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A bill moving through the Florida House would preempt local governments from passing ordinances pertaining specifically to vacation rentals. Rep. Mike La Rosa (R-St. Cloud) says local governments are passing rules so stringent some people may be forced to stop renting their homes.

Bad Weather Poses Danger To Mariners

Mar 14, 2017
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The U.S. Coast Guard in St. Petersburg was one of several agencies busy helping boaters in the choppy waters off Florida's west coast on Tuesday.

Seamen assisted 18 mariners and rescued seven from the water during a 12-hour stretch, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

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Scholars from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum are in Sarasota Tuesday night to help connect victims and their families to the past. 

Legislation banning sanctuary city policies is moving through Florida House committees. The proposal requires cities fully cooperate with federal immigration officers or face penalties.

Florida experienced a big upswing in January employment after a sluggish December. 

Last summer the first U.S. commercial flights to Cuba in more than half a century took off to jubilant fanfare - and landed to cheers and water cannon salutes. U.S. airlines were giddy about resuming commercial flights to the communist island.

Maybe too giddy.

Stadium Funding Appeal Stalls In Senate

Mar 14, 2017

A proposal to discard an unused pool of state sales tax dollars that could be used to build and upgrade professional sports stadiums was put in limbo Monday just before it was scheduled to go before a Senate committee.

Middle District of Florida U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III has announced his resignation after more than two years on the job.

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Public hearings start this week on the possible renewal of the one-cent sales tax widely known as the "Penny for Pinellas."

House Speaker Richard Corcoran got his bills, and he got enough Democrats to build a veto-proof majority.  The lower chamber has approved legislation to scale back Visit Florida and eliminate Enterprise Florida.

A preliminary hearing was held Thursday in the case of Naika Venant, the 14-year-old girl who broadcast her suicide on Facebook Live  from her Miami Gardens foster home earlier this year. It was the second suicide of a teenager in foster care overseen by the agency Our Kids in less than 60 days.

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Authorities in Florida say they're searching for a man suspected of kidnapping his estranged wife, who remains missing.

Witnesses told Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies they saw a screaming woman with her hands tied behind her back being forced into her SUV in a pharmacy parking lot Saturday night in Tampa.

Deputies said in a statement that 37-year-old Alisa Summers didn't return home after going to visit 39-year-old Trevor Steven Summers to talk about their marriage. They are separated and have injunctions against each other.

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Florida's infrastructure is getting a grade of "C'' by civil engineers, but that's still better than the grade of "D+" given to the nation overall.

Florida's citrus crop has been reduced again.

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The IndyCar season kicks off this weekend with the 13th annual Firestone Grand Prix in St. Petersburg.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected in the city Friday through Sunday. Drivers will compete in 13 races throughout the weekend.

Mayor Rick Kriseman says the event shows St. Pete is taking its place on the world sporting stage.

A Stand Your Ground-related bill is now teed up for a vote in the full Florida Senate. But, a bipartisan push to water down the bill Thursday is angering some gun rights groups.

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Court documents show a Hillsborough County woman is set to plead guilty to threatening the parent of a boy killed in the 2012 mass shooting at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, because she thought it was a hoax.

Tampa Mayor Buckhorn Won't Run For Governor

Mar 9, 2017

Pointing to his family and a "job that I love," Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced Thursday he will not seek the Democratic nomination for governor next year.

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The Hillsborough County Commission is jumping ahead of the state legislature by creating a framework for medical marijuana dispensaries.

Gun Bills Could Again Struggle In Senate

Mar 8, 2017

A proposal that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to store firearms with security officers at courthouses narrowly advanced Tuesday through the Senate Judiciary Committee — a panel where high-profile Second Amendment measures stalled last year.

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