St. Pete man accused of murdering 7-week-old; abuse was to ‘toughen’ child

Jeremiah Dillard The father of a 7-week-old girl told police he pinched her cheeks and squeezed her ribs to make

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Dana Young says Bob Buckhorn should support utility legislation

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn says a bill co-introduced by Tampa state Senator Dana Young would take away local control of public spaces, but Young says that

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Joe Ayoub wins solid victory to return as Safety Harbor mayor

Joe Ayoub will again serve as Safety Harbor mayor, after decisively defeating City Council member Janet Hooper by more than

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Joe Gruters calls Republicans to ‘pack seats’ at Vern Buchanan’s Sarasota town-hall meeting Saturday

Sarasota-area Democrats have waited several weeks to engage GOP Congressman Vern Buchanan; they’ll finally get their chance at a town-hall meeting

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Tampa Bay area GOP Representatives weigh in on American Health Care Act

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicted Monday that changes occurring with a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the implementation of

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House committee pushes through local bill abolishing Hillsborough PTC

A bill to shutter the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Committee continued its rapid pace through the House, quickly passing the

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Donald Trump could be forcing out U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley

President Donald Trump has asked for resignations from 46 U.S. Attorneys appointed by former President Barack Obama, possibly including A.

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Tampa a ‘final four’ city to host National Gay & Lesbian Chamber Convention

Tampa is one of the final four cities in the running to host the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of

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Minority Whip Steny Hoyer returns to Florida for Charlie Crist fundraiser March 24

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer will be back in Florida later this month as special guest at a fundraiser for

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After 27-hour committee hearing, Kathy Castor calls GOP House push to pass health care bill without CBO scoring ‘ unconscionable’

The House Energy & Commerce Committee passed the GOP health care repeal bill this afternoon, in a session that lasted

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Tampa officials reacts to Bob Buckhorn’s decision not to run for Governor

Bob Buckhorn’s decision not to run for Governor is eliciting plenty of reaction in Tampa. Many people say they are not surprised Buckhorn has chosen not

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House bill could transfer millions from FHP to county sheriffs

The Florida Highway Patrol came out against a proposed committee bill Wednesday that would hand over agency funding and jurisdiction in

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Charlie Crist opens political action committee

First-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist opened a political action committee Monday that he can use for his own re-election

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Charlie Crist gives a thumbs down to GOP health care replacement for the ACA

In recent weeks, Charlie Crist has heard loud and clear from his constituents that he should be standing behind the Affordable Care

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Kathy Castor calls new GOP House health care plan ‘Robin Hood in reverse’

Congresswoman Kathy Castor has always been an unflagging champion of the Affordable Care Act, so you could have bet she would have

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After nearly 50 years in news, Mike Deeson announces retirement

In a sudden announcement, longtime WTSP investigative reporter Mike Deeson says he is retiring from the Tampa airwaves, effective immediately.

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Personnel note: Former lawmaker Kim Berfield named chief lobbyist for All Children’s Hospital

Kimberly Berfield, a former deputy secretary of the Florida Department of Health and state Representative from Clearwater, has been appointed

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Jeff Brandes amendment would give felons gun rights

A restoration of civil rights bill got an amendment from St. Petersburg Republican Sen. Jeff Brandes that would give convicts

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James Buchanan – son of Vern – launches campaign for House District 71

James Buchanan, the son of Sarasota area Republican Congressman Vern Buchanan, has filed to run for the House District 71 seat in

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Charlie Crist fields questions for nearly four hours at his first town hall meeting in St. Petersburg

In the weeks since Donald Trump and the Republican Party have taken control control in Washington D.C., congressional town hall meetings around the nation

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Bill Edwards to help raise money for Rick Scott in Pinellas next week

St. Petersburg entrepreneur Bill Edwards will be helping raise money next week for Let’s Get to Work, the political committee

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Jeff Brandes and Kathleen Peters file legislation to limit the release of sewage discharges

Following the dumping of millions of gallons of raw and partially treated sewage into Tampa Bay, Clam Bayou and other

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Vern Buchanan demands answers on VA drug thefts

Congressman Vern Buchanan Thursday demanded answers from the new Veterans Affairs secretary about the nationwide theft of opioids and prescription

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Charlie Crist calls for Jeff Sessions to resign after reports of meeting with Russian ambassador surface

St. Petersburg Democratic Representative Charlie Crist is calling for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign, a day after published reports

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Pinellas GOP chief Nick DiCeglie confirms he will run for Florida House

Nick DiCeglie confirmed Wednesday he is running for House District 66 in 2018. The Pinellas County Republican Party Chairman will make a

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Toddler dies after hours in hot car parked outside Tampa day care

A 2-year-old boy died after his half-sister left him in a hot car parked outside a Tampa-area day care for

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Berny Jacques announces his candidacy for HD 66 seat in Pinellas County

Former Pinellas County Assistant State Attorney Berny Jacques has announced that he is running for the Florida House District 66 seat next year.

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Newsprint vendor sues Tampa Bay Times over defaulted $340K debt

A newsprint vendor is suing the Tampa Bay Times, claiming the paper owes more than $340,000 in debt from the

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