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  1. U.S. regulators have warned people not to consume tianeptine products, including Neptune’s Fix. The substance is prescribed as an antidepressant in some European, Asian and Latin American countries.
  2. Deborah White was shot and killed in 2020 after exchanging gunfire with Largo officers, the agency said. Police personnel investigate the shooting scene near Roosevelt Boulevard and 49th Street N. The city has settled lawsuit filed in the shooting, which an investigation had ruled justified.
  3. Former Pinellas detention Sgt. Katelyn Gomez was arrested Wednesday after inappropriate letters were found in a 16-year-old inmate's cell at the Pinellas juvenile detention center where she worked. Gomez, who admitted to writing the letters, is charged with solicitation of a child to engage in an act that constitutes sexual battery.
  4. Plant City police are investigating the death of a 14-year-boy who died at a local hospital early Thursday as a homicide.
  5. Florida lawmakers continue to debate several education related measures as their 2024 legislative session nears its end.
  6. Construction of the Gateway Expressway along 118 Avenue North in St. Petersburg, pictured in November, was supposed to be complete enough to open to traffic this month, the Florida Department of Transportation said late last year. Now the timeline for the oft-delayed project has been pushed back.
  7. 1198 Mandalay Point is a private estate at the north end of Clearwater Beach. It borders Caladesi Island State Park.
  8. Florida House Speaker Paul Renner answers a question posed by a member of the media during a news conference at the close of the 2023 legislative session on May 5, 2023. Renner is trying to work out differences with Gov. Ron DeSantis on a bill about restricting social media for minors.
  9. This exhibit from video released by the House Select Committee shows President Donald Trump recording a video statement from the Rose Garden on the afternoon of Jan. 6. The video was displayed at a hearing by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, July 21, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Supreme Court agreed on Wednesday to decide whether Trump can be prosecuted on charges he interfered with the 2020 election and has set a course for a quick resolution.
  10. Christine Bedore, 44, a professor and researcher at Georgia Southern University who has been featured on National Geographic channel’s “SharkFest,” was arrested after she was found stealing research money from a nonprofit’s bank accounts, police say.
  11. An aerial drone looking east towards downtown with the St. Petersburg Police Department headquarters on left, as construction begins for The Central, a major downtown development on the 2.1-acre site of the former St. Petersburg Police Department on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024 in St. Petersburg.
  12. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., addresses attendees at the Republican Party of Florida Freedom Summit, Nov. 4, 2023, in Kissimmee.
  13. Suspended Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren walks to a 2022 news conference in Tallahassee about his bid to get the job back.
  14. This image provided by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office shows body worn camera footage of the rescue of a 5-year-old girl with autism from a swamp.
  15. Aerial photo of damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian on Sept. 29, 2022, in Fort Myers.
  16. The Sirata Beach Resort, pictured in 2019, has been the subject of a contentious redevelopment plan. St. Pete Beach city commissioners on Tuesday approved a permit that will allow that plan to move forward.
  17. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky walks past members of the media after delivering remarks on the Senate floor Wednesday in Washington. McConnell says he'll step down as Senate Republican leader in November. The 82-year-old Kentucky lawmaker is the longest-serving Senate leader in history.
  18. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, wants congressional lawmakers to probe kratom, a virtually unregulated substance that is widely available across Florida, including at smoke shops and gas stations.
  19. Clearwater Fire and Rescue junior beach lifeguard campers head to Clearwater Beach Lifeguard Station #4 for a water rescue lesson last summer. While Clearwater Beach has a lifeguard program, many beach towns do not. A town where a girl died after getting buried in the sand is considering adding them.
  20. The Chow Noodles, one of the popular entrees at Calida in St. Petersburg.
  21. Tyree Gland is wanted on a first-degree murder charge in connection to the death of his brother, Taiwan Gland Sr., who police said was intentionally struck twice by the driver of a vehicle early Monday morning. Taiwan Gland Sr.'s body was found lying in the intersection at Seventh Avenue South and 12th Street South in the Campbell Park neighborhood.
  22. Sumner High School, which opened in the southeast section of Hillsborough County in 2020, was the first high school the district built in more than a decade. A sales tax that has supported district construction projects is about to expire.
  23. Florida State and the ACC continue their lawsuits against each other.
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