STATEWIDE

When Florida’s legislative session began in March, there were high expectations, especially for education and healthcare. But by session’s end, that optimism was long gone, says Florida Education Association President Andy Ford. Now that budget talks are set to resume, and lawmakers prepare for a special session June 1, there is...

LEGISLATIVE

There's more than a week to go before the start of the 2015 special session but planning details continue to emerge. In a memo sent to senators, Senate President Andy Gardiner outlined the timeline that he plans on following during the session showing that the chamber will focus on healthcare...

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A coalition of building contractors isn’t taking St. Pete City Council’s decision to approve a measure mandating companies completing city projects to reserve at least 10 percent of their man-hours for disadvantaged workers. Steve Cona of the local Associated Builders and Contractors said the group is looking at all possible ways...

APOLITICAL

There for a while, he was Patrick Roy. For all of the adjectives spent on the magnifcent Triplets, for all of the prose pointed at the great Tyler Johnson, he was the constant of the Tampa Bay Lightning. They would point Ben Bishop toward the net, and he would turn...

POLITIX

The United States and Cuba still have no agreement on re-establishing embassies. Five months after Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro announced their intention to improve ties, the former foes on Friday completed a fourth round of negotiations without ironing out enough of the differences that have accumulated over a...

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