Evan Axelbank, FOX 13 Tampa Bay

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Recent articles by Evan:

Price spike could follow federal gas tax holiday, experts warn

At the highest levels of the U.S. government, suspending the national $.18-per-gallon tax on gasoline is being considered as a way to give struggling Americans some financial relief. Now economists are crunching the numbers to determine whether suspending the tax would help, hurt, or make no real difference. → Read More

FHP troopers target human traffickers in Hernando County

Two human trafficking operations have been busted on I-75 in Hernando County over the last week. → Read More

City of Tampa apologizes, settles with former Orlando Gudes aide for $200,000

The City of Tampa has apologized to an employee for the way she was treated by Councilor Orlando Gudes. The city has also settled with the victim for $200,000 after a report found that the former chair harassed her on multiple occasions and made inappropriate comments about her underaged daughter. → Read More

Former Tampa crime prevention program under investigation by Department of Justice

Under the "Crime Free" program, an arrest in a shooting like that would have triggered a notice to an apartment complex landlord that the culprit was living there. But 90% of 1,100 people flagged by the program were Black, and the Department of Justice (DOJ) said they will figure out whether the program effectively "made unavailable or denied housing units" to Black tenants. → Read More

Hillsborough commissioners vote to add transportation sales tax to November ballot

While commissioners approved the measure, it’ll ultimately be up to voters this Fall to decide whether to give a 1-cent sales tax increase the green light. The tax would be used to fund two decades worth of road, transportation and infrastructure projects. → Read More

Wastewater collection data could help track COVID-19 spread in Tampa

The city sends samples to a Massachusetts company called Biobot, which is collecting from three stations in Hillsborough County and 700 nationwide. Even though numbers in Florida are still relatively low, the data shows we are enduring a small wave in Hillsborough and nationwide. → Read More

Pro-hockey tournament shows the growth of women’s hockey in Bay Area

The Bay Area’s love of hockey is on display this weekend in Wesley Chapel. → Read More

Bay Area businesses warned by FBI to watch for suspicious chemical purchases

The FBI is not mincing words in its latest alert for businesses in the Tampa Bay area and around the country. In a letter to some local businesses, the FBI said, “Recent events have reinforced concerns about violent extremist activity in the United States.” → Read More

Tampa City Council embarks on contentious period after resignation

Councilor John Dingfelder resigned his at-large seat in order to comply with a lawsuit settlement over his handling of public records. An opponent of large apartment complexes near MacDill Air Force Base, he has been accused by developers of sending city-related emails from a private account. → Read More

Bay Area Ukrainians worried about relatives as war inches closer

Ukrainian Americans in Tampa Bay are holding their breath as Vladimir Putin gets closer to launching an invasion. → Read More

How long does omicron immunity last?

With cases of omicron in Florida dropping like a stone, the question now becomes- will they ever bounce back? → Read More

City of Tampa undertaking yet another noise ordinance

The city of Tampa is on the verge of making new rules for how much noise residents can make, and when. → Read More

Trial of Curtis Reeves: Theater shooting victim's wife recalls watching husband die

The wife of the man shot in a Pasco County movie theater in January 2014 took the stand on the first day of the trial of Curtis Reeves, the former Tampa police captain accused of pulling the trigger. After brief opening statements in the trial that was eight years in the making, Nicole Oulson recalled what it was like to watch her husband die. → Read More

Jesuit grad overcame 'hostile' road games, violence to become Univ. of Florida's first Black player

"Leonard George and the Tigers" debuts Tuesday at the Tampa Theatre and tells the story of the first Black football player at the University of Florida. He graduated from Jesuit High School in Tampa and recounts the struggles he and teammates endured -- and how teammates helped him overcome. → Read More

Florida's omicron cases back below highest delta level

Cases of COVID-19 in Florida are about to slip back underneath the highest number we saw during the Delta variant. → Read More

Protesters outside home of Brian Laundrie's parents could have faced charges under bill advancing in Florida

Scenes have unfolded at the home of Brian Laundrie's parents, a home owned by Derek Chauvin, the officer who killed George Floyd, and by anti-maskers at the home of a Brevard County school board member. Those protests could become illegal under a law advancing in the Florida Legislature. → Read More

Tampa teen wins right to abortion without parental consent

A Tampa teen has won her appeal in district court for the right to talk to a doctor about, and ultimately have a medical abortion without parental consent. Her original request was denied by a judge, based partially on "either a lack of intelligence or credibility." → Read More

Florida lawmakers favor secrecy in crucial part of lethal injection procedures

Along with lists of chemicals needed, and in what amounts, what happens inside the Florida State Prison during an execution is spelled out in a 14-page document. But the document does not say how, or from where, those chemicals are obtained. Lawmakers want to keep it that way. → Read More

James Webb telescope will soon let astronomers look back in time

After a million miles, the most powerful space telescope ever launched is in its final resting place, a million miles away. The James Webb Telescope is now four times as far from Earth as the moon, and it is ready to explore galaxies as they existed billions of years ago. → Read More

Poitier's impact felt by Bay Area filmmakers

Legendary actor Sidney Poitier died Friday at the age of 94 and his passing is being felt across the Bay Area. → Read More