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Secretary resigned after $98 million in legal fees in Florida water wars

TALLAHASSEE — Concerns over a ballooning legal bill for a fight over water resources between Florida and Georgia coincided with the resignation last week of Florida's top environmental regul …

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State lawmakers call to abolish the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board

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Sen. Marco Rubio backs down from opposition to Rex Tillerson, clearing way for confirmation

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  1. As goaltending falls off, so does Lightning

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — When the epitaph is finally written on this Lightning season, there will be many reasons it could be done in April instead of June.

    Ben Bishop, giving up a goal to the Coyotes on Saturday, was able to mask some Lightning deficiencies last season. This season, the goaltending play has mirrored the overall struggles.
  2. White House press secretary: 'Our intention is never to lie'

    National

    NEW YORK — White House press secretary Sean Spicer told a roomful of reporters that "our intention is never to lie to you," although sometimes the Trump administration may "disagree with the facts."

    “Our intention is never to lie to you,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday at his first official White House daily briefing. He said he Trump administra?tion may sometimes “disagree with the facts,” however.
  3. Police investigate fatal shooting at St. Petersburg meat market

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — Police were investigating the shooting death of a 19-year-old man in southern St. Petersburg on Monday night.

  4. Rays trading Forsythe to Dodgers for RHP Jose DeLeon

    Blogs

    The Rays have traded 2B Logan Forsythe to the Dodgers for RHP Jose DeLeon.

  5. Pinellas judge removed from case over alleged animosity toward defense lawyer

    Courts

    A Pinellas circuit judge's "personal animosity" toward a defense lawyer has gotten him kicked off a criminal case.

    Pinellas Circuit Judge William Burgess III. (Scott Keeler/Tampa Bay Times)
  6. Sen. Bill Nelson to oppose Tillerson, Sessions but back others

    Blogs

    WASINGTON - Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson said he will vote against Mike Pompeo to lead the CIA, Rex Tillerson as secretary of state and and Jeff Sessions as attorney general.

  7. Another agency chief for Rick Scott resigns: Boxold exits FDOT

    Transportation

    TAMPA — Florida Secretary of Transportation Jim Boxold will resign from the department on Feb. 3 to work as a lobbyist for Capital City Consulting.

    Jim Boxold’s resignation goes into effect Feb. 3. He will then start his role at Capital City Consulting.
  8. Florida death brings number killed in weekend Southeastern storms to at least 20

    Weather

    ADEL, Ga. — A vast storm system that kicked up apparent tornadoes, shredded mobile homes and left other destruction scattered around the Southeast has claimed at least 20 lives during its two-day assault on the region.

    A woman holds a child while walking through a farm that was damaged by a tornado, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Adel, Ga. (AP Photo/Branden Camp) GABC109
  9. Sen. Marco Rubio backs down from opposition to Rex Tillerson, clearing way for confirmation

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — After weeks of buildup over a showdown with President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state, Sen. Marco Rubio on Monday backed down and voted for Rex Tillerson, ensuring the former ExxonMobil CEO will have a smooth confirmation with the overall Senate.

    The nomination of Rex Tillerson for secretary of state was advanced by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a party-line vote.
  10. Arrest made in Friday night shooting at wake in Dade City

    Crime

    DADE CITY — A man turned himself in to police Saturday night in connection with a Friday night shooting that left a man who had been attending a wake in critical condition.

Sen. Bill Nelson to oppose Tillerson, Sessions but back others

WASINGTON - Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson said he will vote against Mike Pompeo to lead the CIA, Rex Tillerson as secretary of state and and Jeff Sessions as attorney general....

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Jason Garrison was scratched Saturday due to an illness.

Illness spreading through Lightning room

First, it was defenseman Victor Hedman who missed three games with an illness....

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Tampa Theatre is offering a ceremony with movie-themed vows for Valentine's Day.

For $10, Tampa Theatre will marry you in a mass, movie-themed ceremony before 'Sleepless in Seattle'

If you love movies, and you love your partner, then maybe you'll love this idea for Valentine's Day. ...

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