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  1. IRS eases penalty on repaying excess health subsidies

    Health

    Consumers who received too much in federal tax credits when buying insurance on the health law's marketplaces last year got a reprieve of sorts from the Internal Revenue Service this week. Although they still have to repay some or all of the excess subsidies, the IRS won't ding them with a late payment penalty if …

  2. Mitt Romney to update supporters on 2016 plans

    Blogs

    From the Associated Press:

    Three weeks after unexpectedly saying he was considering another run for president, Mitt Romney plans to update supporters about his plans for the 2016 presidential campaign.
    The Republican Party's 2012 nominee will host conference calls for staff and …

    Mitt Romney speaks at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss., earlier this week.
  3. Fire destroys mobile home in Lealman

    Fire

    A woman received treatment for smoke inhalation and a mobile home was destroyed Friday morning in a fire in Lealman, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

  4. Two suspects in custody after Plant City car theft, gunshots start chase that ends in Tampa

    Crime

    TAMPA — A six hour standoff with three law enforcement agencies led to the capture of two suspects Friday morning in north Tampa.

    A SWAT team reportedly responded to an apartment complex near 46th Street and Citrus Circle on Friday morning, just south of Busch Blvd. [Bay News 9]
  5. Hillsborough will hold community meetings on discipline

    Blogs

    This from the Hillsborough County school district Friday morning:

    The dates and locations are:

  6. Political Connections Sun: On FDLE scandal, Sen. Latvala slams 'three little monkeys' on Cabinet

    Blogs

    State Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, appears Sunday on Political Connections on Bay News 9 in Tampa Bay, where he sharply criticizes the "disingenuous" responses and criticism of Gov Rick Scott by fellow Republicans on the Florida Cabinet over the ouster of former Florida Department of Law Enforcement chief Gerald …

  7. Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl XLIX Scouting Report: And the winner will be …

    Bucs

    Does it feel like you've eaten McDonald's every day for the past two weeks?

    On Sunday, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will appear in his record-tying sixth Super Bowl. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will look to be the first quarterback since Brady to win back-to-back Lombardi trophies. Wilson is 10-0 vs. Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks. [Getty Images]
  8. Lightning buries Red Wings

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — What Cedric Paquette does best typically doesn't end up on the score sheet.

    Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette (13) celebrates his third goal, a shorthanded goal, completing the hat trick, during the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at the Amalie Arena. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times] 
  9. Lightning fans see red over Red Wings fans

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — With 8:01 left in the first period of Thursday night's Lightning-Red Wings showdown, a puck with eyes found its way into the net to tie the score, and a loud roar vibrated through the building.

    Red Wings fans cheer Detroit’s first — and only — goal against the Lightning. As usual for a Wings game at Amalie Arena, the crowd was split at least 50-50, if not tilted toward Detroit.
  10. Multibillion dollar express tolls plan draws ire from several Tampa residents

    Roads

    TAMPA — State officials are moving forward with a multibillion dollar plan to create express toll lanes on Tampa Bay-area interstates.

  11. First African-American to lead St. Petersburg College music department, band dies

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Services are scheduled this weekend for Christopher C. Styles, the first African-American band director and chair of the department of music at St. Petersburg College, who died at the age of 79 on Jan. 22.

    Christopher C. Styles, the first African-American band director and music department chair at St. Petersburg College, is pictured with his trumpet in 1963. He died Jan. 22 at the age of 79. He taught music for more than 50 years, starting at Gibbs Junior College.
  12. Possible FDLE Sunshine Law violation won't be investigated by state attorney

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — State Attorney Willie Meggs said Thursday that he will not investigate whether the state's open meetings law was violated by Gov. Rick Scott and the three elected Cabinet members in last month's ouster of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement commissioner.

    State Attorney Willie Meggs called the FDLE matter “much ado about nothing.”
  13. Duke Energy ices solar farm idea for mid Pinellas County

    Energy

    Duke Energy Florida has iced its idea to build a solar farm in mid Pinellas County or anywhere else, at least for now.

  14. Florida League of Women Voters pushes for Medicaid expansion

    State Roundup

    A drive for Medicaid expansion grew Thursday with the nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Florida — one of the state's oldest political groups — calling on legislators to find a "unique and flexible Florida solution" to cover an estimated 750,000 uninsured people this year.

  15. Date set for movie theater shooting trial

    News

    DADE CITY — A judge Thursday set an Aug. 24 date for the murder trial of Curtis Reeves, a retired Tampa police captain accused of shooting and killing a man in a Wesley Chapel movie theater last January.

    Defense attorney Richard Escobar, right, and movie theater shooting suspect Curtis Reeves listen during Thursday’s hearing.