Florida Focus News Brief March 1, 2017

In this news brief: Pasco County Sheriff’s Office introduces wearable technology to find missing children; Hillsborough County commissioners approve an $812 million tax plan; Andrew Gillum joins the 2018 race for governor; USF is ranked number one in Florida for Black student success.

Florida Focus Education Brief March 3, 2017

In this education brief: USF graduates have higher salaries than the national average; Bay area schools are failing under Department of Education regulations; Pasco county hopes to become the home to a statewide forensics lab; Pasco county will be opening a preforming arts center in Cypress Creek Middle-High School.

Florida Focus News Brief March 2, 2017

In this news brief: Tampa Fire Rescue battles a three-alarm fire at a student housing complex; St. Petersburg Police are investigating a fatal shooting; a local-based grocery store is now selling locally roasted coffee; Mosaic expects to spend up to $70 million to fill a Polk County sinkhole; the Strawberry Festival opens today.

Florida Focus News Brief March 6th, 2017

In this news brief: A man is charged after attacking his 14-year-old grandson; A video is released showing murder victim Dontae Lampkins boarding and exiting a bus two days before his body was discovered; A driver flees on foot after killing a motorcyclist in a hit and run; Tampa is looking to expand the streetcar system; and Pinellas County Deputies launched a new safety program for pedestrians and cyclists today

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Florida Focus News Brief March 7, 2017

In this news brief: A fire breaks out at Ringling College of Art and Design; A Hernando County couple has found the body of their missing son; Tampa Police are using a social media site for safety; Hillsborough County is holding a public forum on medical marijuana; IHOP is giving away free pancakes for National Pancake Day.

Florida Focus News Brief March 8, 2017

In this news brief: local activists are raising awareness this International Women’s Day; a bird strike forces a United flight to return to Tampa International Airport; Tampa police are investigating the shooting of two teens; Hillsborough County strikes down the cap on local medical marijuana dispensaries.

 

 

 

Florida Focus News Brief March 10, 2017

In this education brief: Scammers are targeting college students in an employment scheme; thousands of Pasco County students will be changing school; USF Osher Lifelong Learning Institute expands senior learning to Brandon; three more Pasco Schools have been accepted to the Cambridge Education Program; the college of education in USF is establishing its first computer game design class.

 

Florida Focus News Brief Feb. 23, 2017

In this news brief: home market tracker Zillow says Tampa has the nation’s third-fastest appreciating housing market; a man is arrested for swinging swords at a Brooksville Wal-Mart; Hillsborough’s Department of Health issues advisory warnings for two local beaches owing to the presence of enterococci bacteria; Publix, a Lakeland-based grocery chain, ranks third out of 100 companies for social responsibility and emotional appeal according to a national consumer survey; TripAdvisor ranks Clearwater beach number one in the nation and number 20 in the world.

 

Florida Focus News Brief: Feb. 22, 2017

In this news brief: A suspect is in custody for a series of gas station robberies; an  abortion lawsuit bill narrowly passes a Florida house panel;the first Sprouts Farmers Market in Florida is now open; Bradenton public transportation could be taking to the water; kids will now eat free at Steak N Shake any time any day.

Florida Focus News Brief Feb. 20, 2017

In this news brief: Deputies shot and killed a Hernando County man who broke into a home; a man is dead after a hit-and-run in Tampa; Pinellas County deputies have arrested a corrections officer for DUI; Body cam footage show a dramatic car rescue in Pasco County; the largest-ever traffic study ranks congestion in cities worldwide; the University of South Florida earns the 2016 Tree Campus USA.

Florida Focus News Brief Feb. 16, 2017

In this news brief: 11 year-old Jenna Irmler has Asperger’s Syndrome and was found 30 miles from her Brandon home today after reports that she was missing yesterday; a woman warned a burglar that she was armed, and shot him when he ignored her; Winn-Dixie is revamping their private label brands; Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office hosts “coffee with a cop” at a local McDonalds stay involved with the community.

Florida Focus News Brief Feb 15, 2017

In this news brief: a man is in custody today after fatally shooting a bar cook; a 15-year-old is accused of killing his mother’s boyfriend; forty two people are arrested in a Polk County undercover sex offender investigation; the Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department is closing their door due to violations; today is the second annual Florida Craft Beer Day.

Florida Focus New Brief Feb. 13, 2017

In this news brief: the search continues for a missing plane and its three passengers; an elderly woman escapes an early morning fire; one dog is shot and another is in animal control custody after a pit bull attacked a Lakeland Electric employee; Pasco County is exploring a new way to help their homeless population.

Florida Focus News Brief Feb. 8, 2017

In this news brief: A highwire accident injures Sarasota circus performers; Tampa’s fire department rescued a man from inside a garbage truck; A standing room-only crowd gathered to discuss new medical marijuana rules for Floridians; An apartment fire claims the lives of two dogs; Tampa police and fire rescue are making their television debut on a new reality show.

Florida Focus News Brief Feb. 6, 2017

In this news brief: President Donald Trump visits MacDill Air Force Base; a Bradenton man is in custody following a police standoff; Pasco County launches a recycling survey designed to better understand residents habits; a police dog and his partner are back to work.

 

Florida Focus News Brief Feb. 24, 2017

In this environment brief: the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission finds a Florida Panther outside its known breeding range; the Rising Tide Exhibit at Busch Gardens is developing sustainable aquaculture; the number of manatees killed in Florida reaches an all-time high; the Florida Aquarium and Cuba are working together to preserve coral reefs.