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Manatee County teen survives flesh-eating bacteria infection Video included

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The bacteria, Vibrio vulnificus, is mostly found in warm coastal waters and can enter the body through an open wound. That's what happened to 13-year-old Jake Ahlers of Manatee County. He got treated quickly and survived. Others have not been so lucky, and health officials want the public to be aware of the higher risk this time of year.
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Pinellas Park man sentenced in sex assault of 12-year-old

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A Pinellas Park man has been sentenced to nearly 37 years in prison for a vicious assault on a 12-year-old girl. A woman who held the victim down during the attack was also sentenced.

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Health insurance: check’s in the mail, but the rates may go up Video included

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You may soon get a pleasant surprise in your mailbox: federal statistics show nearly a million people in Florida are getting refund checks from their health insurance. But providers, including Humana and Florida Blue, have also announced plans to raise rates. More>>

Rash of break-ins in St. Pete neighborhood Video included

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Police say car burglars in St. Petersburg are tip-toeing their way to a big summer. Three neighborhoods have been targeted by car thieves 36 times over the last month. More>>

Police plan to use bikes as bait to catch thieves Video included

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Police in Gulfport are reaching for a new technology, after a 70% jump in bicycle thefts in 2014. They’ve dubbed them “bait bikes,” which is simply a bicycle equipped with a GPS tracking device. More>>

Wildlife officers working to trap invasive tegu lizards Video included

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A lizard that can grow up to four feet long is causing incalculable damage to Florida’s delicate ecosystem, and wildlife officials are on the hunt for them. More>>

Health officials warn of parasitic disease 'Crypto' in Pinellas Video included

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The Pinellas Health Department says reports of Cryptosporidium are on the rise. “Crypto” is a parasite that spreads easily in child-care settings and through swimming in contaminated water, according to the department. More>>

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  • Fire & police retirees to get bonus $9K check

    Fire & police retirees to get bonus $9K check

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:50 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:50:09 GMT
    Tampa police and firefighters are entitled to excellent pension benefits, but some are questioning if the benefits are a bit too generous.
    Tampa police and firefighters are entitled to excellent pension benefits, but some are questioning if the benefits are a bit too generous.
  • Sanctuary founders create safe space for exotic animals

    Sanctuary founders create safe space for exotic animals

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:14:29 GMT
    Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation is a little bit of Africa (and Asia) right here in Florida. And it's a life's dream come true for the couple who own and run it.
    Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation is a little bit of Africa (and Asia) right here in Florida. And it's a life's dream come true for the couple who own and run it.
  • 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.
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