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J.J. Hart's parents say the 3-year-old has been doing much better since they got the pet chickens. (Getty Images)

Town Says Autistic Boy Cannot Keep Pet Chickens

A central Florida town has voted against allowing a 3-year-old autistic boy to keep the chickens in the family’s backyard.

CBS Tampa–12/10/2013

A capacity crowd of both supporters and opponents offered public comment as the Hillsborough County Commission voted 7-0 to repeal its 2005 ban on recognizing LGBT events (photo credit: Franco Ripple/CBS Tampa Bay)

Listen to The Current’s June 8-9 show: Hillsborough LGBT Ban Repealed, Habitat for Humanity Pinellas, National Ocean Week, Tuberous Sclerosis and Autism

Did you miss this past weekend’s edition of The Current? No problem! Click the audio player below to catch the whole episode featuring: Coverage from the Hillsborough County Commission‘s decision to repeal their 2005 ban […]

CBS Tampa–06/10/2013

File photo of a prison cell  (Photo credit: JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)

Stepmother Of Autistic Girl Found Dead Has Been Arrested

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The stepmother of an 11-year-old autistic girl who was found dead has been arrested on aggravated child abuse charges. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested Misty Stoddard on Friday. Ken Stoddard […]

CBS Tampa–12/21/2012


TTYM: Stephen A. Smith Said What?? And People Like Mike Vick

Stephen, Please! ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith came under fire Thursday for using a racial slur on Thursday’s edition of First Take.  The comment happened during a discussion of whether or not Kobe Bryant will play in […]


An autistic boy's therapy chickens were decapitated by anonymous criminals before an ensuing legal battle. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)

Before Legal Battle, Autistic Boy’s Chickens Decapitated By Criminals

An autistic Florida boy who kept pet chickens as a means of therapy is facing heartbreak after local criminals broke onto their property and decapitated the animals.

CBS Tampa–10/15/2012

File photo of a bottle of hot sauce, in the hands of a factory worker. (Photo by OMAR TORRES/AFP/Getty Images)

Teacher Reportedly Used Hot Sauce To Discipline Special Needs Students

The use of hot sauce as a disciplinary aid may have landed a local special needs teacher in hot water.


Mug shot of Scott Crawley. (credit: Palm Bay Police Department)

Cops: Florida Dad Forced Autistic Children To Smoke Pot

A local man has been arrested after being accused of forcing two young autistic children to smoke marijuana.


File photo of children boarding a school bus. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Sleeping Autistic Child Left On School Bus For Hours

An autistic child was reportedly left sleeping on a school bus Monday morning – for several hours.