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USFSP Student Pursues Threadish Dream

A USFSP student is looking to expand Threadish, a stylish line of clothing best known around campus for its humorous T-shirts.

The budding entrepreneur will soon travel to Orlando for a global conference on fashion design and imprinted sportswear to see where her ideas fit with other industry innovations.

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Driverless Cars To Test Roads In Tampa

The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority is authorizing test drives of driverless car on the LeeRoy Selmon Expressway, which can be closed to other traffic while the tests proceed.

The Authority and researchers are looking forward to the opportunity to eventually move the cars into normal traffic. The technology involved is expected to make commuting and traveling safer for everyone.

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Transit Plans Take Shape For Tampa Bay

Plans are coming together across Tampa Bay to improve the traffic situation by offering more options for people trying to get around and between Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

Pinellas voters will get a chance to consider additional funding for transit in November 2014. Hillsborough, or at least Tampa, voters may get a similar opportunity for choice in 2015 or 2016.

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Tampa Looks To River's West Bank For Next Major Urban Investment

The West Bank of the Hillsborough River near Tampa Prep, Blake High School, the University of Tampa and WEDU is the focus of a visionary citybuilding exercise advocated by Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

The urban renewal project would require the relocation of residents of North Boulevard Homes and require public as well as private investments.

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Tampa's Bike Share Program Moves Forward

The City of Tampa's bike sharing program is coasting toward a spring launch with Florida's warm weather expected to be a factor in its anticipated year-round success.

The blue two-wheelrs will be available at 30 spots around town. The cost to rent a ride starts at $5 an hour.

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Roma Industries Creates Tampa Bay-Detroit Connection

Roma Industries, a little known manufacturer in Largo, teamed up with Shinola, an emerging watchmaker in Detroit to create a variety of fashionable watchbands popular around the globe.

The growing company is one of Pinellas County's top economic success stories.

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Midtown Neighborhood Cheers New Walmart Store In St. Pete

A new Walmart opening this week in the Midtown neighborhood of St. Petersburg is being applauded as a sign of hope bringing jobs, life-changing opportunities and a place to shop to low-income residents.

The new store replaces a grocery store that closed unexpectedly in 2013.

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Florida Voters To Decide On Medical Marijuana

After much debate, the Florida Supreme Court rules voters will get a chance to determine whether marijuana for medicinal purposes will be legal in the state. 

Supporters called the decision a victory for the ill and those in pain. Opponents are gearing up for a tough battle.

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USF Incubator Nurtures Student-Owned Startups

USF students Keosha Poole and Dez Williams are the creatives behind a new business incubator that provides collaborative work space for student owned startups.

The idea grew out of increasing interest in entrepreneurship and investments by students.

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Tampa Prepares To Host Bollywood In April

Thousands of film fans from around the globe are expected to converge on Tampa in April for the Indian Film awards known as Bollywood.

The international film fesitval will be in Tampa April 23rd through 26th.

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USF Graduation Rate Up 15% In 5 Years

The University of South Florida's graduation rate increase at a greater pace than any other state university over the last five years.

Officials are trying to determine the factors involved, including greater demand for higher education driven by the recent economic downturn as well as improved student performance based at least partly on higher standards for admission.

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Lightning Owner Plans New Downtown Tampa Hotel

Jeff Vinik, the owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning, is planning a new hotel on property he owns near the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Many expect Vinik and his property management team to significantly transform downtown Tampa with new development near the hockey arena and Channelside.

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Florida Soon To Rank As Third Most Populous State

New Yorkers moving to Florida may be the reason the Sunshine State passes the Empire State in population, according to recent Census data.

Growth in jobs and an economic recovery in Florida is driving the latest shift in population.

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Greenlight Pinellas Campaign Kicks Into High Gear

Pinellas County is spending about $400,000 to educate the public about Greenlight Pinellas, the effort to pass a transit referendum in November 2014.

The education effort targets community and business leaders as well as frequent voters likely to go to the polls.

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Visit St. Pete, Says New York Times Travel

St. Petersburg lands right after Croatia and right before Belize in The New York Times list of the top 52 places to visit in 2014. Topping the list? Capetown, South Africa; Christchurch, New Zealand; and the Northern coast of California.

St. Pete's Beach Drive along the Tampa Bay waterfront, emerging arts districts, world-class museums and a diversity of fine restaurants are cited for reasons to visit.

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