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Disney Live! coming to Tampa's Amalie Arena

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In a captivating combination, Master Magician Mickey Mouse and the always-dazzling Minnie Mouse join forces with professional illusionist Zach Williams for a magical production on stage. More>>

Bear cub burned in wildfire gets new lease on life

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A little bear who had a traumatic few weeks after being badly burned in a Washington wildfire is feeling better now, thanks to the help of a few bear-y good people.The 2-year-old female black bear suffered third-degree burns to her paws, chest, ears and muzzle after being caught in a wildfire that swept northwestern Washington state back in late July, according to the Methow Valley News.Steve Love, who lives close to where the fires had spread, told the Methow Valley News that he saw the inju... More>>

Hillsborough student arrested for bringing gun to school, deputies say Video included

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Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies say a Crime Stoppers tip led to the arrest of a King High School student for bringing a loaded gun to school. More>>

8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | September 13-14 Video included

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Hillsborough school board discusses sale of Jefferson High School

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No Sale! That was the message Tuesday afternoon when Hillsborough County School Board members talked about rumors of the sale of Jefferson High School, the Rowland Park magnet school and the Lavoy Exceptional Center. More>>

Hillsborough County hires new director of transportation

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The Hillsborough County School system has a new director of transportation.The school board voted Tuesday afternoon to hire James Beekman from the Orange County School system. More>>

BBB Alert: Scholastic School Supply scam

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Perfectly timed for the back to school frenzy, on August 20th, 2014 The Better Business Bureau Serving Southern Nevada received its first complaint against Scholastic School Supply. More>>

Police investigate 4th attack at Univ. of Florida Video included

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Four separate but similar attacks on women on or around the University of Florida campus over the past nine days has the school on edge and police searching for a man they believe is responsible for all of them.
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Busch Gardens Tampa welcomes baby aardvark

The baby aardvark was born in August at Busch Gardens Tampa (Photo: Busch Gardens) The baby aardvark was born in August at Busch Gardens Tampa (Photo: Busch Gardens)
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Busch Gardens has welcomed its newest resident: an adorable aardvark born Tuesday, Aug. 5. More>>

Helping children pack and enjoy healthy lunches Video included

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September is national childhood obesity awareness month.And now that children are settling back into school, it's a good time to rethink their lunch.Stephanie andre packs a lot of lunches for her two kids.Making them healthy is important.“Kids want cookies. Kids want chips. Kids want everything that they're really not supposed to have,” Andre said.It can be difficult balancing what they want, with what they need.“I can see where they get bored. I mean I get bored packing their lunches, becaus... More>>

8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | September 6-7

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Some Florida families to get tuition refunds

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Thousands of Florida families with pre-paid tuition plans are going to get refunds or see a drop in their payments. More>>

Maroon 5 announces Tampa show

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Multi platinum-selling and Grammy Award-winning rock band, Maroon 5, revealed details today for The Maroon 5 World Tour 2015 in support of the band's fifth studio album, V. More>>

Pinellas Park police reunite trapped ducklings with mother

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Police officers in Pinellas Park helped reunite a family of ducks on Sunday. More>>

8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | August 30-31 Video included

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Tampa Bay radio, TV personalities will dance for a cause Video included

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Business executives, radio and TV news personalities alike are slipping on their dance shoes for a popular Hands Across the Bay fundraiser called "Dancing with the Stars Tampa Bay." More>>

Parents concerned about Hillsborough school bus overcrowding Video included

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Parents are worried about the safety of children riding an overcrowded bus to Thompson Elementary School in Ruskin.Latrese Thomas reached out to 8 On Your Side after several students were taken off the bus because there wasn't enough room."Yesterday, about five kids had to get off the bus and their parents had to take them to school," said Thomas.Kids have also had issues on the way home from school. Thomas says her 7-year-old daughter Victoria Woods was dropped off at the wrong bus stop.Stev... More>>

Police helicopter catches proposal on night vision camera

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A metropolitan police helicopter found an unexpected site while searching for suspect Saturday night. More>>

Florida 9th in nation for women's equality

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In honor of Women's Equality Day on Tuesday, August 26th, WalletHub released the top states with the highest gender equality. More>>

Students now report bullying online Video included

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A persistent bullying problem has a new enemy in Pasco County.  This is the second school year starting off with a new online tool to fight bullies. More>>

USF students learn about love

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University of South Florida students are traveling abroad to learn about love. More>>

