Breaking news

  1. Florida's unemployment rate inches up to 6.3 percent

    Working Life

    Florida's unemployment rate inched up to 6.3 percent in March, up from 6.2 percent a month earlier, according to state figures released early Friday.

  2. Troopers: man crashed through construction zone, into patrol car

    Accidents

    TAMPA—A Tampa man caused major traffic delays when he barrelled into a construction zone and hit a Florida Highway Patrol car, troopers said.

  3. Tampa Day School principal arrested after authorities say he molested a student

    Crime

    TAMPA — A Tampa Day School principal was arrested Thursday after deputies said he admitted in a phone call to inappropriately touching a 14-year-old male student he had befriended.

  4. Weather: Rainy Friday likely to clear up for the Easter weekend

    Weather

    Rain gear is essential for Friday, but the weather should be cleared up by Easter Sunday, Bay News 9 weather predicts.

  5. Severe accident close northbound Interstate 275

    Roads

    TAMPA — A severe accident closed all northbound lanes of Interstate 275 near Bears Avenue early Friday.

  6. Yankees pound David Price and Rays, turn triple play

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Say this for the Rays batters — and maybe for the entire ballclub at this early stage of the season — it felt like they hit something Thursday night against the Yankees.

    Rock bottom.

    In one of many bad Rays moments, David Price tries to regroup after giving up back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning.
  7. Did people of faith do more to end slavery than the federal government?

    National

    Historians study the past so they can understand it. But when pundits start talking history, you can bet that they are likely using the past to talk about the present.

    DeMint said “no liberal is going to win a debate that big government freed the slaves.”
  8. St. Petersburg officials weren't aware of payment promised to film festival

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Organizers of the city's inaugural and much-anticipated BLUE Ocean Film Festival were looking for more than just a nice proclamation when they went before the City Council last week.

    They also were expecting a check.

    “This is a unique event. … It’s a really big deal,” St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said of the BLUE Ocean film festival.
  9. Nobel winner, literary giant Gabriel García Márquez dies

    Books

    Gabriel García Márquez, an international literary giant who brought a tiny Colombian village to enchanting life for tens of millions of readers and won the Nobel Prize for literature, has died.

    Gabriel García Márquez, in an undated photo, was hospitalized recently for infections. He was 87.
  10. Bill granting in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants stalls

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Thousands of undocumented immigrants fighting for in-state college tuition rates may have had their hopes dashed Thursday when a top state lawmaker announced his committee would not hold a vote on the controversial bill.

  11. Deputies: Man suffocated 1-year-old son so he could play video games

    Crime

    Citrus County sheriff's detectives have arrested a man on charges that he suffocated his crying 1-old-year old son so he could continue to play video games.

  12. All Children's Hospital agrees to pay $7 million to settle whistle-blower suit

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG — All Children's Hospital has agreed to pay $7 million to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit alleging it violated antikickback laws by paying inflated salaries and bonuses to doctors so that they would bring in more patients and revenues.

    A whistle-blower’s lawsuit claimed that All Children’s Hospital needed to boost revenue as its new building was under construction.
  13. East Lake High students win entrepreneur award

    K12

    Three East Lake High School students who developed a soldering tool have won a $10,000 grant to start a company and take their invention to market.

  14. Wimauma woman charged with Medicaid fraud

    Crime

    A Wimauma woman was arrested Thursday after a Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigation showed she took money for services that were never provided, the Attorney General's office said.

  15. Lloyd's of London dramatically lowers its flood insurance rates in Florida

    Banking

    Here's something that might shock many Tampa Bay homeowners:

    Flood insurance rates are falling.

    For $250,000 of coverage, the National Flood Insurance Program from FEMA quoted a rate of $4,846 for this home in the Shores Acres section of St. Petersburg. The Lloyds of London rate for this home was $2,123.