Wednesday Wrap-Up: First Presidential Alert test goes out, dog meets her heroes and more

By Alexa Ignacio

Here are the top stories from around the area today.

Legionnaires’ disease found in Pinellas County apartment

Pinellas County health officials confirmed two cases of Legionnaires’ disease in an apartment complex.

Legionnaires’ disease is a severe type of pneumonia. It is contracted by inhaling mist with Legionella bacteria. The bacteria proliferate in warm water and areas like hot tubs and shower heads that have not been properly cleaned.

There is no word on the conditions of the victims. The apartment complex has not been named due to Florida statute.

Symptoms of the disease show between two to 10 days after exposure. They include high fever, chills and muscle aches. The disease is treated with antibiotics.

Find out more about Legionnaires’ disease here:

Test Presidential Alert text sent out

People nationwide received a surprising alert on their phones today.

A Presidential Alert test was sent out at 2:18 p.m. It is part of the government’s Wireless Emergency Alerts System (WEA).

These alerts are only sent out during national emergencies. Unlike Amber Alerts and weather alerts, Presidential alerts cannot be opted out of. The president determines when these alerts are sent out.

A test Presidential Alert text was sent out today at 2:18 p.m.

Counties begin sending mail-in ballots

Bay area voters in four counties can expect their vote-by-mail ballots soon.

Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Manatee counties sent out the ballots this week. More than 2.5 million ballots were requested throughout Florida.

The state reports that Pinellas County received more than 261,000 requests, which is the second highest number in the state. Hillsborough County was third with over 213,000 requests. Miami-Dade County has the most with over 313,000 requests.

Vote-by-mail ballots can be dropped off at elections offices or mailed in prior to six days before the election day, which is Nov. 6.

To request a vote-by-mail ballot, go here to find your county’s Supervisor of Elections:

Burned puppy reunited with firefighters that saved her

A puppy that suffered severe burns from an arson was reunited with the firefighters that saved her.

Denali met her heroes from the Pasco County Fire Rescue. In August, she and eight other dogs were rescued from a house fire in Lutz.

The arson suspect, Brandi Corrigan, poured gasoline on Denali before setting the house on fire. Over 35 percent of Denali’s body was badly burned. She underwent several surgeries and stayed at an animal hospital for over two weeks.

Corrigan was arrested for arson, felony animal cruelty and multiple drug possession charges.

Busch Gardens kicks off family fun festivities

Halloween fun at Busch Gardens begins this Saturday with Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends.

Every weekend between Oct. 6-28, families can have fun with iconic Sesame Street characters like Elmo, Abby and Grover. Activities include arts and crafts, a hay bale maze and dance parties.

The Kids’ Weekends are included as part of the daily admission fee into the park. Kids can wear their Halloween costumes.

To purchase tickets or learn more about the festivities, click here:


Anchor: Valezka Nava

Director: Dakota Galvin

Technical Director: Sherra Parent

Graphics: Katlyn Brieskorn

Audio: Helen Leon

Prompter: Steven Carrandi

Camera Operator: Kaitlyn Hart

Floor Manager: Galen Martin

Producer: Nada Blassy

Teaching Assistant: Dakota Galvin

Graduate Assistant: Kelsey Baker

Faculty Advisor: Cathy Gugerty