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Bondi urges PSC to order Duke to refund $54 million for nuclear equipment that was never produced

tampabay.com — State Attorney General Pam Bondi has joined a growing chorus of lawmakers who want the Public Service Commission to order Duke Energy Florida to refund to customers $54 million the utility spent on nuclear equipment for a power plant it never built.
Oct 02, 2014

#Florida OKs @DukeEnergy plan for $1.5B nat gas plant as more politicians demand #nuclear refund tampabay.com/news/business/… via @consumers_edge

Oct 02, 2014

RT @Consumers_Edge: State regulators approve Duke Energy's proposal to build a $1.5 billion natural gas plant<p></p> tampabay.com/news/business/…

Oct 02, 2014

State regulators approve Duke Energy's proposal to build a $1.5 billion natural gas plant<p></p> tampabay.com/news/business/… via @TB_Times

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FSU booster club official accused of grand theft

tampabay.com — TALLAHASSEE - The comptroller of the athletic booster club at Florida State University remained in jail Thursday, accused of "misappropriating" between $500,000 and $700,000. Sanford Lovingood turned himself in to the Leon County Sherriff's Office on Wednesday. He is charged with first-degree grand theft of over $100,000.

Bomb squad called after man with metal detector finds apparent grenade on St. Pete Beach

tampabay.com — Thursday, October 2, 2014 11:49am ST. PETE BEACH - Pinellas County deputies cordoned off an area behind the Sirata Hotel late Thursday morning after a man with a metal detector found something that appeared to be a grenade. The man was about 20 feet into the gulf when he found the object and carried it up onto the shore.
Oct 02, 2014

Oh ho hum just another day in #Florida guy finds possible grenade in the Gulf of Mexico on St. Pete Beach. tampabay.com/news/publicsaf… @TB_Times

Oct 02, 2014

Bomb squad called after man with metal detector finds apparent grenade on St. Pete Beach: tampabay.com/news/publicsaf…

George W. Bush on Jeb: 'I think he wants to be president'

tampabay.com — Thursday, October 2, 2014 10:24am Former President George W. Bush on Fox News today: On whether his brother Jeb Bush wants to be president: "Yes, I think he wants to be president. I think he'd be a great president. He understands what it's like to be president, for not only the person running or serving, plus family.

Gordon assumes CEO post at Odyssey Marine Research

tampabay.com — Thursday, October 2, 2014 11:47am Odyssey Marine Research president Mark Gordon has taken over day-to-day management of the Tampa treasure salvaging company in line with a planned transition announced in August. Gordon succeeded longtime chief executive and company co-founder Greg Stemm, who in turn has become chairman of the board, succeeding Bradford B.

Despite fire, annual charity Pasta Fest will take place Tuesday at Papa Joe's

Oct 02, 2014

Despite fire, annual charity Pasta Fest will take place Tuesday at #Hernando landmark Papa Joe's tampabay.com/news/business/… via @TB_Times

Oct 02, 2014

Despite fire, annual charity Pasta Fest will take place Tuesday at Papa Joe's: tampabay.com/news/business/…

Wrong-way driver arrested on Suncoast Highway

tampabay.com — Thursday, October 2, 2014 8:05am LUTZ - The Florida Highway Patrol arrested another wrong-way driver Thursday morning driving northbound in the southbound lanes of the Suncoast Parkway. State trooper Ronald Evans, who arrested a driver early Wednesday morning going the wrong way on the Veterans Expressway, intercepted Lori Lee Downard, 49, of Zephyrhills in her beige 1999 Chevy near Van Dyke Road.

Jeff Vinik's proposed new downtown Tampa hotel coming up for City Council vote

tampabay.com — TAMPA - The rezoning for a 400-room hotel proposed by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik comes up for final approval today at the City Council. At about 25 stories, the hotel would go up at the corner of S Florida Avenue and Old Water Street, just west of Amalie Arena.

Two on golf cart injured in Sun City Center crash

tampabay.com — Thursday, October 2, 2014 12:07pm SUN CITY CENTER -- Authorities temporarily shut down the intersection of Kings Boulevard and Foxhunt Drive on Thursday morning after a sedan struck a golf cart, causing the cart to overturn and injuring its two passengers, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

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tampabay.com — Ebola precautions explained by Tampa Bay health officials

It's that time again - let's swoon over sweaters even though it's still to hot in Florida to wear them

tampabay.com — It's officially fall. And for most of the rest of the country, that means things are cooling down. Not so much here in Florida, though I swear I did feel a breeze the other day -- right before the sweltering noontime hours and after some thunderstorms.
Oct 02, 2014

it may be too hot outside to wear a sweater, but it's freezing inside city hall today. wish i had one of these: tampabay.com/blogs/divas/it…

Former corrections officer sent to prison for stealing inmate identities

tampabay.com — TAMPA - A former state correctional officer from Tampa has been sentenced to federal prison for more than four years for stealing the identity of inmates to file fraudulent tax returns. Jerry St. Fleur, 26, was given four years and three months in prison for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Oct 02, 2014

Former corrections officer sent to prison for stealing inmate identities: tampabay.com/news/courts/cr…

1984 VA death was ruled a suicide, but was it really murder?

tampabay.com — A n hour or so before midnight on Aug. 27, 1984, Bud Thompson put on his light blue pajamas, tossed his clothes in a paper bag that he shoved in a closet and climbed into bed. He locked away his belt with his dirty clothes.

New PHSC law enforcement academy director settles into role

tampabay.com — DADE CITY - Capt. Steve Hartnett hardly looks comfortable in his new desk chair. He leans forward, his hands resting on a marked-up calendar while he talks about improvement. First: himself. He's still working on this transition from patrol work in Tampa to a formal academic environment at Pasco-Hernando State College's law enforcement academy in the rural northeast Pasco hills.

Review: 'The Good Lie' is not what you think

tampabay.com — Thursday, October 2, 2014 9:25am Movies about cooperating Africans and Americans often take a condescending risk of great white saviors making everything better for poor black folks. The Good Lie isn't that sort of movie, except in its marketing.
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