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Wednesday, Oct 01, 2014

Lawmakers target Duke Energy billing practices
Duke Energy killed two nuclear power plant projects but kept the cash customers paid to fund them. The projects: upgrades to the closed Crystal River site, above, and a plan to put a nuclear plant in Levy County.
State lawmakers promised a series of new regulations to curb Duke Energy’s controversial billing practices and make the utility more accountable to its Florida customers.
Cars sported Lyft’s trademark pink mustaches in April before drivers ran the risk of being cited. Now they travel incognito.
St. Pete nears OK of Uber, Lyft ride-share services
The Pinellas County Tax Collector is now processing permits to carry a concealed firearm. The Tax Collector, in partnership with the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, began a pilot program Tuesday that enables people to fill out paperwork, get photographs, pay for their applications and record their fingerprints.
Pinellas residents can apply for gun permits at Tax Collector’s office
The 1 of 1 Customs gallery store inside the Countryside Mall is an expansion from their First Avenue location.
St. Pete artists’ growing gallery opens Countryside location
Clearwater mansion could fetch $8.5 million in auction

Clearwater mansion could fetch $8.5 million in auction

Buyers in the market for an opulent waterfront property in Pinellas County may be able to find a great deal during an auction next week.
Updated: 21 mins ago

Tribune Staff Pinellas Picks

Each week, Pinellas County correspondent Lynden Ostrander, high school sports editor Doug Jacobs and staff writers Scott Purks and Nick Williams will select the winners of games involving Pinellas County teams....
Updated: 58 mins ago
‘Park and Walk’ patrols aim                    to connect police, residents

‘Park and Walk’ patrols aim to connect police, residents

St. Petersburg police officers are getting out of their cars and walking the streets in an effort to build a better relationship with residents.
Updated: 1 hour ago
Kitt racketeering case focuses on sex trade

Kitt racketeering case focuses on sex trade

CLEARWATER — Peter Kitt reeled in vulnerable women by being nice, learning their weaknesses and promising to take care of them. But after a while, state prosecutors said, the real Kitt started to show.
Updated: 1 hour ago

Deputies: Man stole security cams from St. Pete Walmart

A man who last month stole two security camera kits from a St. Petersburg Walmart was arrested on Wednesday, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.
Updated: 3 hours ago

New Hampshire detective: Suspect may no longer be in St. Pete

A New Hampshire murder suspect seen recently in St. Petersburg is believed to be in the Atlanta area, a police detective said Wednesday.
Updated: 6 hours ago
Lawmakers target Duke Energy billing practices

Lawmakers target Duke Energy billing practices

State lawmakers promised a series of new regulations to curb Duke Energy’s controversial billing practices and make the utility more accountable to its Florida customers.
Updated: 13 hours ago
St. Pete nears OK of Uber, Lyft ride-share services

St. Pete nears OK of Uber, Lyft ride-share services

Like Hillsborough County, St. Petersburg has fined drivers working for ride-sharing services Uber or Lyft for operating as unlicensed taxi services. But now, St. Petersburg may be about to roll out the welcome mat to the upstart companies.
Updated: 15 hours ago
Bypass valve halts leaking sewer water in St. Pete

Bypass valve halts leaking sewer water in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG — Work crews installed a bypass valve Tuesday to divert the waste water that had been leaking from a broken storm drainage pipe since the weekend.
Updated: 16 hours ago
St. Pete artists’ growing gallery opens Countryside location

St. Pete artists’ growing gallery opens Countryside location

CLEARWATER — A pair of St. Petersburg artists’ recent opening of 1-of-1 Customs art gallery at Westfield Countryside Mall may seem incongruous among the variety of chain stores.
Updated: 23 hours ago