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Tampa releases Heat Resiliency plan amid record temps

Listen: If you’ve walked outside recently, then you’ve felt the heat.  Tampa has experienced near-record temperatures already this year. The city unveiled a plan Friday to help areas struggling the most during what they are...

Tampa Bay election officials to send out vote-by-mail ballots

Listen: The Tampa Bay region is preparing for election season. Hillsborough County will soon get ballots to residents who want to vote by mail. Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer is preparing to send out...

Activists rally after USF students face suspension, expulsion for pro-Palestine protests

Listen: Students who participated in pro-Palestinian protests at the University of South Florida in April are now facing punishments from administration like suspension and expulsion.  People gathered outside the school Wednesday to object. A few...
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St. Pete awarded almost $28 million towards new electric and hybrid buses

Listen:   St. Petersburg’s buses are about to go electric, and the city received almost 28 million dollars in federal funds to make it happen. It was a competitive grant process, but St. Pete came out...
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Advocates criticize DeSantis after veto of bill granting in-state tuition to prisoners

Listen: Governor Ron DeSantis vetoed a bill last month that would have allowed prisoners to qualify for in-state tuition in public colleges.  But, supporters of the bill say it’s counterproductive. Desmond Meade is the executive...
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St. Pete tenants cite mismanagement, wrongful evictions at low-income housing complex

Listen: Protesters outside of a low-income housing complex in St. Petersburg last week denounced mistreatment from a property manager. Now one tenant says she may unfairly face eviction. Kiera Owens moved into Boca Ciega Townhomes...
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Supreme Court rules for immunity in Trump case, and Florida Democrats react

For the first time, The Supreme Court has ruled former presidents have immunity from criminal prosecution for official acts. The decision Monday extended the delay against former president Donald Trump’s charges that he planned to...

Pinellas police are tracking where unhoused people sleep before state ban takes effect

Listen:   The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that cities can enforce bans on the unhoused population sleeping outside. But homeless advocates say punishing people who need a place to sleep would criminalize homelessness –...

Hillsborough state attorney’s gun violence unit expanded amid surge of gun crimes

Listen: After a noticeable increase in gun violence in Tampa, State Attorney Suzy Lopez has expanded the county’s gun violence unit. She’s putting a renewed focus on an issue the U-S Surgeon General is calling...

Tampa’s Palmetto Beach to undergo over $25 million revamp

Listen: One of Tampa’s historic and underserved communities is set to undergo a major transformation over the next few years.  A new multi-million dollar project will help revamp the Palmetto Beach area. The nearly 25...
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St. Pete news org introduces AI reporter ‘Cora Quantum’

Listen: A St Petersburg news outlet just hired a new journalist: artificial intelligence. Joe Hamilton is the Editor in Chief for the St. Pete Catalyst. In May, it announced a new journalist named Cora Quantum,...

Tampa takes part in World’s Largest Swim Lesson

Listen: In the past decade, there have been over 200 unintentional drowning deaths in Hillsborough County. Four Tampa pools took part in the 15th annual World’s Largest Swim lesson in hopes of reducing that number....

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