Friday, April 20, 2018
News Roundup

Defense contractor cautions it may lay off 200 workers at MacDill

200 workers at macdill could face layoffs

Defense contractor Science Applications International Corp. has tentative plans to lay off 200 workers at its operations at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa this fall if it does not get a contract renewal. The layoffs will be effective Sept. 21, according to a notice filed with the state this week. In a letter to state officials, SAIC executives indicated the company is "optimistic" about winning the contract through U.S. Central Command at MacDill as it is the incumbent, but it is required by law to warn about the prospect of layoffs. SAIC, which is based in McLean, Va., is heavily involved in providing scientific, engineering systems integration and other technical services to the government. All told, it has about 40,000 employees and $10.6 billion in annual revenues though contracts involving the Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the Department of Homeland Security and other government civil agencies. A spokesman for SAIC could not be immediately reached Thursday to give more details.

TECO blames its decline on weather

TECO Energy reported a decline in earnings during the second quarter of this year, largely attributed to mild weather. Second quarter net income fell to $73.1 million or 34 cents per share, compared with $77.5 million or 36 cents per share a year earlier. "Our results this quarter reflect better growth at our Florida utilities, and the current challenging coal markets," said John Ramil, TECO's president and chief executive officer. "Our Florida utilities are benefiting from continued improvement in the state and local economies with the strongest customer growth in more than three years, but weather has not been our friend this year," Ramil said.

Publix sales grow in second quarter

Publix's sales for the second quarter of 2012 were $6.8 billion, a 3.2 percent increase from last year's $6.6 billion. Comparable-store sales for the second quarter of 2012 increased 1.9 percent. Net earnings for the second quarter of 2012 were $381.6 million, compared with $382.4 million in 2011, a decrease of 0.2 percent. Earnings per share for the second quarter increased to 49 cents for 2012, from 48 cents per share in 2011. Publix's sales for the first half of 2012 were $13.9 billion, a 3.7 percent increase from last year's $13.4 billion. Comparable-store sales for the first half of 2012 increased 2.6 percent. Net earnings for the first half of 2012 were $791 million, compared with $780.5 million in 2011, an increase of 1.3 percent. Earnings per share increased to $1.01 for the first half of 2012, up from 99 cents a share in 2011. Publix is privately owned.

State has finalized funding for GrowFL

The Florida Economic Gardening Institute at the University of Central Florida (GrowFL) announced Thursday that $2 million in funding, authorized during the 2012-13 legislative session, has been finalized by the state. The GrowFL program, piloted in 2009, will continue to cultivate entrepreneurial growth through support and funding by the Department of Economic Opportunity. Since its inception, GrowFL has worked with hundreds of second-stage companies, providing assistance under the economic development methodology known as Economic Gardening.

Times staff, wires

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St. Pete says waste spill never reached the bay. Its own report says otherwise.

St. Pete says waste spill never reached the bay. Its own report says otherwise.

ST. PETERSBURG — The city said not one of the 266,000 gallons of reclaimed water released on Jan. 18 reached Tampa Bay.There was no mention of the waste released from the Northeast Water Reclamation Facility ever reaching the bay in the city’s notice...
Updated: 20 minutes ago
Deputies: Woman in road rage incident targeted ... a school bus?

Deputies: Woman in road rage incident targeted ... a school bus?

TAMPA — Deputies are searching for a woman accused of blocking a special needs school bus with her car, getting out and banging and kicking on the bus door until she broke the glass.And there were four children inside, deputies said, as she shouted a...
Updated: 29 minutes ago
Sami Vatanen a big loss for Devils if he doesn’t play in Game 5

Sami Vatanen a big loss for Devils if he doesn’t play in Game 5

BRANDON – Devils top defenseman Sami Vatanen had not traveled to Tampa as of Friday afternoon, according to coach John Hynes, and his availability for Game 5 Saturday against the Lightning is in doubt.Hynes, however, did not rule out Vatan...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Plan to entice developers to help pay for Rays ballpark hits speed bump

Plan to entice developers to help pay for Rays ballpark hits speed bump

TAMPA — Private developers would bear much of the cost of a new Rays stadium in Ybor City under a plan Hillsborough County officials are putting together.Developers would benefit by cashing in on commercial, retail and other construction around a ne...
Updated: 1 hour ago
St. Pete police search for missing 20-year-old woman

St. Pete police search for missing 20-year-old woman

ST. PETERSBURG — Officers are searching for a 20-year-old woman who they believe to be missing and who could be in danger.Kayla Brandi Boone was last seen at about 11 p.m. Thursday in the 2700 block of Fourth Street S, according to St. Petersburg pol...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Woman says Hernando County commissioner kept her as a ‘sex slave’

Woman says Hernando County commissioner kept her as a ‘sex slave’

SPRING HILL — A woman who answered the door Friday at the home of Hernando County Commissioner Nick Nicholson said she served for months as a “sex slave” to the elected official. Valerie Surette, who called herself a 30-year-old st...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Deputies: 19-month-old child found in New Port Richey pond has died

NEW PORT RICHEY — The 19-month-old child that was found in a pond on Thursday afternoon has died, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.The incident took place at about 12:31 p.m. Deputies and firefighters were called out to a home in the 47...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Racing schedules for 2018-19 parimutuel seasons released

OLDSMAR — Eight is not enough at Tampa Bay Downs, at least when the thoroughbred racing facility on Race Track Road opens its 93rd season July 1.The final card of what will be the Downs' sixth annual two-day Summer Festival of Racing will featu...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rowdies prepared to press on without defender David Najem

Rowdies prepared to press on without defender David Najem

SAINT PETERSBURG — When describing the loss of defender David Najem, Rowdies head coach Stuart Campbell and the player who will replace Najem chose the same word.Gutted.That settled over the Rowdies last weekend, one that was bad enough based o...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Official: Shotgun in guitar case was used in school shooting

Official: Shotgun in guitar case was used in school shooting

FORT LAUDERDALE — A gunman who carried a shotgun in a guitar case opened fire Friday in a Florida high school, wounding one student before he was arrested on a day planned for a national classroom walkout to protest gun violence, authorities said. It...
Updated: 2 hours ago