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Bill Nelson breaks with party to support budget deal

WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson broke with his party this afternoon to support a stop-gap budget deal that contains $1.1 billion to fight Zika. ...

Tropical Storm Matthew likely to develop within hours, forecasters say

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Local Zika investigation closed with no further cases found

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  1. Local Zika investigation closed with no further cases found

    Health

    TAMPA — At least for now, Tampa Bay is considered officially Zika free.

  2. The Pinellas County school district is coming to a community meeting near you

    Blogs

    Back in June, the Pinellas County School Board carved out a new category in its strategic plan to emphasize closing the achievement gap between black and non-black students. Now, district officials say they will seek community input and report any progress straight to the public -- even if it's after-hours.

    Pinellas school superintendent Mike Grego at Tuesday's School Board meeting unveiled a new format detailing how the school district will work to close the achievement gap on standardized tests between black and non-black students.
  3. Zephyrhills moves forward with plan to build new City Hall

    Local Government

    ZEPHYRHILLS — The City Council has scrapped the idea of buying an old SunTrust Bank building and converting it into a new City Hall, opting instead to build a facility.

  4. Florida insurance regulators approve 14.5 percent hike in workers' comp rates

    Banking

    Florida insurance regulators on Tuesday tentatively approved a 14.5 percent increase in workers' compensation insurance rates, just shy of the 19.6 percent hike sought by industry representatives.

  5. Public viewing, ballpark farewell for Jose Fernandez scheduled for Wednesday

    The Heater

    Fans will have two opportunities to pay their respects to Miami Marlins star Jose Fernandez on Wednesday.

    A memorial for  Jose Fernandez takes shape at Marlins Park in Miami  after the game against the Atlanta Braves was canceled when Fernandez died in a boating accident, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Miami Beach, Fla. (Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP) FLLAU302
  6. Coming soon: Catching up with Joe Maddon as he leads Cubs into playoffs

    Blogs

    Coming soon on tampabay.com and in Wednesday's Times, we catch up with former Rays manager Joe Maddon, who is leading the 100-win Cubs into the playoffs for a second straight year. And he has unveiled a new T-shirt for the occasion, available through korkedbaseball.com, with proceeds to his Respect 90 Foundation.

    The latest Maddonism.
  7. Results from Gov. Scott's emergency Zika research is years away

    Blogs

    The results of an emergency research push for a Zika vaccine announced last week by Gov. Rick Scott likely won't come to fruition for years.

  8. Tropical Storm Matthew likely to develop within hours, forecasters say

    Hurricanes

    Showers and thunderstorms associated with a tropical wave located about 350 miles east of Barbados continued to show signs of organization Tuesday afternoon, leading forecasters to estimate a 90 percent chance they would develop into Tropical Storm Matthew within 48 hours.

    NOAA aircraft were investigating a storm system in the Caribbean on Tuesday afternoon that forecasters expected to become Tropical Storm Matthew within the next 48 hours. [Weather Underground]
  9. Against advice, Pasco commissioners okay light at busy intersection

    Local Government

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County commissioners took a roundabout route Tuesday to try to soothe traffic concerns at an intersection in an affluent west Pasco neighborhood.

  10. Hernando sheriff considering appeal of his 2016-17 budget

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — It seemed last week as if approval of the 2016-17 budget for the Hernando County Sheriff's Office had been without the usual drama.

PolitiFact Florida: Unions say Marco Rubio wanted to slash school funding by billions, get rid of Department of Education

Two liberal labor unions say that Sen. Marco Rubio’s priorities are wrong for Floridians....

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The latest Maddonism.

Coming soon: Catching up with Joe Maddon as he leads Cubs into playoffs

Coming soon on tampabay.com and in Wednesday's Times, we catch up with former Rays manager Joe Maddon, who is leading the 100-win Cubs into the playoffs for a second straight year. And he has unveiled a new T-shirt for the occasion, available through korkedbaseball.com, with proceeds to his Respect 90 Foundation....

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Bucs' Cherilus, Evan Smith get cameos as 'jumbo' blockers

Last year, when the Bucs lost fullback Jorvorskie Lane and assorted tight ends to injuries, they frequently used backup offensive lineman Kevin Pamphile as a sixth lineman or "jumbo" tight end and had success with the look as they sought to assert their running game....

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