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Early morning threatening tweets land Moon Lake man in jail

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Newspapers and mixed papers float to the ground to be bailed for recycling at Progressive Waste Solutions, St. Petersburg, where Pasco County sends its materials for recycling. TIMES files (2014)

Pasco to test weekly curbside recycling

DADE CITY — An overwhelming number of Pasco residents want weekly curbside recycling, according to a county survey, but nearly half don't want to give up their twice-a-week trash pickups as a trade-off. The recycling numbers, previewed for county commissioners Monday, just 48 hours after Earth Day, led the board to …

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  1. New Port Richey discusses possibilities for medical marijuana dispensaries

    Local Government

    NEW PORT RICHEY — The city has embarked on a three-month planning process to put out the welcome mat for medical marijuana dispensaries, and during that time may also tackle the idea of decriminalizing small amounts of pot.

    Deputy Mayor Jeff Starkey says medical marijuana dispensaries, which he prefers to call "wellness centers," will be professional medical facilities.
  2. Bloomin' Brands delivers mixed quarterly performance as diners still steer clear of casual chains

    Retail

    TAMPA — The Tampa-based parent company of four major restaurant chains — Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's, Bonefish Grill and Fleming's — reported a mixed performance in its first quarter on Wednesday morning, recording a profit of $43.9 million, up from $34.5 million a year earlier. But Bloomin' also …

    Bloomin' Brands CEO Liz Smith tells analysts Wednesday that its Outback Steakhouse chain showed a gain in sales in the first quarter but acknowledged the company's three other chains -- Carrabba's, Bonefish Grill and Fleming's -- reported declines in customer traffic and sales.  [ATOYIA DEANS, Times]
  3. Pasco golf course battle heads to next round

    Civil

    NEW PORT RICHEY — The court battle over the former Gulf Harbors golf course is heading to its second round.

  4. Pasco utility rates to dip temporarily as commission plans for future

    Local Government

    DADE CITY — Typical Pasco County water customers will get a break on their bills in the coming year, but the financial reprieve could be short-lived.

    Pasco County is considering new water and sewer rates that would reduce the bills for 64 percent of its residential customers in the coming year. [TIMES 2007]
  5. Firefighters have contained 'suspicious' fires in Pasco County; State Road 54 reopened

    Fire

    TRINITY — Both directions of State Road 54 were re-opened Tuesday night after firefighters contained "suspicious" fires that burn 32 acres, according to Pasco County officials.

  6. Early morning threatening tweets land Moon Lake man in jail

    Crime

    MOON LAKE — The man made bomb threats over Twitter, Pasco County deputies said, claiming he had placed explosives around local government buildings.

    Terrance Upham, 43, of New Port Richey, is accused of using stolen wifi to send bomb threats over Twitter. [Photo courtesy of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office]
  7. Patriot Bank merges with National Bank of Commerce in $31 million deal

    Banking

    TRINITY — Trinity-based Patriot Bank has signed an agreement to merge with Alabama-based National Bank of Commerce in a $31.3 million deal that creates a financial institution with $2.6 billion in assets, the companies announced Tuesday.

    David Key, president and CEO of Patriot Bank
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