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Past articles by Kate:

Economy thrives, while median wages remain the same

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - By most standards, the economy is thriving. Home prices are soaring, and the markets are hitting new highs. → Read More

Florida complies with some, but not all, of Trump's voter data request

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - "I've received some phone calls and emails from voters with concerns about the request," said Sarasota County's supervisor of elections, Ron Turner. → Read More

Sarasota City Commission to consider banning medical marijuana dispensaries

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Debbie Ezelle's 14-year-old daughter Alexis is non-verbal and suffers from seizures, a metabolic disorder and autism. → Read More

Severe rip currents lead to unusually high number of marine rescues

COQUINA BEACH, FL (WWSB) - At Coquina Beach, lifeguards scan the shoreline for rip currents. → Read More

City of Sarasota considers shifting to renewable energy by 2045

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - "We kind of think of the effects of climate change are out in the future, but in reality, it's already happening here," said Siesta Key resident → Read More

New law cracks down on dealers of synthetic opioids

MANATEE CO., FL (WWSB) - Patricia Griffeth lost her brother Larry Simpson to an overdose in 2015. The autopsy showed a synthetic opioid called fentanyl, which is 50 times more → Read More

Sarasota Police Dept. launches internal investigation into the way a hit and run case was handled

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Jennifer Manus was on her way to work at about 5 a.m. on May 7 when a driver turning off of Tamiami Trail hit her car. → Read More

Governor Scott calls special session to rework Florida's budget

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Governor Rick Scott is calling for a special legislative session over Florida's proposed budget, after vetoing $410 million in projects that he feels don't benefit Florida → Read More

Siesta Key Reacts to MTV Reality Show

SIESTA KEY, Fla. (WWSB)--Siesta Key is known for white sand beaches, small town living and soon an MTV reality show. → Read More

Lido Beach sees shrinking shoreline following recent storm

LIDO KEY, FL - Strong winds and waves on Wednesday left beaches cluttered and a few mobile homes damaged. Meanwhile Lido beach saw a different kind of damage. The storm → Read More

Sarasota County considers new approach to the issue of affordable housing

SARASOTA CO., FL - Each year, the First Congregational United Church of Christ joins dozens of other churches in choosing a social topic to focus on for the year. It's → Read More

Friends remember Siesta teenager who was fatally hit by a car

SARASOTA, Fla.-- It was the evening of March 13th when Sarasota Police say a 15-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy were hit by a car on Siesta Drive. The two were → Read More

SPECIAL REPORT: Where and when you are most at risk on crash prone I-75

Crashes on I-75 in Sarasota and Manatee Counties → Read More

TONIGHT at 5 pm: When and where you're most at risk on crash prone I-75

SARASOTA, Fla.-- Since April of last year, I-75 saw nearly 1,400 total crashes on an 80 mile stretch of interstate from Northern Manatee County to Southern Sarasota County. → Read More

The fight isn't over for Florida patients using medical marijuana

FLORIDA (WWSB) - Medical Marijuana is legal for thousand of patients in Florida thanks to the passing of Amendment 2, but for many the fight isn't over. → Read More

Sarasota Montessori school under investigation for alleged Sunshine Law violation

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WWSB)--The state attorney's office is now investigating an alleged sunshine law violation at a Suncoast charter school. This follows an increasingly tense dispute between the school and → Read More

Florida ranks first in nation for reported cases of fraud

SARASOTA Co., Fla. -- "Never," said Tuten, shaking her head. "I've heard of identity theft and things like that and I always thought nobody wants my identity." → Read More

Palmetto woman faces charges of adoption fraud after deputies say she lied about pregnancy

BRADENTON, Fla.--A Palmetto woman is in custody and faces charges of adoption fraud after the Manatee County Sheriff's Office says she lied about being pregnant. It was October of last → Read More

Car burglars target Sarasota dog park

SARASOTA, Fla.-- "I never in a million years thought of this as being unsafe. Not ever," said Judith Justin of the 17th Street Paw Park. → Read More

Friends and neighbors hold vigil for Palmetto murder victim

PALMETTO, Fla.-- It was Monday when investigators discovered what they believe to be the remains of Tricia Freeman, buried in a shallow grave in a field more than 150 miles → Read More