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Florida House panel votes to kill Enterprise Florida, decimate Visit Florida

The House Appropriations Committee today voted 18-12 for the bill to kill Enterprise Florida and decimate Visit Florida, the state's tourism marketing agency that Gov. Rick Scott credits for helping the state set tourism records each of the last five years. ...

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  1. Deputies: Armed robberies at eastern Hillsborough convenience stores may be related

    Crime

    Deputies are searching for a man who robbed two 7-Eleven convenience stores within a half hour Tuesday morning.

    On Feb. 21, 2017, at 3:25 a.m., a man wearing a mask and gloves was armed with a short-barrel shotgun entered the Speedway at 13179 U.S. 301 S in Riverview and demanded money before fleeing the scene, possibly toward The Grove at SouthShore apartment complex. No vehicle was seen. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  2. Houston police chief: No injuries amid gunfire reports

    Nation

    HOUSTON — The police chief in Houston says no one has been found injured and there's no evidence of a shooting amid reports of gunfire inside the hospital at the Texas Medical Center.

  3. Florida House panel votes to kill Enterprise Florida, decimate Visit Florida

    Blogs

    Gov. Rick Scott lost again.

    Over the last two weeks he toured the state, launched campaign style robo calls, and penned a sharply worded letter in newspapers statewide all in a bid to pressure House Republicans out of backing a bill to kill the state agency that has been central to his job creation programs.

  4. Lawrence Edward Cannon, 42, left, is facing a first-degree murder charge and Jennifer Elam, 44, is facing a charge of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. They were arrested on Feb. 20, 2017, after police say they fatally shot Mary Ring, 69, in the early morning hours after the Super Bowl but spent spent the past two weeks trying to decide how to dispose of Ring's body, which had been kept in the house since her death. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  5. Tampa Bay's first Sprouts Farmers Market opens Wednesday

    Retail

    TAMPA — The first thing I noticed when I walked into the Sprouts Farmers Market in the Carrollwood Commons shopping plaza in Tampa Tuesday was the produce section.

    The Sprouts Farmers Market, known for a wide variety of produce options, on Wednesday is opening its first Tampa Bay location at 15110 Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa.
[CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]
  6. Family obligations leave Hernando School Board member attending meetings remotely

    K12

    BROOKSVILLE — To anyone who has noticed the frequent emptiness of Hernando County School Board member Susan Duval's chair at recent meetings and workshops, there's a good reason for her absence, Duval said.

    Hernando School Board member Susan Duval is attending meetings remotely as she cares for her daughter in Connecticut.
  7. Miami lawmakers on Trump deportations: ‘You’re going to catch a lot of good people’

    Blogs

    Two Miami Republicans in Congress immediately questioned on Tuesday the Trump administration’s new policy exposing nearly all immigrants in the country illegally to deportation.

  8. Anti-abortion activists target Sen. Nelson in Gorsuch confirmation battle

    Blogs

    Anti-abortion activists working to confirm Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will demonstrate outside Sen. Bill Nelson's Tampa office tomorrow.

  9. Raw video: Runaway cow leads police on wild chase in Queens

    Bizarre News

    NEW YORK — A cow that apparently escaped from a slaughterhouse has led police on a wild chase through New York City streets.

    A cow that apparently escaped from a slaughterhouse has led police on a wild chase through New York City streets. Police corralled the animal in a backyard in Jamaica, Queens, after a chase that lasted more than an hour. [Photo from video] 

  10. First Gasparilla men's champ Bill Rodgers still laces up the sneakers

    Running

    TAMPA — The snow was falling in Boxborough, Mass., northwest of Boston.

    Boston Marathon great Bill Rodgers hugs German marathoner Uta Pippig during the 113th Boston Marathon in Boston Monday, April 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Florida House panel votes to kill Enterprise Florida, decimate Visit Florida

Gov. Rick Scott lost again.

Over the last two weeks he toured the state, launched campaign style robo calls, and penned a sharply worded letter in newspapers statewide all in a bid to pressure House Republicans out of backing a bill to kill the state agency that has been central to his job creation programs....

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The Rays made an offer to land Wieters, pitching a one-year deal that gave him the opportunity to rebuild his value for another run at free agency in 2018.

No Rays for Wieters, who has $21M, two-year deal with Nats

UPDATE, 3:59: The Rays offer was for about $6-million guaranteed, with the chance with all incentives to get past $10-million. ... They are not expected to have interest in Derek Norris, who the Nats now will look to trade....

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An up-close look at a section of "Primates" by Kevin Grass.

Do you recognize the Tampa Bay scenes in this artist's ultra-realistic paintings?

"Florida artist can paint so real you'll think it's a photograph."...

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