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Brown bear cubs play with their mother, Mia, at a wildlife park on April 27, 2007, in Poing, Germany. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Wildlife Agency Kills Several Bears After Attack

LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) — A wildlife officer fatally shot several bears that exhibited dangerous behavior during an investigation of an attack in a central Florida neighborhood. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said […]

CBS Tampa–04/14/2014

Florida had the nation's second-highest rate of residents without health insurance with almost 1 out of 4 Floridians lacking it, according to new U.S. Census figures released Thursday. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Plan Would Change Payments For Mental Health Care

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature is considering a plan that would change the way the state pays to treat people who need emergency mental health care, a move critics say would gut the […]

CBS Tampa–04/14/2014

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Bears Are Leaving Winter Dens, Looking For Food

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida wildlife officials are warning residents to be on the lookout for bears on the move. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says bears are leaving their winter dens and […]

CBS Tampa–04/13/2014

18 state reps asking Obama administration to add 5 types of giant snakes to an existing federal python ban. (Getty Images)

Rare Snake From Puerto Rico Found In Florida Shipment

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s hotline for reporting sightings of invasive species led to the recovery of an endangered snake native to Puerto Rico. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, a Tampa […]

CBS Tampa–04/13/2014

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Florida Senate Passes Textbook Bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s school districts will be required to review and select textbooks under a bill passed by the Florida Senate. The Senate on Friday voted 21-19 for the bill which was pushed […]

CBS Tampa–04/11/2014

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Medicaid Enrollment Rising In Fla., Esp Among Kids

MIAMI (AP) — Florida’s Republican lawmakers remain staunchly opposed to expanding Medicaid. But as the Legislature remains deadlocked, Florida’s Medicaid rolls are expanding under the Affordable Care Act. An additional 245,000 Floridians signed up for […]

CBS Tampa–04/10/2014

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In-State Tuition Bill Moves On Despite Close Vote

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Senate panel is narrowly backing a proposal to allow qualified Florida students to pay in-state college tuition rates even if they are in the country illegally. But the 8-5 vote […]

CBS Tampa–04/09/2014

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Coast Guard Airlifts Sick Man From Cruise Ship

MIAMI (AP) — The United States Coast Guard says a 44-year-old man is in stable condition after being airlifted from a cruise ship off the coast of Pompano Beach. A medical crew aboard the Carnival […]

CBS Tampa–04/09/2014

If approved, new students in Fall 2015 would be required to pay for health insurance. (Getty Images)

University Of Central Florida May Require Health Insurance For All New Students

UCF official says 1 in 5 students does not have insurance.

CBS Tampa–04/03/2014

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Warning Shot Bill Passes Senate Floor

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Senate has approved the so-called ‘warning shot’ bill, which now heads to Gov. Rick Scott to be signed into law. The bill passed 32-7 on Thursday. Sponsored by Sen. […]

CBS Tampa–04/03/2014