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A gopher tortoise emerges from a bush to feed on vegetation on Thursday in 2016 at the Moccasin Lake Environmental Education Center in Clearwater. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is investigating the deaths of two tortoises that were beaten and their shells broken in Manatee County. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]

Wildlife officers look for answers in gopher tortoise deaths while reward money piles up

The blood had already pooled when the bodies were found, bashed and beaten. One was dead. The other was still gasping, but it was too late. Two gopher tortoises were discovered June 8, their shells crushed and cracked, on the side of a bike path in Manatee County. The surviving tortoise was taken to an animal hospi …


Adam Putnam to tout lower weapons fee, before tax collectors

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, the leading Republican candidate for governor, is in Clearwater on Thursday for a "major announcement" with Pinellas County Tax Collector Charles Thomas. ...


Rick Baker chats with supporters at a fundraiser at St. Petersburg Yacht Club Wednesday evening

Rick Baker gives himself a "B" in first debate against Rick Kriseman

ST. PETERSBURG — Rick Baker gave himself a “B” in his first debate against Mayor Rick Kriseman....


Superintendent Jeff Eakins greeting teachers at a training event in 2015

Teacher bargaining begins in Hillsborough

Negotiating will begin Thursday for nearly 20,000 workers represented by the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association....