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Tuesday, Mar 03, 2015

Politics

Vinik asks county to pay half of Amalie Arena upgrades

Vinik asks county to pay half of Amalie Arena upgrades

Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, who has already invested $60 million in the arena, would pay for the $25 million improvements himself and is asking Hillsborough to reimburse $12.5 million from bed taxes.
Published: 02/27/15
Updated: 02/28/15
Accusations fly in heated District 6 race

Accusations fly in heated District 6 race

TAMPA — With only write-in competition facing Mayor Bob Buckhorn and six sitting council members seeking re-election, next week’s city council election has been largely a low-key affair.
Published: 02/27/15
Union employees protest whistleblower firing

Union employees protest whistleblower firing

ST. PETERSBURG — More than two dozen members of a union representing workers at the Department of Veterans Affairs St. Petersburg Regional Office carried signs and shouted slogans Friday afternoon as part of an effort to get the office to rehi...
Published: 02/27/15
Bush: Borders less secure if Congress cuts off DHS dollars

Bush: Borders less secure if Congress cuts off DHS dollars

OXON HILL, Md. – Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was skeptical of some conservatives’ efforts to block funding for the Department of Homeland Security unless President Barack Obama’s immigration actions are derailed.
Published: 02/27/15
Competitors hungry for Seminole blackjack deal to expire

Competitors hungry for Seminole blackjack deal to expire

As Florida lawmakers appear ready to allow key portions of the state’s high-stakes gambling deal with the Seminoles to expire, other gambling interests are watching keenly for openings in the multi-billion dollar industry if the tribe and Gov...
Published: 02/27/15
Volunteers take to streets for Hillsborough's annual homeless count

Volunteers take to streets for Hillsborough's annual homeless count

Some 300 people with pens and clipboards fanned out around the region to count - one by one and face to face - those without homes in the annual Point in Time Homeless County.
Published: 02/26/15
Updated: 02/27/15

Former Fla. House speaker wants state to pay his legal fees

TALLAHASSEE – Attorneys for former Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom argued today that taxpayers should pay his legal fees of nearly $1 million from corruption charges dating back to 2009.
Published: 02/26/15

Union website blocked by VA’s internet system

The day after the union representing workers at the Department of Veterans Affairs St. Petersburg Regional Office used its website to announce plans for a protest against management, the VA’s internet system blocked access to the site.
Published: 02/26/15

Homeland Security bill moves in Senate while House in limbo

WASHINGTON — The Senate is moving forward on legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department, but the House is in limbo two days away from a partial agency shutdown as conservatives angrily reject the Senate plan.
Published: 02/26/15

Feds: Three accused in Islamic State plot vocal about beliefs

NEW YORK — Two men arrested on charges of plotting to help the Islamic State group were vocal both online and in personal conversations about their commitment and desire to join the extremists, with one of them speaking of shooting President ...
Published: 02/25/15
Updated: 02/26/15