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Gov. Rick Scott faces jarring rebuke in legislative budget deal

Gov. Rick Scott faces jarring rebuke in legislative budget deal

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott traveled the state the last two months calling out legislators for opposing his top budget priorities.He spent more than $1.2 million on ads trying to win the public over to his thinking.And on Thursday he was even...
Updated: 19 minutes ago
St. Petersburg, police officers prevail in federal lawsuit filed by estate of man killed in 2013

St. Petersburg, police officers prevail in federal lawsuit filed by estate of man killed in 2013

TAMPA — A federal jury on Thursday ruled in favor of the City of St. Petersburg and three of its police officers in a civil lawsuit over the fatal 2013 police shooting of Ronald Sexton, according to city officials.The lawsuit led to a week-long...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Hillsborough County issues emergency ban on outdoor burns

TAMPA — Outdoor burning was banned in Hillsborough County Thursday under an executive order from commissioners that extends through May 4. The county declared a state of emergency, citing a high risk of wildfires because of high temperatures an...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Bill proposes to cloud Sunshine Law by letting elected officials meet privately

Bill proposes to cloud Sunshine Law by letting elected officials meet privately

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Constitution and the state's famed Sunshine Law give residents the right to observe meetings held by their elected officials.But a bill going to the state House floor today would render significant aspects of that cons...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Gaming debate continues for Day 3 in Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers continued to move forward on gambling legislation Thursday, debating whether to renew a compact with the Seminole Tribe, which could produce as much as $300 million in annual revenue, or to expand slot machines a...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Photo gallery: There's a shark to catch

Photo gallery: There's a shark to catch

The rolling, unsteady deck doesn't seem to bother the scientist, standing there at the edge of the ship's outer deck. Behind him, students who haven't found their sea legs stumble every which way, but he remains focused on studying the fishing line t...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Retired Tampa police officer pleads guilty to theft of treasury check

TAMPA — A retired lawman and husband of a disgraced Tampa police detective admitted Thursday that he cashed a U.S. Treasury check his wife had stolen from an evidence room.Thomas A. Hevel pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to a single cha...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Will Zika return to Florida this summer? Yes, and it could be worse

Will Zika return to Florida this summer? Yes, and it could be worse

Wondering what's ahead for Zika?This coming summer will likely look like last summer, when 1,100 travel-related cases were reported statewide, and the virus spread in small pockets of South Florida.But there's a chance it could be worse."We are prepa...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Pinellas construction licensing board investigator resigns after road-rage allegation

Pinellas construction licensing board investigator resigns after road-rage allegation

PALM HARBOR –– An investigator with the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board resigned Wednesday after being accused of threatening two people with a baseball bat during a road-rage incident on Tampa Road.Anthony DeBernardi pulled ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Police investigating after man found dead in East Tampa

Police investigating after man found dead in East Tampa

Tampa police are conducting a homicide investigation after a man was found dead early Thursday morning.Police, responding to a 911 call near N 23rd Street and E Lake Avenue in East Tampa around 12:45 a.m. found 39-year-old Curtis Eugene Thomas, of Ta...
Updated: 2 hours ago