With the reports of five additional locally transmitted Zika virus infections in the state of Florida, including the first case in Pinellas County, US Representative for Florida’s 13th Congressional District, David Jolly had some things to say about calling on Congress to return to Washington, D.C. to pass a long-term Zika fundingContinue Reading

The number of sexually transmitted infections reported in Hillsborough County during the first six months of 2016 are being seen at increased numbers compared to the same period in 2015, according to newly published epidemiological data from the Hillsborough County Health Department (HCHD). Chlamydia is the most commonly reported bacterialContinue Reading

Parents across Florida shopping for the upcoming school year get a smaller, shorter back-to-school sales tax holiday than last year. The Florida 2016 Sales Tax Holiday is only this weekend as legislators rejected Gov. Rick Scott’s plan for ten full days. Florida state officials also recently voted to cut allowances on clothing,Continue Reading

The U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals for Cancer rankings were released Tuesday and it was amazing news for the Moffitt Cancer Center, now ranked at number six on the list, rising from number 18 in 2015, making the facility the top ranked cancer hospital in the Southeast and in the state ofContinue Reading

Move over Tampa, St. Petersburg looks like the front-runner to become home to the first Cuban consulate in the United States in more than five decades. The Cuban Consular General and his deputy from the embassy in Washington, D.C. visited St. Petersburg over the weekend, but they did more than justContinue Reading

A former Hillsborough County teacher headed to court Monday to face allegations of having sex with her student. Megan Connors is accused of sleeping with one of Turkey Creek Middle School students, a 15-year-old boy. Connors, 31, had the sexual relationship with the teen between January and February 2015. She rejected a plea dealContinue Reading

Tampa’s Ballast Point Park is full of Pokemon GO players, nearly everyday, nearly all day, as police are reporting traffic overflows and problems in the surrounding neighborhood. Ballast Point is considered a “one-stop shop” for players, because it boasts a PokeStop, Pokemon Gym, and a lot of Pokemon “spawn” in aContinue Reading

The University of Tampa’s ban all smoking and tobacco use on campus takes effect today. The policy, which was announced in January, bans smoking and use of tobacco of all types, including electronic cigarettes, chew tobacco, hookah, cigar and cigarette smoking. This ban includes all UT students, employees, including contractors,Continue Reading

A September 2014 sewer line break in St. Petersburg, Florida dumped 500,000 gallons untreated wastewater into neighborhoods and into Boca Ciega Bay and a team of University of South Florida (USF) researchers went to sample the waters and what they found was a little concerning. The lead researcher of a study published in theContinue Reading

Three employees of a Lakeland Walmart store are now facing manslaughter charges after an investigation into a shoplifter’s death. Police identified those arrested as Nathan Allen Higgins, Crucelis Nunez, Randall Eugene Tomko and charged them with the  manslaughter death of Kenneth Edger Wisham. On Thursday, Lakeland Police arrested store support manager Higgins,Continue Reading

In a developing story, Hillsborough sheriff’s detectives are investigating a fatal shooting of a woman identified as Ivonne Rivera-Ramis in Clair Mel City that includes two separate locations, one being the local McDonald’s. Rivera-Ramis, 42, was sitting in a vehicle with a passenger on Rivergate Drive when an unknown suspect shot atContinue Reading

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office identified the pregnant woman killed by a car Wednesday while crossing Gibsonton Drive from the Murphy USA gas station as Leanna Jean Mammen, nicknamed “Lili.” Isaac Rodriguez Velez was also identified as the driver of the Nissan Altima which struck Mammem. Police say Mammem, 21, died atContinue Reading

Indiana governor and GOP Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence visited the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay Tuesday, talking about taxes, cutting red tape, but avoided Donald Trump’s remarks describing some illegal immigrants from as “rapists” and “killers” (a stereotype proven accurate by some analysis.) “He didn’t address anything specific regarding the HispanicContinue Reading

Tampa Police say a missing runaway, Bryana Lemaire, has been found safe Wednesday morning and that Antwoine Noland, the “dangerous suspect” connected to the murder of Alica Fussell is in custody. Lemaire, 17, has been missing since July 17, reported missing by her family on July 22. Late yesterday, police announced thatContinue Reading