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Duke Energy, TECO plan to cut electric rates with fall in fuel prices

ST. PETERSBURG — Tampa Bay residents should see their electric rates drop in 2016 because of the falling price of the natural gas generating most of the state's power. On Tuesday, Duke …

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Lightning owner Jeff Vinik tells tourism officials what's in store for Tampa

TAMPA — Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik likes to think of himself as the chief cheerleader for the Tampa Bay region. That's music to the ears of local tourism boosters, who listen …

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Tourism leaders share ideas to keep visitors flocking to Florida

TAMPA — Florida has raised the bar every year over the past four years in the number of visitors who have flocked to the Sunshine State for the warm weather, the beaches and the roller coast …

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  1. Rapper Pitbull named ambassador for Florida tourism

    Tourism

    Miami-based rapper Pitbull is partnering with Visit Florida to promote the state as a tourism destination.

    Miami rapper Pitbull has been named an ambassador for Florida tourism. As part of his new job, he’ll promote the state with #LoveFL at concerts around the world.
  2. Tourism leaders share ideas to keep visitors flocking to Florida

    Tourism

    TAMPA — Florida has raised the bar every year over the past four years in the number of visitors who have flocked to the Sunshine State for the warm weather, the beaches and the roller coasters.

  3. Pedro, the barber, has left the building

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Longtime barber Clyde "Pedro" Holladay swept up hair for the last time Friday at the shop in One Progress Plaza where he's been a downtown institution for 25 years.

  4. U.S. stocks plunge after bleak Chinese manufacturing report

    Markets

    NEW YORK — Stocks plunged again Tuesday, continuing a rocky ride for Wall Street, after an economic report out of China rekindled fears that the world's second-largest economy is slowing more than previously anticipated.

  5. Bliss condo developer sued by former general contractor

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — The former general contractor for Bliss, an 18-story condo tower rising in downtown St. Petersburg, claims it was replaced with another contractor without cause or notice.

    Bliss, a luxury condo tower in St. Petersburg, will open in late 2016, its developer says.