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David Jolly presents flag at Ray Neri’s memorial service

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Former U.S. Rep. David Jolly on Wednesday presented an American flag to Laura Neri, the widow of community activist Ray Neri, who died Jan. 3. The flag was one that U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis had had flown over the Capitol especially for Mrs. Neri. “Ray Neri was a special person,” Jolly said. “Ray touched peoples’ lives.” Jolly was only one of many of Pinellas’ political leaders who came to Neri’s memorial service. Others included Pinellas County commissioners  Pat Gerard, Karen…

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Rick Kriseman, Karl Nurse urge presidential pardons to keep immigrant families together

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and City Council member Karl Nurse on Wednesday joined a national letter from local elected officials to President Barack Obama calling on him to protect hundreds of thousands of immigrant families by issuing a pardon for lawfully present immigrants with years-old or low-level criminal offenses. The letter is signed by 60 local elected officials. It kicks off a week in which the president’s legacy on immigration will be at stake, with confirmation hearings and a…

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Gus Bilirakis named to key house health-care panel

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U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis has been appointed to serve on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, a key congressional panel with jurisdiction over the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, as well as oversight of medical research and public health issues. “I’m honored to have been selected to serve on this important subcommittee, where I will be working with my colleagues to solve the biggest problems facing our nation’s health care system,” said Bilirakis, a Tarpon Springs Republican. “I…

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Larry Ahern files bill requiring civil citations for some juvenile offenders

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State Rep. Larry Ahern filed a bill Tuesday that would require the creation of civil citations or similar diversion programs for juveniles. “We cannot continue to arrest more than 10,000 nonviolent juvenile offenders who do not have a full understanding of the consequences of their actions,” the Seminole Republican said. “We should look at this as a teachable moment and allow them the opportunity to correct their behavior.” The bill is a companion to a Senate bill filed by Republican Sen. Anitere Flores of Miami. Flores’…

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Safety Harbor draws full slate of candidates

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After qualifying closed Tuesday, eight candidates are vying for three seats on the Safety Harbor City Commission. Running for mayor are Joe Ayoub and Janet Hooper. Ayoub is a former mayor who also served on the commission. He is facing Hooper, who is in her first term as a commissioner. She resigned from Seat 1 to run for mayor. Hooper’s resignation is effective March 21, the week after the election. Four candidates are lining up to serve the remainder of…

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St. Pete schedules second session to discuss sewer plant improvements

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St. Petersburg has scheduled a second informational meeting to discuss proposed improvements to the Southwest Water Reclamation Facility and the 31st Street Sports Complex. The meetings are designed to inform residents about a proposal to drill wells at both facilities to increase the storage capacity for reclaimed water. An increased storage capacity will help handle the increase in water during storms and help prevent overflows. Last year, the city dumped thousands of gallons of raw and partially treated sewage into…

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Improvements to St. Pete sewage system begin

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Work to line aging sanitary sewer collection mains and city sewer laterals began Monday in the Bahama Shores and Coquina Key neighborhoods. Part of Mayor Rick Kriseman‘s infrastructure plan, the $3.2 million lining project will help extend the life of sanitary sewer mains and prevent groundwater infiltration from entering the city’s sewage collection system. Depending on the weather, the project is expected to be completed by September. St. Petersburg’s sewer system became the focus of controversy last year after the city…

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