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  • Worth it or wasted: West Tampa water tower

    Worth it or wasted: West Tampa water tower

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:24:52 GMT
    If you’re driving on Interstate 275 just west of downtown Tampa, a newly painted elevated water tower is hard to miss.
    If you’re driving on Interstate 275 just west of downtown Tampa, a newly painted elevated water tower is hard to miss.
  • Push for more auditing nets positive results, Florida CFO says

    Push for more auditing nets positive results, Florida CFO says

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:33 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:33:12 GMT
    Tallahassee is fewer than three hundred miles up the road, but sometimes it seems a world away from the Tampa Bay Area.However, there are billions of reasons to pay close attention to what happens in the State Capitol.
    Tallahassee is fewer than three hundred miles up the road, but sometimes it seems a world away from the Tampa Bay Area.However, there are billions of reasons to pay close attention to what happens in the State Capitol.
  • Worth it or wasted: state funds for pro bono cases

    Worth it or wasted: state funds for pro bono cases

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 11:07 PM EDT2014-07-10 03:07:18 GMT
    Sometimes a lawyer will take a case pro bono, agreeing to represent a client who can't afford the legal fees. This year's state budget set aside $250,000 for pro bono programs. Do you think those funds are worth it or wasted?
    Sometimes a lawyer will take a case pro bono, agreeing to represent a client who can't afford the legal fees. This year's state budget set aside $250,000 for pro bono programs. Do you think those funds are worth it or wasted?
  • Worth it or wasted: Highway Advisory Radio

    Worth it or wasted: Highway Advisory Radio

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 10:44 PM EDT2014-07-03 02:44:22 GMT
    It pays to be informed when you're driving down the interstate, and the Florida Department of Transportation is hoping you'll pay attention to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) when the lights are flashing.
    It pays to be informed when you're driving down the interstate, and the Florida Department of Transportation is hoping you'll pay attention to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) when the lights are flashing.
  • FDOT spends thousands on generators for I-75 signs

    FDOT spends thousands on generators for I-75 signs

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 10:20 PM EDT2014-07-02 02:20:54 GMT
    It's hurricane season and we all need to be prepared, which for some people includes generators in case a storm knocks out power. Florida's Department of Transportation is buying generators as well, and installing them along Interstate 75 in Manatee and Sarasota counties.
    It's hurricane season and we all need to be prepared, which for some people includes generators in case a storm knocks out power. Florida's Department of Transportation is buying generators as well, and installing them along Interstate 75 in Manatee and Sarasota counties.
  • Hillsborough paid school bus drivers not to drive

    Hillsborough paid school bus drivers not to drive

    Monday, June 16 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-06-17 01:47:01 GMT
    School bus drivers are paid to drive, but when the buses aren't working, drivers are paid to park themselves in a holding pattern. That's what documents obtained by FOX 13 show was happening in Hillsborough County toward the end of the school year.
    School bus drivers are paid to drive, but when the buses aren't working, drivers are paid to park themselves in a holding pattern. That's what documents obtained by FOX 13 show was happening in Hillsborough County toward the end of the school year.
  • Small Town Justice

    Small Town Justice

    FOX 13's Doug Smith reports
    FOX 13's Doug Smith reports
  • 'Unfair' tax break has some up in arms

    'Unfair' tax break has some up in arms

    Amendment 7 was passed in 2006 to offer a discount on property tax for veterans wounded in combat. But some say others are taking advantage of the discounts, and the numbers add up.
    Amendment 7 was passed in 2006 to offer a discount on property tax for veterans wounded in combat. But some say others are taking advantage of the discounts, and the numbers add up.
  • City ignored crosswalk veneer guidelines

    City ignored crosswalk veneer guidelines

    Most of us realize crosswalks are the safest place to cross city streets. To help mark the area, Tampa started putting down a red-colored fake brick product.
    Most of us realize crosswalks are the safest place to cross city streets. To help mark the area, Tampa started putting down a red-colored fake brick product. Some people like the way it looks, while others call it road waste. No matter how you feel about, the product certainly is not built to last like bricks.
  • Who is looking out for policyholders?

    Who is looking out for policyholders?

    Wednesday, 29 Feb 2012, 11:03 PM EST2012-05-08 02:01:23 GMT
    Property insurance is a hot button topic in Tallahassee, and it is the function of the Office of Insurance Regulation to look out for homeowners to ensure fair rates.
    Property insurance is a hot button topic in Tallahassee, and it is the function of the Office of Insurance Regulation to look out for homeowners to ensure fair rates.
  • Florida farm calendar is dust

    Florida farm calendar is dust

    Friday, 24 Feb 2012, 11:39 PM EST2012-05-08 02:01:52 GMT
    A FOX 13 investigation exposed wasteful government spending for an online farm calendar, but now, as a direct result of our investigation, the calendar is being scrapped.
    A FOX 13 investigation exposed wasteful government spending for an online farm calendar, but now, as a direct result of our investigation, the calendar is being scrapped.
  • $8-million calendar unnecessary, farmers say

    $8-million calendar unnecessary, farmers say

    Farmers need to know when to water and when to fertilize. We want to know why the state is spending $8-million on a new calendar that will help them figure that out -- especially since farmers say they don't need it.
    Farmers need to know when to water and when to fertilize. We want to know why the state is spending $8-million on a new calendar that will help them figure that out -- especially since farmers say they don't need it.
  • Shiny new crosswalks: Safer or a waste?

    Shiny new crosswalks: Safer or a waste?

    Tampa is making dozens of crosswalks along W. Kennedy Boulevard in the Westshore area of the city more visible by installing a new textured product that looks like painted brick.  But opinions are mixed on the product.
    Tampa is making dozens of crosswalks along W. Kennedy Boulevard in the Westshore area of the city more visible by installing a new textured product that looks like painted brick.  But opinions are mixed on the product.
  • Couple sues after lotto ticket typo means no money

    Couple sues after lotto ticket typo means no money

    An Ocala couple thought they had won the lottery. But their spirits were crushed when they got the bad news: Their scratch-off ticket had a typo, so they did not win the half-million dollars.  It's a mistake the state knew...
    An Ocala couple thought they had won the lottery. But their spirits were crushed when they got the bad news: Their scratch-off ticket had a typo, so they did not win the half-million dollars.  It's a mistake the state knew...
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