An Interstate 275 exit near Tampa International Airport is scheduled to remain closed early today. The southbound I-275 ramp to westbound State Road 60 is set to be closed until 6 a.m. for overnight asphalt repairs. Until it's back open, the Florida Department of Transportation advises southbound interstate drivers to use this detour: Exit at Lois Avenue, turn right and go north to Boy Scout Boulevard, turn left and go west on Boy Scout Boulevard/Spruce Street to westbound State Road 60.
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Ex-girlfriend and friend beaten with tree branch
A 43-year-old Tampa man is in jail after, police say, he beat his former girlfriend and her friend with an oak tree branch. Tampa police said that on Monday afternoon, Benjamin Thomas Campbell confronted the pair while armed with a 4-foot-by-3-inch tree branch. He was charged with two counts of aggravated battery, both felonies, and remained Tuesday in the Hillsborough County jail on $30,000 bail.
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Tourists near Orlando might shell out $6.44 per gallon
And here you thought you paid too much for gas. A Shell station in the Lake Buena Vista tourist area was charging $6.44 a gallon this week, the Orlando Sentinel reported. And that price - about double what other stations were charging - appeared to be legal because the price was clearly displayed on a street-side sign. The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Florida, the AAA reported, was about $3.36 on Tuesday.
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Hillsborough on test 'honor roll'
Hillsborough and Pinellas are among 11 state school districts named to the College Board's "AP Honor Roll" - a distinction for the accomplishments of high school students in advanced placement classes. The honor roll is for "simultaneously increasing access to advanced placement coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams," according to a news release. Districts also must show that the number of minority students taking the exam did not fall by more than 5 percent. In Hillsborough, the percentage of test scores of 3 or above increased from 38 to 42 percent this year.