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Communication still a weak spot for Hillsborough school superintendent Jeff Eakins

TAMPA — Hillsborough County schools superintendent Jeff Eakins has integrity and treats others with respect. But not all his underlings share those traits. And on his watch, the district has …

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Florida auto licenses, tags, issued through private companies could come with new fees

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Wimauma pastor charged with sexually assaulting 17-year-old for six years

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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. Former Yankee inspires a youth(w/video)

    Human Interest

    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. Encouraged them to work hard in school and remain model citizens in …

    Fourth grader Estela Fernandez, 9, left, asks former New York Yankee Alfonso Soriano a question about his experience playing baseball during his visit at Crestwood Elementary. Soriano who shares the same experiences like some the students at Crestwood as an immigrant from the Dominican Republic. Encouraged them to work hard in school and remain model citizens in their community on Thursday, April 27, 2017. ?’That?•s the important reason why I came to school today, to motivate those kids so when they have a dream they can accomplish it, because I came from the Dominican Republic,?“ said Soriano.
  2. Congress doing bare minimum to keep government running

    National

    WASHINGTON  — Congress is doing the bare minimum to keep the country running, readying a short-term spending bill to keep the lights on in government past Saturday, when President Donald Trump will mark his 100th day in office.

     Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, the second-ranking Democrat in the House, threatened to withhold votes for the spending bill if Republicans tried to push for a vote this week on a revived health care repeal. [Associated Press]
  3. Florida auto licenses, tags, issued through private companies could come with new fees

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — Drivers in Florida who renew their licenses and tags through a private company could soon face additional fees to do so.

    Former Sen. Mike Fasano, now the Pasco County Tax Collector, calls the new fees for private companies that offer auto tags and licenses, a bad idea. [Associated Press]
  4. Editorial: TBARTA bill back on track

    Editorials

    The Florida Senate gave a vital boost Thursday to Tampa Bay's efforts to modernize its outdated and inefficient transportation system. The Senate reworked a bill to put the region on stronger footing to address its transportation problems, from chronic road congestion and poor mass transit to the lack of regional …

  5. Berkeley under police watch after Coulter talk canceled

    Politics

    BERKELEY, Calif. — Berkeley, known as the home of the American free speech movement, was under heavy police watch on Thursday in advance of what was expected to be a large protest over a canceled appearance by conservative commentator Ann Coulter.

    Ashton Whitty, left, 21, and Hailey Carlson, 24, University of California, Berkeley students, make their feelings known during a press conference held by the Berkeley College Republicans  on Wednesday. The event was held to discuss the cancellation of speaker Ann Coulter's appearance on campus. [East Bay Times via AP]
  6. Trump signs order creating accountability office at VA

    Military

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday creating an accountability and whistleblower protection office at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin  said the purpose of the office is to help identify "barriers" that make it difficult to fire or reassign employees deemed unfit to work at the department and serve veterans.  Another function will be to help shield whistleblowers from retaliation. [Associated Press]
  7. A fifth of Trump's first 100 days were in Florida, but it's not all vacation time

    National

    PALM BEACH — President Donald Trump has put a distinctive Florida stamp on his first 100 days in office by making seven trips to his Mar-a-Lago estate that have mixed golf, statecraft and controversy.

    President Donald Trump, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk together after their meetings at Mar-a-Lago on April 7. [Associated Press]
  8. Florida Medicaid cuts will hit $650 million, Senate chair says

    Blogs

    As part of a broad budget deal, House and Senate leaders have agreed to roughly $650 million in cuts to hospital payments through Medicaid.

    State Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, (right) talks to Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, on the floor of the Senate.
  9. Editorial: Florida House should not shred open meetings law

    Editorials

    For decades, Florida has been a national leader in requiring the public's business to be conducted in the sunshine. Today, the Florida House is poised to return the state to the dark ages with legislation that would allow two members of the same government board or commission to discuss government issues in secret. This …

    The Florida House is poised to return the state to the dark ages with legislation that would allow two members of the same government boards or commissions to discuss government issues in secret.
  10. Fire at Clearwater storage facility causes nearly $1 million in damage

    Fire

    CLEARWATER — A fire at a storage facility Wednesday night damaged 18 units and caused an estimated $1 million in damage, authorities said.

State Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, (right) talks to Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, on the floor of the Senate.

Florida Medicaid cuts will hit $650 million, Senate chair says

As part of a broad budget deal, House and Senate leaders have agreed to roughly $650 million in cuts to hospital payments through Medicaid....

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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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Johnny Depp is set to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in May.

Johnny Depp goes undercover to surprise fans at Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean ride (w/video)

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Some visitors to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at California's Disneyland got a surprise: Captain Jack Sparrow himself. ...

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