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  1. IIFA Rocks shows off Bollywood style and glamor

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — If Wednesday's IIFA Stomp festival brought a taste of Bollywood's energy to Tampa, Thursday's IIFA Rocks concert and fashion show at the Tampa Convention Center offered a glimpse of the industry's billion-dollar polish and glamor.

  2. Miami-bound plane from Tallahassee makes emergency landing in Tampa

    Public Safety

    TAMPA

    Smoke in cockpit forces plane to land

  3. Bollywood stars bring fab fashion to IIFA Rocks green carpet

    Human Interest

    What's the dress code for the Bollywood Oscars? In two words, anything goes. Stars and fans converged on the green carpet for the International Indian Film Academy's first formal event Thursday night, a celebration of music and fashion called IIFA Rocks. And we do mean converged. In a chaotic PR mess that started more …

    Indian actor Vivek Oberoi gives interviews Thursday on the green carpet at IIFA Rocks at the Tampa Convention Center.
  4. Pinellas Park votes to fight county over EMS plan

    Local Government

    PINELLAS PARK — Council members here voted unanimously Thursday to take the county to the bargaining table over a proposal to change the way Pinellas' emergency medical services system is funded.

  5. House transportation plan calls for toll roads, trailside advertising

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Frustrated by gridlock? Wondering what the long-term plan is to make it better?

  6. 'Trauma drama' bill could get bogged down in waning days of session

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A plan to shield three disputed trauma centers from legal action — while also placing limits on trauma center access fees — faces an uncertain future as the legislative session winds down.

  7. Legislators want to steer Citizens policies to unregulated alternative

    Banking

    TALLAHASSEE — In their zeal to shed policies in the state-run Citizens Property Insurance, the Florida Senate is poised to approve a bill that gives homeowners a low-cost — though unregulated — insurance alternative.

  8. Florida Senate approves raising speed limit to 75 mph on most highways

    Roads

    TALLAHASSEE — Drivers should be able to travel at 75 mph on most interstate highways in Florida, the Senate voted Thursday.

  9. St. Petersburg City Council debates waterfront plans

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — On a budget, St. Petersburg's City Council will have to decide which parts of St. Petersburg's coastline are worth including in long-term plans.

  10. FDA proposes broad rules for e-cigarettes

    Business

    The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed sweeping new regulations for electronic cigarettes, including a ban on sales to anyone under 18, in the first step toward oversight of a fast-growing industry untouched for years by federal rules.

    A variety of e-cigarette mods are sold at Vape Joe in Largo, ranging from $25-$600. E-cigarettes are a $1.5 billion industry that market analysts expect to overtake cigarettes in a generation.
  11. Suspect charged in fire at Animal Coalition of Tampa

    Crime

    TAMPA — A man questioned earlier this week about a fire that killed three cats and heavily damaged a spay-neuter clinic now faces charges connected to the blaze after tests matched his DNA with samples taken from the scene, police said.

  12. IIFA notes: Gov. Rick Scott on Bob Buckhorn's dancing: "Unbelievable"

    Events

    TAMPA — As a cheerleader for his city, Mayor Bob Buckhorn will ham it up with anyone but draws the line at dancing in public.

    From left, musician Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, actor Sonakshi Sinha, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, actor Stephen Baldwin, Visit Tampa Bay president Santiago Corrada and actor Anil Kapoor dance to the tune Do Da Tampa after an IIFA news conference Thursday at the Hilton in downtown Tampa.
  13. Probation officer sentenced in tax fraud scheme

    Crime

    TAMPA -- A Hillsborough County juvenile probation officer federally charged last year with using the identities of minors on probation to obtain tax refunds was sentenced to just more than seven years in prison Thursday, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

  14. Florida Senate supports landmark bid for law license by noncitizen

    Business

    TALLAHASSEE — A closely divided Florida Senate on Thursday championed the landmark case of Jose Godinez-Samperio of Largo, who can't practice law in Florida because he's not a U.S. citizen.

    Jose Godinez-Samperio of Largo was born in Mexico and came to the States with his parents when he was 9.
  15. Cigar City founder Joey Redner considers leaving Florida if bill passes

    Bars & Spirits

    TAMPA — The area's best-known craft beer maker is considering leaving Florida if legislation passes that would restrict how small breweries distribute bottles and cans.

    Joey Redner says he might be forced to move to another state.