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Highlands issues warning on ransom scams

Highlands issues warning on ransom scamsThe Highlands County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a ransom scam, where a caller gets information on someone from social media and then demands money for their safe return.
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  • 8 hours, 15 minutes ago
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Mom: Daughter paralyzed because of flu shot

Mom: Daughter paralyzed because of flu shotA mother blames the flu vaccine for infecting daughter with debilitating disease.
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  • 8 hours, 17 minutes ago
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Substitute teacher arrested in school parking lot

Substitute teacher arrested in school parking lotHillsborough County Schools spokesperson says a substitute teacher was arrested and fired on his very first day teaching at Davidsen Middle School.
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  • 10 hours, 56 minutes ago
Tech

Halloween apps help keep kids safe

Halloween apps help keep kids safeIf the spookiest part of Halloween for you is sending your little creatures out into the neighborhood, we have some great ideas for you.
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  • 12 hours, 40 minutes ago
Local

Drone industry could boom in Bay area

Drone industry could boom in Bay areaImagine Florida as the worldwide center for companies that build and fly drones. There's a group meeting in Tampa Bay now, working to make that happen.
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  • 12 hours, 59 minutes ago
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Pot business incubator opens its doors in Ybor

Pot business incubator opens its doors in YborCommon Bond Collaborative, a business designed to help foster marijuana-based businesses opens its doors in Ybor City.
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  • 13 hours, 11 minutes ago
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Program to keep babies safe while they sleep

Program to keep babies safe while they sleepMore than 100 infants died last year, deaths state health officials say could have been prevented with safer sleeping conditions.
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  • 13 hours, 45 minutes ago
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Pregnant woman wakes from coma, gives birth

Pregnant woman wakes from coma, gives birthA pregnant woman hit by a tow truck two weeks ago awoke from a coma and gave birth to a health baby girl.
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  • 13 hours, 50 minutes ago
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Indiana remains ID'd as missing Dunedin woman

Indiana remains ID'd as missing Dunedin womanA coroner has identified remains found in the backyard of a northwestern Indiana home as those of a missing Dunedin woman.
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  • 13 hours, 54 minutes ago
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Hillsborough sheriff to hold women's job fair

Hillsborough sheriff to hold women's job fairThe Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is holding a special one-day job fair to recruit women employees for a variety of positions.
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  • 14 hours, 41 minutes ago
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Nursing home employees accused of abuse

Nursing home employees accused of abuseKeeping an eye out for your loved ones when they are in somebody else's care: it's hard to do and unfortunately for one Winter Haven couple, they had to go to the extremes to make sure their dad -- who suffers from Alzheimer's -- was being cared for...
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  • 14 hours, 52 minutes ago
Traffic

Getting answers about Greenlight Pinellas

Getting answers about Greenlight PinellasWhat you need to know about Tuesday's Greenlight Pinellas referendum.
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  • 15 hours, 35 minutes ago
Local

USF talk over canceled African journalists visit

USF talk over canceled African journalists visitThe cancellation of a visit by journalists from Africa over the threat of Ebola has led to a campus conversation scheduled for Thursday at the University of South Florida's campus in St. Petersburg.
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  • 16 hours, 15 minutes ago
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Tips for having a safe Halloween

Tips for having a safe HalloweenTips and tricks for having a great Halloween!
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  • 17 hours, 8 minutes ago
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Halloween events around the area

Halloween events around the areaFun Halloween events!
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  • 17 hours, 12 minutes ago
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Halloween meal deals!

