDT2014-07-28 12:09:17 GMT
      Look at them go - these tiny sea turtles hatched in the Keys this weekend.
      Look at them go - these tiny sea turtles hatched in the Keys this weekend.
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