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Wendy's restaurant on Sun City Center Boulevard was the scene of a shootout between undercover sheriff's investigators and two men suspected of dealing cocaine. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]

Questions raised over undercover Ruskin drug buy gone bad

As diners noshed on burgers and fries inside Wendy's, undercover deputies prepared to make a drug deal outside. It was about 5 p.m. Tuesday, and Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office detectives had arranged to buy two ounces of cocaine in the parking lot of the fast-food restaurant on Sun City Center Boulevard. But  …

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Gwen Graham: 'I never planned to follow in my father's footsteps into politics'

Rep. Gwen Graham, who decided not to run for a secodn term after her district was redrawn, gave a farewell speech on the House floor. The Democrat is likely to run for governor in 2018....

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Kriseman pulls plug on hiring DEP investigator

Mayor Rick Kriseman has said a state employee involved in the sewage investigation of St. Petersburg's massive sewage discharges won't be hired for a higher-paying city job after all....

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Florida lawmaker seeks more controls over school lunch time exits

The days of open high school campuses, where students could come and go as they please, are mostly a thing of the past....

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