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  1. Tree-canopy explorer and deep-sea diver to speak Thursday at Tampa Theatre

    Environment

    TAMPA — In the dark and quiet underbelly of an Australian forest, Meg Lowman looked up. The tree-top canopies above her were the next frontier, and she was their sole explorer.

  2. PSCU trims 53 call center workers

    Banking

    St. Petersburg's PSCU, a Carillon area provider of back-office support for its member-owner credit unions, is laying off 53 call center employees from its local staff of 800. PSCU spokeswoman Merry Pateuk said the organization is relocating workers to other call center locations outside Detroit or to Phoenix. Based at …

  3. Judge denies bail to man accused of causing crash that killed local chef

    Crime

    LARGO — A judge denied bail on Monday for Jason Lanard Mitchell, the man police said sped away from officers in downtown St. Petersburg, blasted through stoplights and killed chef Aaron Davis.

  4. Hillsborough school leaders search for clues as graduation rate lags

    K12

    TAMPA — Trying to improve Hillsborough County's lagging graduation rate, acting superintendent Jeff Eakins started with a question: What is keeping kids off the stage?

  5. Amid falling demand and disease, Florida orange crop hunts for fix

    Agriculture

    Neither new ad campaigns nor the muscular redesign of cartoon superhero Captain Citrus have yet to turn the tide on dipping retail sales of U.S. orange juice. Blame rising drink competition, changing public tastes and stiffer OJ prices.

  6. See the new Obama State China design, Hawaiian style

    Blogs

    In case you were feeling smug about that set you nabbed from your Macy's wedding registry, the Obamas have us all beat. Bye, basics.

    A cup and saucer, part of the new Obama state china service, feature a fluted band of "Kailua Blue" framed by a textured gold rim, is seen during a preview ahead of Tuesday's State Dinner hosted by President Barack Obama for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Monday, April 27, 2015, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington.
  7. Student is caught with a loaded gun at Greco Middle School

    K12

    TEMPLE TERRACE — A student at Greco Middle School was caught with a loaded gun Monday, police said.

  8. Fire damages mobile classroom at Islamic Society of Tampa Bay

    Fire

    TAMPA — A fire damaged a mobile classroom at the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Monday afternoon.

  9. Latest from Baltimore: Stores looted, cars burned

    Nation

    5:55 p.m.: Protesters are looting a check-cashing business and other stores in Baltimore, busting through the windows and climbing inside to take items.

    A police vehicle burns, Monday during unrest following the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a Baltimore Police Department van. [AP photo]
  10. Judge agrees to transfer Jameis Winston-related lawsuit against FSU

    Bucs

    TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge is moving a high-profile lawsuit against Florida State University from an Orlando federal court to one in Tallahassee.

  11. Pinellas schools eliminate many year-end exams

    Testing

    The testing load became much lighter for Pinellas County students on Monday.

  12. Tampa Bay residents should brace for some rain this week

    Weather

    At least through Wednesday, that is.

    WTSP 10 Weather meteorologist Ashley Batey said a front expected to follow several waves of low pressure would stall over the Tampa Bay area, keeping showers and thunderstorms in the forecast through Wednesday evening.

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  13. Deputies searching for bicyclist accused of touching girls in Palm Harbor

    Crime

    PALM HARBOR — The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man seen riding a black bicycle who fondled one woman and two underage girls within the past month near Carwise Middle School.

  14. Jeb Bush, still not a presidential candidate, trumpets fundraising haul

    State Roundup

    Jeb Bush doesn't think a 2016 presidential contender needs to raise $1 billion in campaign cash. But, just in case, his campaign-in-waiting seems intent on dominating the fundraising competition anyway.

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks to reporters with supporters Zeus Rodriguez and his wife, Dana, who won a contest to have lunch with Bush and were flown from Wisconsin, at Burger & Beer Joint in Miami Beach on Sunday. (Ryan Stone/The New York Times)
  15. Bousquet: This is a pivotal time for Tallahassee lawmakers

    State Roundup

    Describing the state of affairs in the Florida Legislature, Senate President Andy Gardiner summed it up well.