Deanne Roberts, WFLA NEWS

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Charleston, SC, United States

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Past articles by Deanne:

State-run COVID-19 testing sites close Thursday ahead of Tropical Storm Isaias

All state-supported coronavirus testing sites will temporarily close as the state braces for possible impacts from Tropical Storm Isaias. → Read More

University Mall demolition: JC Penney out, RITHM at Uptown on its way in

The old JC Penney inside of the University Mall is being ripped a part and turned into a new mixed use office space. → Read More

Forgotten cemetery may be under Tropicana Field, city officials say

The city of St. Petersburg believes graves may be under the parking lots of Tropicana Field and wants to hire archaeologists to search for possible remains. → Read More

Fireworks at home: Safety tips to help avoid mishaps

With Tampa Bay’s patriotic July 4 fireworks traditions canceled due to coronavirus, fire officials are preparing for a busier than normal holiday weekend. → Read More

Experts: PPP program flawed, shuts out minority businesses

According to lending experts, flaws within the federal Paycheck Protection Program are shutting out minority and woman small business owners. → Read More

Dalí museum reopens with COVID-19 safety measures

After being forced to shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Salvador Dalí museum is back open for business. → Read More

NASA invents wearable device that reminds you not to touch your face

The space agency created a wearable item to remind people not to touch their face, something that can significantly increase their risk of infection. → Read More

Economic relief money available for Hillsborough businesses

Millions of dollars worth of economic relief money is now available for Hillsborough County businesses impacted by COVID-19. → Read More

Testing demand rises, but more staffing needed; Hillsborough County calls on state for help

Hillsborough County leaders are battling a COVID-19 complication involving a lack of people administering tests, which is causing sites to shut down early and angering citizens. → Read More

Ring can predict symptoms of COVID-19, company says; NBA to try it on players

The maker of the Oura Ring says it can track a user's health data and even predict if users are about to show symptoms of the coronavirus. → Read More

Slay it Proud: Taking the brand to new heights amid racial climate

A young entrepreneur is using her brand as a way to fight for justice amid the nation’s racial climate. → Read More

BayCare expert answers your coronavirus questions

Dr. Laura Arline is BayCare’s Chief Quality Officer. She meets with a team of doctors daily to discuss all things coronavirus-related. → Read More

Tampa photographer offering free headshots for black-owned businesses

A Tampa photographer is offering free headshots for black-owned businesses during the month of June. → Read More

Tax deadline approaching: Here’s everything you need to know

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The last day to file taxes is 30 days away after the Treasury Department moved the deadline to help Americans impacted by COVID-19. Due to COVID-19, the final day to file one’s taxes is July 15th. With 30 days away, 8 On your Side spoke to Rolanda McDuffie, Certified Public Accountant, […] → Read More

Busch Gardens reopens today; online reservations, masks required

Busch Gardens is set to reopen on Thursday, but the experience will be a little different. → Read More

Lakeland BLM group hosts reform panel with law enforcement

LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) – After 14 days of protesting, Polk County’s Black Lives Matter group is meeting with local law enforcement to continue the reform conversation. A cry for justice and equality is sweeping the nation after the death of George Floyd, 46. Floyd died while officials say former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pinned […] → Read More

Experts: How to talk to your kids about racism and police brutality

8 On Your Side spoke to clinical psychologist, Dr. Nekeshia Hammond. Hammond has studied and counseled many families on race relations for more than a decade. Protests loom after George Floyd, 46 died while in Minneapolis police custody and frustrations are building over centuries of racial injustice. With that in mind, Hammond says now is the time for parents to do their part. → Read More

Black-owned Tampa business rebuilds after looters attack

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The locally owned shoe store, Shoe Mountain, is rebuilding after looters broke in and robbed the store Saturday. Instead of protesting the death of an unarmed black man while in police custody, a mob of 40-50 looters broke into Shoe Mountain, a locally black-owned business. “They broke down our front gate […] → Read More

HCA Healthcare nurses protest alleged layoff threats

HCA Healthcare workers across Tampa Bay are protesting after they say HCA threatened to lay off employees and cut their pay. → Read More

Federal grant helps USF researchers develop technology to stop virus spread

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A team of researchers at the University of South Florida received a federal grant to go toward groundbreaking technology that could stop the spread of COVID-19. The National Science Foundation has awarded an interdisciplinary team of scientists from the University of South Florida a rapid response grant. This grant will advance […] → Read More