Dog reunited with owner 8 years after being stolen

Fatcat, back at home in Arizona after being reunited with Harris after eight years. (Today.com via LaShena Harris) Fatcat, back at home in Arizona after being reunited with Harris after eight years. (Today.com via LaShena Harris)
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LaShena Harris had only left her dog, Fatcat, outside her Memphis home for a few minutes while she went to get the dog's new collar inside.
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Now grown, rescued panther moves to new home in wildlife state park

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A rescued Florida panther kitten was released into a permanent wildlife habitat Thursday morning. More>>

8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | August 23-24 Video included

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Restaurant-style lunchrooms in Polk County high schools Video included

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This year the cafeterias in all Polk County High Schools are resemble restaurants more than lunchrooms."We hope they feel like it's something different. Not just a bigger portion size when they get to high school," said Jenna Kaczmarskie, Polk County School Nutrition Coordinator.
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378 people 'pay it forward' at St. Petersburg Starbucks

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A woman started an act of kindness chain that lasted for hours at a St. Petersburg Starbucks.
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Back to School Tampa Bay: Saving on pens and pencils

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Pens and pencils are necessities that are found on back to school shopping lists for children of all ages. You will find the best sales on all school supplies (including writing utensils) this time of the year. If you find an awesome sale, stock up on enough of that item to last you the entire school year. More>>

Back to School Tampa Bay: Backpack Savings

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With school starting soon, most parents have started back to school shopping. Back to school sales have been in full force for the past month. But they are still going on! With the great sales, you shouldn't have to pay full price for anything on your back to school list. To avoid paying full price, shop the sales and utilize coupons if they are available. More>>

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  • Sign-up to be an 8's Army volunteer

    Sign-up to be an 8's Army volunteer

    An 8's Army volunteer fields questions from Tampa Bay area individuals in need of assistance. An 8's Army volunteer fields questions from Tampa Bay area individuals in need of assistance.
    Learn about how you can become an 8's Army volunteer, staffing the 8 On Your Side Help line and offering direction to commonly asked consumer questions.
    Learn about how you can become an 8's Army volunteer, staffing the 8 On Your Side Help line and offering direction to commonly asked consumer questions.
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  • WFLA to broadcast All Children’s Hospital Telethon

    WFLA to broadcast All Children’s Hospital Telethon

    Wednesday, May 28 2014 2:25 PM EDT2014-05-28 18:25:10 GMT
    WFLA-TV will broadcast this year’s 31st Annual All Children’s Hospital Telethon live from the hospital on Sunday, June 1. The live 11 ½ hour Telethon broadcast, complete with heartwarming stories, will air from 7 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
    WFLA-TV will broadcast this year’s 31st Annual All Children’s Hospital Telethon live from the hospital on Sunday, June 1. The live 11 ½ hour Telethon broadcast, complete with heartwarming stories, will air from 7 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
  • News Channel 8 Anchor Rod Carter honored at blue tie affair

    News Channel 8 Anchor Rod Carter honored at blue tie affair

    Friday, April 4 2014 5:00 PM EDT2014-04-04 21:00:25 GMT
    Gayle Guyardo, Rod Carter, Leigh Spann (Left to Right) at the Gamma Eta Signma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma's "Blue Tie Affair"Gayle Guyardo, Rod Carter, Leigh Spann (Left to Right) at the Gamma Eta Signma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma's "Blue Tie Affair"
    WFLA News Channel 8 anchor Rod Carter was honored this past Saturday at the Gamma Eta Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity’s “Blue Tie Affair.” The event was held at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore and celebrated the chapter’s centennial (1914-2014), which recognized the fraternity’s “unsung heroes” within the Tampa Bay community.Carter received the Alfred E. Dixon, Sr. Community Service Award in recognition of his dedication and contributions given to the Blue Tie Affair itself, whi...
    WFLA News Channel 8 anchor Rod Carter was honored this past Saturday at the Gamma Eta Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity’s “Blue Tie Affair.” The event was held at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore and celebrated the chapter’s centennial (1914-2014), which recognized the fraternity’s “unsung heroes” within the Tampa Bay community.Carter received the Alfred E. Dixon, Sr. Community Service Award in recognition of his dedication and contributions given to the Blue Tie Affair itself, whi...
  • WFLA supports UWSC’s Art of Giving

