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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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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>>

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>>

Lakeland man charged with lewd and lascivious battery

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A Lakeland man is under arrest after investigators say a mother caught him having sex with her daughter in the girl’s bedroom.Justin Henry, 21, is charged with lewd and lascivious battery. More>>

Water main break opens hole in U.S. 301 Video included

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A water main break is causing huge traffic trouble in Riverview. The northbound lanes of U.S. 301 are shut down at the Alafia River. More>>

Jury to begin deliberating McTear trial Thursday Video included

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Guilty, or innocent? Closing arguments have wrapped up in the Richard McTear murder trial, and the jury is to return Thursday morning to receive instructions, and begin deliberating. More>>

Tracking illegal snakes in Florida Video included

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Wildlife officials say they have a permitting process for owning exotic animals, and it's in place to keep the public safe.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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