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Format: 2015-04-02
Format: 2015-04-02

The Tampa City Council voted Thursday to have city lawyers come up with a new ordinance that would create a domestic partner registry for Tampa residents.

When she introduced the proposal, Tampa councilwoman Yvonne Yolie Capin says it's been on her mind for awhile.

Even as lawmakers debate whether to close a women's prison in southern Hillsborough County, the state Department of Corrections is already transferring some inmates out.

That's according to volunteers at Hillsborough Correctional Institution, who have been fighting to keep the prison open.

The race for the U.S. Senate in Florida appears to be heating up. Incumbent Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson is up for re-election. His leading Republican opponent, Congressman Connie Mack, recently criticized Nelson for taking an agricultural tax exemption on his land.

Senator JD Alexander has said the the way USF supporters have portrayed proposed budget cuts is unfair.

He says the cuts proposed for USF are justified because of the university's reserves and not that different from other similar institutions, such as UCF.

We’ve been asked by several of our listeners about WUSF’s relationship to USF as the station covers the fight over budget cuts to the university. I’d like to take this opportunity to answer some of them.

Why don’t you put a disclaimer on every story you run on USF?

USF President Judy Genshaft says there’s one positive side effect of almost having $128 million cut from the budget: seeing the Tampa Bay delegation and community rally around USF.

In the age of e-mail and social media, the student government at the University of South Florida is trying something a little-bit different: an old-fashioned letter writing campaign.

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition has just come out of one of the wildest places in Florida - if not the entire country - the Fakahatchee strand. We also speak with Mallory Lykes Dimmitt on how the Babcock Ranch Preserve is faring as a publically-run ranch.

Hiring our Heroes is a national program created by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that focuses on bringing together veterans looking for a job and military friendly employers. Almost a year old, the program promised to hold 100 Veteran Career Fairs throughout the U.S. in a year.

Elisa Huapilla is the first person in her family to attend college.

She didn't know what to expect at Florida State University. A lottery-funded Bright Futures scholarship pays part of the tuition.

When we hear the word "shark," the first image that comes to many people's minds is the movie "Jaws." Juliet Eilperin is trying to wash that image away. She's the author of a new book about how sharks play an important role in the marine system - and how they're being wiped off the map.

"Freakonomics" co-author Stephen Dubner, who will speak at the Tampa Theater on Feb. 16th

School teachers, sumo wrestlers, politicians and drug dealers may be just some of the topics discussed when Stephen Dubner, co-author of the "Freakonomics" book series, speaks at the Tampa Theater tonight.

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