Breaking news

  1. Northbound U.S. 301 closed at Balm Riverview Road after water main break

    Transportation

    RIVERVIEW — Northbound U.S. 301 was closed at Balm Riverview Road Wednesday afternoon after a water main broke while a contractor was working in the area. The road will likely be closed for several days while the road is repaired, Hillsborough County spokeswoman Andrea Roshaven said.

  2. St. Pete Beach crash leaves bicyclist with life-threatening injuries

    Accidents

    ST. PETE BEACH — A man sustained life-threatening injuries after a car struck him while he was riding his bicycle in a crosswalk on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

  3. Crist, although a new Democrat, gets union support, donations

    Gubernatorial

    TALLAHASSEE — Charlie Crist might be a newly minted Democrat, but he's racking up union support as if he has always been a liberal shade of blue.

  4. State lawmakers propose allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to sell product statewide

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Five medical marijuana dispensaries will be allowed to sell their product statewide under a new rule proposed by state regulators, but to avoid litigation, regulators will pick the nurseries that will operate the new industry by lottery, Florida officials said Wednesday.

  5. Downtown St. Petersburg building back on the market

    Business

    ST. PETERSBURG—The vacant Universal Health Care building in the heart of downtown will remain empty longer than expected. Kevin Hirsch, the surgeon and developer who bid $10.5 million to buy the offices of the bankrupt insurance company, has backed out.

  6. Pinellas names interim director for Visit St. Pete/Clearwater tourism agency

    Tourism

    CLEARWATER — David Downing, the deputy director of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, was appointed as interim director of the Pinellas County tourism agency on Wednesday.

  7. Once a U.S. Sugar foe, Scott now accepts its contributions, hunting hospitality

    Gubernatorial

    TALLAHASSEE — Before he was governor, Rick Scott attacked another Florida politician for accepting campaign funding from U.S. Sugar. He even said Bill McCollum, his opponent in the 2010 Republican primary, had been "bought and paid for.''

    During the 2010 race for Florida governor, Rick Scott accused his opponent in the Republican primary, Bill McCollum, of having been “bought and paid for” by U.S. Sugar, as he says at this campaign event.
  8. Pinellas police blotter: Serial burglar done in by his stomach

    Bizarre News

    Crumbs, DNA left behind after appetite is fed

  9. Doctor found guilty of obtaining a controlled substance.

    Criminal

    TAMPA

    Doctor convicted of getting drugs by fraud

  10. Rubio supports medical marijuana — but only the noneuphoric kind

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — Sen. Marco Rubio came out Wednesday in support of the use of medical marijuana, but only the noneuphoric type approved by the Florida Legislature.

    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said he supports only  noneuphoric strains of marijuana for pain relief.
  11. In new trial, jury convicts Hernando man for murder of father

    Criminal

    BROOKSVILLE — His eyes locked on the six jurors before him, Assistant State Attorney Pete Magrino held up two photos and made a somber comparison Wednesday in Hernando Circuit Judge Stephen E. Toner's courtroom.

    Stephen Horne listens to closing arguments Wednesday. 
  12. Trade David Price. Now.

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG

    You have to do it, and you have to do it now. Trade David Price. I know. If you're a Rays fan, that stinks. When you draw up blueprints to build championship ball clubs, you look to get pitchers such as Price, not get rid of them. He's the ace of the Rays staff, a leader in the clubhouse and …

    As hard as it is to admit, trading David Price before Thursday's 4 p.m. trade deadline really is the best thing for the Rays, Tom Jones writes. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
  13. Pinellas Park man sentenced to 36.5 years for sexually battering young girl

    Criminal

    PINELLAS PARK — A man who for several hours sexually battered a 12-year-old girl at knife point was sentenced to 36.5 years in prison on Wednesday, police said.

  14. Police investigating train death of Zephyrhills man

    Accidents

    ZEPHYRHILLS — Police are investigating the death of a Zephyrhills man who was struck by a train Tuesday night.

  15. Deputies: Moon Lake man tried arson twice in same night

    Crime

    NEW PORT RICHEY — A man inside the mobile home awoke in the early hours of Tuesday morning, deputies say, to see Ronald Joseph fleeing from his yard.