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Court OKs $35M Award For Fla. Smoker’s Widow

An appeals court has upheld a jury’s verdict awarding $35 million in damages to the widow of a longtime smoker who died in 1996 of lung cancer.

CBS Tampa–09/05/2013

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2 Possible Sinkholes Found At Tampa School

Students at Cambridge Christian School are getting an extra-long Labor Day weekend, thanks to a possible sinkhole on the Tampa campus.

08/29/2013

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Group: Environmental Laws Not Enforced Under Scott

A non-profit group says the enforcement of the state’s environmental laws has plummeted under Gov. Rick Scott and the private company attorney he picked to lead the Department of Environmental Protection.

08/29/2013

GULF OF MEXICO - APRIL 21:  In this handout image provided be the U.S. Coast Guard, fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico on April 21, 2010 near New Orleans, Louisiana.  An estimated leak of 1,000 barrels of oil a day are still leaking into the gulf. Multiple Coast Guard helicopters, planes and cutters responded to rescue the Deepwater Horizon's 126 person crew. (Photo by U.S. Coast Guard via Getty Images)

7 Charged With Filing False Oil Spill Claims

Federal prosecutors are charging seven people with mail fraud and false claims related to the BP oil spill.

08/28/2013

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Fla. Hospital Won’t Hire Smokers After Jan. 1

If you smoke, don’t bother applying for a job at Bert Fish Medical Center in New Smyrna Beach. Starting Jan. 1, the hospital will no longer hire tobacco users.

CBS Tampa–08/23/2013

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US Settles Fla. Inmate Medical Lawsuit For $600K

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons has settled a Florida inmate’s lawsuit claiming inadequate medical care left him permanently disabled for $600,000.

CBS Tampa–08/21/2013

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FAMU To Announce Date Of Band Return

Florida A&M University is going to announce the date of the return of the Marching 100.

08/15/2013

Police tape surrounds the house of Jeff Bush, who was consumed by a sinkhole while lying in his bed last night, March 1, 2013 in Seffner, Florida. First responders were not able to reach Bush after he disappeared and now say it is a recovery mission. (Photo by Edward Linsmier/Getty Images)

To Guests, Fla. Sinkhole Sounded Like Thunderstorm

By early Monday, nearly a third of the structure at Summer Bay Resort had collapsed. All 105 guests staying in the villa were evacuated, as were those in the neighboring buildings. No injuries were reported. The villa, with 24 three-story units, was reported as a total loss.

08/13/2013

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US Senate Looks At Troubled Oyster Industry

The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee is holding a field hearing in the Panhandle to hear first-hand about the near-collapse of the state’s oyster industry.

08/13/2013

A crowd gathers at the home of Jeff Bush after he was consumed by a sinkhole. (credit: Edward Linsmier/Getty Images)

Florida Gets Federal Grant To Study Sinkholes

Starting this fall, the Florida Geological Survey and the Florida Division of Emergency Management will spend three years assessing the risk for potential sinkholes statewide. The project will begin with a yearlong pilot study in Hamilton, Columbia and Suwannee counties.

CBS Tampa–08/09/2013

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