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Bill Nelson breaks with party to support budget deal

WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson broke with his party this afternoon to support a stop-gap budget deal that contains $1.1 billion to fight Zika. ...

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Local Zika investigation closed with no further cases found

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  1. Fish kills stain South Pinellas beaches

    Environment

    ST. PETE BEACH — The stench couldn't be detected from the picturesque scene poolside of the Sirata Beach Resort. But once people stepped out toward the ocean, away from the hotel, the odor of dead fish baking in the late-morning sun was undeniable.

    Thousands of dead fish and other small marine life lined the beaches of Treasure Island on Tuesday. Photo by Les Neuhaus.
  2. Joe Maddon matching higher expectations in second year with Cubs

    The Heater

    CHICAGO — Joe Maddon has a new thing. Or an old thing that he's making new, anyway. Flamingos. Pink flamingos. Five plastic ones of various detail sit on his desk and around his office in the stunning new home clubhouse under otherwise ancient Wrigley Field. "They light up after a win," he says. "I turn them …

    Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, left, and Anthony Rizzo celebrate the Cubs' 5-0 shutout of the St. Louis Cardinals after a baseball game Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) CXC119
  3. After debate, Donald Trump visits with the Hispanics who seem to like him most

    State Roundup

    If Donald Trump got the sort of reception from all Hispanics as he did Tuesday in Miami, he might have the election in the bag.

    Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump receives a classic linen Cuban Guayabera presented to him by state Rep. Carlos Trujillo after meeting with a small crowd at the Miami Dade College Koubek Center in a town hall style meeting Tuesday in Miami. (C.M Guerrero/Miami Herald/TNS)
  4. See how local businesses are getting on board the ferry project connecting St. Pete and Tampa

    Economic Development

    ST. PETERSBURG — It remains to be seen whether the Tampa Bay area will embrace the Cross-Bay Ferry that sets sail in November, but local businesses are eager to get on board.

    The CrossBay Ferry will begin connecting downtown St. Petersburg and Tampa this fall. Photo courtesy of CrossBay Ferry.
  5. Local Zika investigation closed with no further cases found

    Health

    TAMPA — At least for now, Tampa Bay is considered officially Zika free.

    Surrounded by Hillsborough county and Florida state officials, Governor Rick Scott spoke to the media following a round table on the Zika virus on Aug. 24 at the Hillsborough County Health Department in Tampa. (MONICA HERNDON   |   Times)
  6. The Pinellas County school district is coming to a community meeting near you

    Blogs

    Back in June, the Pinellas County School Board carved out a new category in its strategic plan to emphasize closing the achievement gap between black and non-black students. Now, district officials say they will seek community input and report any progress straight to the public -- even if it's after-hours.

    Pinellas school superintendent Mike Grego at Tuesday's School Board meeting unveiled a new format detailing how the school district will work to close the achievement gap on standardized tests between black and non-black students.
  7. Zephyrhills moves forward with plan to build new City Hall

    Local Government

    ZEPHYRHILLS — The City Council has scrapped the idea of buying an old SunTrust Bank building and converting it into a new City Hall, opting instead to build a facility.

  8. Bucs' Cherilus, Evan Smith get cameos as 'jumbo' blockers

    Blogs

    Last year, when the Bucs lost fullback Jorvorskie Lane and assorted tight ends to injuries, they frequently used backup offensive lineman Kevin Pamphile as a sixth lineman or "jumbo" tight end and had success with the look as they sought to assert their running game.

    The Bucs' two backup offensive linemen, tackle Gosder Cherilus and guard/center Evan Smith, both saw action as extra blockers against the Rams.
  9. Florida insurance regulators approve 14.5 percent hike in workers' comp rates

    Banking

    Florida insurance regulators on Tuesday tentatively approved a 14.5 percent increase in workers' compensation insurance rates. Industry representatives had sought a 19.6 percent hike.

  10. Public viewing, ballpark farewell for Jose Fernandez scheduled for Wednesday

    The Heater

    Fans will have two opportunities to pay their respects to Miami Marlins star Jose Fernandez on Wednesday.

    A memorial for  Jose Fernandez takes shape at Marlins Park in Miami  after the game against the Atlanta Braves was canceled when Fernandez died in a boating accident, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Miami Beach, Fla. (Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP) FLLAU302

PolitiFact Florida: Unions say Marco Rubio wanted to slash school funding by billions, get rid of Department of Education

Two liberal labor unions say that Sen. Marco Rubio’s priorities are wrong for Floridians....

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The latest Maddonism.

Coming soon: Catching up with Joe Maddon as he leads Cubs into playoffs

Now posted on tampabay.com, the story on Maddon's second year....

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The Bucs' two backup offensive linemen, tackle Gosder Cherilus and guard/center Evan Smith, both saw action as extra blockers against the Rams.

Bucs' Cherilus, Evan Smith get cameos as 'jumbo' blockers

Last year, when the Bucs lost fullback Jorvorskie Lane and assorted tight ends to injuries, they frequently used backup offensive lineman Kevin Pamphile as a sixth lineman or "jumbo" tight end and had success with the look as they sought to assert their running game....

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