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15 year old sexually molested in Highlands Regional Medical Center ICU Video included

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People go to hospitals to be healed, not sexually molested. But an 8 On Your Side investigation confirmed a 15 year old Highlands county girl, who was heavily medicated and sedated at Highlands Regional Medical Center, was sexually molested in her ICU bed. More>>

Squatters moving out of New Port Richey soldier's home Video included

Squatters begin moving out of Spc. Michael Sharkey's home on Wednesday night. Squatters begin moving out of Spc. Michael Sharkey's home on Wednesday night.
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Our 8 On Your Side story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community and now, the squatters are moving out.  
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Pricey processing issue at Tampa hair academy resolved Video included

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Loretta Maloy says she always expected to pay for the courses she took those several weeks, but thought $10,000 in loans just wasn’t right. More>>

New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home Video included

Soldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photo Soldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photo
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When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.
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TPD homicide detective under federal criminal investigation Video included

Tampa Police Officer Eric Houston, who is working at a crime scene in this file photo, is under federal investigation. Tampa Police Officer Eric Houston, who is working at a crime scene in this file photo, is under federal investigation.
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The feds are investigating one of Tampa Police Department's lead homicide detectives. Officer Eric Houston, who is one of the lead detectives in the Julie Schenecker murder investigation, is under federal criminal investigation. 
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Tampa homeowner says Duke Energy is a bully for taking her oak tree

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Neda Dandache and her family love their backyard oasis, even though a gigantic Duke Energy transmission tower abuts their backyard. Oak trees block that view, for now, and give them shade.The trees have never been an issue, but now, Duke wants them gone. Dandache says Duke's forester told her they may cause a problem - seven years from now." More>>

Are background checks enough for Florida teachers? Video included

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In an effort to weed out potential perverts, Florida law requires fingerprinting and criminal background checks before school districts hire employees that will have any contact with children.


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Pasco mix-up sends registration notices to wrong drivers Video included

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The vehicle registration information of hundreds of drivers in Pasco County were sent to the wrong person in a mix-up that led to the firing of a contractor.
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Flushable wipes, not so flushable says Tampa's wastewater officials Video included

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Personal wipes, baby wipes, face wipes, flushable wipes. They are all designed to help us deal with delicate issues. But the wipes themselves are actually pretty sturdy and increasingly local water systems are finding they are creating costly problems. More>>

Hillsborough residents claim water company retaliates against them Video included

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After East Lake residents fed up with stinky, cloudy water won a big battle against their utility company, they say Pluris American Infrastructure is retaliating against them.
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Mortgage nightmare for Plant City couple

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Karl and Vicktoria Hanson thought their foreclosure nightmare was long over. It may be just beginning. More>>

Bradenton massage therapist banned from contact with women by state Video included

The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients. The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.
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The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The order says Holmes "unrestricted practice as a massage therapist with female clients constitutes an immediate serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public More>>

State takes emergency action against Bradenton massage therapist after 8 On Your Side investigation Video included

Kevin Holmes, massage therapist Kevin Holmes, massage therapist
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According topolice records Kevin Holmes, age 60, toldinvestigators the client he gave a therapeutic massage to last month"was an attractive girl, plain and simple."It turns out she was also an off-duty detective, and Holmes said what he did to her was "absolutely inapproriate." More>>

Code violation fines on Valrico property now at $996,000 Video included

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An 8 On Your Side investigation has learned code enforcement fines against a Valrico couple now stand at $996,950.
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Best ways to redeem credit card reward points Video included

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Nearly every credit card offers some type of reward but knowing the best way to spend those reward points takes strategy.
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Florida has most doctors with $3 million in Medicare claims Video included

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Of all the states in the U.S., Florida has the largest number of doctors that had at least $3 million in 2012 Medicare claims, according to data released by the federal government on Wednesday.
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Hillsborough woman thinks tax preparer fees were too much Video included

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Doing your taxes can be frustrating enough but feeling gouged by the fees your charged only adds insult to injury.
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Hackers hold seven years of family photos for ransom Video included

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Loretta Barbee has seven years worth of photos trapped inside her computer, held for ransom by a computer hacker. More>>

Evenflo recalls 1.3 million child seat buckles

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Evenflo Company Inc. is voluntarily recalling more than 1.3 million child safety seat buckles due to the risk children could not be removed quickly in an emergency. More>>

