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Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014

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Lakeland fighter-jet company seeks state funds for expansion

Lakeland fighter-jet company seeks state funds for expansion

LAKELAND — The world’s largest collection of tactical air support fighter jets is stored inside a 100,000-square-foot hangar across from the flight line at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.
Updated: 2 hours ago
Gasparilla Music Festival reaches out for Cuban talent

Gasparilla Music Festival reaches out for Cuban talent

TAMPA — There was a time before Fidel Castro’s revolution when Tampa, not Miami or New York, was the destination of choice for the top bands from Cuba.
Updated: 7 hours ago

Tampa lawmaker Grant cleared of ethics violations

TALLAHASSEE — State Reps. Jamie Grant and Ben Albritton were cleared Wednesday of ethics violations regarding their involvement in a project to bring high-tech jobs to a poor, rural Florida county.
Updated: 8 hours ago

Tampa turns around its once-troubled solid waste division

TAMPA — If all goes as planned, Tampa’s solid waste division could double the amount going into its reserves next year, continuing an effort to put the agency back on sound financial footing.
Updated: 8 hours ago

Insurers: 2015 exchange rates likely to spike

State insurance officials are preparing to release figures next week on how much health plans will cost under the Affordable Care Act for 2015, and rate increases seem inevitable as insurers say their new consumers are older and sicker than anticipat...
Updated: 13 hours ago
Leaders unveil details of Hillsborough transportation tax plan

Leaders unveil details of Hillsborough transportation tax plan

TAMPA — For the past 14 months, Hillsborough County government leaders have been planning a radical transformation of the county’s transportation system to alleviate traffic jams and boost economic development....
Published: 07/29/14
McRaven named only finalist for University of Texas chancellor

McRaven named only finalist for University of Texas chancellor

If everything goes as planned, Adm. William McRaven, the outgoing commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, will be setting aside his gold Navy SEAL trident next year for the orange longhorn emblem of the University of Texas System.
Published: 07/29/14

Crist says he’d start governor’s job with ‘Fairness Day’

TAMPA ­­— On his first day as governor, Charlie Crist would issue executive orders raising the minimum wage to $10.10 for government contractors and demanding more openness with government records, he said Tuesday in the first of wha...
Published: 07/29/14

Scott chooses 3 debates, Crist holds out for more

TAMPA ­­— Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he’s willing to participate in three debates with his Democratic opponent, but his likely challenger — former Gov. Charlie Crist — said that’s not enough and accused ...
Published: 07/29/14
Scott plans three debates, none in Tampa; Crist wants more

Scott plans three debates, none in Tampa; Crist wants more

Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday he will take part in three debates this fall and urged the two Democratic hopefuls to agree to dates now so planning can take place before the Aug. 26 primary.
Published: 07/29/14