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Tuesday, Aug 04, 2015

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St. Pete VA reducing claims backlog

St. Pete VA reducing claims backlog

ST. PETERSBURG — The backlog of veterans waiting for a decision on their benefits claims has dropped dramatically since March 2013, said Kerrie Witty, director of the Department of Veterans Affairs St. Petersburg Regional Office.
Updated: 7 hours ago

$240,000 judgment upheld in ‘gas mask’ insult case

TALLAHASSEE — A federal appeals court has again upheld a $240,000 judgment for a state worker who said she was humiliated when a supervisor wore a gas mask as a comment on her taste in perfume.
Published: 08/03/15
Jeb Bush unveils border security, immigration reform plan

Jeb Bush unveils border security, immigration reform plan

MIAMI – Jeb Bush outlined plans Monday to improve security of the nation’s borders and enforcement of its existing immigration laws, calling both a requirement before any president could begin to address the status of the estimated 11 m...
Published: 08/03/15

Climate change: Obama orders steeper cuts from power plants

Associated Press
Published: 08/02/15
Cuba’s medical breakthroughs have caught U.S. attention

Cuba’s medical breakthroughs have caught U.S. attention

TAMPA — As relations with Cuba improve, many people in Tampa are hoping for easier access to one export item the island nation has made famous — premium cigars.
Published: 08/02/15
Five candidates compete for St. Pete District 7 council seat

Five candidates compete for St. Pete District 7 council seat

ST. PETERSBURG — With City Councilman Wengay Newton forced out by term limits, five candidates are competing to replace him in an election that could change the St. Petersburg council’s course in stadium negotiations with the Tampa Bay ...
Published: 08/02/15
Small donors give ‘grassroots’ credibility to candidates

Small donors give ‘grassroots’ credibility to candidates

TALLAHASSEE — When it comes to political contributions, every little bit helps, but presidential candidates can’t just rely on little bits to raise them above the pack.
Published: 08/02/15
Forum examines relations between Tampa police, black residents

Forum examines relations between Tampa police, black residents

TAMPA — Arthur Green was not shot by a police officer.
Published: 08/01/15

First Tampa ‘community conversation’ set for today

TAMPA — A foundation formed after the death of a Tampa activist last year has scheduled the first in a series of “community conversations” about issues within the city, including racial discrimination, police conduct and other ma...
Published: 08/01/15
Veterans welcome quicker OK for concealed weapons permits

Veterans welcome quicker OK for concealed weapons permits

Florida's agriculture commissioner has ordered faster processing of concealed weapons permits for members of the military and veterans — a reaction to the five slayings at military recruiting centers in Chattanooga.
Published: 07/31/15
Updated: 08/01/15