Monday, July 16, 2018
News Roundup

Wave of Puerto Rican evacuees may shift Florida landscape

The crisis in Puerto Rico could send tens of thousands of people to Florida, accelerating an already steady exodus from the economically depressed island and triggering wide-ranging effects on schools, housing and jobs.

"This is a humanitarian crisis and Florida needs to brace for the influx," said Dennis Freytes, a political activist in the Orlando area. "Many of the people coming are the most vulnerable. I'm desperately trying to get my 92-year-old mother out of there and haven't been able to even with my connections."

The wave might also carry political ramifications.

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A beautiful horse wanders Hillsborough alone. Deputies seek the owner.

A beautiful horse wanders Hillsborough alone. Deputies seek the owner.

DOVER — Tampa Bay may be one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the nation but, in places, it remains stubbornly a little bit country. Proof of that came on Wednesday when the Hillsborough County’s Sheriff’s Office was called to the interse...
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Top 5 at noon: Ex-supervisor in Adam Putnam’s gun-license unit warned of ‘gross misconduct’; spot a low helicopter this week? it might be Tampa Electric’ and more

Top 5 at noon: Ex-supervisor in Adam Putnam’s gun-license unit warned of ‘gross misconduct’; spot a low helicopter this week? it might be Tampa Electric’ and more

Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com:EX-SUPERVISOR IN PUTNAM’S GUN-LICENSE UNIT WARNED OF ‘GROSS MISCONDUCT’A former supervisor in Adam Putnam’s Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services sued the agency in 2013, cl...
Updated: 14 minutes ago
Any Tampa Bay transit project will bring development opportunities, expert says

Any Tampa Bay transit project will bring development opportunities, expert says

Big transit projects are often about much more than moving people from one place to another.That’s where real estate adviser Marilee Utter comes in. Her specialty is helping communities get the most out of development opportunities that arise from bu...
Updated: 25 minutes ago
FHP crackdown: Florida among 5 southern states conducting speed enforcement

FHP crackdown: Florida among 5 southern states conducting speed enforcement

ATLANTA — Florida joins four other states in a week-long speed enforcement operation beginning Monday."Operation Southern Shield" will run through Sunday.In addition to Florida, law enforcement in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina will p...
Updated: 1 hour ago
‘Honky Tonk Laundry’ starts a summer run at Show Palace in Hudson

‘Honky Tonk Laundry’ starts a summer run at Show Palace in Hudson

HUDSON — If you’re into country, Honky Tonk Laundry, which opens July 21 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, might be the ticket. Written by Roger Bean (The Marvelous Wonderettes/Life Could Be a Dream?), this comedy musical features a two-woman cast ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tampa ranks second best in nation for first-time homebuyers

Tampa ranks second best in nation for first-time homebuyers

Despite rising prices, Tampa has been deemed the second best city in the nation for first-time homebuyers. That’s according to the website WalletHub, which compared 300 cities using 27 metrics including home prices, property tax rates and property-cr...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Hernando Religion Calendar for July 20

BrooksvilleProvidence Church is offering a free weekly water-themed Kid’s Summer Fun Series that features Biblical stories, worship music and activities for children in kindergarten through fifth grade at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Hernando County S...
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Live from SEC media days: Five stories to follow

Live from SEC media days: Five stories to follow

ATLANTA — Good morning from SEC media days, the unofficial kickoff to college football's preseason.The four-day event begins later this morning with commissioner Greg Sankey's address at 11:30. A few things I'll be monitoring over the next...
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Pasco Political Notebook

Hunter, Murphy speak to Democratic ClubThe Trinity Democratic Club will host candidates Chris Hunter (running for U.S. Congress in District 12) and Amanda Murphy (running for state Senate in District 16) as guest speakers at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. ...
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Pretzels to replace peanuts on Southwest flights

Pretzels to replace peanuts on Southwest flights

On Southwest, you no longer can fly for peanuts. But you can for pretzels. On Aug. 1, the low-cost carrier will cut the popular snack food from all flights, in deference to its passengers with peanut allergies."Peanuts forever will be part of Southwe...
Updated: 2 hours ago