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Tampa debuts new firefighting weapon

Tampa, Florida -- Tampa Bay has a new firefighting weapon: The Patriot.

The Tractor Tug Patriot is one of very few tugboats in the U.S. with offshore open-ocean firefighting capabilities. Take a look at this, it can spray 12,500 gallons per minute and up to 400 feet.

And talk about power. It can fill an entire swimming pool in ONE minute.

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Fair Authority adds new security

Tampa, Florida -- Several security changes are coming to the Florida State Fair a year after nearly 100 youngsters stampeded during student day, and one teenager died trying to cross a highway after leaving the venue.

Among the changes will be 60 security cameras that will be used by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office to watch for trouble. Last year deputies had only about 20 security cameras.

Le Meridien Hotel set to open in downtown Tampa

Tampa, Florida -- After 16 months of revamping, the old Federal Courthouse is now a 130-room boutique.

AKC all-breed dog shows kick off Thursday

Tampa, Florida -- Florida dogs and their owners will get their chance to strut their stuff at the annual all-breed dog shows Thursday through Sunday at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall in Tampa.

Approximately 1,500 dogs will compete each day for the chance to win Best in Show.

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Busch Gardens disputes attendance numbers

Tampa, Florida -- The theme park industry literally has its ups and downs. But newly released figures from industry group TEA/AECOM show while most were seeing higher profits and improved attendance between 2012 and 2013, Busch Gardens and its parent company SeaWorld, were off six percent and five percent, respectively.

Local fire marshal wants more protection for homes

Carrollwood, Florida -- Hillsborough County Fire Division Chief Marshal Stephen Kendrick said the flames at the condominium fire went up in less than a minute after lightning struck the building.

Mom seeking estate of Tampa man who killed family

Tampa, Florida -- An Arizona woman is seeking to obtain the estate of her son, who authorities say shot his wife and children before killing himself in a Tampa-area mansion that belonged to a former tennis star.