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  1. New lanes of I-275 now open in Tampa


    TAMPA — Three new southbound lanes of Interstate 275 between downtown Tampa and West Shore opened Saturday morning, the Florida Department of Transportation said.

  2. How newest class of drugs could save billions of dollars


    LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Clad in white lab coats, blue gloves and safety goggles, scientists are buzzing around a lab at Hospira in this suburb north of Chicago.

  3. With Riverwalk open, Tampa welcomes a day decades in the making



    From the day in 1976 that then-Mayor Bill Poe sold the first wooden plank, the challenge of building Tampa's Riverwalk has been marked by big ambition and a high degree of difficulty.

    Pedestrians use the new Riverwalk segment near Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on Friday in downtown Tampa. It’s part of a continuous trail from the Channel District, around the Convention Center and north to the Straz Center. See map, Page 11A.
  4. Classical pianist Richard Montague broke wild horses, studied veterinary medicine


    ST. PETERSBURG — In 1964, Richard Montague, a music professor at what was then St. Petersburg Junior College, took his two sons to Wyoming for a summer trip. He bought four horses, one for each rider, plus a pack horse, and headed north.

    Richard Montague was a classical pianist who also broke horses and once took a correspondence course in veterinary medicine.

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  5. Rubio might announce campaign April 13 at Miami's Freedom Tower

    State Roundup

    Marco Rubio has reserved the Freedom Tower in downtown Miami for an undisclosed event April 13 in what appears to be a potential, if not likely, spot for Florida's junior senator to announce his candidacy for president.

    Last month, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., addressed the CPAC gathering in National Harbor, Md. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
  6. Florida taxpayers pay ranchers millions to hold water back from Lake Okeechobee


    For generations, Florida's farmers and ranchers have used their land to grow oranges, sugar, tomatoes and beef cattle, among other things. But now they've added a highly profitable new crop:


    The Caulkins Citrus Company, LTD, in Martin County. Caulkins is being paid to retain 6,780 acre-feet of water at a cost of $76 per acre-foot. By contrast, an audit found putting the water on public land instead of private would cost the taxpayers just $8 per acre-foot.   The total three-year contract cost $ 1,263,636.   More details:
  7. Student group wants to start food bank at USF


    TAMPA — The hungry and sleep-deprived 20-something college student, subsisting on cheap ramen noodles and coffee, is a staple of jokes.

    George Cappos, president of Feeding America at the University of South Florida in Tampa, organizes donations Friday that were gathered from boxes that students placed on campus.
  8. Openly gay athletes challenge NCAA's culture of silence


    Taylor Emery was in seventh grade at Grayslake Middle School outside of Chicago when she first wondered about her sexuality. But as soon as the thoughts entered her mind, Emery immediately pushed them out.

    Freedom High School senior Taylor Emery came out when she was in middle school. The Tulane commit says her future college is supportive of her being gay and she remains unfazed that some may not agree with her sexual orientation. [LARA CERRI | Times]
  9. Court clears Amanda Knox of all charges in 2007 killing


    ROME — Italy's highest court overturned the murder convictions of Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend on Friday, throwing out all charges and ending a long-running courtroom drama over the killing of a British student in 2007.

    Italy’s highest court on Friday vacated the murder conviction against American Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend, bringing to a definitive end the long-running, high-profile case.
  10. Insurance stands to gain in Legislature's Uber, Lyft debate

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Beyond disrupting the taxicab and hotel industries, the mushrooming popularity of shared services like Uber and Airbnb has triggered a cry for regulation in the state capitol.

  11. Kriseman's latest effort to let Tampa Bay Rays look for a new stadium site


    ST. PETERSBURG — A revised agreement between Mayor Rick Kriseman and the Tampa Bay Rays was sent on Friday to the City Council, but hopes are dimming a deal will be reached any time soon.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman thinks the Rays may leave the region if his plan doesn’t get support.
  12. Crews rescue man clinging to piling under St. Pete Pier

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — Crews rescued a man found clinging to a piling under the Pier on Friday afternoon.

    Crews rescued a man found clinging to a piling under the Pier on Friday afternoon. [St. Petersburg Fire Rescue]
  13. Gov. Scott reappoints Carl Lindell to Tampa Port Authority board


    TAMPA — Gov. Rick Scott on Friday reappointed Carl Lindell to the governing board of the Tampa Port Authority, which oversees Port Tampa Bay.

  14. Small fire prompts evacuation at Pinellas courthouse


    CLEARWATER — The Pinellas County courthouse was evacuated Friday afternoon following a vehicle fire inside the second floor of the parking garage, authorities said.

  15. Astronauts dock with space station for 1-year mission


    BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan — The capsule carrying a Russian and an American who are to spend a year away from Earth docked Saturday with the International Space Station.

    The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-16M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Saturday, March 28, 2015. The Russian rocket carries U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly, Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka, and Mikhail Korniyenko,. [Associated Press]