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Police officer shot and killed in Florida Sunday

Tarpon Springs - The Pinellas County Sheriff's Department is reporting that a Tarpon Springs police officer was shot and killed this morning. The shooting took place at 3 a.m. this morning on Grand Avenue, according to Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cecilia Berreda.

Go south for the winter to St. Augustine, Florida Special

Saint Augustine - Wintertime may be the perfect season for those living in colder climates to head south. A scenic and historic destination worth the trip is St. Augustine. One landmark in America's first city is America's first parish and there are many others to see.

Florida gives Satanists right to erect 'Angel in Hellfire' scene

Miami - In 2013, Florida passed a law which gave equal representation to Christians, Jews, secular humanists, atheists, and Pastafarians, thus allowing them to construct testaments to their own faith (or lack thereof) on the grounds of the state Capitol.

The Sabal Trail Pipeline: Were there other options? Commissioned

The many critics of Florida’s Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline have already made numerous compelling arguments why the project is an unnecessary boondoggle.

Florida public school sets grade minimum

A public school in Florida has instituted a hard floor along its grading scale to help students pass classes that they were on the brink of failing.

Holiday Fla. sinkholes growing in number

Holiday - Several residents of the Pasco Mobile Home Park in Holiday, Florida have taken up temporary residence at a local hotel because of the fear of additional sinkholes forming in their neighborhood.

Fascinating history found at the Castillo de San Marcos Special

Saint Augustine - Built by Spaniards on Matanzas Bay between 1672 and 1695, the Castillo de San Marcos (Castle of Saint Mark) is a remarkable historical site. View a sample of the sights offered at this fortress.

Seniors hold the key to Florida’s marijuana vote

Tallahassee - Citizens in Florida are deciding, as part of the U.S. midterm elections, whether to legalize medical marijuana. Poll watchers think that seniors are key to the outcome rather than younger people.

A menu of St. Augustine, Florida restaurants to choose from Special

Saint Augustine - Restaurants in the oldest city in America feature everything from luscious seafood to traditional Cuban and Spanish favorites served in Florida’s oldest restaurant. The selections showcased will make your mouth water.

Police flush out man accused of stealing restaurant plumbing

St. Petersburg - St. Petersburg, Fla. police have arrested a homeless man accused of stealing plumbing parts from toilets in a number of restaurants in the area. The alleged thief is one Brian Rinda, said to be 28 years old.

The Public, or the Utilities: Florida PSC’s True Customer Commissioned

Inside the story of when Florida Power & Light announced its selection of Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC. to build a $3 billion, 500-mile natural gas pipeline through three states.

World OutGames Miami launches crowdfunding effort

Miami Beach - The WorldOut Games has announced they are launching a crowdfunding effort to aid participants who are in need of assistance to attend the event in Miami, Fla., in 2017.

Snake in the dashboard causes scare on I-95 in Virginia

Two men driving a U-Haul truck from New Hampshire to Florida got quite a scare Friday morning when a snake poked its head out of the dashboard. To make matters worse, the men were driving along heavily-traveled Interstate 95 in Virginia.

Den of deadly venomous snakes seized in Florida home

West Palm Beach - Responding to a complaint from a neighbor, police in West Palm Beach Florida, found themselves in a home that was a virtual den of snakes. They also found the owner of said snakes, who seemed to have trouble keeping his story straight.

Mother drives with baby in trunk to avoid being cited

A 19-year-old Florida mother drove with her five-month-old infant in the trunk of her car to avoid being cited for not having a car seat.

Op-Ed: The Red Cross — Talking with Volunteer first responders Special

Between 2012 and 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that 62.2 million Americans volunteered in some way. This is one-fifth of the country's population giving approximately eight billion hours at a value of $173 billion.

Court shuts downs $11 million diploma mill in Florida

For years, a few companies in Florida have been offering high school "diplomas" from "accredited" schools to consumers for a flat fee.

Citrus greening hits Florida's orange supply

Miami - Florida produced 104 million boxes of oranges last year. This was half the amount from 10 years ago. The reason? An infection called citrus greening.

Mom turned in by 7-year-old son for allegedly cooking meth

Edgewater - A Florida mom faces drug and child neglect charges after her son revealed "mommy's bad stuff" in the trunk of her car to their landlord.

Photo Essay: Christmas in America's oldest city – St Augustine Special

Twinkling lights, twinkling eyes and happy faces await those who wish to go back in time and experience the holidays as the first settlers in America did nearly 450 years ago in St. Augustine, Fla.

Florida’s Public Service Commission does everything but serve the public Commissioned

In Florida, as in most states, utility companies wield enormous power over both consumers and the elected officials who are meant to regulate them. This influence inevitably leads to conflicts of interest.

Op-Ed: Ten years later, photographer still remembers Hurricane Charley Special

Punta Gorda - It was 10 years ago that a reported tropical storm Charley was to make landfall about 90 miles north of Tampa as a weak category 2 hurricane. Instead, it made a sudden sharp right-hand turn and 30 minutes later, hit Charlotte Harbor as a category 4 storm.

Cat-eating Burmese python captured in Florida

Port St. Lucie - They can grow up to 23-feet long and weigh up to 200 pounds, and they are the apex predator of Florida's Everglades. We're talking about the Burmese python, a non-native species that has gotten loose, reproduced and taken over our southernmost state.

Monstrous red tide bloom moves in on Florida

A monstrous red tide bloom, the largest seen in Florida since 2006 is advancing on the state's beaches. It has already killed thousands of fish in the Gulf of Mexico, and officials are now concerned about health risks if it washes ashore.

Florida enacts lionfish ban, but is it too little, too late?

Fort Myers - If you want to see a perfect eating machine in action, you can hardly do better than watching a hungry lionfish. Since its introduction into the Atlantic off the Florida coast in the 1980's and 1990's, the fish has been on a disastrous feeding frenzy.

Florida father who beat son's sexual abuser now wants donations

Daytona Beach - Some who applauded the Daytona Beach father who battered a man he'd allegedly caught sexually abusing his son last week are now starting to retract their praise after seeing that he later tried to capitalize off the situation via crowd sourcing.

She's bluesy, ballsy, beautiful and brilliant – meet Beebs Special

Beebs and Her Money Makers are a funk, soul band with a slight twist of ska who are playing the Journeys/Warhead stages on this year's Vans Warped Tour.

Florida father pummels accused pederast

Daytona Beach - All men are innocent until proven guilty in the eyes of the law, but that didn't stop one Florida father from delivering swift, violent justice on a man he allegedly found touching his son.

Man claims he snapped photo of two-headed alligator

Recently some images of a two-headed alligator have surfaced, and they have caused a stir on the Internet, and have people questioning whether or not the images are real.

Florida inmates smuggle gun into prison to shoot themselves

Lake City - To paraphrase the poet Robert Burns, "the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry." Two Florida inmates can testify to that as an elaborate scheme to get their sentences reduced by shooting each other was a bust.
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