Posted: 3:53 am Friday, September 16th, 2016

Samsung Phones Recalled 

By Ann Kelly

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phoneSamsung has issued a recall for all Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones for what they say are serious fire and burn hazards,. There have been reports of phone batteries catching on fire, and the FAA doesn’t want you to bring them on planes, even if they’re turned off. Click here for full return information.

 

Tampa will keep the red light camera program for another two years. City Council voted 4-3 at yesterday’s meeting to extend the contract with American Traffic Solutions through October of 2018. So far the city may make $2 million this year, and that figure is based on a total of 65,000 violations. Each citation carries a $158 fine. The city gets $83 of that.

 

sewageSt Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman is defending the city’s action following the release of 58 million gallons of partially treated sewage into the Bay after Hermine. The city did tell the state about it, but not residents like those in the Azalea neighborhood that’s next to the plant where the sewage was released. The mayor said they didn’t have to tell the neighborhood because they considered the water fairly clean. In all, up to 93 million gallons may have been released.

 

New South Hurricane Guide Header 2There’s a new tropical storm out in the Atlantic, making for a total of three named systems. Karl is the latest and at this point just something to keep an eye on. Tropical storm Julia is off the coast of South Carolina and not really a threat anymore. The same for Ian way out in the Atlantic. Track the tropics anytime in the Dove Hurricane Center.

 

manateeIt took a small army of volunteers, but the three Manatees that were trapped when the floodwaters from Hurricane Hermine receded are safely back where they belong. Florida Fish and Wildlife coordinated the rescue of seven manatees. There were three juvenile manatees and four adults taken for the pond on the Plantation on Crystal River golf course. They ate well. The pond they were trapped is was filled hydrilla, with one of their favorite foods so they didn’t go hungry. The FWC will keep checking for any manatees still trapped today.