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Florida House panel votes to kill Enterprise Florida, decimate Visit Florida

The House Appropriations Committee today voted 18-12 for the bill to kill Enterprise Florida and decimate Visit Florida, the state's tourism marketing agency that Gov. Rick Scott credits for helping the state set tourism records each of the last five years. ...

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  1. House hands Rick Scott defeat on jobs programs, tourism


    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott suffered another political setback with the Legislature.

  2. Clearwater woman dies in car crash


    Clearwater woman dies in Roosevelt crash

  3. Lightning journal: It's like old times for reunited Triplets

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — The Triplets line were their old selves Sunday in Denver, controlling the puck and peppering the Avalanche net with 13 shots, including a season-high nine from RW Nikita Kucherov.

  4. Rays aren't heartbroken about losing Wieters to Nationals

    The Heater

    PORT CHARLOTTE — There was some amazement in Rays Land that Matt Wieters ended up getting $21 million guaranteed from the Nationals over two years, with the added benefit of an option to leave after one $10 million season.

    Matt Wieters is headed to the Nationals on a two-year deal with $21 million in guaranteed money.
  5. Rezoning, again, is suggested for Hillsborough schools


    TAMPA — After a long discussion about the attendance boundaries for Warren Hope Dawson Elementary School, the Hillsborough County School Board decided it's time to look at zoning for all the district schools.

  6. Deputies: Armed robberies at eastern Hillsborough convenience stores may be related


    Deputies are searching for a man who robbed two 7-Eleven convenience stores within a half hour Tuesday morning.

    On Feb. 21, 2017, at 3:25 a.m., a man wearing a mask and gloves was armed with a short-barrel shotgun entered the Speedway at 13179 U.S. 301 S in Riverview and demanded money before fleeing the scene, possibly toward The Grove at SouthShore apartment complex. No vehicle was seen. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  7. Houston police chief: No injuries amid gunfire reports


    HOUSTON — The police chief in Houston says no one has been found injured and there's no evidence of a shooting amid reports of gunfire inside the hospital at the Texas Medical Center.

  8. Florida House panel votes to kill Enterprise Florida, decimate Visit Florida


    Gov. Rick Scott lost again.

    Over the last two weeks he toured the state, launched campaign style robo calls, and penned a sharply worded letter in newspapers statewide all in a bid to pressure House Republicans out of backing a bill to kill the state agency that has been central to his job creation programs.

  9. Lawrence Edward Cannon, 42, left, is facing a first-degree murder charge and Jennifer Elam, 44, is facing a charge of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. They were arrested on Feb. 20, 2017, after police say they fatally shot Mary Ring, 69, in the early morning hours after the Super Bowl but spent spent the past two weeks trying to decide how to dispose of Ring's body, which had been kept in the house since her death. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  10. Tampa Bay's first Sprouts Farmers Market opens Wednesday


    TAMPA — The first thing I noticed when I walked into the Sprouts Farmers Market in the Carrollwood Commons shopping plaza in Tampa Tuesday was the produce section.

    The Sprouts Farmers Market, known for a wide variety of produce options, on Wednesday is opening its first Tampa Bay location at 15110 Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa.
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Omari Accius 6, enjoys recess at Citrus Grove Elementary School on Thursday, February 9, 2017. Florida lawmakers are again considering a statewide mandate for daily recess in public elementary schools.

Daily recess requirement advances in Florida Senate

Parent-driven efforts to require daily recess in Florida’s public elementary schools cleared a key milestone on Tuesday: An actual hearing — plus a favorable vote — in a state Senate committee....


The Rays made an offer to land Wieters, pitching a one-year deal that gave him the opportunity to rebuild his value for another run at free agency in 2018.

No Rays for Wieters, who has $21M, two-year deal with Nats

UPDATE, 3:59: The Rays offer was for about $6-million guaranteed, with the chance with all incentives to get past $10-million. ... They are not expected to have interest in Derek Norris, who the Nats now will look to trade....


An up-close look at a section of "Primates" by Kevin Grass.

Do you recognize the Tampa Bay scenes in this artist's ultra-realistic paintings?

"Florida artist can paint so real you'll think it's a photograph."...