Polk County

Here comes the Sun: Talking pro women’s soccer in Tampa Bay

The new professional women’s soccer team has a name - Tampa Bay Sun FC-will kick off its inaugural season in August 2024.
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A yellow and blue soccer team logo unveiling ceremony
Scales of Justice Law

Polk County Judge John Flynn could face suspension

A judge could face a 30-day suspension and a public reprimand after an investigation into comments he made during his 2022 election campaign.
The Scoop: WMNF Daily News Digest

The Scoop: Fri., October 6, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Jacksonville police beat man Last Friday, Le’Keian Woods was brutally beaten by Jacksonville Sheriff’s officers. His family joined his attorneys for a news conference this week.   DeSantis campaigns in Tampa Governor Ron DeSantis campaigned...
prison bars

Court allows an inmate to challenge the jail scanning his legal-related mail into a computer

A federal appeals court revived a lawsuit by a Polk County inmate saying his rights were violated by jail officials scanning his legal mail into a computer.
Florida House of Representatives

Polk County State Representative Josie Tomkow draws a Democratic challenger, Octavio Eduardo Hernandez

Florida Rep. Josie Tomkow, R-Polk City, has drawn a Democratic challenger, Octavio Eduardo Hernandez, in 2024.
The Scoop: WMNF Daily News Digest

The Scoop: WMNF’s daily digest of news headlines for Thursday, June 15th, 2023

LISTEN HERE: New Tampa police chief to be sworn in today The Tampa City Council is set to confirm Lee Bercaw as the City’s new police chief today. Bercaw, who joined the force in 1997,...

A mosquito-transmitted illness has killed two horses in Polk County

Eastern equine encephalitis, a mosquito-transmitted illness, has killed two horses in Polk County’s Green Swamp area.
Duke Energy

Lakeland challenges approval of a Duke Energy project

Lakeland is challenging a decision by the state DEP to approve a permit for a new Duke Energy Florida high-voltage power line in Polk County.
Firefighters Put Out A Fire In The Forest

Polk County has issued a burn ban

Polk County has issued a burn ban. Because of a lack of rainfall, there is a current increased risk of uncontrolled fires in Polk County.

WMNF’s daily digest of news headlines for Wednesday, Feb. 22nd, 2023

Youth gender-affirmation in Florida Florida lawmakers heard from a one-sided panel of medical professionals and advocates yesterday as they argued against gender-affirming care for kids. Furthermore, college students across Florida are planning to walk out...

Polk County Clerk of Court to waive court collection fees

  In an effort to get drivers on the road, the Polk County Clerk of Court will once again halt collection fees on unpaid balances for one day only. Many people have their driver’s licenses...
Tropical Storm Hermine

Heavy rains have caused local flooding in Polk and Pasco Counties. Here’s where you can get sandbags

Heavy rainfall is causing localized flooding. People should use caution, avoid flooded areas and shore up properties with sandbags.

The Polk County Commission rejects a proposed development

By a 4-1 vote, the Polk County Commission rejected a plan to build 894 single-family homes in a rural area north of State Road 60.

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