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  1. State corrects errors in its lawsuit against VA

    Veterans

    The state has filed an amended lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs that deletes several significant errors about a patient offered as an example of the poor care veterans receive in agency hospitals.

  2. Raymond James seeks $800,000 from ex-advisor who allegedly swindled client

    Banking

    Raymond James Financial Services seeks more than $800,000 from a former financial advisor the St. Petersburg investment firm claims swindled a 96-year-old client suffering from dementia. According to Financial Advisor magazine, Raymond James last week asked a federal court to freeze the assets of advisor Jo Ellen …

  3. Signs of an improving economy lead to cautious budget optimism in Brooksville

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — The opening strains of budget season in Brooksville on Monday night lacked the ominous tone of the past few years.

  4. Orange juice retail sales fall to new low

    Agriculture

    U.S. orange-juice retail sales fell to the lowest level on record as consumers continue to turn away from the breakfast beverage. U.S. consumers bought 36.11 million gallons of orange juice in the four weeks ended July 5, down 8.3 percent from a similar period a year ago, according to Nielsen data published by the …

    People just aren't drinking orange juice like they used to. [Florida Department of Citrus]
  5. Spurned nurse-midwife sues Tampa clinic over contraception duties

    Civil

    TAMPA — A nurse-midwife fresh out of school has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against a chain of Tampa health centers, alleging she was refused a job because of her religious opposition to prescribing hormonal contraceptives, including abortion drugs.

  6. Construction delays push St. Petersburg Trader Joe's opening to 2015

    Retail

    Don't count on celebrating the holidays with a bottle of Two Buck Chuck from the new Trader Joe's on Fourth Street N in St. Petersburg. The much anticipated 12,000-square-foot store under construction between 28th and 27th avenues won't open until next year.

    Construction continues Tuesday morning on the new Trader Joe's on Fourth Street N at 28th Avenue in St. Petersburg. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  7. Nitally's super spicy soup to be featured on Travel Channel show

    Events

    Nitally's Thai-Mex Cuisine in St. Petersburg, infamous for its super spicy Inferno Soup, will be featured in the Aug. 5 episode of the Travel Channel show Food Paradise. The show is like a culinary documentary. Each week it follows a theme, like the best breakfast, and finds restaurants all over the country that …

    The monster bowl of soup that must be finished by customers at Nitally's that take the Inferno Soup challenge. [SCOTT KEELER | TIMES]
  8. FAA tells U.S. airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv

    World

    In a sign of increased caution about flying near combat zones, U.S. and European airlines halted flights to Israel Tuesday after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.

    A Delta Air Lines jet takes off at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Mich., in this file photo.  [Associated Press]
  9. Video: People at a cat video festival look like you'd expect them to

    Pop Culture

    Wouldn't it be a purrrfect get if the Internet Cat Video Festival came to Tampa Bay?

  10. Pinellas School Board welcomes magnet proposal, but has questions

    K12

    LARGO — Pinellas County School Board members generally supported a plan to significantly increase the number of new magnet schools in the district, offering only a few criticisms at a board workshop today.

  11. California company recalls fresh fruit over listeria scare

    Health

    CUTLER, Calif. — A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.

  12. Brooksville middle school lands band instructor, keeping program alive

    K12

    BROOKSVILLE — Parrott Middle School has a new band director.

  13. St. Petersburg Mayor Kriseman introduces Holloway as new police chief

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman introduced Anthony Holloway as the city's new police chief at an 11 a.m. news conference Tuesday.

    New St. Petersburg police Chief Anthony  Holloway, greets members of the department and city leaders after Tuesday's news conference. On the left is Holloway's wife, Andra Dreyfus, and St. Petersburg police spokeswoman and community awareness manager Yolanda Fernandez, center. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  14. MacDill ranked sixth among nation's Air Force bases

    Macdill

    The Air Force Times this week ranked the nation's 68 stateside Air Force duty stations as desirable places to live. MacDill Air Force Base came in sixth, the top Florida installation. MacDill was tied with Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota. The top-ranked bases are in Illinois and Ohio. As you might …

  15. Developer proposes razing Seminole Mall, building new shopping mecca

    Business

    SEMINOLE — After almost 10 years of wishing, hoping and speculating, residents and business owners will get a glance at Seminole Mall's possible future Tuesday night.

    The front entrance of the Seminole Mall can be seen from Park Boulevard.  SCOTT KEELER | Times