Nicole Slaughter Graham

Nicole Slaughter Graham is a WUSF Stephen Noble Intern for the 2019 spring semester.

Before taking the plunge as a full-time freelance journalist, she was the digital editor at duPont REGISTRY, where she wrote and edited for the publication’s digital site, Autofluence. As a freelance journalist, she has contributed to publications like The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, U.S. News & World Report, Cosmopolitan magazine, and realtor.com.

Slaughter Graham is a graduate of Eckerd College, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in creative writing. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in digital journalism and design from USFSP.

Slaughter Graham hopes to one day obtain a newsroom position as a multi-media reporter and would also like to add “college professor of journalism” to her resume.

Hillsborough County Clerk of Court Pat Frank has been a public service pioneer since she began her career in the 1970s.

Thursday, she announced that she will not seek reelection in 2020, and that she’s endorsing County Commissioner Les Miller as her successor.

St. Petersburg’s downtown city skyline is dotted with the booms and jibs of cranes stretching toward the sun. The sight is a telling sign of the city’s rapid growth—a topic that’s caused much contention among long-time residents and independent business owners.

The city recently passed the Storefront Conservation Corridor Plan, a measure to preserve the look and feel of Beach Dr. and Central Ave.

On a recent Saturday morning in downtown St. Petersburg, residents near Williams Park were jolted awake by potent guitar riffs and an explosion of drums from Frostfang. The heavy metal band includes members who go to St. Petersburg College and USF St. Petersburg, making them the perfect act to open the Good Vibes Only Art and Music Festival.

Across the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus, both students and the public are finding a smattering of free live performances to enjoy. The inaugural Short and Sweet Theatre Week kicked off Monday, bringing the arts to the university.

Enrollment for the upcoming fall semester is expected to be down at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and a variety of factors, including stricter admission requirements due to consolidation, are to blame.

Regional chancellor Martin Tadlock said that the university received about 2,400 applications last year and are down by about 150 this year.

Sarasota County is under fire for the massive amount of treated wastewater that has spilled from its Bee Ridge treatment facility into local waterways. Three nonprofits have told the county they plan to sue if it cannot figure out how to stop the spillage.

March is National Reading Month, and Sky Zone Tampa is using it as an opportunity to bring literacy to the community.

The trampoline gym is hosting a month-long book drive, and on Monday, they’ll donate around 300 books to Achieve Plant City, a nonprofit fostering education and literacy in east Hillsborough County.

The highly anticipated St. Pete Pier is scheduled to open this fall, and among the many attractions planned is Tampa Bay Watch’s 3,000-square-foot Discovery Center.

Downtown St. Petersburg will be the new home for the interactive exhibition and education center, where visitors will come face-to-face with some of the area’s native aquatic life.

St. Petersburg developers and preservationists on Thursday debated how the city might balance its rapid development with the preservation of its charm and history.

The lack of widespread public transit in the Tampa Bay area is no secret. Talks of  how, when, where, and what kind of transportation options to fund have been lengthy, and largely unproductive at the state and county levels, leaving individual cities to fend for themselves.

In Washington D.C. though, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is hopeful they can secure federal funding for improving transit infrastructure. The association met with representatives of Congress this week to discuss the federal government’s role.

Burned fields. Cut down trees. Obliterated fencing. Thousands upon thousands of muddy tracks from foot traffic. A small-scale drought.

Those were just some of the changes that affected the rural South’s landscape post-Civil War. The environmental changes after the conflict had lasting economic impact, and yet, those changes have been largely unexplored until now.

A 116-year-old church bell went missing from a Presbyterian church in Lutz. The relic is of great importance to the church congregation, and members are hoping it will be returned to its rightful place.

Marc Randolph shared lessons on how to become a successful entrepreneur with 700 people at the University of South Florida Thursday. But first, the co-founder of the multi-billion dollar streaming service Netflix took a selfie.

The University of South Florida is the 2018-19 top producer of Fulbright Scholars with 12 recipients, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. The accomplishment places the institution among top research schools like Michigan State University, UCLA, and Notre Dame.

At this year’s Florida State Fair, the agriculture scene is on full display. As you might expect, cows, goats and pigs are available for fairgoers to feed and pet. But this year’s agricultural exhibits also include another of the state’s prosperous, but lesser-known commodities: aquaculture.

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