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Published Aug. 22

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REI Co-op headed to Midtown Tampa

Specialty outdoor retailer REI Co-op will open its first store the west coast of Florida at the $550 million Midtown Tampa project near West Shore, developers said Thursday.

REI Co-op, the nation’s largest consumer cooperative, will open a 22,500-square-foot store on the spot where developers on Wednesday began tearing down the old Men’s Wearhouse on N Dale Mabry Highway.

Trial in the Clearwater parking lot shooting: Day 4, making the case

We’re doing live updates in the manslaughter trial of Michael Drejka, accused in the July 2018 shooting death of Markeis McGlockton. Follow along here.

St. Petersburg pumped 6.6 million more gallons of dirty water into the Florida Aquifer over the weekend

After rain pummeled the Tampa Bay area last week, Mayor Rick Kriseman on Sunday tweeted a laudatory note about the way the city’s sewage system handled the inundation.

“Really proud of our Public Works & Water Resources for guiding our improved wastewater system through the past few weeks," the mayor tweeted, "& esp yesterday.”

Yet the day before, his sewage system pumped 6.6 million more gallons of illegal dirty water into the Florida Aquifer through an injection well.

Citrus County Sheriff strikes, kills pedestrian in Hernando County

A vehicle driven by Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast struck and killed a pedestrian Wednesday in Hernando County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Here are the top 10 most expensive homes sold in the Tampa Bay area in July

After Hillsborough County dominated last month’s list of the most expensive homes sold, Pinellas accounted for the majority for July’s sales, including one of the biggest in Tampa Bay history

Three of the four St. Petersburg homes listed are located on Snell Isle while Hillsborough’s listings include a sprawling ranch in Riverview. See them here.

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  1. Traffic improvements near the Walmart store in Hudson include replacing this one-lane exit on the store's south side with a roundabout so motorists can travel in either direction on Beacon Woods Drive. JOSH SOLOMON  |  Tampa Bay Times
    A roundabout, rebuilt street, new driveways and a traffic light are planned for the area around a busy Walmart store.
  2. Brooksville City Hall
    Spending plan includes a new fire fee calculation, new positions and a plan to improve city infrastructure.
  3. The exterior of the new Nova Southeast University Tampa Bay Regional Campus, Clearwater can be seen on Friday. September 20, 2019.  SCOTT KEELER  |   Times
    Nova Southeastern University’s new campus off the Courtney Campbell Causeway was funded by Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel.
  4. Michelle Brandon, center, was one of four teachers at Pasco County's Hudson Elementary to be removed after two weeks of classes because of her state "VAM score." Here she is seen, before her transfer, on the first day of school this year, reviewing classroom rules with students. Later, when they broke the news to students, “there were a lot of tears,” Brandon recalled. "It was very difficult.” JEFFREY SOLOCHEK  |  Times
    It’s a number that is mostly based on test scores. The state says it helps put the best teachers in struggling schools, but many say it’s not valid.
  5. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla.
    Scott renews his talking point in the wake of an investigative story.
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  8. Building sand mandalas will be offered each day throughout Peace Week at Pasco-Hernando State College's Porter Campus. JONES, OCTAVIO  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Peace Week 2019 will be Sept. 30-Oct. 4
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    The shooting happened on the 5100 block of Matanzas Avenue, police said.
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    Charges in the incident are pending, the Florida Highway Patrol said.