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Forecasters predict Invest 99L could turn into Tropical Storm Hermine, hit Florida

Meteorologists across Florida were watching weather patterns closely Wednesday as hurricane hunters flew into a developing system that forecasters say could turn into a tropical storm this week. …


Deputy shoots at wanted man in St. Peters­burg


Italy earthquake kills at least 159, reduces towns to rubble


  1. Elderly woman crossing Gulf Boulevard in crosswalk is struck and killed


    CLEARWATER — An elderly pedestrian died Wednesday morning on Sand Key when she was hit by a car, authorities said.

  2. Two Tampa Water Department workers retire amid sexual harassment investigation

    Local Government

    TAMPA — Two longtime Tampa Water Department employees retired last week rather than be fired over complaints from a co-worker who said she received unwanted text messages, had to deal with inappropriate comments and worried about losing her job if she complained.

  3. Coal towns hit by layoffs to get job grants from U.S. government

    Working Life


    Communities in nine U.S. states that have been hit hard by coal layoffs are being promised more than 3,000 jobs in several industries through a multimillion-dollar federal grant.

    Some of the grants will allow laid-off coal miners to participate in job retraining. The 29 projects total nearly $39 million and are expected to create or retain more than 3,400 jobs.
  4. Injuries test depth of Bucs offensive line


    TAMPA — Ali Marpet goose stepped his way to the practice field Wednesday, the result of a clunky walking boot on his sprained right ankle.

    Bucs tackle Donovan Smith missed a few days last week with the flu.
  5. FHP: St. Petersburg man dies after walking into car's path


    CLEARWATER — A 57-year-old St. Petersburg man died late Tuesday when he walked into the path of a car on Roosevelt Boulevard, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  6. Jay Feely on Bucs' Aguayo: No kicker worth high draft pick


    TAMPA — He neither shanked his response with diplomacy nor muffed it with double talk.

    NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 01:  Arizona Cardinals placekicker Jay Feely attends the 3rd Annual NFL Honors at Radio City Music Hall on February 1, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
  7. The hidden risk to the economy in corporate balance sheets


    NEW YORK — America has a debt problem, but it's not what you think.

  8. USF study suggests Tampa police with body cameras less likely to use force

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — Tampa police officers who wear body cameras are less likely to use force than their counterparts who do not wear them, a University of South Florida study suggests.

    Members of the Tampa City Council will discuss the Police Department’s use of body cameras at a meeting today. 
  9. Few companies, cautious bidding on offshore oil leases


    NEW ORLEANS — The federal government's annual sale of oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico attracted hardly any interest Wednesday, reflecting a dismal outlook for offshore drilling.

  10. VIDEO: Gov. Rick Scott calls Pinellas 'south of Tampa Bay'


    Gov. Rick Scott might need a refresher on Florida’s geography. During an interview on Fox News Channel, the two-term governor tried to explain to anchor Jenna Lee where the latest Zika cases have been reported.

Democrats to open nine more offices on Thursday

Democrats on Thursday will open coordinated campaign offices in Hialeah, Pompano Beach, Kissimmee, Ocala, Winter Haven, Sunrise, Orlando, and Bradenton and the DNC will open a headquarters in St. Petersburg....


Matt Andriese will be on the mound for the Rays.

For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox, looking for a W

UPDATE, 5:26: RHP Alex Cobb decided to make one more rehab start, on Saturday for Triple-A Durham, and then "sink or swim" will rejoin the team, planning to make his first big-league start since Tommy John surgery on Sept. 2 or 3 vs. Toronto. ... Cash said no final decisions have been made yet but with Cobb (and RHP Chase Whitley, also Tommy John surgery) coming back, a six-man rotation is an option for September.

UPDATE, 5:20:
Cash said he wanted to give Brad Miller a day off his feet, and also to give Morrison a little time on the field not just DH. ... Beckham's hamstring is still a little tight but he could be available if needed Cash said. ... INF/OF Nick Franklin, on the 7-day concussion DL, said he is feeling better and could play a rehab game on Friday with the idea of rejoining the Rays in Houston over the weekend. ... Hanley Ramirez gets a day off for the Red Sox....


Donteea Dye, pictured, is competing against special-teams standout Russell Shepard, as well as other young receivers like Evan Spencer.

Donteea Dye making case to stick with Bucs as cuts approach

The Bucs' fourth and fifth receiver jobs remain largely up for grabs with two preseason games remaining, but Donteea Dye, holding down the kickoff return job and making plays on offense, is making a case to stick around through final cuts....