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Sarasota County reports death from 'flesh-eating' bacteria

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One person in Sarasota County has died from a “flesh-eating bacteria,” officials there confirmed Tuesday. According to a spokesperson with the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County, the patient was middle-aged and had chronic health problems. The death comes amid concerns about the bacteria thriving in warmer water temperatures that arrive in the Florida summer months. More>>

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Missing dog found trapped under house Video included

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There was heartbreak in a Clearwater home when "Allie," a Shepherd mix, went missing -- that is, until her owners heard whimpering coming from under the house.
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Elevated expressways planned for Pinellas County Video included

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Imagine a drive from Pasco through Pinellas to Hillsborough County -- without ever hitting a single red light. It's going to happen, and work starts in 2017 with “The Gateway Project” in Pinellas. It will make non-stop connections of U.S. 19, the Bayside Bridge and Interstate 275.

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Crist, Scott setting records for unpopularity Video included

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Statistician Nate Silver earned a reputation for calling elections. His site, Fivethirtyeight.com, currently shows Florida's race for governor is a tossup. But it also shows Governor Rick Scott and Charlie Crist could make history for being so unpopular.
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Store employee shoots burglary suspect Video included

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A burglary suspect is recovering in the hospital after an employee shot him during a break-in early Tuesday morning, Tampa police said. More>>

Pilot in deadly beach crash 'deeply, deeply' sorry Video included

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Family and friends of 57-year-old Karl Kokomoor spoke to the media Tuesday on his behalf, and read a statement saying he didn't see anyone on the beach when he landed, and said he was "deeply" sorry for what happened.
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Florida Medical Association backs Medicaid growth Video included

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The powerful Florida Medical Association has come out in support of expanding Medicaid to roughly 1 million Floridians, choosing sides in a controversial political issue that has divided state lawmakers. More>>

Your guide to Florida's back-to-school tax-free weekend

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With classes on the cusp of resuming, Florida's sales tax holiday returns this weekend. Here's what savvy back-to-school shoppers need to know about their 72-hour window to save about seven percent on clothes, school supplies, and computers. More>>

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  • As veterans waited, VA gave bonuses to executives

    As veterans waited, VA gave bonuses to executives

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:23 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:23:15 GMT
    As Tampa Bay area veterans waited months or years for disability claims, and as patients endured excessive wait times at VA hospitals, the Department of Veterans Affairs rewarded top executives with performance bonuses.
    As Tampa Bay area veterans waited months or years for disability claims, and as patients endured excessive wait times at VA hospitals, the Department of Veterans Affairs rewarded top executives with performance bonuses.
  • The eclectic sights and sounds of Safety Harbor

    The eclectic sights and sounds of Safety Harbor

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:07 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:07:17 GMT
    With little shops and restaurants, it's a bit like Mayberry, but with an artsy twist. Homes and businesses explode with color, and artists are committed to creating a nurturing community.
    With little shops and restaurants, it's a bit like Mayberry, but with an artsy twist. Homes and businesses explode with color, and artists are committed to creating a nurturing community.
  • Tracking sharks, replacing fear with fascination

    Tracking sharks, replacing fear with fascination

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:13:14 GMT
    On a cold February day in 2012, a great white shark was caught and tagged off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida. Since then, the shark named “Lydia” by the OCEARCH team that tagged her, has traveled tens of thousands of miles. She’s been almost all the way to the United Kingdom and back, and she’s shattering long-held beliefs about where the sharks go, and why.
    On a cold February day in 2012, a great white shark was caught and tagged off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida. Since then, the shark named “Lydia” by the OCEARCH team that tagged her, has traveled tens of thousands of miles. She’s been almost all the way to the United Kingdom and back, and she’s shattering long-held beliefs about where the sharks go, and why.

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