Florida Focus News Brief April 13, 2017

In this news brief: crews in Pasco County are getting closer to containing four Pasco County wildfires; Pasco Sheriff’s Office is looking for two masked thieves who robbed a Wesley Chapel 7-11; a USF St. Petersburg historian is charged with child pornography; wildlife officials are asking parents to avoid buying ducks for Easter baskets; local tax service agencies like H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt will have extended business hours this weekend to help you file your taxes.

Florida Focus News Brief April 17, 2017

In this news brief: firefighters in Hernando County are still fighting a brush fire; a water shortage warning is in effect for South Florida; a man is in custody after he was found sleeping on a church roof; parents can now bring their obsolete car seats to Target; tax returns are due tomorrow and is bringing deals along with it.

Florida Focus News Brief March 21, 2017

In this news brief: a Riverview teen is charged with the murder of his mother; an undercover investigation leads to over 100 arrests; a man is sentenced to seven years in federal prison for scheming to sell Social Security checks; a new grocery service delivers Costco groceries without a membership.

 

Florida Focus Education Brief March 24, 2017

In this education brief: a St. Petersburg teacher is surprised with a $25,000 award; a local elementary school is providing for its students in and out of the classroom; some Bay Area teachers will be receiving a bonus through the Best and Brightest program; a new Riverview school is named after a civil rights activist.

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 Feb. 28, 2017

In this news brief: a bomb threat in Brooksville forces the evacuation of several businesses and a daycare; a Polk County woman dies in an early morning house fire; the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office releases new surveillance video of a car burglar; the 29th annual Black History celebration is at the Tampa Convention Center; over 500 sailors are racing from St. Pete to Cuba.

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 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. 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 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 Nov. 16, 2016

In this episode: a toddler is hospitalized after being shot, police believe it was accidental; the University of South Florida is warning students to stay alert after a student is robbed on campus; a 15 year-old is arrested in Manatee County for having marijuana stuffed down one sock, and meth stuffed down the other; Pasco County Fire Rescue is supplying and installing smoke detectors for those who need them; pig carcasses block northbound lanes on I-75.

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Florida Focus News Brief Nov. 10, 2016

In this episode: Devon Lee Freeman is in custody, charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting a Bradenton teen; Clearwater police are searching for a serial armed robber, suspected of hitting two Wal-Mart stores as well as a Seven-Eleven; a Disaster Recovery Center opens in Manatee County to assist victims of Hurricane Matthew; new bike lanes are coming to down town Tampa; the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate our veterans with camouflage warm-up jerseys, holiday cards from fans to troops overseas during the Lightning’s Military Night at Amalie Arena.

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