Halloween meal deals!Look at some great food deals around the area.
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  • 17 hours, 45 minutes ago
Florida

Toddler dies after alleged shaking at daycare

Toddler dies after alleged shaking at daycareAuthorities say a 15-month-old has died from injuries that happened at a Panhandle daycare center.
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  • 18 hours, 49 minutes ago
Local

New App: text emergencies to dispatchers

New App: text emergencies to dispatchersNew App: text emergencies to dispatchers
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  • 19 hours, 58 minutes ago
News

Sex Offenders Database

Sex Offenders DatabaseClick here to look up sex offenders in your area.
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  • 20 hours, 40 minutes ago
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MISSING: Norman Henry Cole

MISSING: Norman Henry ColePolk County Sheriff's Office detectives are asking for the public's help in locating a missing and endangered elderly adult.
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  • 1 day, 1 hour ago
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New app to help you report neighborhood crime

New app to help you report neighborhood crimeSee something suspicious? Grab your smartphone. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is going digital. Deputies want you to text them your crime tips- through its new App called "Tip 411."
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Man shot in the arm overnight in Tampa

Man shot in the arm overnight in TampaThe Tampa Police Department is currently investigating a shooting that happened outside of the Corner Club located at 15th St. N. and E. Sligh Ave.
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Tampa parish builds church in Cuba

Tampa parish builds church in CubaCuba has allowed the construction of the first church in 55 years and amended its constitution to allow for it. Sacred Heart Catholic Church will be built in Sandino and it's because of efforts from a congregation in Tampa.
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Lakeland officer found not guilty of sexual battery

Lakeland officer found not guilty of sexual batteryFormer Lakeland police officer Julio Pagan was found not guilty of armed sexual battery by a law enforcement officer, but guilty of armed aggravated stalking on Wednesday.
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Report: RNC in Tampa distracted Red Cross storm response

Report: RNC in Tampa distracted Red Cross storm responseThe Red Cross botched aid efforts after Hurricane Isaac and Superstorm Sandy and part of the problem was its focus on the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa.
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  • 1 day, 8 hours ago
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Sarasota scientists maybe find Alzheimer's breakthrough

Sarasota scientists maybe find Alzheimer's breakthroughSarasota scientists maybe find Alzheimer's breakthrough
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Warning: Job search scam could cost you

Warning: Job search scam could cost youWarning: Job search scam could cost you
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Health

World Stroke Day boosts awareness

World Stroke Day boosts awarenessWednesday, October 29th is World Stroke Day. Groups are urging people to learn the warning signs of stroke.
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  • 1 day, 12 hours ago
Traffic

UPDATE: All lanes back open on Roosevelt

UPDATE: All lanes back open on RooseveltAll lanes are back open on Roosevelt Boulevard, following a crash involving a PSTA bus during Wednesday evening's rush hour.
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  • 1 day, 13 hours ago
Politics

Wyllie in governor's race to win

Wyllie in governor's race to winLibertarian Adrian Wyllie says he can be Florida's next governor and promises to cut the state budget and end property taxes.
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  • 1 day, 13 hours ago
Rays

Report: Maddon set to become Cubs manager

Report: Maddon set to become Cubs managerThe Chicago Cubs are reportedly close to naming a new manager, and it's a familiar face to us: Joe Maddon.
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  • 1 day, 13 hours ago
Local

Treasure Island businesses fed up with homeless

Treasure Island businesses fed up with homelessBusiness owners in Treasure Island are tired of the homeless people bothering their customers. Police have increased patrols.
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  • 1 day, 14 hours ago
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Cuba builds first new church in 55 years

Cuba builds first new church in 55 yearsCuba has allowed construction of the country's first new Catholic church in 55 years, the church said this week.
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Black rhino enjoys pumpkins for Halloween

Black rhino enjoys pumpkins for HalloweenAs part of his daily enrichment, the animal care team provided several pumpkins for Forest!
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  • 1 day, 15 hours ago
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Second chance for two dogs that attacked, killed another

Second chance for two dogs that attacked, killed anotherThe owner of two dogs is getting only a warning after the German shepherds attacked and killed another dog at a gas station.
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Parents react to boy bringing knife to school

Parents react to boy bringing knife to schoolAccording to the school's code of conduct any student who brings a weapon to school will be expelled for a year.
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Time running out to name this baby hippo!

