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The Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa is closing its IMAX theater and some other exhibits as it moves into a smaller space on its current grounds near the University of South Florida, with an eye on a possible move downtown.

Tampa Bay Rowdies

A panel discussion on the impact of the Tampa Bay Rowdies recent referendum was held Thursday by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. That referendum easily passed, and paves the way for the team to bid to be one of four Major League Soccer expansion teams.

Rowdies owner Bill Edwards has proposed $80 million of his own money to expand Al Lang Stadium. Former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker, president of the Edwards Group, says the team could quadruple its attendance. He cited the Orlando City Soccer Club, which in 2015 joined Major League Soccer.

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Muppets fans are going to have more places to ask the question, "Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?"

The Associated Press

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has obtained a court order requiring an alleged stalker to stay away from her.

Office of the Governor

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is appointing a high-ranking aide and top spokeswoman as his next chief of staff.

MyFlorida.com

A growing number of groups are calling on Florida Gov. Rick Scott to veto a sweeping education bill that was put together in the waning hours of this year's legislative session.

Local Organization Prepares Dogs For The Working World

May 17, 2017
Courtesy of Anthony Loffler

There are four-legged residents of the Tampa Bay area who stand out in public because of their harnesses and vests. Some are working guide dogs, others are guide dogs in training.

Southeastern Guide Dogs, a charitable organization in Palmetto, has spent decades preparing canines for the working world. 

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Police say a man who was pressure washing a dock near the Tampa Convention Center fell into the water and later died at a hospital.

Florida Sen. Frank Artiles, a Republican, resigned last month after the Miami Herald revealed he had said the n-word and called a fellow senator, Audrey Gibson, a “bitch”.

Artiles also referred to Gibson, a black woman, as “girl.”

Cletus the crocodile may be lonely no more.

The American crocodile that showed up at the Dry Tortugas in 2003 was captured and loaded onto a seaplane over the weekend, then released in the Everglades.

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A former Air Force sergeant on death row for the murders of an ex-girlfriend and their son will be set free after the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that there was no physical evidence to convict him and that prosecutors failed to look at others who may have had a motive to kill them.

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Visits to Florida's theme-park mecca continued to grow last year, despite tragic headlines from the region, enabling Orlando to keep its bragging rights as the most visited destination in the United States, tourism officials said Thursday.

An attempt to restore felons’ voting rights in Florida is getting a national boost this week. Comedian Samantha Bee of the TBS show Full Frontal sat down with Desmond Meade of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. Meade is behind a proposed ballot initiative that would automatically restore civil rights to felons. Here’s a portion of Bee’s segment.

Updated 6:30 p.m.

Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown has been found guilty in 18 of 22 counts of conspiracy, wire/mail fraud and tax fraud for her role in a scam that bilked $833,000 from donors who thought sham charity One Door for Education was awarding scholarships to disadvantaged students.

Only $1,200 actually made it to students’ education.


Hillsborough PTC Comes To A Dead End

May 11, 2017
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A bill to dissolve the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission passed the Florida Legislature and is awaiting the signature of Gov. Rick Scott. 

The PTC has faced criticism for trying to regulate ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft. If Scott signs the bill, the agency will be officially dissolved Dec. 31.

Budget Primer, From Alligators To Zoos

May 11, 2017
Office of the Governor

The more than 400-page state budget approved this week by Florida lawmakers goes beyond spending on high-profile issues such as education, prisons and health care.

Governor Rick Scott has signed a bill into law aimed at getting more murder witnesses to come forward.

Florida’s most powerful business groups want lawmakers to go back to the drawing board after an appellate court upheld a 14.5 percent hike in workers’ compensation insurance.

COMMENTARY

Is the presidential candidate who threw promises to Little Haiti throwing a dragnet over it now that he’s President?

Candidate Donald Trump pledged to Haitian-American voters here that he’d be their “greatest champion.” But the Associated Press reports the Trump Administration is fishing for criminals among Haitian immigrants – specifically the 50,000 Haitians living in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status, or TPS.

Updated 10 p.m. to correct Gwen Graham's position on gun control.

Gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham channeled her father — former Governor Bob Graham — by participating in a “work day” Wednesday in Jacksonville.


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