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Crackdown: Fines on ride-sharing drivers


Tampa, Florida -- Tampa transportation enforcers are cracking down on the popular new ride sharing programs "Uber" and "Lyft."

Inspectors have handed out thousands of dollars in tickets to drivers who the Public Transportation Commission says are operating illegally. There's also concerns that users don't know who is behind the wheel.

"They're operating illegally, because they're violating all of our rules, every one of them," says PTC Director Kyle Cockream.

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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.

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.

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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.