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Hurricane Season 2006 (May 26, 2006)
 
hurricane as seen from space

June 1st marks the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center is predicting up to 16 named storms this year, including six major hurricanes. Is Tampa Bay ready for this hurricane season? Who’s in charge during an...

 
The State of Florida's Emergency Rooms (May 19, 2006)
 
ambulance outside an emergency room

With reports of some Emergency Room patients having to waiting longer and longer for care, we’ll take a look at the situation within the ER’s of Tampa Bay. Is this service being misused? Are there too few hospital beds? Will wait time get longer...

 
An Overview of the 2006 Florida Legislative Session & What It Will Mean to You (May 12, 2006)
 
Florida House chamber

Over the last two months, state lawmakers made many decisions that will affect your everyday life – from housing to education to homeowners insurance and eminent domain. We sat down and spoke to local lawmakers themselves.

 
Port Security (April 28, 2006)
 
cruise ship anchored at port
Port Security

The Port of Tampa is a huge, sprawling complex with a constant flow of people and cargo. It is close to downtown Tampa, MacDill Air Force Base and the Crystal River nuclear power plant. The Port is also the site for huge amounts of hazardous...

 
Immigration Reform (April 21, 2006)
 
protesters

It's undoubtedly one of the hot-button issues in America today. Recently, thousands of immigrant-rights activists took to the streets of Tampa and other Florida cities to make their position known. There were also counter-protestors from groups...

 
After the Dream: A Student's Perspective (April 14, 2006)
 
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Our community discussion continues as we speak to a local high school student and his teacher. We'll explore issues ranging from education to the state of today's African-American family. This a follow-up to a 2-part series, "Four Decades After...

 
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