Bill takes on unlicensed health clinics

The bill is currently up for debate in the state legislature. The bill is currently up for debate in the state legislature.
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There is one simple way for a Florida medical clinic to avoid being licensed and undergoing an annual inspection: Don't accept insurance.A bill moving through the Legislature would close that loophole for so-called cash-only clinics, which can escape government oversight because the statutory definition of a clinic is interpreted as an operation that takes third-party insurance. More>>

Neglected Valrico property gets cleaned up Video included

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There is light at the end of the tunnel in county code enforcement quagmire in Valrico. For weeks, 8 On Your Side has revealed how Hillsborough County proved impotent dealing with a neglected Valrico property. Now, that is changing and clean-up is underway.
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Windows XP users are at risk of new computer viruses, starting next week Video included

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If you have an older computer with the Windows XP operating system, you may want to consider an upgrade.Microsoft is ending its support for the aging system on April 8. That means XP users will no longer receive security patches that protect against loopholes in the system that allow for viruses and let in hackers. More>>

Govt. to recognize same-sex marriages in Medicare enrollment

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The Department of Health and Human Services announced that the Social Security Administration is now able to process requests for Medicare for certain eligible people in same-sex marriages. 
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Clearwater couple tricked into sending $10,000 has warning for others Video included

Alan and Anne Smith were tricked into sending $10,000 to a stranger. Alan and Anne Smith were tricked into sending $10,000 to a stranger.
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 A Clearwater couple who says they were tricked into sending $10,000 to a stranger, wants to warn others so they do not become victims. More>>

Some Tampa Bay residents still signing up for health insurance Video included

A day after the enrollment deadline, some Bay Area residents seeking insurance are still wading through the process. A day after the enrollment deadline, some Bay Area residents seeking insurance are still wading through the process.
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A day after the enrollment deadline, some Bay Area residents seeking insurance are still wading through the process. More>>

Pinellas condo owners fight investors over takeover Video included

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Imagine an investor forcing you to sell your home for a price so low that you're stuck paying a mortgage, even though you have no desire to sell at all?That's happening at the Madison Oaks Condominiums in Palm Harbor. More>>

FBI warns of ransomware computer virus, scams Video included

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Computer hackers are spreading a "ransomware" virus in which your computer's webcam can take your photo. The photo then pops up, along with a fake FBI message accusing users of viewing child porn and saying their computer can be unlocked if they pay a fee.
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Healthcare.gov website hits snags on deadline day Video included

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On Monday's deadline day for signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the federal government’s website started out the morning with some delays. Here's what to do if you encounter a problem.
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  • Bill takes on unlicensed health clinics

    Bill takes on unlicensed health clinics

    Sunday, April 6 2014 1:01 PM EDT2014-04-06 17:01:04 GMT
    The bill is currently up for debate in the state legislature. The bill is currently up for debate in the state legislature.
    There is one simple way for a Florida medical clinic to avoid being licensed and undergoing an annual inspection: Don't accept insurance.A bill moving through the Legislature would close that loophole for so-called cash-only clinics, which can escape government oversight because the statutory definition of a clinic is interpreted as an operation that takes third-party insurance.
    There is one simple way for a Florida medical clinic to avoid being licensed and undergoing an annual inspection: Don't accept insurance.A bill moving through the Legislature would close that loophole for so-called cash-only clinics, which can escape government oversight because the statutory definition of a clinic is interpreted as an operation that takes third-party insurance.
  • Windows XP users are at risk of new computer viruses, starting next week

    Windows XP users are at risk of new computer viruses, starting next week

    Friday, April 4 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-04-04 21:36:18 GMT
    If you have an older computer with the Windows XP operating system, you may want to consider an upgrade.Microsoft is ending its support for the aging system on April 8. That means XP users will no longer receive security patches that protect against loopholes in the system that allow for viruses and let in hackers.
    If you have an older computer with the Windows XP operating system, you may want to consider an upgrade.Microsoft is ending its support for the aging system on April 8. That means XP users will no longer receive security patches that protect against loopholes in the system that allow for viruses and let in hackers.
  • Sebelius visits Florida as ACA deadline looms

    Sebelius visits Florida as ACA deadline looms

    Saturday, March 29 2014 9:53 AM EDT2014-03-29 13:53:43 GMT
    Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be in Miami on Saturday.Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be in Miami on Saturday.
    The Obama Administration's top health official is back in South Florida with just days left to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, along with state Rep. Cynthia Stafford, will head to Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday for a "Souls to Enroll" event where counselors will help sign people up for health insurance.
    The Obama Administration's top health official is back in South Florida with just days left to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, along with state Rep. Cynthia Stafford, will head to Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday for a "Souls to Enroll" event where counselors will help sign people up for health insurance.
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