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USF kills plans for 'body farm' in Lithia

TAMPA — A day after strong opposition emerged, the University of South Florida on Friday canceled plans to build an outdoor research facility in Lithia for studying dead bodies. Reside …

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Next stop for solar ballot petition: Florida Supreme Court

A ballot petition that would allow those who generate electricity from the sun to sell the power directly to other consumers moved to its final legal hurdle Friday with a request by Florida's atto …

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  1. Pinellas beach towns struggle with illegal home rentals

    Local Government

    All the signs are there. Raucous parties. Strangers who stay up late. Cars parked everywhere. An ever-changing rotation of RVs with out-of-state license plates. Beer cans. Wedding tents. Different faces every week.

    “We just want our neighborhood to stay a neighborhood,” Steve Curtis of Clearwater Beach said of the rentals, such as this home that has been cited. Restrictions vary by city.
  2. It costs more than you think just to hold a job

    News

    For employees who routinely drive to work, buy lunch and can't get by without a cup of coffee, work-related spending can add up to a tidy sum.

  3. With cheaper fuel prices, airlines' profits soar

    Airlines

    DALLAS — For airlines, the record profits keep coming, thanks to cheaper jet fuel.

  4. Green energy job growth outpaces losses in coal industry

    Energy

    WASHINGTON — Far more jobs have been created in wind and solar businesses in recent years than have been lost in the collapse of the coal industry, and renewable-energy companies expect record growth in the United States this year.

    This wind farm sits on a bluff above Wallula in southern Washington state near the Columbia River. Southern Washington’s Windy Flat and Wallula bluffs have huge concentrations of wind turbines.
  5. Developer proposes apartments and garage near University of Tampa

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — A South Florida developer wants to rezone 2.5 acres south of Kennedy Boulevard near the University of Tampa for an apartment block with 272 units and more than 500 parking spaces.

  6. As more jobless rates stall, Tampa Bay holds its own

    Working Life

    Times staff

    Florida's latest unemployment rate remains unchanged at 5.7 percent even as the country's third-largest state added 30,600 jobs in March. But Florida is not alone. It's one of 15 states whose March jobless rate did not change from February. Meanwhile, 23 other states and the District of Columbia …

  7. Growler bill passes after three years of debate

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — After a battle that lasted three years and pumped more than $1 million to lobbyists, craft breweries will soon be allowed to sell their beer in half-gallon growlers.

  8. People notes | Personnel appointments, promotions and announcements

    Working Life

    Insurance

    Lori Dennis has been named a commercial insurance risk consultant at Lykes Insurance, Tampa. Dennis will work primarily with clients in Tampa, Orlando and Ocala, but also throughout the state of Florida.

    Media