Church Pastor & A Coach Among 79 Arrested In Sex-Trafficking StingThe Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department plucked 79 men from the streets for violations related to human trafficking. Katie Johnston reports.
USF Doctor Talks About Possible Future For Johnson & Johnson VaccineOn Wednesday, the CDC had a meeting with the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to learn more about the six women who were found to have blood clots after getting to Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
CDC and FDA Recommend Pause On Johnson & Johnson VaccinationsThe CDC says cases of rare and severe blood clots were identified in six women shortly after they all received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Researchers Launch 'Rapid-Response Team' to Track Environmental Impacts of Piney Point LeakLast week, Ocean Conservancy called on Environmental Protection for a solution to the Piney Point leak. Now they’re working with researchers to launch a rapid response team to track those impacts themselves.
New Healthcare Initiative Supports Permanent Telehealth Services in FloridaFriday, local advocates for Florida’s legislative policies launched a new initiative to highlight the growing grassroots support for permanent telehealth services across the state.
Pasco Schools May Eliminate Mask Requirement For Students By The End Of AprilThe Pasco County School district announced it might not enforce mask-wearing by the end of April 2021.
Piney Point Reservoir: Engineers Shift Focus To Cleaning Remaining WastewaterManatee County Administrator Dr. Scott Hopes says the flow of water from Piney Point has stopped and companies are preparing to clean the water that remains in the pond.
HCPS To Cut More Than 1,000 Positions Due To Ongoing Funding IssuesHillsborough County Superintendent Addison Davis addressed the future of the district and job cuts due to financial setbacks. After highlighting a one hundred million dollar deficit, among other ongoing funding issues, district officials are looking to cut more than a thousand positions.
USF Researchers Lead First Cruise to Study Piney Point Wastewater LeakA team of USF scientists is working to find out more on the Piney Point wastewater leak. Researchers boarded the first research cruise dedicated to studying the environmental impacts of that water breach in Manatee County on Wednesday.
Piney Point Evacuation Order Lifted TuesdayResidents who were previously evacuated near the Piney Point reservoir are able to return home as of Tuesday evening.
'We Need Everyone': Ocean Conservancy Speaks on Piney Point, Florida Wastewater LeakNational water conservation groups are calling on the Federal Government and Florida politicians to step up during what is being called one of the state's biggest environmental emergencies.
Piney Point May Have Avoided Second Breach By Adding 20 New PumpsTuesday morning Dr. Scott Hopes, Manatee County Administrator, announced engineers have confirmed there is not a second breach in the reservoir. He says the infrared drone detected temperature coming from a plant that was growing inside of the pond over the weekend.
St. Petersburg mother of two killed in shooting on Easter SundayA St. Petersburg neighborhood is left shaken after a mother of two was shot and killed and two two others were left injured on Easter Sunday.
'Keep It Outdoors': Experts Urge Easter Safety Tips Amid COVID-19 Breakthrough InfectionsAfter numerous breakthrough COVID-19 infections, despite having been vaccinated, experts are warning that “sticking to the basics” is the best advice to go by while out for church service and those Easter egg hunts this weekend.
Sarasota Health Officials Address COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy, ConcernsAs COVID-19 vaccine supplies become more readily available, Sarasota health officials are dispelling certain concerns and alleged myths surrounding the vaccine.
Tampa Bay Biker Event Expected to Cultivate Economic GrowthFollowing a successful event last summer, renowned bikers are returning to Tampa Bay and expected to make a much-needed economic impact for Hillsborough County.
Manatee County Beaches Prepare For Busy Few Weeks As Easter NearsManatee County Beaches Prepare For Busy Few Weeks As Easter Nears
Florida Vaccine Eligibility Now Available To Residents Age 40 And OlderAs of Monday, people ages 40 and older in Florida are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and officials say they are increasing the amount of doses available at the federal vaccine site in Tampa.
Organizers Make Last Minute Preparations Ahead Of Special Olympics Event In TampaIn 2020 the Special Olympics was cancelled because of the pandemic, but this year with safety precautions in place, athletes will come together again.
Manatee County Notices Uptick In COVID-19 Cases During Spring BreakManatee County officials tell CW44 News they’ve noticed an uptick in COVID-19 cases. They’re now asking for your help to get those numbers back down.
Florida-Based Company Developing Intranasal COVID-19 VaccineGovernor Ron DeSantis announced Thursday all adults will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by April. The update comes just two weeks after the Biden administration set a target date for vaccine eligibility for all adults by May 1st.
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FL Organizations Respond To Biden's Calls For Federal Gun Control Following Boulder & Atlanta Mass ShootingsPresident Joe Biden is calling for action on gun control efforts three days after the mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado that left ten people dead.
Tampa Bay Students Adjust Career Paths Based On COVID-19 ImpactLocal educators are hinting at the future of what the Tampa Bay workforce could look like and how students are now choosing to adjust their career paths based the COVID-19 pandemic.