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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: 2 hours 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: 3 hours 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: 3 hours 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: 3 hours 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: 4 hours 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: 4 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: 4 hours ago

Pinellas sheriff: Three Seminole Middle School students arrested for assaulting teacher, school employee

SEMINOLE — Three Seminole Middle School students were arrested April 21 on charges that they assaulted a teacher and a support employee in separate incidents caught on surveillance video.The incidents took place about 3 p.m. on April 18, accord...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Wimauma pastor charged with sexual battery of 17-year-old over six-year span

Wimauma pastor charged with sexual battery of 17-year-old over six-year span

WIMAUMA — Detectives say a senior pastor at Beth-El Farmworker Ministry in Wimauma sexually battered a 17-year-old girl multiple times over the past six years, including on Monday.Walter Chuquimia, 59, was arrested Wednesday on three counts of ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Former Yankee inspires a youth(w/video)

Former Yankee inspires a youth(w/video)

Alfonso Soriano, a former New York Yankee and World Series Champion visited students at Crestwood Elementary School in Tampa. Soriano who shares the same experiences like some of the students at Crestwood as an immigrant from the Dominican Republic. ...
Updated: 6 hours ago