    WFLA supports UWSC’s Art of Giving

    Monday, March 24 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-03-24 22:21:49 GMT
    United Way Suncoast’s 10th annual Art of Giving will be held on April 4th at the Peter O. Knight Airport. Tim Gunn, fashion consultant and television personality, returns to the event for his second time to raise funds and awareness to the United Way Suncoast’s Early Literacy Initiative (ELI).
    United Way Suncoast’s 10th annual Art of Giving will be held on April 4th at the Peter O. Knight Airport. Tim Gunn, fashion consultant and television personality, returns to the event for his second time to raise funds and awareness to the United Way Suncoast’s Early Literacy Initiative (ELI).
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  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay

    Monday, March 24 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-03-24 22:13:46 GMT
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay is a non profit organization that provide a mentor for children facing adversity. The one-to-one relationships between adult volunteers and children are focused on making a positive difference in the child’s life.Volunteers must live or work in Hillsborough, Polk, or Pasco County.If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the application or email shaun.mccants@bbbsfl.org for more information.
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay is a non profit organization that provide a mentor for children facing adversity. The one-to-one relationships between adult volunteers and children are focused on making a positive difference in the child’s life.Volunteers must live or work in Hillsborough, Polk, or Pasco County.If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the application or email shaun.mccants@bbbsfl.org for more information.
  • Pinellas charity needs clothing donations for kids

    Pinellas charity needs clothing donations for kids

    Thursday, May 15 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-05-15 21:08:50 GMT
    What do you do with clothing that your kids outgrow? You might want to consider donating it. A local charity that supplies clothing to low income children is in dire need of donations. 
    What do you do with clothing that your kids outgrow? You might want to consider donating it. A local charity that supplies clothing to low income children is in dire need of donations. 
  • Volunteer attorneys wanted to help veterans

    Volunteer attorneys wanted to help veterans

    Thursday, May 15 2014 12:16 PM EDT2014-05-15 16:16:36 GMT
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    Stetson University College of Law is seeking attorneys to volunteer civil legal services to military members, veterans and their families as part of its Veterans Pro Bono Initiative Team.
    Stetson University College of Law is seeking attorneys to volunteer civil legal services to military members, veterans and their families as part of its Veterans Pro Bono Initiative Team.
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  • Pinellas charity needs clothing donations for kids

    Pinellas charity needs clothing donations for kids

    Thursday, May 15 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-05-15 21:08:50 GMT
    What do you do with clothing that your kids outgrow? You might want to consider donating it. A local charity that supplies clothing to low income children is in dire need of donations. 
    What do you do with clothing that your kids outgrow? You might want to consider donating it. A local charity that supplies clothing to low income children is in dire need of donations. 
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  • Tampa zoo, aquarium ranks among the best in nation

    Tampa zoo, aquarium ranks among the best in nation

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-09-16 20:18:25 GMT
    In the midst of summer vacations, TripAdvisor has released the Travelers Choice Awards for the top zoos and aquariums in the nation - and our local attractions were among the best.
    In the midst of summer vacations, TripAdvisor has released the Travelers Choice Awards for the top zoos and aquariums in the nation - and our local attractions were among the best.
  • Bear cub burned in wildfire gets new lease on life

    Bear cub burned in wildfire gets new lease on life

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:16 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:16:40 GMT
    Photo: Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, Inc. FacebookPhoto: Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, Inc. Facebook
    A little bear who had a traumatic few weeks after being badly burned in a Washington wildfire is feeling better now, thanks to the help of a few bear-y good people.The 2-year-old female black bear suffered third-degree burns to her paws, chest, ears and muzzle after being caught in a wildfire that swept northwestern Washington state back in late July, according to the Methow Valley News.Steve Love, who lives close to where the fires had spread, told the Methow Valley News that he saw the inju...
    A little bear who had a traumatic few weeks after being badly burned in a Washington wildfire is feeling better now, thanks to the help of a few bear-y good people.The 2-year-old female black bear suffered third-degree burns to her paws, chest, ears and muzzle after being caught in a wildfire that swept northwestern Washington state back in late July, according to the Methow Valley News.Steve Love, who lives close to where the fires had spread, told the Methow Valley News that he saw the inju...
  • Busch Gardens Tampa welcomes baby aardvark

    Busch Gardens Tampa welcomes baby aardvark

    Friday, September 5 2014 12:02 PM EDT2014-09-05 16:02:28 GMT
    The baby aardvark was born in August at Busch Gardens Tampa (Photo: Busch Gardens)The baby aardvark was born in August at Busch Gardens Tampa (Photo: Busch Gardens)
    Busch Gardens has welcomed its newest resident: an adorable aardvark born Tuesday, Aug. 5.
    Busch Gardens has welcomed its newest resident: an adorable aardvark born Tuesday, Aug. 5.
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