Inmate at large after escaping from federal prison in North Texas

William Laurence Stanley, 54, had been sentenced on June 12 to 97 months in prison on a retaliation charge. He was accused of posting “derogatory” complaints about a company on Yelp and Facebook.

        

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Pedestrian deaths are on the rise and SUVs are a big part of it

Findings from a Detroit Free Press/USA Today investigation were eye-opening. They say SUVs stood out as a big component when it came to the growth of pedestrian deaths.

        

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Portion of Circle B Bar Nature Reserve in Lakeland closed for gator nesting season

Polk County Environmental Lands program has closed a part of the trail for safety concerns due to alligator nesting season.

        

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FEMA aid ends for Puerto Ricans hurricane evacuees staying in hotels

The lack of affordable housing has Hurricane Maria evacuees scrambling to find a place to live.

        

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Beach erosion means less area for Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix fans

There’s less beach for people to watch the races from, and that has environmentalists worried.

        

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Will local school districts meet July 1 deadline for school security plans?

Sunday is the first deadline for districts to comply with the state’s new regulations for security plans.

        

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Tampa’s first CBD dispensary opens in Ybor

The new dispensary owned by Carlos Herida brands itself as a first of its kind for the Tampa Bay area. They sell CBD products made from the hemp plant, not cannabis. None of their products contain THC, the chemical that gets you high.

        

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Local doctors caught up in major federal health care fraud crackdown

Several Tampa Bay area doctors were targeted by federal authorities.

        

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