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Tampa woman sees surviving cat as gift after losing six pets to house fire

Tampa woman sees surviving cat as gift after losing six pets to house fire

TAMPA — Florence White couldn't sit anywhere at her home in South Tampa without the menagerie nearby, curled up on her lap or by her feet. Even walking to the bathroom, she could count on at least some of her six cats and the dog — a pitb...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Forecast: Rainy weather clears out, kicking off dry stretch across Tampa Bay

Forecast: Rainy weather clears out, kicking off dry stretch across Tampa Bay

Light rain and patchy fog is expected to clear out by late morning across Tampa Bay, kicking off a dry stretch that will last throughout the weekend and into next week. Rain chances range between 20 and 30 percent for Thursday, mostly in the morning...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Florida missing child alert issued for Kissimmee infant

Florida missing child alert issued for Kissimmee infant

A Florida missing child alert was issued Thursday morning for a Kissimmee infant who may be in danger.According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 7-month-old Alena Ward, a black female, was last seen in the area of the 5000 block of Image...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Hillsborough landowner says she didn't know moving a center for special-needs kids was part of deal

Hillsborough landowner says she didn't know moving a center for special-needs kids was part of deal

TAMPA — As the grandmother of an 8-year-old autistic boy, Kay Burgess knows firsthand how hard it is to raise special-needs children.So her heart goes out to the parents who fear that their disabled children will no longer be able to ride horse...
Updated: 3 hours ago
In Harm's Way: Gun injuries and deaths among Florida kids have spiked. One child is shot every 17 hours.

In Harm's Way: Gun injuries and deaths among Florida kids have spiked. One child is shot every 17 hours.

TAMPA — Huddled in a backyard shed in Sulphur Springs, the four boys examined their prize: a .380 caliber pistol so smooth it looked like a futuristic toy.One of the boys had stolen it from his uncle. They thought it was unloaded, so they passe...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Protesters hold mock town hall meeting in Tampa with cardboard Marco Rubio

Protesters hold mock town hall meeting in Tampa with cardboard Marco Rubio

TAMPA — His face was posted on popsicle sticks, printed on a life-sized cutout and hidden in Where's Waldo? styled puzzles. His name was printed on T-shirts and written on posters. But Sen. Marco Rubio was thousands of miles away from Wednesday...
Updated: 10 hours ago
New poll says Publix has the third best reputation among U.S. companies

New poll says Publix has the third best reputation among U.S. companies

TAMPA — A well-known Florida company has climbed to having the third best reputation among the most visible companies in the United States.Publix Super Markets for the third year in a row has risen in the rankings in the annual Harris Poll repu...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Trouble leads to stringent controls for Tampa's Playpen nude dance club

Trouble leads to stringent controls for Tampa's Playpen nude dance club

TAMPA — After a run of trouble with prostitution and drug violations, the Playpen nude dance club this week was told to make a series of changes if it wants to stay open.During a hearing with Tampa's Public Nuisance Abatement Board, club operat...
Published: 02/23/17
Lawsuit filed in power-line electrocution of bicyclist on Courtney Campbell

Lawsuit filed in power-line electrocution of bicyclist on Courtney Campbell

TAMPA — Early one day last July, Gregory Patterson pedaled his bicycle along the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail as a lethal, downed power line dangled dangerously in his path.The 47-year-old officer with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva...
Published: 02/22/17
Tampa Bay home prices shoot up 11 percent, kicking off another strong year

Tampa Bay home prices shoot up 11 percent, kicking off another strong year

Another year; another super start.Prices for single-family homes in the Tampa Bay area jumped 11.4 percent in January from a year ago, far higher than the statewide average and the highest of any major Florida metro area. The number of sales that clo...
Published: 02/22/17