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Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014

Total cost for Gateway Express: $454M
The Gateway Express elevated highway project could affect a runway at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.
With much fanfare, Gov. Rick Scott announced in February that the state would in 2017 start construction on a $337 million expressway linking Interstate 275 and U.S. 19.
Daniel Slaughter will be sworn as Clearwater police chief in during the Aug. 7 city council meeting.
Clearwater names 22-year veteran Slaughter as police chief
An SPCA summer camp for teens exploring jobs in animal welfare helps students gain insight into the field. This group spent time painting images of dogs at the Largo campus. A wide range of professionals shared experiences with the campers.
SPCA camp gives kids lessons in loving animals
Boaters often say St. Petersburg’s waterways are too rough to moor vessels. A marine group proposes breakwaters be built as part of any plan regarding a new pier.
Sailing turbulent waters near the pier
Local visits power Scott's jobs message

Local visits power Scott's jobs message

“When you're running your whole campaign on jobs, it's nice to come to job announcements. It's working,” Gov. Rick Scott said, repeating a frequent slogan, while visiting a GE facility.
Published: 07/24/14
Pitchman throws support behind Greenlight

Pitchman throws support behind Greenlight

ST. PETERSBURG — The recorded message sent to 50,000 Pinellas telephone numbers Thursday was voiced by the familiar English accent of TV salesman Anthony Sullivan.
Published: 07/24/14

Artists’ idea: Illuminated glass columns on St. Petersburg’s Central Avenue

ST. PETERSBURG — Local artists want to transform Central Avenue into a corridor of light with a series of illuminated glass columns.
Published: 07/24/14

Investigation targets Pinellas school’s FCAT scores

ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas County school officials have been ordered to investigate Bay Point Elementary School’s FCAT exams for possible cheating.
Published: 07/24/14
Man guilty in Clearwater cabbie murder

Man guilty in Clearwater cabbie murder

CLEARWATER — A man accused of killing a cab driver in 2008 was found guilty Thursday and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.
Published: 07/24/14

Brandon doctor gets 20 years in pill mill case

A Brandon doctor was sentenced today to 20 years in federal prison on pill mill charges, U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III said.
Published: 07/24/14
Lightning strike at Sand Key sends Tampa man to hospital

Lightning strike at Sand Key sends Tampa man to hospital

A Tampa man was hospitalized Thursday after sustaining injuries from an indirect lightning strike at Sand Key Park, Clearwater officials said.
Published: 07/24/14
St. Petersburg exhibit shows feat of building Panama Canal

St. Petersburg exhibit shows feat of building Panama Canal

A new exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts will give visitors a look at the Herculean endeavor to construct the Panama Canal, a pivotal feat of engineering that opened 100 years ago this year.
Published: 07/24/14
St. Pete VA center camera riles union

St. Pete VA center camera riles union

A week after a former employee and union official testified before congress about problems at the Veterans Benefits Administration St. Petersburg Regional Office, management installed a surveillance camera outside the office of the union representing...
Published: 07/24/14
St. Pete trail camera initiative may get county’s help

St. Pete trail camera initiative may get county’s help

CLEARWATER — Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch wants the county to chip in on St. Petersburg’s plan to install security cameras on a crime-plagued section of the Pinellas Trail.
Published: 07/24/14