Beyond the News WFLA Interviews

Beyond the News WFLA Interviews

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Gordon Byrd speaks with state Rep. Mike Beltran (R-Tampa) about his bill to improve transit driver safety. It follows the fatal stabbing of HART driver Thomas Dunn last May and a November stabbing that wounded another Hillsborough bus driver.

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Gordon Byrd speaks with Whitney Blair Wyckoff of US News about their Best Jobs and Best Paying Cities report.

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January 3, 2020 13 min

Gordon Byrd speaks with Johanna Kossifidis about the upcoming Epiphany Day events in Tarpn Springs.

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Are people giving up on New Year's resolutions? A survey of 1000 Americans by St. Leo University near Tampa says 54% don't plan to make any for 2020. Gordon Byrd speaks with Dr. Christopher Wolfe, asst. professor of psychology at St. Leo, who also suggests an alternative that could make those pledges to work on money or lose weight more effective.

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December 5, 2019 10 min

Gordon Byrd speaks with Larry Coggins, Tampa Bay regional director of MADD, about the group's 35th annual candlelight vigil in Temple Terrace and its advocacy for DUI victims and survivors, as it approaches its 40th birthday in 2020.

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Frank Orlando, director of the St. Leo University Polling Institute in Pasco County, speaks about President Trump's job approval nationally in Florida, as well as the approval ratings of Congressional leaders, Florida's Governor and two U.S. Senators, and what Democrats think about the presidential candidates.

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December 3, 2019 11 min

Gordon Byrd speaks with Eric Perez of Meggitt Training Systems about how simulators help police recruits and officers walk through situations involving deadly force... including ways to de-escalate a tense situation. Perez is speaking from the I/ITSEC conference in Orlando.

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Hillsborough County Commissioners will take up an expansion by a financial services company that could add up to 400 new jobs. Steve Morey of the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council talks about a decades-long push to bring jobs in the financial services sector to the region.

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Gordon Byrd speaks with Ted Kresge, whose house has hosted a huge Christmas light display since 1977.

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For the second time this year, a HART transit bus driver has been stabbed on his run. This time, the driver survived. Gordon Byrd spoke with Amalgamated Transit Union International president John Costa about driver safety.

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November 15, 2019 8 min

Tampa is one of a few cities where Uber is trying a pilot program for passengers with pets. Gordon Byrd speaks with Javi Correoso about Uber Pet.

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Two Florida panther kittens (or cubs) left motherless are being cared for at ZooTampa (Lowry Park). FWC says their mother was euthanized after showing symptoms of a possible neurological disorder affecting panthers and bobcats. We spoke with Dr. Ashley Ayoob of Naples, the vet who treated the kittens in a veterinary hospital soon after they were discovered.

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Scott McCartney, Wall Street Journal writer and "Middle Seat" columnist, talks about their annual rankings of the nation's best and worst airports. Tampa ranks number 1 in the midsized category, edging out Portland, Oregon.

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November 12, 2019 11 min

Gordon Byrd speaks with Largo police lieutenant Scott Gore about a new 911 application that is made for the age of smartphones. It allows dispatchers to use the phone's camera to scan a crime scene.

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November 4, 2019 13 min

Gordon Byrd speaks with Susan Bowles, a clinical nurse at an Orlando maternity hospital and Florida maternity chair for the March of Dimes, on a new report giving Florida a "C-" grade on premature births.

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Marc Lalonde, PhD, VP of research for Shriners Hospitals for Children, talks about how their new Genomic Institute based at the University of South Florida campus in Tampa will improve the treatments they provide to children in need of orthopedic and burn surgeries at no cost.

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Cherie Jacobs with TECO speaks about the Manatee Viewing Center at Big Bend Power Plant in Apollo Beach, which opens its season Friday (Nov. 1).

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Reaction from Michelle Herrole, a former student-athlete at UF who now runs the Vinik Sports and Entertainment Management Program at USF in Tampa, after the NCAA Board of Governors voted to begin the process of allowing college athletes to make money off their names, images and likenesses. (Herrolle is not acting as a spokesperson for the USF athletic program.)

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Lauren Gardner, Ph.D., administrator of the Autism Program at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, talks about a free training program for law enforcement to help them avoid arresting or Baker Acting autistic individuals for behavior related to autism.

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Florida Polytechnic in Lakeland is adding a 12-credit unit in the humanities because it says, employers are looking for communications skills from their tech-savvy workers.

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