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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 w …

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

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Communication still a weak spot for Hillsborough school superintendent Jeff Eakins

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Dining Planner: The Dinner Series at Rooster & the Till, Cuban Pete

Dining Planner: The Dinner Series at Rooster & the Till, Cuban Pete

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Sunscreen Film Festival brings stars and indie films to St. Pete

Sunscreen Film Festival brings stars and indie films to St. Pete

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Music Planner: Red Hot Chili Peppers, 98 Rockfest, Spoon, Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper

Music Planner: Red Hot Chili Peppers, 98 Rockfest, Spoon, Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper

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  1. Florida Republicans helped nix second attempt to overhaul Obamacare

    Blogs

    UPDATE: Late Thursday House leaders announced they would not attempt a vote on Friday, conceding insufficient votes.

    A patient is examined at a practice in Taylorsville, Ky., Jan. 15, 2014.
  2. Lawsuit alleges PSTA gave trolley contract to lesser qualified Jolley Trolley because of lobbying, local advantage

    Transportation

    CLEARWATER — Cincinnati-based First Transit has sued the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, alleging it lost the county's trolley contract because a "who's who of Clearwater" lobbied the board to choose the less qualified Jolley Trolley.

    The Jolley Trolley has been operating in North Pinellas since 1982.  A PSTA official said board members were allowed to consider that experience in awarding a contract. 
  3. Watered-down deregulation of trauma care on tap in Florida House

    Blogs

    The Florida House is expected to pass watered-down legislation meant to increase the number of trauma centers in the state on Friday.

  4. State Rep. Larry Ahern again kills controversial bill to fix Pinellas construction licensing board

    Local Government

    State Rep. Larry Ahern's legislation to help reform the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board is dead once again.

    Rep. Larry Ahern, R- Seminole, has again pulled proposed legislation to help reform the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Tampa Bay Times}
  5. People are paying good money to watch other people play video games in Tampa

    Events

    By CHRISTOPHER SPATA

    Times Staff Writer

    A troupe of performers will walk on stage Sunday.

    Jack Pattillo of Achievement Hunter seen in 2013. [Rooster Teeth]
  6. Alabama tight end O.J. Howard celebrates a touchdown reception during the Crimson Tide's loss to the Clemson Tigers in the national championship game in Tampa. Howard fell down to the Bucs in Thursday's NFL Draft, and Tampa Bay grabbed him with the 19th pick of the first round. [ANDRES LEIVA  |  Times]
  7. For once, Florida Democrats have possible votes to block key Republican initiative

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — As a sign of "increasing weight" in the legislative process, Senate Democrats have enough votes to block a key priority of House Speaker Richard Corcoran, who wants to increase the property tax exemption for homeowners.

  8. Bucs take Alabama TE O.J. Howard in first round of draft

    Bucs

    TAMPA — He was still standing there, wide open and all alone.

    O.J. Howard wasn’t invited by the Bucs for a predraft interview because they didn’t think he’d be available at No. 19.
  9. Review: Red Hot Chili Peppers bounce, thrash through age-defying show at Tampa's Amalie Arena

    Blogs

    If you squinted your eyes, you might’ve noticed Flea flicking some stiffness from his wrists. You might’ve spotted Anthony Kiedis or Chad Smith huffing a little with hands upon hips.

    The Red Hot Chili Peppers performed at Amalie Arena in Tampa on April 27, 2017.

'Schools of hope' compromise all-but finalized -- in secret

Lawmakers secretly struck a tentative compromise Thursday on one of the most consequential education reforms of the 2017 session — a $200 million program to help students who attend perpetually failing K-12 public schools in Florida....

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Cronenworth extends hit streak to 20 games for High A Charlotte

High A Charlotte SS Jake Cronenworth became the 11th player in the organization’s history to have a 20-game hitting streak, joining the likes of Carl Crawford (20 games) and Aubrey Huff (team record 28 games)....

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