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  1. Eckerd president blasts city over sewage study


    ST. PETERSBURG — In a strongly worded letter sent to Mayor Rick Kriseman, Eckerd College's president says an internal review of the city's wastewater system was a sham and needs to be revamped.

  2. Zimbabwe: 14 elephants killed by cyanide poisoning


    HARARE, Zimbabwe — Fourteen elephants were poisoned by cyanide in Zimbabwe in three separate incidents, two years after poachers killed more than 200 elephants by poisoning, Zimbabwe's National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority said Tuesday.

    In this photo taken on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, elephants cross the road in Hwange National Park, about 700 kilometres south west of Harare. [Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi | Associated Press]
  3. U.S., states announce settlement with BP over gulf oil spill


    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department and five states on Monday announced a $20 billion final settlement of environmental damage claims arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Director Gina McCarthy (R) is joined by Attorney General Loretta Lynch (L), Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and other officials during a news conference to announce the resolution of federal and state claims against BP for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill at the Robert F. Kennedy building Monday in Washington, DC. [Getty Images]
  4. State wildlife agency investigating St. Petersburg sewage spills


    ST. PETERSBURG — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Friday that the agency's law enforcement division is investigating the city of St. Petersburg's sewage spills in August.

  5. Dying seagrass and 'yellow fog' signal trouble for Florida Bay


    The seagrass in Florida Bay is dying, a sign that the ailing bay could be going from bad to catastrophic.

  6. Carlton: What a stinky mushroom can teach us about Tallahassee


    When you are Florida-born and raised, you tend to think you have seen every form of bug, bush, slug and shorebird your state can come up with. Still, Florida can surprise you.

    This stinkhorn mushroom’s rather unpleasant odor belies its many benefits.
  7. Only two people can stop the bear hunt — and one of them is Gov. Rick Scott


    Now that a judge has declined to intervene, the only people who can stop Florida's first bear hunt since 1994 are Gov. Rick Scott and the head of the state wildlife commission, the attorney for the group leading the opposition to the hunt said Friday.

    And neither of them is likely to do so.

  8. Judge won't halt Florida bear hunt


    Although he said the state wildlife commission could have shown better timing and science, a judge ruled late Thursday that Florida can proceed this month with its first bear hunt since 1994.

    A mother bear runs near a pond in the Ocala National Forest in this 2010 file photo. An appeals court judge ruled late Thursday that Florida can proceed later this month with its first bear hunt since 1994. [MAURICE RIVENBARK | Times]
  9. Phosphate giant Mosaic agrees to pay nearly $2 billion over mishandling of hazardous waste


    Mosaic Fertilizer, the world's largest phosphate mining company, has agreed to pay nearly $2 billion to settle a federal lawsuit over hazardous waste and to clean up operations at six Florida sites and two in Louisiana, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday.

    This photo, taken Thursday, shows Mosaic Fertilizer’s phosphate mine operation off U.S. 41 near Riverview.
  10. Gowers Corner residents perplexed by recent, and persistent, flooding


    LAND O'LAKES — John and Linda Pollock have to use a rented, portable toilet sitting next to the driveway outside their house.