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  1. Editorial: TBARTA bill back on track

    Editorials

    The Florida Senate gave a vital boost Thursday to Tampa Bay's efforts to modernize its outdated and inefficient transportation system. The Senate reworked a bill to put the region on stronger footing to address its transportation problems, from chronic road congestion and poor mass transit to the lack of regional …

  2. Berkeley under police watch after Coulter talk canceled

    Politics

    BERKELEY, Calif. — Berkeley, known as the home of the American free speech movement, was under heavy police watch on Thursday in advance of what was expected to be a large protest over a canceled appearance by conservative commentator Ann Coulter.

    Ashton Whitty, left, 21, and Hailey Carlson, 24, University of California, Berkeley students, make their feelings known during a press conference held by the Berkeley College Republicans  on Wednesday. The event was held to discuss the cancellation of speaker Ann Coulter's appearance on campus. [East Bay Times via AP]
  3. Trump signs order creating accountability office at VA

    Military

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday creating an accountability and whistleblower protection office at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin  said the purpose of the office is to help identify "barriers" that make it difficult to fire or reassign employees deemed unfit to work at the department and serve veterans.  Another function will be to help shield whistleblowers from retaliation. [Associated Press]
  4. A fifth of Trump's first 100 days were in Florida, but it's not all vacation time

    National

    PALM BEACH — President Donald Trump has put a distinctive Florida stamp on his first 100 days in office by making seven trips to his Mar-a-Lago estate that have mixed golf, statecraft and controversy.

    President Donald Trump, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk together after their meetings at Mar-a-Lago on April 7. [Associated Press]
  5. Florida Medicaid cuts will hit $650 million, Senate chair says

    Blogs

    As part of a broad budget deal, House and Senate leaders have agreed to roughly $650 million in cuts to hospital payments through Medicaid.

    State Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, (right) talks to Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, on the floor of the Senate.
  6. Editorial: Florida House should not shred open meetings law

    Editorials

    For decades, Florida has been a national leader in requiring the public's business to be conducted in the sunshine. Today, the Florida House is poised to return the state to the dark ages with legislation that would allow two members of the same government board or commission to discuss government issues in secret. This …

    The Florida House is poised to return the state to the dark ages with legislation that would allow two members of the same government boards or commissions to discuss government issues in secret.
  7. Fire at Clearwater storage facility causes nearly $1 million in damage

    Fire

    CLEARWATER — A fire at a storage facility Wednesday night damaged 18 units and caused an estimated $1 million in damage, authorities said.

  8. Wimauma pastor charged with sexually assaulting 17-year-old for six years

    Crime

    WIMAUMA — Detectives say a pastor at Beth-El Farmworker Ministry in Wimauma sexually battered a 17-year-old multiple times over the past six years, including on Monday.

    Walter Chuquimia, 59, was arrested Monday after investigators said he sexually battered a 17-year-old multple times in the past 6 years. Chuquimia is a pastor at Beth-El Farmwork Ministry in Wimauma. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  9. As NFL draft nears, Dalvin Cook's stock falls, Bucs might trade down

    Bucs

    TAMPA — No player has been as linked to the Bucs in draft speculation as much as Florida State running back Dalvin Cook in recent months.

    No player has been as linked to the Bucs in draft speculation as much as Florida State running back Dalvin Cook in recent months. [ANDRES LEIVA | Times]
  10. Man dragged off flight settles with United, which admits mistakes, announces policy changes (w/ video)

    Airlines

    A Kentucky doctor who was dragged off a United flight after he refused to give up his seat to employees of a partner airline reached a settlement Thursday with United for an undisclosed amount of money.

    United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz said in a statement, "This is a turning point for all of us at United and it signals a culture shift toward becoming a better, more customer-focused airline. Our customers should be at the center of everything we do and these changes are just the beginning of how we will earn back their trust." [Associated Press]
  11. Man removed from Delta flight for using bathroom before takeoff (w/video)

    Airlines

    A Wisconsin man said he was removed from a Delta Air Lines flight because he had to get up from his seat to make an emergency restroom run.

    Delta says it's imperative passengers comply with crew instructions, especially at critical points of takeoff and landing.  [Associated Press]
  12. Will Zika return to Florida this summer? Yes, and it could be worse

    Health

    Wondering what's ahead for Zika?

    This coming summer will likely look like last summer, when 1,100 travel-related cases were reported statewide, and the virus spread in small pockets of South Florida.

    But there's a chance it could be worse.

    This summer could look a lot like last summer as far as the Zika virus is concerned in Florida. [Associated Press]
  13. NAACP Legal Defense Fund responds to Campbell Park Elementary principal's email

    Blogs

    The NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which has long represented plaintiffs in a 50-year-old federal desegregation case against the Pinellas County school district for shortchanging black students, issued a statement Thursday in response to an email that instructed school staff to keep white students together in class in a …

  14. United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz. A Kentucky doctor who was dragged off a United flight after he refused to give up his seat to crew members has reached a settlement with the airline for undisclosed amount. [AP photo]