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First responders prepare for the worst

Pinellas County, FL -- First responders prepare for the worst case scenario by walking through simulations.

A plane set to depart explodes before taking off. This did not really happen but what if it did?

St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport wants to be ready if faced with the threat of a bomb.

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Name new FL Botanical Gardens sculpture, win a prize

Largo, Florida -- The Florida Botanical Gardens is holding a naming contest for its long-awaited water fountain sculpture that will be formally dedicated at the Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation's annual Diggin' the Arts on Sunday, May 4.

The sculpture was borne of a love for the gardens and a vision of elevating the gardens' experience with artwork. Former Foundation president Chuck Scaffidi conceived the idea of showcasing a stunning piece of art in the small pond outside of the Wedding Garden.

HEAT: Thousands of Pinellas County students homeless

St. Petersburg, Florida - There are thousands of homeless students in Pinellas County and one school district is pushing for resistance over silence.

The Homeless Education Assistance Team for Pinellas County Schools, or HEAT, is working to decrease homelessness and lower the dropout rate.

HEAT officials say there are more than 3,400 students who go to schools like Lakewood High School and are considered homeless.

Clearwater police investigating fatal motorcycle crash

Clearwater, Florida -- Clearwater police traffic homicide investigators are on scene of a fatal accident tonight.

A crash between a car and a motorcycle occurred at 9:37 p.m. at the intersection of Belleair Road and Missouri Avenue.

The motorcyclist was reportedly northbound on Missouri Avenue when he collided with a car that was turning east on Belleair Road from Missouri Avenue.

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'Dr. Beach' visits local beaches in search of national 2014 Top 10 Beaches

Fort De Soto, Florida - Florida International University Professor Stephen Leatherman aka "Dr. Beach," has combed this country for top beaches for decades,

Island Earth Days at Honeymoon Island State Park

Pinellas County, Florida – If you have kids, this is a great weekend to explore Honeymoon Island State Park. The park is hosting Island Earth Days on April 12 and 13.

Pedal power: Bike benefit for Directions for Living

St. Petersburg, Florida – Childhood is supposed to be a carefree existence right? But unfortunately, kids in the Tampa Bay area often witness trauma or are victims themselves.

That's where the counseling services provided by Directions for Living come in. The Pinellas not-for-profit serves some 6,000 people a year.

"We're there to wrap our arms and support around families," says Directions' Summer Lott. "We go to schools, health centers and homes."