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  1. No one is showing cards yet, but a gambling compromise could be coming

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The ice is melting on Florida's gambling impasse.

    Gamblers play slot machines in the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa. Its 2012 expansion made the casino's  the 6th largest in the world.  [EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN | Tampa Bay Times]
  2. Plan your weekend: Cuban Sandwich Festival, Rays opening day, new food event at the zoo

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Food

    Cuban Sandwich Festival: The sixth annual Cuban Sandwich Festival gets pressing at the Ybor campus of Hillsborough Community College this weekend. A team of Cuban sandwich professionals will attempt to break the record for the world's largest Cuban sandwich …

  3. Legislature tries to turn the tables on judges in redistricting cases

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — In an aggressive attempt to weaken the Fair Districts amendments to the Florida Constitution, a House committee on Wednesday passed legislation to create new hurdles to legal challenges to the maps lawmakers draw.

    Rep. Larry Ahern, R- Seminole, is sponsoring a bill that would make it harder for the courts to challenge maps of districts that lawmakers draw. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Tampa Bay Times
  4. Saving the day? Rays go with catchers Derek Norris and Jesus Sucre

    The Heater

    PORT CHARLOTTE — The Rays went into the offseason seeking to improve a catching corps that seems perpetually in need of an upgrade since — save for a brief flash from Dioner Navarro — the halcyon days of Toby Hall and John Flaherty.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) and catcher Jesus Sucre (45) laugh on their way to the dugout for the start of the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla. on Saturday, March 4, 2017.
  5. Lightning's Steven Stamkos could return this weekend (w/ video)

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is close to making his much-anticipated return, which could come this weekend.

  6. Hillsborough needs 25 new fire stations, not meeting response goals, fire chief warns

    Fire

    TAMPA — Hillsborough County needs 25 new fire stations in the next 25 years to keep up with the thousands of people moving here each year, Fire Rescue Chief Dennis Jones told county commissioners Wednesday.

    Hillsborough Fire Rescue Chief Dennis Jones says there is a particular need to add more fire stations in south county.
  7. After 36 years at Tech Data Corp., Tampa Bay's largest company, Steve Raymund is retiring

    Business

    The son of the founder of Tech Data Corp., Tampa Bay's largest corporation by revenues, will step down as chairman of the global technology distributor in June. Steve Raymund joined Tech Data in 1981, serving as CEO from 1986 to 2006, and has long been considered one of the region's top business leaders.

    In his younger days during a 20-year career as CEO of Tech Data Corp., Steve Raymund had yet to realize how large the company founded by his father would become. Today it is one of Florida's largest corporations by revenues. He retires as chairman in June after 36 years at Tech Data. [Maurice Rivenbark, Times]
  8. Pam Bondi hosts Women's Empowerment Panel at White House

    Blogs

    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was the host Wednesday for the Women's Empowerment Panel at the White House.

    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi speaks at the Women's Empowerment Panel on Wednesday at the White House.
  9. Trump ad promises 'it's only just begun'

    Blogs

    Here's the Trump ad playing in Florida and other states.

Florida water agency says it's OK to cut river flow 5%

Despite strong public opposition, the board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District voted unanimously Tuesday to allow so much pumping from the aquifer that it could lower the flow of the Rainbow River by 5 percent....

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3 takeaways from Wednesday's win against the Orioles

3 takeaways from Rays 15-6 win against the Orioles:...

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Jimmy Fallon brings his Tonight Show to Universal Orlando April 3-6, celebrating the opening of Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Jimmy Fallon brings Vin Diesel, Shaquille O’Neal and Jay Leno to Orlando for taping of 'The Tonight Show'

Next week Universal Orlando hosts one of the kings of late night TV, and he's bringing a slew of stars with him....

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