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  1. Sheriff's Office, Pinellas County 911 centers merge calls

    Public Safety

    LARGO — No glitches have been reported as the Pinellas Sheriff's Office and the county's 911 call center merged this week, in what Sheriff Bob Gualtieri calls a monumental improvement in public safety service.

  2. General Electric breaks ground on new Clearwater manufacturing center

    Business

    CLEARWATER — Florida Gov. Rick Scott joined local elected officials and General Electric Energy Management president Mark Begor Thursday in welcoming the company's new Manufacturing Center of Excellence to Clearwater. Construction has already begun on the $50 million center, which will expand the capacity of GE's …

  3. For two hours, she watched her family's killer die

    Criminal

    Jeanne Brown sat in the front row. She wanted to watch this man die, up close. She wanted to look him in the eyes.

    Family members of the victims, Jeanne Brown, left, who had a sister and father murdered, speaks during a news conference as her husband Richard Brown listens, after the nearly two hour long execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood at the state prison on Wednesday in Florence, Ariz. [AP photo]
  4. Students allowed transfers from Hernando schools without music programs

    K12

    BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando County School District has come up with a solution that will allow students at the two high schools that have lost music programs to continue playing and singing:

    Let them transfer.

    Nature Coast Technical High and Central High recently eliminated music programs, but students were not notified in time to request normal transfers.
  5. Group hopes to present plan by year's end to eliminate one-way streets in Brooksville

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — The Brooksville Vision Foundation is looking to formally present its plan to eliminate the one-way streets through downtown Brooksville to the Florida Department of Transportation by the end of the year.

  6. Hernando commission approves job-creation incentives for three companies

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — When Richard Smith decided to move his company from South Florida to Central Florida earlier this year, he starting hunting in Hillsborough and Pasco counties.

  7. Back-and-forth slugfest between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist intensifies

    State Roundup

    In Florida's bareknuckle governor's race, it's as if the 2010 campaign season never ended.

    Rick Scott, who refused to release the deposition in 2010 because it was a "private matter," said he won't change his mind. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]
  8. Pregnant Midori cancels Florida Orchestra performances

    Music & Concerts

    Midori is having her first baby! While that's delightful news for her, it's bad news for the Florida Orchestra.

    Classical violinist Midori. [Handout Photo/ Special to the Times]
  9. Deputies: man in Land O'Lakes jail stole other inmates' personal information

    Crime

    LAND O' LAKES — A man confined to his jail cell for 23 hours a day committed an elaborate fraud scheme over several months, deputies say, during his only hour of free time.

  10. New poll: Jeb Bush leads GOP presidential field in Florida; Hillary Clinton beats them all

    State Roundup

    Jeb Bush leads a field of prospective GOP presidential candidates in Florida, topping Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Ted Cruz and others. But Hillary Clinton beats them all in head-to-head matchups, according to a poll released Thursday.

  11. Appeal filed in rezoning for marina in Hernando Beach

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — Hernando Beach residents have filed an appeal to last month's rezoning at Blue Pelican Marina, citing procedural issues, inconsistencies with Hernando County's comprehensive plan and the conflict posed by County Commission Chairman Wayne Dukes running the meeting and casting the deciding vote while …

  12. Tampa military recruiter accused of claiming $78,000 in undeserved bonuses

    Criminal

    TAMPA — Travis DeVall once described himself as a military recruiter "on steroids."

  13. Lightning strikes injure man, create brush fire in Sand Key Park

    Public Safety

    CLEARWATER — A 44-year-old Tampa man was injured Thursday after lightning struck the ground at Sand Key Park, officials said.

  14. Two people dead in crash on U.S. 19 in Hudson

    Accidents

    HUDSON — Two people died in a three-car crash shortly before noon Thursday on U.S. 19, authorities said.

    Two people died in a three-car crash shortly before noon Thursday on U.S. 19, authorities said. The crash involved a Ford Taurus, Honda Civic and Dodge Charger. [BRENDAN FITTERER  |  Times]
  15. Half the task of catching lobsters is finding them

    Outdoors

    Forget about getting anything out of Tom Matthews. The lobster biologist is as cagey as the crustaceans he studies.

    The two-day lobster sport season runs July 30-31. [Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission]