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Mistrial declared in Pinellas murder case after juror searches Internet


    Court says state can't ban slot machines in counties that approve them

    From the Associated Press:

    Slot machines could be coming to several Florida dog and horse tracks if a far-reaching court ruling holds.

    A Florida appeals court Friday ordered state regulators to award a license for slot machines to a north Florida facility located west of the state Capitol.

    The First District Court of Appeal ruled by a 2-1 margin that the state improperly denied a slot machine license to a horse track located in Gretna in Gadsden County.

    The court said the license should have been granted because Gadsden voters approved a referendum authorizing slots.

    The ruling could have a wide impact because voters in several other counties including Lee, Brevard and Palm Beach have approved similar referendums.

    State regulators had turned down the slot machine request due to a legal opinion by Attorney General Pam Bondi....


    Derby Lane as Rays new home?

    St. Petersburg-- Early in the long slog of another City Council workshop Thursday in the endless cul-de-sac of what has become the soap opera of the Tampa Bay Rays' destiny, council member Karl Nurse injected an intriguing nugget....


    Still no decision on appeal of Florida tax credit scholarship ruling

    It's been nearly two weeks now since a Leon County judge threw out a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Florida's tax credit scholarship program, saying the plaintiffs had no legal standing....