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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
St. Pete police paint spice bust as warning

St. Pete police paint spice bust as warning

Police are hoping the arrests of 20 people and fines levied on two retailers will send a message to anyone who may be inclined to buy, sell, distribute or smoke synthetic marijuana.
Published: 07/23/14
Vehicle crashes into Dunedin business; 3 hurt

Vehicle crashes into Dunedin business; 3 hurt

Investigators are working to find out why a driver sped through a parking lot in Dunedin, striking two people and another vehicle, which then crashed into a business, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.
Published: 07/23/14
Anberlin will begin farewell with Warped Tour in St. Petersburg

Anberlin will begin farewell with Warped Tour in St. Petersburg

Entering the studio to make one last album is an unusual concept for a band after it announces that it's splintering. But that's what Anberlin decided to do in January after explaining to its fans that it would call it a day after a dozen productive ...
Published: 07/23/14

Open house slated to discuss Gandy Boulevard improvements

Residents will get the opportunity to hear the Florida Department of Transportation’s plans for major road improvements along Gandy Boulevard to ease east-west traffic flow in Pinellas County during an open house on Thursday.
Published: 07/23/14
U.S. 19 pile-up involves 10 vehicles, injures three

U.S. 19 pile-up involves 10 vehicles, injures three

An out-of-control pickup towing a trailer triggered a 10-vehicle, rush-hour pile-up Tuesday on U.S. 19 that sent three people, including an infant, to hospitals, troopers said.
Published: 07/22/14
Updated: 07/23/14
‘Dolphin Tale’ sequel has a new tale to tell

‘Dolphin Tale’ sequel has a new tale to tell

CLEARWATER — In December 2010, cast and crew of the film “A Dolphin Tale” were in the middle of their wrap party at a nearby restaurant when rescuers pulled up to Clearwater Marine Aquarium in a wildlife ambulance with a dolphin ...
Published: 07/23/14
New St. Pete police chief promises change

New St. Pete police chief promises change

New St. Petersburg Police Chief Tony Holloway said his focus will be to mend divisions within police ranks and soothe relations between police and the community.
Published: 07/23/14

New police chief is off to a good start

Back in September, candidate Rick Kriseman asked St. Petersburg mayor Bill Foster to hold off on naming a successor to police chief Chuck Harmon, who had announced his retirement, until after the upcoming election. Kriseman believed the next mayor sh...
Published: 07/22/14

GCS Energy sues over Pinellas recycling contract

CLEARWATER — The company that runs Pinellas County’s waste-to-energy plant is seeking more than $200 million in damages after being denied a chance to bid on a long-term contract with revenues around $35 million a year....
Published: 07/22/14

New federal grant could help Pinellas add programs at five schools

LARGO — Battling long waiting lists for their most successful programs and little diversity in struggling schools, Pinellas County officials on Tuesday discussed a long-term plan to add new magnet programs in schools that could use the help. ...
Published: 07/22/14