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Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014

Salinero, Mike

Tribune Staff

Civil citations keeping Hillsborough kids out of trouble

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— A program that gives juveniles a second chance after they commit misdemeanor crimes is proving effective in keeping them from offending again.

Audubon VP blasts plan for ferry site at preserve

- Charles Lee, vice president of organization, is criticizing plans to use part of the 134-acre Schultz Preserve in east Hillsborough for a ferry terminal, parking lot and service road.

In Hillsborough, a legacy of recession: construction fraud spike

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We know the major consequence of the housing bust of 2007 — the Great Recession.

Hillsborough transportation tax plan going public in September

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— If you don’t know a lot about Hillsborough County’s big plans for transportation improvements, you’ll get plenty of chances to find out more next month.

HART near the bottom in fleet size

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— HART, the agency that runs Hillsborough County’s bus system, is on track this year to break its fifth straight ridership record.

Hillsborough off the hook on repaying HUD, official says

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— Hillsborough County’s affordable housing director said Wednesday the county will not have to repay more than $1 million in grant money that federal investigators said w...

6 vying for open Hillsborough commission seat

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Three Hillsborough County Commission seats are up for election this year, but only one of the races is open to all county voters.

Detective, consultant, school board veteran in race for county commission

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— Three Republicans are vying for the District 4 seat on the Hillsborough County Commission — the only candidates running in a conservative district that includes all of ...

Hillsborough commissioners’ vision: A HART board that thinks like they do

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— The writing is on the wall for the board that runs the HART public bus system.

Hillsborough tax rate falls, but values rise for bigger bill

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— Hillsborough County Commissioners set property tax rates today at just a little below last year’s, but homeowners will likely pay more out of pocket due to higher prop...

Tax would fund radical transportation plan

- Hillsborough County leaders unveiled a massive transportation plan that includes light rail, dedicated bus lanes, bike trails and other improvements to alleviate traffic.

Hillsborough’s Pet Resources chief proves to be lifesaver

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— When Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill hired a new Animal Services director in February, he likened his pick to a Super Bowl-caliber quarterback.

HUD says Hillsborough gave housing money to rich

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— Hillsborough County’s Affordable Housing program, a troubled department in county government on and off for decades, is again under fire for improperly spending more th...

Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Selvey dies

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— Former Hillsborough County Commissioner James D. “Big Jim” Selvey, the first Republican elected to the commission in the modern era, died Sunday.

Hillsborough candidates pressed on key issues

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— Members of the Tampa Tiger Bay Club forced Hillsborough County Commission candidates Wednesday to stake out positions on a 1 cent sales tax increase for transportation project...

County amends Human Rights Ordinance

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TAMPA — Hillsborough County took a first step Wednesday toward enshrining civil rights protections in county law for people who are gay, lesbian and transgender.

Hillsborough to vote on adding gays in human rights law

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— A little over a year ago, Hillsborough County commissioners repealed a ban on county promotions of gay pride ev...

Some county agencies opt out of certain Civil Service ties

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— Hillsborough County government leaders pushed hard earlier this year for state legislation that would allow them to opt out of Civil Service Board rules and services.

Audit sees MOSI finances slipping

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The Museum of Science & Industry, a renowned Tampa attraction that receives more than $1 million a year in taxpayer support, is in financial trouble, according to a

TIA pitched to market homemade products

- The displays, set up in kiosks or stores, would reach business travelers, who make up 40 percent of airline passengers. That's exposure manufacturers couldn’t get on their own.

Tampa woman fights back against shoddy construction

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— Angela Gray spent $200,000 building her dream house, but what she ended up with is a nightmare.

Flood repairs almost done at Hillsborough County Center

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— Repairs are nearly finished on flooded sections of the Frederick B. Karl County Center, where a gasket joining two water pipes blew out on Father’s Day.