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Sunday, Feb 01, 2015

Politics

Jury awards $340,000 to fired state corrections officials in whistle-blower suit

TALLAHASSEE — A jury in Tallahassee has slapped the state’s beleaguered Department of Corrections with a $340,000 verdict for wrongly firing a state prison warden and his assistant warden as retaliation for being whistleblowers, court d...
Published: 01/28/15

New shots fired in battle over voting districts

In documents filed with the Florida Supreme Court on Monday, attorneys for the Legislature say groups suing the state over its congressional districts submitted “politically corrupt” maps as part of the challenge.
Published: 01/28/15
Radice, ‘coach’ and builder of Hillsborough parks and rec, dead at 78

Radice, ‘coach’ and builder of Hillsborough parks and rec, dead at 78

TAMPA — When Ed Radice first took over as Hillsborough County’s parks and recreation director in 1974, his office was his car and his department files were boxed in the trunk.
Published: 01/27/15
Feds fault Tampa for booting wounded vet, service dog from park

Feds fault Tampa for booting wounded vet, service dog from park

TAMPA — Cesar Silva and Sophia, his service dog, are almost inseparable.
Published: 01/27/15

Gov. Scott to pledge millions for Everglades restoration

MIAMI — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is promising to dedicate tens of millions to helping the Everglades.
Published: 01/27/15
Tampa teen beaten in Israel cleared of wrongdoing

Tampa teen beaten in Israel cleared of wrongdoing

TAMPA — Months after he was arrested, beaten and placed under house arrest by Israeli police, 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir has been cleared of any wrongdoing that led to the attack, according to the Tampa Chapter of the Council on American-Isl...
Published: 01/26/15

Study puts high price on FSU-FAMU split

TALLAHASSEE — Splitting the engineering school shared by Florida State University and Florida A&M University into two separate programs could cost $1 billion and draw legal challenges on civil rights grounds, according to a new study on the is...
Published: 01/26/15

Sewage spill closes nature preserve

TAMPA — A Hillsborough County nature preserve in the Rocky Point area was closed Monday morning because of a sewage spill that occurred Friday.
Published: 01/26/15

St. Pete’s Brandes sponsors bill to legalize medical pot

TALLAHASSEE — Less than three months after the idea suffered a narrow defeat at the polls, a move to legalize marijuana for medical purposes has been introduced in the Legislature for Florida’s lawmakers to decide the issue.
Published: 01/26/15
New legislation aims to beef up ‘Rachel’s Law’ on police informants

New legislation aims to beef up ‘Rachel’s Law’ on police informants

Nearly seven years after a young Pinellas County woman was killed while acting as a police informant, lawmakers will decide whether to strengthen the state law named after her.
Published: 01/25/15
Updated: 01/26/15