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Flood waters rush over roads in Pasco neighborhoods

The Anclote River is taking over roads and neighborhoods in New Port Richey as it rises to near-historic levels. Even without additional rai… → Read More

Port Richey residents rescued from homes by boat, truck

With small boats and tall vehicles that could push through the water, crews rescued residents of a Pasco County mobile home park from their … → Read More

Bush using Florida story for White House bid

In a new commercial for Jeb Bush, state Sen. Jack Latvala revives an old nickname. “The Speaker of the House coined the term Veto Corleone because no one is safe from Jeb Bush's veto pen,” Latvala said in the video. Latvala, a Republican, acknowledged he “didn’t always agree with him,” but called the former Florida governor → Read More

Tampa planner aims for cooler, walkable streets

City planner Jeff Speck’s vision for Tampa’s downtown involves cooler temperatures and more walking. → Read More

Bush picks Tampa for Florida campaign headquarters

Jeb Bush will operate his statewide campaign headquarters out of Tampa, he announced during an appearance Friday night. Bush was speaking at the Hillsborough County Republican Party's Lincoln Day d... → Read More

Bush gets help from long-time supporters

As Jeb Bush launches his campaign for president, he will have a long list of people to call on for help – not just donors and high-profile strategists, but loyal supporters on the ground who go bac... → Read More

Florida politicians using Snapchat

The social media app that gained fans for disappearing photos and messages is now popping up in politics. Snapchat is a new tool for candidates including Republicans Marco Rubio and Rand Paul and D... → Read More

Lightning official watch party tonight at Curtis Hixon Park for

Crews spent the day getting Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa ready for the News Channel 8 Bud Light Bolts watch party. → Read More

Lightning fans take Bolts fever to Tampa area offices

Office hours aren't keeping Lightning fans in Tampa Bay from showing off Bolts pride as their team makes a run for the Stanley Cup. “Got my Lightning tie on today, brought my jersey - all set to he... → Read More

Florida summit draws presidential candidates

Presidential candidates and possible candidates gathered in Orlando on Tuesday for a summit organized by Gov. Rick Scott on his signature topic: Jobs and the economy. “I asked all of them to come t... → Read More

New Stanley Cup Final signs going up in Tampa

New banners and signs announcing the Lightning's run for the Stanley Cup are rolling off presses in Tampa and going up around Tampa Bay. → Read More

Behind the scenes: How the big blue Bolts signs are made

Many of the Bolts signs hanging above Tampa Bay as the Lightning make their run for the Stanley Cup are created at Tampa company OAI. “It's definitely made it busier,” OAI sales manager Crystal Ric... → Read More

FBI says ISIS recruitment brings new online danger

After years of warning kids about strangers and sexual predators online, parents may now have another cyber worry: ISIS. “Just like a big corporation does when they're advertising their product or ... → Read More

Testing difficulties continue on how to grade Florida tests

This year's testing could be graded “I for incomplete,” Sen. John Legg said Wednesday. “Because we just don't know yet,” said Legg, the chair of the state Senate's education pre-K-12 committee. Stu... → Read More

Tampa Bay campaign aims to prevent child deaths

A new campaign aims to prevent child deaths in the Tampa Bay area from drowning, unsafe sleep habits and abusive head trauma from incidents such as shaken baby. The campaign includes the image of a... → Read More

Governor 'cautiously optimistic' on Florida's budget

Gov. Rick Scott said he is “cautiously optimistic” about Florida lawmakers coming up with a budget for the state. “I'm hopeful that this session will be successful,” Scott said during a stop in Tam... → Read More

Tampa Bay wrong-way suspect facing new charge

A Tampa Bay man accused in a wrong-way crash that killed a Plant City grandmother turned himself in on Thursday. → Read More

New rules for Uber, Lyft on hold in Hillsborough

The battle over ride-sharing continues Wednesday morning in the Bay Area. → Read More

Valrico woman accused of robbing 3 banks in less than 30 minutes

A 50-year-old Valrico woman claimed she robbed a series of banks Monday because she was in debt, authorities said Tuesday. Cindy Carabeo was arrested Monday when she arrived home after what deputie... → Read More

Police investigate two deaths on New College campus in Sarasota

Law enforcement are investigating two deaths on the campus of New College of Florida in Sarasota. → Read More