Adam Bakst

Adam Bakst is a WUSF/USF Zimmerman School digital news intern for summer 2019.

Born and raised in Tampa, Adam is a junior at USF working towards a BA in Mass Communications with a concentration in broadcast news. With an interest in radio news, Adam has interned at WMNF and is a volunteer host at Bulls Radio.

A Florida House committee passed a bill Tuesday requiring a minor to receive parental permission before getting an abortion.

The House Health and Human Services Committee approved the bill by a 12-6 vote.

After a pair of mayoral scandals, two state officials are seeking legislation to dissolve the city of Port Richey.

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay is teaming with the advertising agency ChappellRoberts on a new initiative called “First to Respond, Last to Ask for Help.” The program, which promotes suicide awareness for Tampa Bay’s first responders, was announced during a Tuesday conference.

As Labor Day approaches, gas prices are near the lowest level of the summer. And even with the threat of Tropical Storm Dorian, AAA officials say they are not expected to rise.

On Wednesday, a group of concerned parents and teachers rallied for public school funding allocation prior to a Florida Board Education Meeting in Polk County.

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor is rolling out a program that focuses on reaching out to minority-owned businesses to connect them with the city.

Meant to make city hall more readily available to the community, “Bridges to Business” illustrates one of Castor’s major campaign promises: helping small businesses.

By Adam Bakst

With recent cyber attacks on Riviera Beach and Lake City, security of computer systems and information seems to be a growing concern even for the smallest of cities.

This is leading local information technology departments throughout the state to try and control this problem before they fall victim to hackers.

Three Tampa Bay area communities will be able to make improvements thanks to their share of almost a million dollars in grants from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Lealman community in Pinellas County, the University Area in Tampa, and the city of Brooksville will each receive $300,000 to clean up contaminated properties and develop community projects.

A high school student collapsed and later died during conditioning drills in Tampa on Tuesday.

Hezekiah B. Walters, 14, collapsed on the Middleton High School football fields at approximately 4 p.m.

Events commemorating Friday as National Gun Violence Awareness Day will be held in St Petersburg, Lakewood Ranch and Tampa. But in Temple Terrace, the city council and mayor voted not to acknowledge the day at all.

A junior at Tampa Prep is raising money to help build a soccer field back in his birthplace of Arusha, Tanzania.

Jordan Peloubet said the field would provide a wonderful opportunity to the children of the village and their families. Led by his father, Drew, the Peloubet family has been able to work with the organization love.fútbol, a non-profit group that builds soccer fields in developing countries.

In about a month, Judy Genshaft will retire as the President of the University of South Florida. 

But, thanks to a $20 million gift from her and her husband, her name will live on with the USF Judy Genshaft Honors College.