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PEDESTRIAN KILLED IN CRASH ON U.S. 19

LARGO

Police were investigating an accident that killed a pedestrian on U.S. 19 near East Bay Drive Wednesday night.The crash occurred about 8:50 p.m. Police closed all northbound lanes of U.S. 19 in the area as they investigated. No other details were available late Wednesday night.

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ST. PETE Beach

Hotel says BP still owes spill claim

The Don Cesar Resort Hotel claims BP has failed to pay an oil-spill claim of more than $5 million. The St. Pete Beach hotel sued BP Exploration and Production Tuesday in Houston, where the oil company is based. The suit claims BP reneged on an agreement to pay the hotel $5.2 million for lost business after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in April 2010. The suit said the hotel accepted BP's written offer of compensation last fall, but the company has so far failed to pay. BP officials did not immediately return a call for comment Wednesday.

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ST. PETERSBURG

Pier on agendaat workshop today

The City Council will discuss the new Pier at a council workshop today. Last week, a panel of experts selected the Lens as the top design of three finalists vying to design a Pier to replace the inverted pyramid. The workshop will be held in Room 100, at City Hall, 175 Fifth St. N, after agenda review and administrative updates, scheduled at 1:30 p.m.

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Crystal River

Candidate claims conviction unfair

As the owner of an online head shop, 45-year-old Crystal River resident Ray Bruce Riggs has one of the more interesting job titles of the candidates running for U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent's seat. But three's something else: a conviction for trying to hire a hit man to kill someone. Riggs says he was wrongly convicted. "I would have gotten more of a fair trial in China," Riggs said Wednesday. Riggs has prefiled as a no-party candidate for the 5th District seat won in 2010 by Nugent, a Spring Hill Republican who served for a decade as Hernando's sheriff.

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