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  1. Ridge Manor man sentenced for second time in his father's murder

    Criminal

    BROOKSVILLE — It took Hernando Circuit Judge Stephen E. Toner just a few minutes to hand out consecutive life sentences to 23-year-old Stephen Horne on Thursday for the murder of his father in 2010.

  2. CSX vows changes after train stoppages in Dade City

    Public Safety

    DADE CITY — After being blasted by public officials, railroad giant CSX vowed to change its practices in the future.

  3. St. Pete Beach seeks cut in next year's budget

    Local Government

    ST. PETE BEACH — Even after a proposed 19.7 percent increase in property taxes, the city's 2014-15 budget is more than a half-million dollars in the red.

  4. Among top dollar condos for sale on St. Petersburg's Beach Drive, a glass aerie with views

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG – No worries about throwing stones at this glass house: It's 34 stories up.

    The Glasshouse, a stunning tri-level penthouse in downtown St. Petersburg's Signature Place, just hit the market for $3.2 million. That will get you black-veined marble floors, custom finishings and spectacular views through the floor-to-ceiling windows that give the 4,177-square-foot condo its name. [Smith & Associates Real Estate]
  5. Two red-tailed hawks find home at Largo's McGough Nature Park

    Wildlife

    LARGO

    Penny Boehme, a licensed bird rehabber, couldn't figure out what was the matter with Gwen, a rescued red-tailed hawk in her care. Ever since a young male red-tailed hawk had left her side to go to the veterinarian, Gwen uttered motherly bird calls nearly nonstop and refused food. Gwen had acted as a …

    Gwen has acted as a surrogate mother to the young hawk that was found in Palm Harbor. McGough is holding a contest through Sept. 12 to find the bird a proper name.
  6. Detectives arrest man wanted in 2007 murder of Wharton High student

    Crime

    TAMPA — A man who has been on the run since the 2007 shooting death of a 17-year-old Wharton High School student was jailed late Wednesday in Hillsborough County after being extradited from New York.

  7. Largo city manager gets praise, raise from commissioners

    Local Government

    LARGO — City Manager Mac Craig received high marks for his job performance in his most recent job evaluation.

    Largo City Manager Norton “Mac” Craig scored 4.78 of 5.0.
  8. Tarpon Springs crossbowmaker faces lawsuits over severed thumbs

    Business

    William Meredith raised his friend's crossbow for the first time and fired twice. He moved his target back 15 yards and shot again.

  9. Hernando and Pasco hospice affiliating with parent company of Hillsborough group

    Health

    TEMPLE TERRACE — The North Suncoast hospice provider plans to affiliate with Chapters Health System, the parent company of Hillsborough's LifePath Hospice.

  10. Several injuries reported when PSTA bus crashes near Gandy Boulevard

    Accidents

    ST. PETERSBURG — A 57-year-old woman was critically injured Thursday morning when the SUV she was driving crashed head on with a PSTA bus near Gandy Boulevard.

    Several people were injured, including at least one seriously, in a Thursday morning crash involving a Pinellas County Transit Authority Bus and an SUV. [CLAIRE WISEMAN   |   Times]
  11. Gov. Rick Scott rolls out plan to increase per-student spending

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday announced a plan to raise per-student spending to a record level next year.

    Gov. Rick Scott speaks at the Florida Polytechnic University's ribbon-cutting ceremony in Lakeland last week. [DEMETRIUS FREEMAN   |   Times]
  12. Metropolitan Ministries Pasco to expand food program, build apartments

    Human Interest

    HOLIDAY

    The Rev. Dan Campbell didn't need much reassurance to know that his Methodist congregation made the right decision to minister to the poor.

    Groundbreaking for 12 apartments is to start in November.
  13. As marina issues linger in Hernando Beach, owners believe they're unfairly targeted

    Local Government

    HERNANDO BEACH — From their support for a improved landscaping in the median at Shoal Line and Osowaw boulevards to their efforts to help the county resolve congestion and parking issues at the community boat ramps, Ron Wolf says all he and his brother have tried to do is make Hernando Beach a better place.

  14. New Hernando elections chief's message: 'Get out to vote'

    Elections

    BROOKSVILLE — As Shirley Anderson navigates her first primary as Hernando County's supervisor of elections, she is upbeat about the process, excited about Election Day on Tuesday and encouraging people to exercise their right to vote.

    Shirley Anderson, the Hernando County supervisor of elections, has posted on her Facebook page about voting in the primary election and worked to spread the word in newspaper advertisements and on the radio.
  15. Work on ruptured Tampa water lines completed; all roads reopened to traffic

    Roads

    TAMPA — All lanes of Dale Mabry Highway near Gandy Boulevard were reopened Thursday morning, ending days of lane closures caused by a water main break.