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Lawsuit aims to return millions of dollars to Florida’s university students

Lawsuit aims to return millions of dollars to Florida’s university students

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WFLA) – If you attended a Florida university during the spring semester, the money you paid for student fees could be headed back into your pocket if a class-action lawsuit filed by a University of Florida student is successful.Universities returned housing and meal plan costs when students had to leave campus and begin online learning this spring due to the coronavirus pandemic, but student fees weren’t included.“That’s why we felt the need to file this lawsuit,” said Anthony Rojas, who filed the suit.The lawsuit seeks the return of millions in fees for an estimated...

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May 7, 2020
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Federal suit: Mosaic, mobile home developers failed to disclose dangerous radiation from former mine

Federal suit: Mosaic, mobile home developers failed to disclose dangerous radiation from former mine

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Residents of two Mulberry mobile home parks have filed a federal lawsuit against mining giant Mosaic, alleging the company failed to properly reclaim a former phosphate mine that operated where the communities now stand.The suit, filed Wednesday in Tampa, also names Yes Companies and CHC VI Ltd., the developers of Paradise Lakes and Angler’s Green respectively, for failing to notify homeowners of the dangers of living on radioactive wasteland.“After polluting the land and inadequately remediating the land, Mosaic sold the land…with no disclosure of the hazardous nature...

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May 6, 2020
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Crowd causes Green Lemon to close early on Cinco De Mayo

Crowd causes Green Lemon to close early on Cinco De Mayo

TAMPA (WFLA) – Cinco De Mayo was short and sweet as people flocked to celebrate at a Tampa restaurant.The Green Lemon in Tampa had to shut their doors before 7:30 p.m. due to the mass influx of people who came to celebrate.In a Instagram post, Green Lemon apologized and thought closing was the best decision in order to follow COVID-19 precautions.Green Lemon management released a statement to Eight On Your Side on Tuesday eveningWe have been incredibly fortunate throughout these challenging times.  Our neighbors have been tremendously supportive, rewarding us with  consistent business and...

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May 6, 2020
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‘I’d fight tooth and nail for him’: Wesley Chapel man fights off gator to save dog

‘I’d fight tooth and nail for him’: Wesley Chapel man fights off gator to save dog

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Trent Tweddale and his dog Loki are recovering after a Monday morning walk on their Wesley Chapel farm turned vicious. “The dog had his front paws in the river here that swelled after all the rain and the dog was attacked by a gator,” explained Tweddale. According to Tweddale, a nearly 13-foot gator grabbed his 6-year-old rescue pup and pulled him into the water. Tweddale, a former Army staff sergeant, quickly reacted. “I grabbed the dog’s collar to try to pull him back and I ended up in a tug of war match with this gator and the gator was not letting go,” he...

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Sarafina Brooks
June 10, 2020
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Daughter of Hank Williams Jr. killed in Tennessee crash

Daughter of Hank Williams Jr. killed in Tennessee crash

HENRY COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — The 27-year-old daughter of country music singer Hank Williams Jr. was killed in a crash Saturday night in Henry County.According to Tennessee Highway Patrol, Katherine Williams-Dunning was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe, when she crashed around 7:45 p.m. along Highway 79 near Antioch Road. The SUV, which was towing a boat, crossed the median and rolled over, traveling across the northbound lanes and coming to a stop on the shoulder.Williams-Dunning was killed, troopers said. Her 29-year-old husband Tyler Dunning was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical...

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June 14, 2020
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COVID-19 projections expect Florida’s second wave to begin mid-September

COVID-19 projections expect Florida’s second wave to begin mid-September

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — As Florida battles record numbers of new coronavirus cases, projections are expecting Florida to surpass its original peak of daily deaths.Newly-extended coronavirus forecasts from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, an independent global health research organization at the University of Washington School of Medicine, gives a grim outlook on how things could turn in the fall.The forecast predicts daily deaths in Florida will be over 47 in September. That surpasses the April 17 height of around 46 deaths per day in Florida.While the state has avoided the use...

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Kelsey Sunderland
Jun 15
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Truckers say they won’t deliver to cities that defund police, poll suggests

Truckers say they won’t deliver to cities that defund police, poll suggests

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Cities nationwide are eyeing cuts to police departments amid calls for elected leaders to defund or disband their police departments.But this push to “defund police” hasn’t necessarily sat well with truck drivers on the front line of a global pandemic and protests.that three out of four truck drivers would fear for their personal safety if police departments were disbanded or defunded.a news website for the commercial trucking industry, asked drivers if they would deliver to cities with defunded or disbanded police departments.The website said 79 percent of more than...

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Jun 16
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Protesters, lawmakers call for Gov. DeSantis to extend moratorium on evictions

Protesters, lawmakers call for Gov. DeSantis to extend moratorium on evictions

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Cap News/WFLA) — Gov. Ron DeSantis’ moratorium on evictions and foreclosures is set to expire Wednesday, which means thousands could soon face being removed from their homes.The moratorium put in place by DeSantis at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic was initially set to expire on June 1. With just hours left before its expiration, to July 1.A handful of activists gathered outside the governor’s mansion in Tallahassee on Tuesday to call for another extension. The group posted an eviction notice outside.“We pay Governor DeSantis to be in this house. Why don’t you,...

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Jun 30
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Report: Second Florida teen dies of COVID-19

Report: Second Florida teen dies of COVID-19

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A second Florida teenager has died of the novel coronavirus, according to a report.Carsyn Davis, 17, of Fort Myers, died Tuesday afternoon from complications of COVID-19, citing a school official.RELATED:Davis was studying at Cypress Lake High School and was a member of the school’s orchestra and a student in the vocal department.“We are heartbroken for the loss of a young lady who brought so much light into the world,” the school’s orchestra said on Facebook.Davis was admitted to the Children’s Hospital Friday and was transferred to the intensive care unit Sunday on...

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Jun 24
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‘Thin Blue Line’ logo prohibited on agency-issued gear, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office reminds deputies

‘Thin Blue Line’ logo prohibited on agency-issued gear, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office reminds deputies

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — The “Thin Blue Line” is a symbol that means a lot to men and women in law enforcement, as well as their families.For retired Sarasota Police Lieutenant Randy Boyd, its meaning is simple.“It’s the line that separates good and evil. It is all of the folks that stand in between the evil to protect those folks that can’t protect themselves,” explained the retired lieutenant.In recent years, the meaning of the symbol has shifted in the eyes of some of the public. Leadership at the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has acknowledged that.In an email to staff last...

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Jun 17
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