Melissa Marino, WFLA NEWS

Melissa Marino


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Past articles by Melissa:

What to expect as SCOTUS hears student loan forgiveness case today

(WFLA/NBC) — The Supreme Court will hear two cases Tuesday challenging President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan. The plan would forgive up to $20,000 in debt for more than 40 million Americans. According to NBC, one case was brought by six Republican-led states that say they would be harmed financially if the forgiveness program […] → Read More

Early voting begins today for City of Tampa municipal election

Starting Monday, Tampa voters can cast their 2023 City of Tampa Municipal Election ballot at any of seven Early Voting sites throughout the city. → Read More

Clearwater residents may get refunds after recycling issues

The Clearwater City Council has considered refunding residents who were charged for recycling that had been sent to the landfill for months. → Read More

Sebring bank massacre: Trial date set for Zephen Xaver after delay

More than four years after he allegedly gunned down five women at a bank in Sebring, a trial date has been set for Zephen Xaver. → Read More

Mayor refuses to hand over key to the city as Gasparilla pirates invade downtown Tampa

At high noon on Tuesday the pirates showed up downtown demanding the key to the city at Lykes Gaslight Square Park. → Read More

Coast Guard prepares for Gasparilla Pirate Invasion

The Gasparilla Pirate Invasion is just 9 days away, and it’s estimated more than 1,300 boats, ships and yachts of all sizes will take part in this years invasion. → Read More

Homes sales in Tampa fall nearly 20% in September

According to Stellar MLS, 692 homes were sold in Tampa in September, 165 fewer than were sold in August, a 19% drop in one month. → Read More

Tampa International suffers minimal roof damage, resuming operations after Hurricane Ian

Tampa International Airport will resume cargo operations Thursday at 7 p.m. and passenger operations at 10 a.m. Friday. → Read More

New affordable housing complex opening in Tampa for 20 families

Twenty families got a glimpse of what will soon be their new homes on Thursday. → Read More

Tampa man sentenced for boating crash that killed 12-year-old girl

On Thursday, a judge sentenced Andrew Miltner who convicted of killing a 12-year-old girl while authorities said he was boating reckless and under the influence. → Read More

DeSantis announces 3 new initiatives to address teacher shortage

On Tuesday Governor Ron DeSantis announced three proposals for the 2023 Legislative Session that aim to recruit teachers, including incentives for veterans and first responders. → Read More

Not a match, Plant City man still donates kidney to save woman’s life

A chance encounter, brought two Plant City families together, and it helped save a woman’s life. → Read More

City of Tampa promises largest Boom by the Bay yet

This year, the City of Tampa is hosting the largest Boom by the Bay firework show yet along Bayshore Boulevard. The city hired a different company to produce the show. → Read More

WFLA’s Paul Lamison throws first pitch to Brett Phillips at Rays game

News Channel 8’s own Paul Lamison threw the ceremonial first pitch to Brett Phillips at the Tampa Bay Rays baseball game against the Bruins Wednesday. → Read More

Tampa Bay kids take part in ‘Worlds Largest Swimming Lesson’

Event promotes how swim lessons can save lives. → Read More

Tampa kicks off Pride Month with ‘Love is Love’ community wedding

The City of Tampa kicked off pride month by hosting a “Love is Love” community wedding on Thursday. → Read More

Seffner boy takes first steps after being rescued from house fire

A family is celebrating some good news after a terrifying house fire in Seffner. → Read More

Tampa International Airport prepares for record summer travel

TPA prepares for a possible record summer travel season. → Read More

How to save money on gas as Florida reaches record-high prices

As gas prices reach record-high levels in Florida, consumers are looking for ways to save money. → Read More

Animal rescues struggle as pet surrenders increase due to rising costs

Bay Area animal rescues are struggling, as more people surrender their pets because of the rising costs and inflation. → Read More