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  1. Roofing company stole insurance money from homeowners, officials said


    TAMPA — Employees at a roofing company that officials say stole insurance money from nearly 100 homeowners have been arrested, the Florida Department of Financial Services said Wednesday.

  2. New VA Secretary says he is trying to put veterans at the center


    TAMPA — After just two months in office, the man in charge of the nation's troubled VA system says he is working hard to "change the culture."

  3. Pro-pot group suggests rules for medical marijuana in Florida


    As Election Day draws near, opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment permitting the use of medical marijuana in Florida have been on the attack, alleging that approval would lead to dangerous consequences.

  4. Local health officials confident they could handle an Ebola case in Tampa


    TAMPA — As details emerged about the Liberian man diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas, local medical authorities continued preparing health workers for a similar event in the Tampa Bay area, while reassuring the public.

  5. Romano: A bus ride shows the risks and possibilities of Greenlight Pinellas


    So, the skeptic and the businessman hop on a bus bound for nowhere special.

  6. No injuries in New Tampa home fire


    TAMPA — No one was injured in a fire that damaged a New Tampa home Wednesday afternoon, Tampa Fire Rescue said.

  7. Before slaughter of family in Bell, child abuse report languished


    A Florida child welfare report alleging that the six children of Sarah Spirit were not safe with their mother languished for two weeks without investigation — until the youngsters' grandfather shot the entire family on Sept. 18, records show.

  8. Publix restricts coupon use to discourage extreme couponing


    Calling all extreme couponers.

    Publix is on to you.

    Florida's largest grocery chain tightened its coupon policy Wednesday to discourage shoppers from overusing coupons and buying up everything on a shelf.

    Publix on Wednesday tightened its coupon policy to discourage shoppers from overusing coupons and buying up everything on a shelf. [Times files (2010)]
  9. Pasco deputies cleared in shooting death


    State Attorney Bernie McCabe's office has cleared two Pasco sheriff's deputies in the shooting death of an unarmed Zephyrhills man on July 1.

  10. Couple suing because they say the $1.8 million home they bought was illegal

    Real Estate

    In April, Donald and Wanda Frowick made a disturbing discovery about their two-story, $1.8 million waterfront home.

    According to a lawsuit, just about every room on the first floor of this Tierra Verde home is below the base flood elevation.
  11. Ex-NFL player Caldwell admits to federal drug charge


    TAMPA — Former University of Florida wide receiver Donald Reche Caldwell spent six seasons in the NFL.

    Former University of Florida wide receiver Donald Reche Caldwell could spend as long as 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Tampa to possessing with intent to distribute ethylone, a street drug commonly marketed as "Molly. [Getty Images]
  12. Parties argue that controversial rezoning should stand for marina in Hernando Beach

    Local Government

    HERNANDO BEACH — Hernando County and the owner of Blue Pelican Marina argue that the controversial rezoning at the marina should stand because the attorney for residents who have challenged it used improper legal filings and arguments.

  13. Man convicted of murder in killing over loud music


    JACKSONVILLE — A Florida man who shot an unarmed teenager to death during a dispute over loud music was convicted of first-degree murder Wednesday after a jury rejected his claim that he fired his gun repeatedly in self-defense.

    Prosecutors say Michael Dunn shot with intent to kill when he fired 10 times into an SUV carrying 17-year-old Jordan Davis and three of his friends in November 2012. [AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack, Pool]
  14. New polls show trend favoring Crist over Scott — for now


    After trailing in polls, Democrat Charlie Crist is marginally leading Gov. Rick Scott in two new surveys that show the governor's race will be as close as they come.

    The apparent trend in Charlie Crist's favor dovetails with his campaign's decision to ramp up its ad spending statewide to counteract the effectiveness of Rick Scott's longer and larger media blitz. [AP photo]
  15. Heather Van Nest off the air at WTSP in Tampa

    The Feed

    ST. PETERSBURG — Heather Van Nest has left as an evening news anchor at CBS affiliate WTSP-Ch. 10.

    Heather Van Nest, shown with co-anchor Reginald Roundtree, came to WTSP in 2002.