Hillsborough County

More than 100 people were arrested during a five-month human trafficking investigation in Hillsborough County. 

Sheriff Chad Chronister announced the arrests on Monday morning while standing in front of a video screen that showed the undercover sting and a large board containing the mug shots of those arrested.

A local political organization is trying to show people there are things they can do to keep their community safer from gun violence.

After two suicides by first responders this week, Hillsborough county residents are pushing lawmakers to focus on mental health this upcoming session.

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Hillsborough commissioners on Wednesday voted to spend $13.7 million dollars over the next year to combat opioid addiction.

The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County is offering a free prevention program for people who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

With the new school year around the corner, members of Hillsborough County's Back-to-School Coalition are trying to ensure students get their immunization shots, even if they're not able to afford it.

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A Tampa area firefighter is recovering from serious injuries after falling out of a fire truck on the way to a call.

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In a second phase of a plan to increase its use of solar energy, Tampa Electric Co. on Friday asked state regulators for approval to recoup money from customers to pay for five solar projects in Hillsborough and Polk counties. 

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In a move prompted by the Parkland high school shooting, the waiting period to purchase a firearm in Hillsborough County is now five days.

Community leaders talked about putting an end to school violence at a town hall in Tampa's Seminole Heights neighborhood Thursday night. The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists hosted the event in response to the Parkland shooting last month that left 17 people dead.


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No more than 20 medical marijuana dispensaries would be allowed to open in unincorporated parts of Hillsborough County under new rules passed by commissioners on Wednesday.

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Hillsborough commissioners will consider placing a cap on the number of medical marijuana dispensaries that can open in unincorporated parts of the county.

The Hillsborough County Commission is jumping ahead of the state legislature by creating a framework for medical marijuana dispensaries.

A growing number of veterans are looking to agriculture for their next career and entrepreneurial opportunity.

Hillsborough County commissioners want to use affordable housing funds to help four families stuck paying mortgages on homes in one neighborhood left worthless by the presence of toxic Chinese drywall.

A 19-year-old Port Richey woman was arrested after police said she was spotted on hospital video squeezing a 7-month-old relative until he became unresponsive.

Violet Mae Hinrichs was arrested on four counts of aggravated child abuse after St. Joseph's Hospital staff noticed bruising to the baby's neck.

Hillsborough County’s court is going to the dogs - and not just any dog.  

Tibet, a Labrador-golden retriever mix, will be the first facility dog in Florida that helps abused, neglected and abandoned children while they are in the court system, according to The Tampa Tribune.

There are currently 51 such dogs in 21 states. The non-profit Canine Companions for Independence spends two years training the facility dogs. 

Only a few counties and agencies across Florida have contributed money to run the drug database intended to crack down on prescription pill abuse, the Tampa Tribune reports. Hillsborough County, where the Tribune reports the database is used more than anywhere else, hasn’t contributed any funds. The Department of Health says it solicits funds from agencies in each county to pay for the database, which doesn’t get any state money.

Bristol-Myers Squibb is moving its "North America Capability Center” to Hillsborough County, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The pharmaceutical giant says it will employ around 600 employees at an average annual wage of over $60,000. 

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A popular baseball coach who suffered a stroke while driving and swerved off the road into a guardrail needed an ambulance. But sheriff's deputies didn't recognize the slurred speech and inability to move as a stroke, and hauled the driver to jail. 

  

There, the Tampa Bay Times reports, he lay on the floor untreated for 36 hours -- a fatal delay.

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M2Gen, a private company near H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute that received a local incentive package of $30 million as well as $15 million in state money, has not met its commitment of providing 108 jobs and spinning off other biotech firms, the Tampa Tribune reports. The much-hyped M2Gen built a massive database of cancer tissue but has had trouble figuring how to make money from it. 

  

Emails obtained by the Tampa Bay Times show the relationship between USF Health and Tampa General Hospital has been going through turbulent times. The behind-the-scenes dispute was serious enough last fall for USF Health Dean Stephen Klasko to suggest that TGH board chairman David A. Straz Jr. wants him ousted.