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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 wi …

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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. Jones: Two Cents from Day 1 of NFL draft

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Here is what popped into my head while watching Thursday night's first round of the NFL draft.

    Feeling his Oates

    Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett goes No. 1 to the Browns, who ranked second-to-last defensively last season.
  2. NFL draft: Bears shake up things early with trade up to take QB Mitchell Trubisky

    Bucs

    PHILADELPHIA — The first big surprise in the NFL draft wasn't the top pick.

    It came one pick later.

    Leonard Fournette holds up his new Jaguars jersey after being selected fourth overall, one of two LSU products to go in the top six.
  3. Stars shine in St. Petersburg for Sunscreen Film Festival

    Features

    St. Petersburg had stars in its eyes Thursday when the Sunscreen Film Festival kicked off its 12th edition.

    Castille Landon, a director from Los Angeles who went to high school while living in Terra Ceia, leads Apple the miniature horse down the steps of the Palladium in St. Petersburg during the Sunscreen Film Festival Thursday, April 27, 2017. The horse was a star in Landon's film, Apple of My Eye.
  4. St. Petersburg, police officers prevail in federal lawsuit filed by estate of man killed in 2013

    Civil

    TAMPA — A federal jury on Thursday ruled in favor of the City of St. Petersburg and three of its police officers in a civil lawsuit over the fatal 2013 police shooting of Ronald Sexton, according to city officials.

    Ronald Sexton, 23, was shot and killed by St. Petersbrug police officers in 2013. His estate sued the officers and the City of St. Petersburg in federal court, but on Thursday the officers and the city prevailed. [Courtesy of Sexton family]
  5. Hillsborough County issues emergency ban on outdoor burns

    Local Government

    TAMPA — Outdoor burning was banned in Hillsborough County Thursday under an executive order from commissioners that extends through May 4.

  6. Gaming debate continues for Day 3 in Florida Legislature

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers continued to move forward on gambling legislation Thursday, debating whether to renew a compact with the Seminole Tribe, which could produce as much as $300 million in annual revenue, or to expand slot machines and other gaming operations elsewhere.

  7. Pinellas construction licensing board investigator resigns after road rage allegation

    Local Government

    PALM HARBOR — An investigator with the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board resigned Wednesday after being accused of threatening two people with a baseball bat during a road rage incident on Tampa Road.

    Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board Investigator Anthony DeBernardi resigned Wednesday after he was accused of thertening two motorists with a baseball bat in a road-rage incident. He was not arrested or charged with any crime. The other people declined to press charges. [MARK PUENTE   |   Tampa Bay Times}
  8. Pinellas sheriff: Three Seminole Middle School students arrested for assaulting teacher, school employee

    Crime

    SEMINOLE — Three Seminole Middle School students were arrested April 21 on charges that they assaulted a teacher and a support employee in separate incidents caught on surveillance video.

  9. Gov. Rick Scott faces jarring rebuke in legislative budget deal

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott traveled the state the last two months calling out legislators for opposing his top budget priorities.

    Florida Governor Rick Scott speaks to reporters after a roundtable discussion with Tampa community leaders and business owners about the state of Enterprise Florida and its relation to Florida's military and defense communities in March in Tampa. [Andres Leiva | Tampa Bay Times]
  10. Bill proposes to cloud Sunshine Law by letting elected officials meet privately

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Constitution and the state's famed Sunshine Law give residents the right to observe meetings held by their elected officials.

    If a House measure passes the Legislature this year that allows two members of a public board, are meetings like this 2015 St. Petersburg City Council workshop going to be rendered moot? [MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times]

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....

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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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