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History museum regroups as Scott vetoes Lee’s expansion money

History museum regroups as Scott vetoes Lee’s expansion money

TAMPA — Had all gone as planned, $2.5 million of taxpayer money would have been earmarked from next year’s state budget for a new permanent exhibit on Florida’s maritime heritage at the Tampa Bay History Center. ...
Published: 06/25/15
Buckhorn, council trade insults in dispute over aides

Buckhorn, council trade insults in dispute over aides

TAMPA — A spat between some City Council members and Mayor Bob Buckhorn over the hiring of legislative aides heated up Thursday with Council Chairman Frank Reddick accusing the city leader of playing politics with the council’s staff. ...
Published: 06/25/15
Tampa rolling back parts of its panhandling restrictions

Tampa rolling back parts of its panhandling restrictions

The City Council on Thursday voted to repeal part of its ban on panhandling, a law that is being challenged in federal court by a charity helping the homeless.
Published: 06/25/15
Obama health care law survives second Supreme Court fight

Obama health care law survives second Supreme Court fight

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court sent a clear message today that President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is here to stay, rejecting a major challenge that would have imperiled the landmark law and health insurance for millions of Am...
Published: 06/25/15

Watchdog blames IRS incompetence for lost tea party emails

WASHINGTON – Investigators are blaming two IRS workers at a computer center in West Virginia for erasing thousands of emails related to the tax agency’s tea party scandal, impeding congressional investigations into the treatment of cons...
Published: 06/25/15
Cuban activist’s daughter in Tampa pushing for referendum

Cuban activist’s daughter in Tampa pushing for referendum

Rosa Maria Paya, one of Cuba’s best-known young dissident leaders, has a message for those who stand on both sides of the major question facing the communist island nation: Will normalizing relations between the U.S. and Cuba hasten real freedo...
Published: 06/25/15
Obama scolds heckler: 'You're in my house'

Obama scolds heckler: 'You're in my house'

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama took on a heckler head-on at a gay pride month reception at the White House Wednesday, scolding the protester for being disrespectful in “my house.”
Published: 06/25/15

Census data: Florida growth last year driven by Hispanics

Hispanic residents made up almost half of Florida’s population growth last year, and the age gap between Florida’s white and minority residents continued to widen, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Published: 06/25/15
Wildlife commissioners approve bear hunting

Wildlife commissioners approve bear hunting

SARASOTA – Florida wildlife officials today approved a new bear hunting season in the state just a few years after it was removed from the state’s threatened species list.
Published: 06/24/15
Updated: 06/25/15
Tampa church combines Charleston vigil with serving others

Tampa church combines Charleston vigil with serving others

Churches throughout the Tampa area have held vigils for the victims in the wake of the massacre, but Oak Grove United Methodist Pastor Norm Coffman wanted to reach more than the members of his congregation and prove that “the doors of the church are still open.”
Published: 06/24/15
Updated: 06/25/15