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Friday, Oct 31, 2014

Mike Salinero

Tribune Staff

Nelson urges automakers action on faulty air bags

- Sen. Bill Nelson threatens to seek financial penalties against car manufacturers if they don’t provide loaners or other transportation to customers with defective airbags.

Concession companies donate to airport board campaign

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— Next year, the board that runs Tampa International Airport will approve new concession contracts worth $1.3 billion.

Hillsborough to finance 75-bed shelter for homeless

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— The chilly winds of winter add another degree of misery to the lives of Hillsborough County’s homeless population.

New York firm hired to push Hillsborough transportation plan

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— An international consulting firm with a record of success in shepherding transportation tax referendums will try to do the same thing for Hillsborough County.

Top Democrat takes on veteran commissioner in District 7

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— The electoral contest for the Hillsborough County Commission District 7 seat offers a clear choice between a pro-business, pro-development conservative and a smart-growth, pro-...

In District 2, it’s Belcher vs. Crist

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Voters in the District 2 Hillsborough County Commission race will have a clear choice that transcends party labels.

Hillsborough may expand domestic registry beyond partners

- Domestic partnership registries, which give legal rights and decision-making power to partners in unmarried relationships, are often seen as a gay issue. But when commissioners vote Wednesday, they will also consider allowi...

Taxi owner blasts Uber, Lyft role in transportation forum

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— Local cab executive Louie Minardi has landed the latest blow in the taxi wars.

Hillsborough cracks down on unpermitted building

- People all across Hillsborough County have built additions to houses and businesses without obtaining the required permits.

Hillsborough votes to include gays in civil rights protections

- The county commission votes 7-0 to expand the Human Rights ordinance to cover sexual orientation and gender identity, reversing a former board’s action in 1995 to strip gays and lesbians from the groups protected.

Hillsborough approves plan to negotiate with Rays

- Commissioners move ahead in their baseball pursuit, naming Tampa Sports Authority as the lead agency to talk with the Rays if they are allowed to look outside Pinellas for a stadium.

Hillsborough vote today may extend protections to gays

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— Hillsborough County commissioners will decide today whether to join Tampa and scores of other local communities in extending anti-discrimination protections to gay, lesbian, t...

Interstate 275 widening project in Tampa hits milestone

- There is a sliver of good news amid all the barricades, cones and detours that are expected to be out until fall 2016. The Dale Mabry Highway exit for southbound drivers opened Friday night after four months of closure.

Winery owner says in ethics complaint Higginbotham worked against him

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— The owner of a Plant City winery said he has filed an ethics complaint against Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham, accusing the commissioner of lobbying against ...

Local contest draws national attention to Carnegie’s libraries

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— Andrew Carnegie, the foreign-born steel baron and philanthropist who gave his adopted country a patriotic embrace, earned the nickname “Star-Spangled Scotsman” i...

County aims to clean up Ed Radice Sports Complex

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— The Ed Radice Sports Complex is Hillsborough County’s premier center for amateur soccer tournaments.

Uber fines upheld in Tampa; failed to get permits, licenses

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— A hearing officer has upheld citations that Hillsborough County inspectors issued earlier this year to drivers working for the ride-sharing company Uber.

Hillsborough commission OKs domestic partner registry

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— Continuing to shed a longtime reputation for intolerance, Hillsborough County commissioners moved two issues forward Wednesday important to gays and lesbians.

Commissioner Beckner sues former business partner

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— Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner filed a lawsuit last week accusing his former business partner at Ameriprise Financial Inc. of breach of contract.

Teen interns help drive Hillsborough transit planning

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— Kevin O’Hare rushes out of the summer heat and into an air-conditioned café on the ground floor of the County Center, mumbling apologies for being late.

Proponent says TrailBridge could be solar power source

- A man trying to save the span is floating a plan to put power-producing solar panels on the shut down linear park, as well as on the newer Gandy spans and the Howard Frankland.

Hillsborough renames roads for four fallen heroes

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— Hillsborough County commissioners approved naming sections of four county highways Thursday in honor of fallen heroes.

Hillsborough OKs funding for anti-violence plan

- It could take three or four years to see positive results from a violence-prevention plan that Hillsborough County commissioners approved today.

Tampa seeks young people but ranks No. 1 for retirees

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TAMPA — Even as Mayor Bob Buckhorn tries to shift the city’s economy toward tech-savvy young people, Tampa is offering older folks more reasons to come here than any big city in America, a new study says.