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Hillsborough Commissioners vote 6-1 to approve road-centric $812 million, 10-year transportation plan

Hillsborough County Commissioners approved a road-centric $812 million, 10-year transportation plan Wednesday despite calls from residents and one of their own for more transit options. ...

Judge agrees to free widow of Orlando Pulse nightclub shooter on bail

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  1. Hernando commission takes back emergency management from sheriff

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — When an emergency threatens Hernando County, state law is clear where oversight of the response rests — with the county administrator and County Commission.

    Bayou Drive, along the Hernando County coast, was submerged during Hurricane Hermine in September. This week, the Hernando County Commission took back emergency management from the Sheriff's Office.
  2. Where does Florida stand among the best states in the U.S.? Somewhere in the middle.

    Travel

    Floridians may cite our warm weather, sunny skies and lush beaches as a reason this is the place to be, but a U.S. News & World Report study on the "best states" in America doesn't exactly give the Sunshine State an overly ringing endorsement.

    Florida is ranked No. 24 in a new report by U.S. News & World report that measures the 'best states' in the country. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]
  3. In video, Oprah Winfrey teases at a possible run for president

    National

    Media mogul Oprah Winfrey, one of the few celebrities whose political endorsement actually meant something (see "the Oprah Effect" of 2008), is now toying with a presidential bid of her own.

    Oprah Winfrey speaks onstage at Hearst MagFront 2016 at Hearst Tower on Oct. 25 in New York City. [Getty Images]
  4. Bucs offer to make Glennon highest-paid backup QB in NFL

    Blogs

    The Bucs have offered to make Mike Glennon the highest-paid backup quarterback in the NFL.

  5. With Internet service restored, testing resumes at Hernando schools

    K12

    The Hernando County School District's Internet access — the shutdown of which delayed the start of computer-based standardized testing — was restored Tuesday evening, allowing teachers to start administering tests Wednesday.

  6. Judge agrees to free widow of Orlando Pulse nightclub shooter on bail

    Criminal

    OAKLAND, Calif. — The latest on the court case of the widow of the Orlando nightclub shooter:

    Noor Salman, seen in a family photo in which her son's face is obscurred, was married to Omar Mateen, the man who killed 49 people in an attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June.
  7. Former state prosecutor Berny Jacques announces run for state house

    Blogs

    Former state prosecutor Berny Jacques announced Wednesday that he is running for Florida House District 66.

    Berny Jacques, a former state prosecutor, announced Wednesday that he is running for Florida House District 66.
  8. Hillsborough Commissioners vote 6-1 to approve road-centric $812 million, 10-year transportation plan

    Blogs

    TAMPA -- Hillsborough County Commissioners approved a road-centric $812 million, 10-year transportation plan Wednesday despite calls from residents and one of their own for more transit options.

    Hillsborough County commissioners approved a 10-year, $812 million transportation project focused on improving county roads and bridges.
  9. Poor Hatcher. The Smithsonian's iconic triceratops is about to be fed to a T. rex

    Science

    WASHINGTON — When a dinosaur nicknamed "Hatcher" was cobbled together a century ago, he was the first triceratops the world had seen in 66 million years. And he looked the worse for it.

    The updated Hatcher triceratops mount on display at the museum in 2001. [Photo by D.E. Hurlbert courtesy of Smithsonian Institution]
  10. Bucs still not ready to commit to cleaned up RB Doug Martin

    Blogs

    Running back Doug Martin apparently is out of drug rehab, looks fit and met with coach Dirk Koetter and general manager Jason Licht in Tampa last week.

Scott names Carlos Beruff to chair the powerful Constitution Revision Commission

Gov. Rick Scott has named Sarasota businessman Carlos Beruff to be the chairman of the powerful Constitution Revision Commission, the 37-member commission that will be dominated by Scott appointees which has the power to put proposals directly onto the 2018 ballot....

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Rich Hollenberg is back with Fox Sports Sun.

Hollenberg back as pre-and postgame TV host for Rays games

Rich Hollenberg has been brought back after all - and in an expanded role - as the pre- and postgame host for Rays TV broadcasts on Fox Sports Sun, the Times has learned.

An announcement from Fox is expected this week....

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Josh Gad plays Lefou in "Beauty and the Beast."

'Beauty and the Beast's 'exclusively gay moment' will be a Disney first, director tells magazine

Will the live-action Beauty and the Beast movie feature Disney's first openly gay character? Director Bill Condon's description of an "exclusively gay moment" near the end of the upcoming film is being taken that way by some....

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