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Hurricane Ian, one year later: A story of resiliency and hope

Hurricane Ian was the 3rd-costliest natural disaster to hit the U.S.: $115.2 billion in damages and 156 fatalities in Florida and elsewhere.
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The Scoop: Fri., September 29, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Naples Capitol breacher caught A member of the ‘Proud Boys’ extremist group, who disappeared days before his sentencing in the U.S. Capitol riot case in...
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A guide to understanding your FEMA determination letter after a Florida disaster

After a natural disaster, a variety of resources become available to aid in the cleanup process, including FEMA financial assistance.
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2 weeks later, cleanup underway in Levy County after Idalia

A little over two weeks after Hurricane Idalia moved through Florida’s Big Bend region, extensive clean-up efforts are ongoing.
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Florida experts say to be ‘vigilant’ about mosquitoes and mosquito-borne illnesses

Floridians need to continue to combat mosquito-borne illnesses as rain from Hurricane Idalia has increased breeding grounds for the insects.
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The Scoop: Tues., September 12, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Hurricane Ian’s impact A new report shows the disproportionate impact Hurricane Ian had on Florida’s rural agricultural areas.   Idalia insurance claims Estimated insured losses...
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Where to get sandbags in the Tampa Bay area for Tropical Storm Laura

Find the latest storm info here. Here’s where you can get sandbags in the Tampa Bay area for Tropical Storm Laura; we’ll update this as we get more info:   Polk County: Sandbags will be...

Ben Crump releases new video of truck driving into Tampa activist

Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump has released a previously unreleased video of a red truck striking and injuring a Black Lives Matter activist during protests during the Juneteenth weekend in Tampa. Tampa Police have so...

“Taking Care Of Your Mental Health” on Morning Energy

On Wednesday, August 19, 2020, Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis along with his wife Casey DeSantis spearheaded a round-table discussion in Altamonte Springs, Florida to discuss COVID-19 and mental health. It was the second in a...

Florida Southern College’s limited housing plan shows complications, frustrations many face as schools open

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Ahad Aziz had his plane ticket ready. Like every other semester, he’d be flying from his home in Oregon to start school at Florida Southern College in...

Radioactivity Wednesday: Is QAnon the future of the Republican Party?

August 19, 2020 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. The QAnon conspiracy theory has emerged during the last three years among defenders of President Trump. It says there is a worldwide cabal of...

Seffner man arraigned for illegally detaining Black teen

A Seffner man was arraigned on charges of false imprisonment Wednesday. The Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office said he detained a Black teenager against his will and falsely reported crimes. Listen: The young man was riding...
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Scott Franklin ends Ross Spano’s chance at second term with GOP primary victory

Embattled Republican Congress member Ross Spano will not be returning to Washington next year. Lakeland City Commissioner Scott Franklin ousted the incumbent Spano in Tuesday’s Republican primary. The District 15 seat was one of the...

Here’s a list of Saturday “pop up” coronavirus testing sites in Pinellas County

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources UPDATE: Due to weather considerations related to Tropical Storm Laura, the pop-up testing event at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 1200 Douglas Ave., Clearwater, has...

The battle to save the Post Office came to Tampa Bay Tuesday

The battle to save the United States Postal Service made its way to downtown St. Petersburg Tuesday Morning. Congress members Kathy Castor and Charlie Crist, two democrats who represent the Tampa Bay area, announced they’d...

Today only: free mask distribution in St. Pete

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources If you need a reusable face covering to keep you protected during the coronavirus pandemic, you can get a free reusable one in St. Pete. St. Petersburg...

Florida cancels bar exam last minute prompting protest, lawsuits

Wednesday morning, thousands of would-be Florida lawyers were supposed to be readying for one of the most important moments of their lives – taking the bar exam in hopes of earning a license to practice...
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Legislators want compassionate release because of coronavirus in Florida prisons

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources More than 13,000 Florida prisoners have tested positive for coronavirus. There are more than 2,000 confirmed cases among staff within Florida’s correctional facilities. We hear from several...

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