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  1. Duke Energy plans large solar power system near Orlando

    Energy

    Solar power in the Sunshine State continues to heat up with an announcement Wednesday by Duke Energy Florida to build, own and operate a large solar facility near Orlando that will sport a Disney-themed design.

  2. Doctor loses millions, indicted accountant dies, federal tax case comes to a halt

    Criminal

    TAMPA — Look up tax preparer Peter J. Pinaud online and you'll learn he went to prison in the 1980s for refund fraud.

    Dr. James St. Louis of the Laser Spine Institute.
  3. Court decision blocking Obama's immigration plan could affect 182,000 people in Florida

    Blogs

    A court ruling Tuesday to block implementation of President Obama’s latest program to shield illegal immigrants from deportation will have widespread implications in Florida.

  4. Review: 'San Andreas' old-school disaster flick boasting state-of-the-CGI destruction

    Movies

    If you're caught in a movie between a rock and a hard place, choose the Rock every time.

    Dwayne Johnson, left, as Ray, our hero, and Alexandra Daddario as Blake, his daughter, in a scene from San Andreas. 
  5. Girl, 17, critically injured in Largo traffic crash

    Accidents

    LARGO — A 17-year-old girl was critically injured early Wednesday in a traffic crash on U.S. 19, police said.

  6. Part of E Fletcher Avenue to close Thursday

    News

    TAMPA — The outside westbound lane of a half-mile stretch of E Fletcher Avenue, between N 19th Street and Cecilia Avenue, will close for maintenance at 9 a.m. Thursday, Tampa Water Department officials said. The inside lane will stay open.

  7. FIFA soccer officials charged in long-running global corruption scheme

    World Cup

    WASHINGTON — Law enforcement officials have thrown some serious red cards at the world soccer organization, charging nine top FIFA officials and five corporate executives with conspiracy and corruption for actions that span several decades.

    FIFA officials are escorted out behind sheets after their arrests by Swiss authorities at the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich on Wednesday. Swiss authorities said they had opened criminal cases related to the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups after making the arrests during a raid at the annual meeting of soccer's governing body. The U.S. has filed federal charges alleging corruption over two decades. [New York Times]
  8. Kahwa Coffee now offering single-serve K-cups

    Retail

    Kahwa coffee fans rejoice.

    The local brew is now available in K-cup form.

  9. Tampa International Airport brings car rental companies under one roof

    Airlines

    TAMPA — One selling point of Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano's $943 million plan to remake the airport is that it would make renting cars there a whole lot easier.

    This is an artist's rendering of the new consolidated rental car facility that Tampa International Airport will build on the south end of the property, by the airport post office and economy parking garage, which can be seen in the back left corner. The airport said that nine rental car companies recently signed agreements to use the new facility, which will be completed in 2017.
  10. NOAA predicts a below-average Atlantic hurricane season

    Hurricanes

    Just a few days from the start of hurricane season, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration announced Wednesday its storm predictions for the next six months.

    Looks like it could be a quiet one.

    Hurricane Jeanne swirled over Florida in 2004, the year four hurricanes made landfall in the Sunshine State.
  11. Photo gallery: Last Chance Corral lets orphaned or abandoned foals thrive

    Pets

    ATHENS, Ohio — Orphaned, unwanted and some only days old, these fragile foals will need a lot of tender, attentive care to survive.

    A young foal rests in a sunbeam at the Last Chance Corral in Athens, Ohio, earlier in May. Orphaned, unwanted and only weeks old, the fragile foals are given the opportunity to live and grow without their mother at the non-profit horse rescue in southeastern Ohio. [John Minchillo | Associated Press]
  12. Hernando commissioner questions CEMEX mercury emissions

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — New health concerns about the operation of the Cemex Brooksville South Cement Plant were raised this week by County Commissioner Diane Rowden and members of Neighbors Against Mining.

    Brooksville South Cemex Plant
  13. Most Hernando property owners face fire fee increase

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County Fire Rescue is bringing in less money that it takes to run its department and that means fire fee increases are likely for Hernando County property owners.

    Hernando County Fire Rescue
  14. As its last original musician retires, the Florida Orchestra looks to new beginnings

    Stage

    TAMPA — In 1964, Evelyn Pupello was a shy, blond 16-year-old who lived through the strings of her violin.

    With the harp in the foreground,  Evelyn Pupello,  violinist with the Florida Orchestra, rehearses with the orchestra at the Mahaffey Theatre, Thursday, 5/14/2015. Pupello started with the Tampa Philharmonic Orchestra in 1965 just after graduating from Hillsborough High School in Tampa. Pupello is retiring May 30 after 50 years (dating back to before the merger of the symphonies in Tampa and St. Pete).
  15. Hernando Commission agrees on need for raise to gas tax

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — After weighing options on how to pay for planned upgrades to THE Bus and improvements to major roads and intersections, the County Commission agreed this week to dedicate a penny of its gas tax to transit and increase the gas tax by 3 cents.