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New toll roads could be a boon to billionaires

Florida's richest man is Thomas Peterffy, a supporter of President Donald Trump who served on Gov. Ron DeSantis' campaign finance team. Worth an estimated $18.5 billion, according to Forbes, he also happens to own most of Taylor County, which is prime real estate for a proposed toll road that is a priority of Florida Senate President Bill Galvano. Peterffy, who gave $310,000 to DeSantis' campaign last year, is hardly the only person who could profit off a bill that would expand two toll roads and build one new one through rural parts of Florida.

Gov. Ron DeSantis orders execution for Bobby Joe Long

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a death warrant late Tuesday for Bobby Joe Long, a notorious serial killer who murdered at least eight women in the Tampa Bay area in the early 1980s. The governor ordered Long's execution 6 p.m. May 23 at Florida State Prison near Starke. Long has been on death row nearly 34 years. The warrant and sentencing paperwork were posted late Tuesday afternoon on the Florida Supreme Court's website. It is the first death sentence DeSantis has authorized since taking office in January.

Beams installed to shore up the historic Jackson House may hasten its fall.

It's been nearly three years since wooden stabilizers were installed to shore up the historic Jackson House, downtown Tampa's rooming house for visiting African-American celebrities during an era of segregation. Without the temporary supports, the aging building might have toppled. But now, the beams threaten to deform the walls of the two-story wooden building at 851 E Zack St., adding urgency to the need for the permanent solution that the nonprofit Jackson House Foundation has been pursuing for years.

Lawmakers ask why Pulse memorial still lacks dollars

As budget negotiations ramp up this week — the penultimate week of the legislative session — lawmakers are taking a closer look at appropriations for both statewide initiatives and local projects in their home communities. One line in the budget caught the eye of Orlando lawmakers, who noted that funding for a permanent memorial in honor of the 49 victims of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando had evaporated.

Bucs' Bruce Arians says there are six 'generational' players in NFL draft

It comes down to math. Bucs coach Bruce Arians says there are six "generational" players in the NFL draft, and his team picks fifth overall. So, in summation, he says he's not inclined to trade down. "There would have to be some hellacious picks,'' Arians said. "There's five guys on the board I love. You'd have to throw the bank and open the vault for (general manager) Jason (Licht) to move down. I'm not saying that we wouldn't. Just looking at the guys that are there, there's really six guys that are once-in-a-generation type players. I'm feeling great about this draft.''

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