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Former Gov. Charlie Crist goes from renter to homeowner — big time

ST. PETERSBURG — After decades as a renter, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has finally taken the plunge into homeownership in a big way. Crist and his wife, Carole, just closed …

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Coal-dependent Seminole Electric Cooperative seeks options as EPA crackdown looms

Barely two years into her role as CEO of Tampa's Seminole Electric Cooperative — a provider of electricity to 1.4 million Floridians and businesses across 42 counties — Lisa Johnson fa …

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When the rain falls, some Tampa Bay businesses get busy

This week, when the rain fell hardest, Cardinal Roofing was flooded with as many as 50 calls on one day from damp, desperate Tampa Bay residents whose roofs were in dire need of repair. That's fiv …

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  1. Puerto Rico defaults on a bond payment for the first time

    Economic Development

    Debt-plagued Puerto Rico defaulted on a bond payment for the first time Monday, triggering what is likely to be a long battle with creditors as it seeks to restructure about $73 billion in loans.

    A security guard sits in front of a shuttered business in Puerto Rico. Caught in a nearly decadelong recession, Puerto Rico wants to renegotiate terms with creditors as it seeks the largest restructuring ever in the U.S. municipal bond market.
  2. Extended slump in oil taking toll on industry, economy

    Energy

    NEW YORK — As drivers, shippers and airlines continue to enjoy lower fuel prices, the oil industry is responding to much lower profits with sharp cuts in spending and employment that are hurting economic growth.

    An oil tanker passes a fisherman as it enters a channel near Port Aransas, Texas, heading for the Port of Corpus Christi. The price of oil slid Monday, as some companies replied to price changes by announcing workforce cuts. [Associated Press]
  3. Stocks plunge in Greece as Athens exchange reopens

    Markets

    ATHENS, Greece — Investors issued a vote of no confidence in Greece's economy Monday, dumping Greek stocks as trading on the Athens stock exchange resumed for the first time in five weeks.

    Shares on the Athens Stock Exchange plunged over 16 percent Monday. Experts say stocks could begin to recover in the weeks to come, pumping capital into Greek’s economy.
  4. PSTA chief Brad Miller catches flak from board months after defeat of rail plan

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The chief executive of Pinellas County's transit agency is being put on notice by some of his bosses, including one of his staunchest supporters.

    Brad Miller was hired in 2011 as CEO of PSTA. Board members say there are red flags in his management.
  5. City: Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be in early March 2016

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — City officials confirmed rumors Monday that next year's Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will take place in early March, a couple of weeks sooner than it has in past years.

    Next year’s Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will start earlier. Some hotels prefer the change so it won’t bump up against Easter.