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Citizens Property Insurance blames water claims for first loss in over a decade

Legal costs and soaring claims for water-related damage — not hurricanes — have caused state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. to post a net loss for 2016, its first loss in more t …


Westinghouse files for bankruptcy, in a blow to nuclear power industry

WASHINGTON — Westinghouse, one of the most storied names in the nuclear energy business, filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the future of the nuclear power industry and lea …


  1. Riverview couple may get reprieve from foreclosure over $150 association fee

    Real Estate

    RIVERVIEW — A Riverview family on the brink of losing their home for failing to pay a $150 homeowners association fee has been offered an 11th hour chance at mediation following news coverage of their plight.

    Tina and Luis Lopez had been ordered to leave their house in the Rivercrest community of Riverview over unpaid homeowners association fees. They now have a mediation conference scheduled Tuesday. [D'ANN LAWRENCE WHITE   |   Special to the Times]
  2. Port Richey Walmart now closed during overnight hours, and police chief couldn't be happier

    Public Safety

    PORT RICHEY — It is not often that the head of a police department feels the need to comment on a retailer's decision to reduce its hours of operation.

    Chief Gerard DeCanio says the high volume of calls from the store  drains police resources.
  3. Could you lose your job for testing positive for marijuana if you're a patient in Florida? Maybe

    Economic Development

    As Florida legislators consider passing laws this year to regulate the new and growing medical marijuana industry, employers in the state are still faced with mounting grey areas in how to handle employment policies related to drug use.

    Gregory A. Hearing is a shareholder for Thompson, Sizemore, Gonzalez & Hearing, P.A. He practices employment & labor law for public and private sector clients across the country. 
[Photo courtesy of  Thompson, Sizemore, Gonzalez & Hearing, P.A.]
  4. Stamp of disapproval: Investigation ends suspected unlicensed engineering


    NEW PORT RICHEY — The job skills of civil engineer James Tippens had never been in question.

    David Wayne Renczkowsk faces myriad charges, including being an unlicensed engineer.
  5. Morean Arts Center hires new director from National Endowment for the Arts

    Visual Arts

    St. Petersburg's oldest arts organization, the Morean Arts Center, has selected its new executive director.

    View from below of the "End of the Day Chandelier" one of the glass works at the Chihuly Collection, the only privately held collection dedicated to works by the world-famous glass artist Dale Chihuly. Located on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg across the street from the Morean Arts Center, profits from the Chihuly Collection help fund the Morean's community programming. LANCE ROTHSTEIN   |  Special to the Times

  6. No one is showing cards yet, but a gambling compromise could be coming

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The ice is melting on Florida's gambling impasse.

    Gamblers play slot machines in the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa. Its 2012 expansion made the casino's  the 6th largest in the world.  [EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN | Tampa Bay Times]