Time running out to name this baby hippo!There's just one day left to cast your vote in naming the baby hippo at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo!
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Teacher asks Brevard Schools to recognize gay marriage

Teacher asks Brevard Schools to recognize gay marriageDaniel Wall-DeSousa says he believes changing the policy would create a trickle-down effect, from extending district benefit to same-sex spouses to better protecting students who are bullied for being gay.
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  • 1 day, 17 hours ago
Florida

Reporter-turned-Congressional candidate avoids questions

Reporter-turned-Congressional candidate avoids questionsA Congressional candidate was critical of campaign donations going to personal profits; even while doing it himself.
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  • 1 day, 17 hours ago
Politics

Crist talks education, middle class, leaving GOP

Crist talks education, middle class, leaving GOPCharlie Crist, running as a Democrat for governor, talks about his motivation and focus during this campaign.
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  • 1 day, 18 hours ago
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Pitchfork protest against Duke Energy makes its "point" in St. Pete

Pitchfork protest against Duke Energy makes its "point" in St. PeteChanting protesters wave plastic pitchforks and signs at Duke Energy, accusing the energy giant of "sticking" customers.
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  • 1 day, 19 hours ago
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Give a dentist your Halloween candy

Give a dentist your Halloween candyGive your extra Halloween candy to a local dentist for this year's Halloween Candy Buy Back program to benefit the troops.
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  • 1 day, 19 hours ago
High School Sports

Injured St. Pete football player receives support

Injured St. Pete football player receives supportThe Northeast High School football player who lost much of his right leg following an in-game injury is receiving an outpouring of support.
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  • 1 day, 20 hours ago
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Pinellas detectives looking for credit card thief

Pinellas detectives looking for credit card thiefThe suspect was then seen using the victim's credit card between the hours of 3:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 1.
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Plane leaves mysterious substance on car

Plane leaves mysterious substance on carLuckily, the person responsible for the mess has already said he will help clean it up.
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Tampa Bay job fair is today!

Tampa Bay job fair is today!From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. over 50 local employers will be looking for new employees,
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  • 1 day, 21 hours ago
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All SB lanes now open, one NB lane blocked on US-19 south of Curlew Rd. in Dunedin

All SB lanes now open, one NB lane blocked on US-19 south of Curlew Rd. in DunedinAll Southbound lanes are now open. One northbound lane remains blocked. Expect heavy delays.
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  • 1 day, 23 hours ago
Florida

Bright House to increase broadband speeds for free

Bright House to increase broadband speeds for freeCustomers of Bright House Networks can expect speedier broadband Internet speeds beginning in December — at no additional costs.
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Local

Email debate heats up Sarasota school race

Email debate heats up Sarasota school raceThe teachers union files complaints against School Board member Bridget Ziegler over email solicitations.
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  • 2 days, 7 hours ago
News

Why robots may steal your job

Why robots may steal your jobAutomation is coming: robots aren't taking over, but a USA Today investigation shows why they're taking Florida jobs.
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  • 2 days, 7 hours ago
Local

Student, 16, charged in bomb threat

Student, 16, charged in bomb threatA 16-year-old girl has been arrested after a note was found that carried a threat to blow up Lake Placid High School. She has been suspended.
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  • 2 days, 7 hours ago
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Lakeland 5th-grader threatened at school

Lakeland 5th-grader threatened at schoolLakeland 5th-grader threatened with knife at school
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  • 2 days, 7 hours ago
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Bay area mothers ets meds in California

Bay area mothers ets meds in CaliforniaMothers pushing for yes voter on the medical marijuana spent two weeks in California treating children with medical cannabis.
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Browser history might affect fares, rates

Browser history might affect fares, ratesBefore you make your holiday travel plans, it turns out some of the most popular online booking websites aren't exactly being fair when it comes to pricing.
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  • 2 days, 7 hours ago
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Vet removes dog's eye without permission

Vet removes dog's eye without permissionA dog owner got a call on Monday that shook her to the bone.
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  • 2 days, 9 hours ago
Investigations

City rethinks red light cameras as revenue drops

City rethinks red light cameras as revenue dropsNew Port Richey rethinking red light camera program after yellow lights extended and revenue dropped.
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  • 2 days, 12 hours ago
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Mother of child slapped at daycare speaks

