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Tampa gas prices jump another 7 cents last week, GasBuddy finds

TAMPA — Tampa Bay gas prices jumped another 7.3 cents this past week, rising above the national average by two cents as it reached $2.44 per gallon on average for unleaded. That's up f …

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Tampa jury awards $15 million to widow in tobacco lawsuit

TAMPA — A Tampa jury has awarded $15 million in damages to the widow of a man who died from illnesses related to years of cigarette smoking. After a four-week trial, the jury said Mary …

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  1. FAST wants more Penny for Pinellas tax money spent on affordable housing

    Local

    ST. PETERSBURG — City and county officials were asked to commit millions of dollars of sales tax revenues to build more affordable housing in Pinellas during a gathering of about 3,000 people Monday night at Tropicana Field.

    St. Petersburg Council member Darden Rice
  2. Aramis Ayala gets prominent backers in death penalty dispute with Rick Scott

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Ex-prosecutors, former state Supreme Court justices, civil rights organizations and families of homicide victims from across the country have filed briefs supporting embattled Central Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala in her legal battle with Gov. Rick Scott.

    Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced in March that her office will no longer pursue the death penalty as a sentence in any case brought before the 9th Judicial Circuit of Florida. [Orlando Sentinel via AP]
  3. As budget talks crash, Corcoran wants 'continuation' budget, no new spending

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A bitter stalemate over spending forced the Legislature to suspend work on a budget Monday, stirring more bad blood among Republicans and putting an on-time adjournment in doubt.

    Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R- Land O' Lakes and Florida Senate President Joe Negron, R- Stuart, talk during a joint session of the Florida Legislature in March. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
  4. Tampa Bay area business leaders lobby on contentious transit bill

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — More than a dozen top business local executives went to Tallahassee with an appeal in the days following last week's political showdown between three GOP senators from Tampa Bay over a regional transit bill.

    Keep talking. Please.

    Rick Homans is president of the Tampa Bay Partnership.
  5. Trigaux: How a tasty menu helped bring Quality Distribution's headquarters to downtown Tampa

    Economic Development

    TAMPA — I'm not sure whether to credit the mushroom ricotta stuffed Paccheri pasta or wild boar lasagna at the Cena restaurant.

    Ken Stoltenberg is director of the Tampa-based Mercury Advisors commercial real estate firm. Its projects include Grand Central at Kennedy, a mixed-used residential condo, retail and commercial office space building in the Channel District near downtown Tampa. [Handout photo]
  6. Hash browns recalled because they might contain chopped up golf balls

    Business

    A food company is recalling frozen hash browns from stores in nine states because the potatoes may have pieces of golf balls in them.

    A recall alert has been issued for frozen hash browns that may have chopped up golf balls in them.