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Red light camera opponent takes shot at Hillsborough Commission

TAMPA, Florida -- One of the nation's leading red light camera critics has taken a shot at Hillsborough County Commissioners after they backed off a previous proposal to increase yellow light intervals above the state's minimums.

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Tampa woman's number linked to escort ad

TAMPA, Florida (AP) - A Tampa woman says she's the victim of a really bad wrong number.

The 60-year-old secretary at Thonotosassa Elementary School says she was recently inundated with text messages from men wanting to meet her.

Building evacuated at USF after "white haze" spotted

TAMPA, Florida -- Police, fire, and hazmat crews rushed to the University of South Florida campus the day before classes begin after two staff members reported seeing some kind of white haze at the College of Medicine.

When police arrived, they say they didn't see a haze, but activated fire alarms as a precaution. The entire building was evacuated.

Investigators say the white haze turned out to be from a broken elevator motor. It's now being repaired.

Council on aging meets next week in downtown Tampa

Council on aging meets next week in downtown Tampa

Tampa, Florida--Issues affecting the elderly will be the main topic of discussion next week as the Hillsborough Council of Aging hosts a public meeting.

It's set for 10 a.m. next Tuesday, August 27  in the County Center in Conference room 250E-A. It should last through 12 p.m.

The County Center is located at 601 East Kennedy Blvd. in Downtown Tampa.

For more information you can contact Mary Ellen Guszkiewicz, Aging Services, at 813-307-3665.

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House fire in Progress Village, one person sent to hospital

Progress Village, Florida -- The house fire caused severe fire damage to the kitchen and put one person in the hospital. 

According to reports, the two occupants were sleeping when their smoke alarm alerted them to the fire. They immediately exited the home, called 911 and Hillsborough County Fire Rescue responded within 6 minutes. The fire was contained to the kitchen with smoke damage to the rest of the house.

One of the occupants was sent to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation. 

Hillsborough County considers special court for juveniles

Tampa, Florida -- In Tampa, more juvenile defendants are criminally charged as adults than any other Florida City.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, a proposal is being generated that could create a special division of the Hillsborough Circuit Court to deal with juvenile defendants. 

Read more on the story here. 

Parent University schools parents on their kid's education

PLANT CITY, Florida -- School is back in session for students in Hillsborough County, but Saturday their parents were the ones in school.

Four hundred parents signed up to attend a Parent University event held at Plant City High School.

Melissa Erickson is the director of the Hillsborough Alliance for Public Schools. Her organization partnered with the Hillsborough County School District to put on the event.