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Florida's jobless rate drops slightly to 5.6 percent in February

The hallmarks of Florida's economic recovery are nothing if not consistent: slow, steady and still elusive for some. Slow: The state's jobs report for February, released Friday, show …

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Amid power couple divorce, Tampa's Kforce gains a new stakeholder

A significant if unexpected investor in one of Tampa Bay's larger publicly traded corporations just landed on the scene. This is hardly your typical financial stake being taken in a promisin …

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Rays lag behind as major-league baseball team values rocket upward

Talk about financial grand slams. The average value of a major-league baseball team jumped nearly 50 percent in just the past year — to $1.5 billion. That's the biggest year-over-year …

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  1. How to (legally) cheat on your taxes

    Personal Finance

    Lowering your tax bill is no easy feat. No matter how much you love Fluffy, your cat is not a dependent that can score you a deduction. And, you can't deduct the cost of a gym membership, even if the doctor told you to get in shape. However, there are a few ways to lower your taxable income and tax bracket to keep more …

  2. With Riverwalk open, Tampa welcomes a day decades in the making

    Growth

    TAMPA

    From the day in 1976 that then-Mayor Bill Poe sold the first wooden plank, the challenge of building Tampa's Riverwalk has been marked by big ambition and a high degree of difficulty.

    Pedestrians use the new Riverwalk segment near Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on Friday in downtown Tampa. It’s part of a continuous trail from the Channel District, around the Convention Center and north to the Straz Center. See map, Page 11A.
  3. coffee cold war

    Retail

    A storm is brewing in the world of cold coffee.

    A barista prepares the new Javiva on Monday at a Peet’s in San Francisco. Peet’s says it uses fresh coffee, unlike competitors.
  4. Even in retirement, not all debt is bad, author says

    Personal Finance

    WASHINGTON — Traditional retirement advice typically calls for paying off a mortgage and reducing debt as much as possible before moving on to what's sure to be a smaller paycheck.

  5. Gov. Scott reappoints Carl Lindell to Tampa Port Authority board

    Business

    TAMPA — Gov. Rick Scott on Friday reappointed Carl Lindell to the governing board of the Tampa Port Authority, which oversees Port Tampa Bay.

  6. Amid power couple divorce, Tampa's Kforce gains a new stakeholder

    Working Life

    A significant if unexpected investor in one of Tampa Bay's larger publicly traded corporations just landed on the scene.

    So far, Maureen Rorech Daly has received $8 million in Kforce stock. More may be forthcoming.
  7. Developers moving in on Florida mobile home parks

    Real Estate

    ZEPHYRHILLS

    Not so long ago, Rainbow Court mobile home park was a peaceful, pleasant community of senior citizens.

    Development surrounds the old mobile homes in Rainbow Court in Zephyrhills on Tuesday. Pretty Pond Road, center, runs along the north side of the recently sold park.
  8. Lawmakers aim to revamp Florida's jobs incentive programs

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — State lawmakers are demanding sweeping changes to the taxpayer-funded programs that Gov. Rick Scott uses to attract jobs to Florida, citing the need for more openness and better accountability.

    Gov. Rick Scott says the state’s incentives program has been working.