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Bollywood Fever Takes Over Tampa Bay

Bollywood festivities kick off Wednesay around Tampa Bay and culminate with a Hollywood-like awards ceremony on Saturday night. Expect a little traffic congestion around Raymond James Stadium and lots of global news coverage.

Visitors from all over Asia and Europe as well as the Americas are expected for the biggest event in Tampa Bay since the RNC roared through in 2012.

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Tampa Honors Sustainable Businesses On Earth Day

Community gardens, fresh food markets, restaurants serving locally produced organic food are among those being honored by the Sustany Foundation, the City of Tampa and the Tampa Downtown Partnership in honor of Earth Day.

Winners make sustainability not only a goal, but a reality.

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Why Tampa? Leaders Went After Bollywood

Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham gets much of the credit for actively recruiting the International Indian Film Academy to bring its award ceremonies in 2014 to Tampa.

The commissioner was among the first to recognize the significance of landing the festivities, particularly to Tampa Bay's growing Indian-American community of immigrants and investors.

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One Man's Passion Brings Indian Music, Culture To Tampa Bay

When Mahesh Patel didn't hear Indian music being played on a local community radio station that promised to be a reflection of the globe's diversity, he did something about it. 

Patel created and hosted Radio Asia on WMNF in the Tampa Bay region long before locals would become familiar with Bollywood.

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Major Rehab Center Opens At Tampa VA Hospital

A $56 million polytrauma and rehab center at the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa is about to begin accepting patients. The new high-tech healthcare provider is designed to treat the worst war injuries suffered by American military veterans.

The center contains state-of-the-art equipment, therapy activities and 56 patient rooms. 

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Uber Joins Lyft In Ride Sharing In Tampa Bay

If ride-sharing is a measure of a cool city, Tampa just got a whole lot cooler with the arrival of Uber, a ride-sharing service popular in many of America's hippest urban areas.

Uber and Lyft, another ride-sharing service new to town, compete for passengers with more traditional means of transporation offered by local cab companies.

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Need A Ride? Lyft Arrives In Tampa Bay

Lyft, a new ride-sharing service arrives in Tampa Bay but not without controversy sparked by rules governing cabs and taxis.

The service, which operates in cool cities across the nation, is already advertising for drivers and offering rides around the Tampa Bay region.

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Richmond Business Leaders Visit Tampa Bay

When Richmond, VA, business and community leaders looked around for a place to visit where they could learn lessons about growth and economic development, guess where they turned? Tampa Bay.

About 150 spent a few days visiting with local business leaders and touring downtown buildings and office parks. The tour was led by Kim Scheeler, former President of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce who now heads up the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce.

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Florida Ranchers, Investors Eager To Access Cuba

Florida ranchers and other investors in Cuba decades ago long to return to the land they once farmed despite U.S. trade policy that prohibits most trade with the island nation 90 miles south of the Keys.

While Cuba is taking steps to open up trade, U.S. political sentiment isn't there yet.

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Moffitt Reserachers Test New Drugs For Deadly Skin Cancer

Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute is starting clinical trials for a new FDA-approved drug combination that shows promising results against melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer faced by Floridians.

The drugs, Mekinist and Tafinlar, appear most effective when combined.

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UT Student Pursues Help For Ghana Kids Born With Cleft Palates

Katelyn Edwards, a junior at the University of Tampa, is featured in Forbes magazine for her entrepreneurial and philanthropic efforts to help children born with cleft palates.

Motivated by her own brother's situation, Edwards is working to form a nonprofit that would bring smiles to the disfigured faces of children with such deformities.

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Hillsborough Leaders Say Transit Is A Top Priority

Elected officials in Hillsborough County and its three cities -- Tampa, Temple Terrace and Plant City -- are strategizing about the best way to educate and engage local residents on future transit options for improved mobility and better transportation.

Public input will likely be sought through hearings, surveys and media campaigns.

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Tampa Pension Fund Out-Performs With Solid Strategy

The Tampa police and firefighters pension fund does so well with its investments that retirees can expect to collect nearly 95 percent of what they earned during their best compensation years.

The fund's stellar performance by Bowen, Hanes & Company places it among the top investment portfolios in the world.

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Fletcher Avenue Upgrades Aim To Improve Walkability

Fletcher Avenue, one of the busiest streets in Tampa, is about to undergo upgrades designed to make it safer for walkers and bicyclists.

Hillsborough County is spending $4.4 million to add better lighting, crosswalks and safety islands between Nebraska Avenue and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard through North Tampa near the University of South Florida.

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Indian Movie Star Visits Tampa To Promote Bollywood

One of India's top film stars, Vidya Blan, enjoyed the adoration of a rock star by Florida media and community leaders on a recent visit to Tampa, where she helped promote the April 23-26 Bollywood festivities featuring the International Indian Film Academy award winners.

More than 25,000 tourists are expected in Tampa Bay for the ceremony, which anticipates a global TV audience of more than 800 million.

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