Mother of child slapped at daycare speaksAn employee at Happy Land Daycare has been arrested for hitting a child in the face.
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  • 2 days, 12 hours ago
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Thieves grab $50,000 in coins from Sarasota show

Thieves grab $50,000 in coins from Sarasota showA team of thieves stole at least $50,000 in gold coins from a Clearwater dealer over the weekend during a show in Sarasota.
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  • 2 days, 13 hours ago
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Former Lakeland officer on trial for sexual assault

Former Lakeland officer on trial for sexual assaultJulio Pagan is charged with sexually assaulting a woman twice while he was on-duty, in uniform and armed.
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  • 2 days, 14 hours ago
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Port of Tampa has Ebola safety plan

Port of Tampa has Ebola safety planA tanker is getting a lot of double takes while in Tampa's port mainly because of the markings showing it's home port is Monrovia, located in Liberia.
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  • 2 days, 14 hours ago
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Prosecutor: Band member led FAMU beating

Prosecutor: Band member led FAMU beatingA prosecutor said Tuesday that a former band member charged in the death of a Florida A&M University drum major was the chief organizer of a brutal hazing ritual that has been a secret tradition at the school for years.
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  • 2 days, 14 hours ago
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Lockdown lifted at Bartow High School

Lockdown lifted at Bartow High SchoolThe lockdown at Bartow High School has been lifted following the report of a possible weapon seen on campus.
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  • 2 days, 15 hours ago
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Winter Haven police need help finding teen runaway

Winter Haven police need help finding teen runawayWinter Haven Police are asking for the public's help in locating 14 year-old Layla Soleil Fernandez.
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  • 2 days, 16 hours ago
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St. Pete deputies arrest couple for drug trafficking

St. Pete deputies arrest couple for drug traffickingTuesday morning, St. Petersburg Police Vice and Narcotics officers served a search warrant and arrested 31-year-old Tom Kelly, Jr.and his girlfriend, 26-year-old Nicole Cherie Caudill on drug trafficking charges.
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  • 2 days, 17 hours ago
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Don't get tricked while trick or treating!

Don't get tricked while trick or treating!Tampa Police created a series of Zombie videos to remind you about the dangerous criminals that may be lurking in your neighborhood.
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  • 2 days, 18 hours ago
Health

Stroke awareness saves lives, improves outcomes

Stroke awareness saves lives, improves outcomesThe American Stroke Association urges people to learn the signs of stroke and take them seriously.
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  • 2 days, 18 hours ago
Local

UPDATE: Husband accused of killing wife caught

UPDATE: Husband accused of killing wife caughtSt. Petersburg Police say the man suspected of killing his wife in South St. Pete has been caught in Jacksonville.
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  • 2 days, 18 hours ago
Local

Gas station armed robbery; suspect on the loose

Gas station armed robbery; suspect on the looseOn Sunday at approximately 4:15 p.m., an Armed Robbery occurred at the Chevron station located at 30328 Cortez Boulevard in Brooksville.
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  • 2 days, 19 hours ago
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UPDATE: Mulch fire in Pinellas Park put out

UPDATE: Mulch fire in Pinellas Park put outTwo ladder trucks responded and after four hours battling the fire, the mulch pile was pulled apart and water was poured over the smoldering pile.
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  • 2 days, 19 hours ago
Traffic

NB Howard Frankland reopened after crash

NB Howard Frankland reopened after crashA crash in the northbound lanes on the Howard Frankland Bridge caused major delays during rush hour Tuesday morning.
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  • 2 days, 19 hours ago
Local

Woman hurt, dog killed by two others

Woman hurt, dog killed by two othersA woman is recovering from a dog bite Monday night after she tried to defend her dog as it was being attacked and killed by two others.
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  • 2 days, 20 hours ago
Traffic

Driver injured in Lakeland crash near I-4

Driver injured in Lakeland crash near I-4Lakeland Police report all lanes on W Memorial Blvd. to I-4 at Crutchfield Road in Lakeland are closed due to a crash.
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  • 2 days, 22 hours ago