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A human trafficking investigation by St Pete Police netted six suspects. That sting began back in May when police in Louisiana asked SPPD to help find a 17 year old boy they believed was in St Pete. There’s more on the story here, and to reach the Human Trafficking Hotline call 1-888-373-7888.
Food stamp benefits will be available to Floridians in February but in a slightly different way. It’s going to be a lump sum payment at the end of this month. That’s due to the government shutdown.
Tampa International Airport is hosting a food pantry to help workers who are not being payed during the government shutdown. The pantry will be at the airport’s Police Training Center at 5020 West Shore Blvd and will be open noon to 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Other groups are also helping out and you can check that list here.
What’s turning canal water brown in Bradenton? Homeowners noticed the problem this past weekend. Officials think it might be due to runoff from a construction project.
There’s a new scam targeting SunPass users. A warning from FDOT says fake emails are being sent from the address SunPassNotice@ezpass-collections.net. FDOT does not send past due notices through email and if you’ve received one and would like to let them know go to www.SunPass.com , or call the SunPass Customer Service Center at 1-888-865-5352.