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  1. HART, PSTA will work together to sell Tallahassee on regional bus fare system

    Mass Transit

    ST. PETERSBURG — The bay area's leading transit agencies are taking a second swing at scoring state dollars to help fund a regional bus ticket system — and they hope teaming up will bolster their chances.

  2. Orange County Sheriff: Deputy shoots man suspected of stalking wrestler

    Crime

    ORLANDO, Fla. — A deputy fearing for his life shot a man who authorities say had been stalking a female wrestler, wounding him Monday outside a World Wrestling Entertainment training facility in central Florida, authorities said.

    Law enforcement officials investigate the scene where an Orange County deputy shot a man who authorities say was stalking a female wrestler outside a World Wrestling Entertainment training facility, Monday in Orlando. The deputy had no choice but to shoot the man who he believed had a knife, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Deming said at a news conference. [AP photo]
  3. Florida Bar under fire for hiring public relations firm for nearly $100,000

    Business

    The Florida Bar has touched off a new brouhaha among the state's lawyers, this time by hiring a Miami public relations firm for $96,000 a year to advance "positive campaign messages.''

  4. Aerospace and defense contractor Orbital ATK closing Clearwater facility

    Business

    Orbital ATK, a Virginia-based aerospace and defense firm, plans to close a Clearwater manufacturing facility by next spring, a decision based at least in part due to lessened U.S. defense spending, the company said Monday.

  5. Diesel fuel spills into Intracoastal Waterway in Belleair

    News

    BELLEAIR — About 100 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the Intracoastal Waterway after a truck malfunctioned Monday.

  6. Construction on refrigerated warehouse at Port Tampa Bay to begin next year

    Business

    Officials with Port Tampa Bay announced Monday that construction on a 130,000 square foot refrigerated warehouse will begin early next year.

  7. Medical marijuana amendment hits milestone for court review

    Blogs

    A constitutional amendment to allow medical marijuana in Florida has reached a key milestone in its petition drive, triggering required reviews by Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Florida Supreme Court.

  8. Body found at Lithia cemetery classified as homicide

    Crime

    LITHIA — Hillsborough sheriff's deputies are investigating a body found at a cemetery on Monday afternoon.

  9. Pasco school bus driver ticketed after rear-end collision

    Accidents

    NEW PORT RICHEY — A Pasco school bus driver was ticketed for careless driving after she rear-ended a stopped car Monday morning, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

  10. Senator Nelson calls for independent redistricting commission for Florida

    Blogs

    The repeated failures of the Florida Legislature to redraw the state’s congressional districts is a sure sign that Florida needs to create an independent commission to do the work, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said during a stop in Tallahassee on Monday.

    U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, tells reporters in Tallahassee that the Legislature's inability to reach a deal on redistricting shows the state needs an independent redistricting commission to do the work.
  11. Authorities seek suspect after shots fired in speeding dispute in Holiday

    Crime

    HOLIDAY — What neighbors say started as an attempt to get a speeding driver to slow down Saturday night turned dangerous, authorities said, when the driver returned and opened fire on the concerned residents.

  12. After sprawl and scandal, Jim Norman seeks comeback on Hillsborough County Commission

    Local Government

    Tucked in a secluded corner of the Ozark Mountains, far from the traffic and sprawl of Hillsborough County, is the house that took down Jim Norman.

     Former state legislator and county commissioner Jim Norman said he will file the paperwork to run for Hillsborough County Commission on Tuesday.  Norman said his past dealings with a house bankrolled by a political benefactor are behind him and he is ready to move forward. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]
  13. Review: New 'Dragon Tattoo' book a weak shadow of its predecessors

    Books

    Its full title is The Girl in the Spider's Web: A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series, but they might as well have called it The Girl Who's Going to Help Us Milk a Few More Million Out of This Dragon Tattoo Thing.

    Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander in the Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest movie.
  14. Patrick Murphy comes out in support of Iran nuclear deal

    Blogs

    U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy says he can back the Iran nuclear deal, call it "flawed" but "the best available option to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon."

  15. Controversy grows over plan to revamp issuance of millions of Florida driver licenses

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida motorists enjoy getting their shiny new driver licenses on the spot, but the state is studying a possible change to a new system that's stirring warnings of a possible "disaster" with drivers waiting up to two weeks for their cards.

    Edwin Rivera, 24, of Tampa, waits to be helped at the Drew Park branch of the Hillsborough County Tax Collector's office last Friday. 

Currently, Floridians can receive and renew their drivers licenses at Tax Collectors offices on the same day, but it could take up to two weeks under a proposed change. [MONICA HERNDON  |  Times]