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Southern heritage supporters sue over design of Civil War memorial


The next skirmish in a war that ended 151 years ago likely will be fought inside a Hillsborough County courtroom, as a group of Southern heritage supporters sued the county and the V...

Climate-change study at Apollo Beach desalination plant keeps eye on sea level

- Owners of the sea-level-situated desalination plant have embarked on a multiyear study to determine how to avoid the potential swamping of the $158 million plant that changes saltwater into water people can drink.

Authorities find four runaway girls from Brandon foster facility

- The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office say they have found three sisters and another girl – ages 4 to 13 — who got out of A Kids Place, on Lithia-Pinecrest Road.

Anti-hunting groups plan court action to stop second Florida bear hunt


With more than 4,000 bears roaming the woods of Florida, state wildlife officials seem poised to allow another

Trinity Cafe opens second location to feed homeless, needy


— In the hall of an East Busch Boulevard church Monday, there was such a thing as a free lunch.

MOSI scientist out to prove 1977 ‘Wow Signal’ was not from extraterrestrials

- The truth is out there. Or so believes Antonio Paris, a local astronomy professor testing his theory that a wild-hair radio signal from space four decades ago came from a natural phenomenon and not intelligent life in the c...

Hillsborough-grown medical marijuana to hit the market this summer


Forget the strawberries of Plant City and the tomatoes of Ruskin. Hillsborough County has begun farming its latest money crop: reefer, pot, doobage, ganja, weed, Mary Jane, ot...

Tampa’s finances are in good health, audit finds


An external auditor gave a resounding stamp of approval to the city of Tampa’s finances last year.

Weakening El Niño, ‘cold blob’ could affect hurricane season


Six weeks before the start of the annual Atlantic hurricane season, prognosticators have issued their first educated guesses about how many named storms will form, how many will head this way and how may will make landf...

Hillsborough used as dumping ground for the homeless from other counties

- Hillsborough County is so successful at dealing with its homeless problem that social welfare organizations in other counties are taking notice and sending their homeless here, local advocates say.

Bear cub rescued during wildfire gets TLC at Lowry Park Zoo


TAMPA — Lowry Park Zoo’s newest arrival showed up last week with singed fur and a big appetite.

More than 22,000 comment on proposal to re-list manatees as threatened

- The federal proposal to scrub the West Indian manatee from the endangered species list received 22,606 emailed comments from the public, with more than 20,000 coming in the final two weeks of the comment period.

New center will teach kids the wonders of the Tampa Bay ecosystem


APOLLO BEACH — A sprawling education, conservation and research center designed to celebrate and teach the wonders of the Tampa Bay ecosystem officially opened Tuesday in Apollo Beach, just a half-mile south of th...

Tampa Bay’s largest ecosystem restoration reaches completion

- More than 50 volunteers provided the finishing touches to a two-year project to restore more than 1,000 acres of wetlands, uplands, saltwater and freshwater marshes south of Ruskin.

Businesses on Ybor City block around burned-down club may reopen today

- A structural engineer determined the businesses around the Amphitheatre were safe, and Seventh Avenue was expected to reopen this afternoon. That’s good news for businesses heading into a big weekend for Ybor’...

Hospitals, blood banks take precautions to prevent spread of Zika

- The microscopic virus that is spread through mosquitoes and results in horribly deformed newborn babies appears to be at Florida’s gate and health officials are closely watching developments and gearing up for the ons...

Tampa-area businessman, Rays investor Ringhaver dies in crash with semi


Lance C. Ringhaver, a longtime Tampa-area businessman and major player in the group that brought Major League Baseball to the region, was killed Monday night in a crash involving tractor-trailer in Apollo Beach, authorit...

Popularity of reddish egret again may be leading to its decline in Tampa Bay

- It may be among the most fascinating and certainly the rarest bird species Florida has to offer, and its dwindling population is causing concern among environmentalists and bird watchers.

Future apartment complex will shelter the homeless


TAMPA — For the past 64 years, the Edmund Gaines Graham Home in the heart of east Tampa has sheltered the elderly and infirmed. Now, the remnants of the building lie in piles of rubble on the east end of the prope...

To survive in a submerged vehicle, do not panic and carry a hammer

- There is time to react when a car goes underwater, safety officials say. It’s a thought running through the minds of many people in the Tampa area a day after two cars ended up in ponds — one of the incidents ...