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Friday, Apr 18, 2014

Impact of 2010 BP oil spill lingers
The BP oil rig explosion killed 11 workers and sent millions of gallons of oil in to the gulf in 2010 at a time when local tourism was reeling from the recession, making offshore drilling an economic issue as well as an environmental one.

— As the four-year mark of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster approaches, environmental groups, marine scientists and local leaders warn that its...

Exceptional Student Education associate Donna Kane works with Jake Francis, right, and Brandon Agrippa at Paul B. Stephens Exceptional Student Education Center in Clearwater on Thursday. Pinellas County schools are devising a plan to improve special-education student performance before transitioning to new educational standards.
Pinellas schools aim to improve special-ed student performance
The Tampa Bay area has a large number of homes built before modern flood maps that were subject to sharply higher flood insurance premiums.
Flood insurance rates to recede soon
Pinellas County deputies are seeking the suspect seen on video tackling a woman and stealing her medication outside a Palm Harbor pharmacy. PINELLAS COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE
Deputies seek suspect in Palm Harbor pharmacy robbery
Pinellas schools aim to improve special-ed student performance

Pinellas schools aim to improve special-ed student performance

LARGO — Special-education students in Pinellas County schools are performing well below the level of their peers across the state, but a new plan could turn things around before Florida schools transition to a new set of education standards ne...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Impact of 2010 BP oil spill lingers

Impact of 2010 BP oil spill lingers

ST. PETERSBURG — As the four-year mark of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster approaches, environmental groups, marine scientists and local leaders warn that its impacts — and the spectre of oil drilling off the Pinellas Beaches — ma...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Brown: Spirit of crony capitalism still alive

Last year my Publix supermarket underwent extensive renovation, even closing its pharmacy for about a month. When it was all finished, there was a new deli, a coffee bar and a liquor store next door.
Updated: 2 hours ago

Pinellas to pay Pasco tax debts

CLEARWATER — Shortly after Pinellas County commissioners voted unanimously to fire County Administrator Bob LaSala, they gave staff clear instructions to pay more than $110,000 in back taxes owed to Pasco County for the Crossbar and Al-Bar ran...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Sinkhole opens at  Dunedin condo community

Sinkhole opens at Dunedin condo community

Emergency personnel were called this afternoon to a sinkhole at a Dunedin condominium community.
Updated: 11 hours ago

Police ID drunk pedestrian killed in St. Pete

St. Petersburg police have identified a homeless man who had a high blood-alcohol content when he was struck and killed Tuesday night while attempting to cross the road.
Updated: 14 hours ago
Deputies seek suspect in Palm Harbor pharmacy robbery

Deputies seek suspect in Palm Harbor pharmacy robbery

Pinellas County deputies are seeking the suspect seen on video tackling a woman and stealing her medication outside a Palm Harbor pharmacy.
Updated: 18 hours ago
St. Pete Pride parade gets cooler, moves to sunset

St. Pete Pride parade gets cooler, moves to sunset

With a Friday concert kicking off the show, the weekend-long event may become an even bigger draw for tourists who want to spend a few days enjoying the city’s restaurants, arts scene and nearby beaches.
Updated: 19 hours ago
LaSala firing leaves void at top

LaSala firing leaves void at top

ST. PETERSBURG — The departure of Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala means the county could be without a top executive for months as commissioners search for his replacement.
Published: 04/17/14
Flood insurance rates to recede soon

Flood insurance rates to recede soon

Flood insurance rates will return to more affordable levels for many people come May 1, as the federal government’s insurance program looks to quickly enact changes passed last month.
Published: 04/17/14