Police say they've developed "strong leads" in the killing of a University of Tampa student. Ryan McCall, 21, was walking home from the Retreat lounge at 3 a.m. on Aug. 19 when he was robbed, shot and killed at the base of the Eugene Holtsinger Bridge on N Boulevard. Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said detectives have "made good progress" on the case, adding that she couldn't discuss any other details due to the nature of the investigation. The UT community will memorialize the exercise major and cross country runner on Sept. 13 during a 4 p.m. service at Pepin Stadium.
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Al Jarreau caps jazz holiday lineup
Al Jarreau, a seven-time Grammy Award winner, will headline opening night of the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, which runs Oct. 15-18. Last year, Tony Bennett did the honors. The announcement of Jarreau's performance completes the lineup for the 30th annual Jazz Holiday, a free event held at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater. Other headliners scheduled are Chris Botti, Boney James and the Neville Brothers.
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Fasano seeks delay in PSC appointments
Two utility regulators who will cast key votes in controversial rate increase requests learned this week that they have been short-listed for reappointment to the panel. But state Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, has called on Gov. Charlie Crist to delay the appointments to the five-member Public Service Commission until the regulatory panel decides whether or not to grant rate increases sought by Progress Energy and Florida Power & Light. The two public service commissioners included on the list of six nominees sent to the governor: Chairman Matthew Carter and Commissioner Katrina McMurrian. Both are seeking reappointment to the $130,000 job regulating state utilities. FPL has asked to raise its base rates 30 percent while Progress Energy wants a 31 percent increase. Crist has until Oct. 3 to make the appointment or ignore the list and make the nominating council start over again.
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Highway safety official resigns
The head of Florida's Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Department is resigning. Electra Theodorides-Bustle sent her letter of resignation Friday to Gov. Charlie Crist and Florida's three elected Cabinet officials. She was named to the position in February 2007 shortly after Crist took office. Bustle's resignation is effective Sept. 15. Theodorides-Bustle had previously served as an assistant commissioner at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, lobbying the Legislature for the agency's budget needs.
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Couple accused of robbery attempt
A Pinellas Park husband and wife were arrested Friday after authorities said they tried to rob a convenience store while their 2-year-old daughter sat in the car. The couple, identified as 22-year-old Marc Johnson and 24-year-old Rachel A. Buchner-Johnson, face armed robbery charges for the early morning incident at the Shell Gas Station at 2198 Main St.