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Tampa tobacco companies survive Cuban embargo

Tampa tobacco companies survive Cuban embargo

TAMPA — In January 1962, with tension growing between the U.S. and Cuba, Carlos Fuente Sr. of Tampa had a feeling tobacco imports would be cut off.
Updated: 7 hours ago
Colombian immigrant sings his way into ‘Phantom’

Colombian immigrant sings his way into ‘Phantom’

TAMPA — At age 4, Frank Viveros left Colombia to join his father in New York City for a better life — but one shrouded in secrecy because the family lived as illegal immigrants.
Updated: 8 hours ago
Tampa’s new courthouse may stay downtown

Tampa’s new courthouse may stay downtown

TAMPA — Court administrators, who were looking at building a new county courthouse on Falkenburg Road, have now expanded their options to include downtown Tampa after hearing concerns from judges, lawyers and business owners....
Updated: 10 hours ago
Scott says he hit jobs mark — but he changed the mark

Scott says he hit jobs mark — but he changed the mark

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott says he won a race to create 700,000 jobs in seven years, a central promise of his 2010 campaign, but by his own words he moved the finish line.
Updated: 19 hours ago
St. Pete council might reconsider if Rays make concessions

St. Pete council might reconsider if Rays make concessions

One day after rejecting a plan to allow the team to look around the area for stadium sites, three council members who scuttled the proposal say they may change their votes if some movement is made on Tropicana Field redevelopment rights.
Updated: 23 hours ago
Those loud booms? They're from test range Whiskey 470

Those loud booms? They're from test range Whiskey 470

Few people outside of military and aviation circles have heard about Whiskey 470, a test range in the Gulf. But last week, folks as far inland as Gainesville began reporting noises likely emanating from it.
Published: 12/18/14
Updated: 12/19/14
St. Pete council rejects deal to let Rays look for stadium sites

St. Pete council rejects deal to let Rays look for stadium sites

The future of the Tampa Bay Rays in the area seems more uncertain than ever after the St. Petersburg City Council on Thursday rejected a deal to let the team explore new stadium sites in the region.
Published: 12/18/14
Updated: 12/19/14
Hogan's Beach concerts violate zoning, Tampa official rules

Hogan's Beach concerts violate zoning, Tampa official rules

The city's manager of land development coordination says regular electronic dance music concerts staged at the club, each drawing up to 5,000 people, violate the property's zoning and land use rules. That puts future shows, including a massive New Year's Eve bash, in jeopardy.
Published: 12/18/14
Updated: 12/19/14
Mosaic toxic waste settlement in works

Mosaic toxic waste settlement in works

TALLAHASSEE — Federal and state environmental officials are negotiating a settlement with Mosaic, among the world’s largest fertilizer companies, over whether it mishandled hazardous waste at some of its Florida operations....
Published: 12/18/14

Regulators OK charging customers for ‘fracking’ exploration

TALLAHASSEE — The state’s utility regulators Thursday approved Florida Power & Light Co.’s request to charge its customers millions of dollars to explore for natural gas to run its power plants.
Published: 12/18/14