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Published July 22, 2019

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Robots will soon invade St. Petersburg's sewer pipes. Do not fear them.

Autonomous robots may soon be crawling in sewage pipes under the streets to help fix the city's wastewater woes. The robots would allow the city to scan for pipe problems three to four times faster than underground video cameras, allowing it to make repairs more quickly.

A new Florida politics newsletter is coming next week. Here's what to expect.

Next week we will unveil a new and improved Buzz political newsletter. (You can sign up for it now so you're ready to go when it launches.) We've redesigned and reimagined it with you in mind. From leaders in Tallahassee and the chaos in Washington to our local mayors, it seems every hour there are compelling stories about your elected officials and the political forces operating behind the scenes. Their decisions affect your lives. We want to make it easier for you to follow along.

Nikki Fried says concealed weapons permit program cuts review times

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which Nikki Fried heads, said review times for people with no prior issues have been reduced from 50 days when Fried took office in January to one day in July. Meanwhile, people with prior arrests or prosecutions now face an average review period of 25 days, down from 88 days in January.

Restaurant review: Award-winning chef Anne Kearney brings classic technique and Euro-American flair to Oak & Ola

In her first review as Tampa Bay Times food critic, Helen Freund heads to Armature Works in Tampa for a look at Oak & Ola, the new restaurant helmed by James Beard Award-winning chef Anne Kearney. It's a big, ambitious operation with seating for roughly 150 and a menu that plays within the boundaries of a New American framework while pulling freely from a number of European influences.

Sprouts begins the supermarket sweepstakes in Pasco's Trinity-to-Odessa corridor

Sprouts Farmers Market, headquartered in Phoenix, will be the first national organic grocer in west Pasco. The 30,000-square-foot store will anchor the Village at Mitchell Ranch at the southwest corner of SR 54 and Little Road in Trinity. The store is one of five grocery stores planned or under construction along the SR 54 corridor from Trinity to near the Suncoast Parkway.

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