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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

State University Board of Governors discuss 2018 budget, praise ‘remarkable progress’

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Thursday, Florida’s University System Board of Governors reviewed its legislative budget requests for the 2018-19 fiscal year which will be sent for consideration by the governor and the Legislature.

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AT&T deploying drones to assess Harvey damage

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To help assess the impact of Hurricane Harvey, ravaging the Gulf Coast since Saturday, AT&T will use a fleet of drones to get a better look at damage throughout Southeast Texas.

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Personnel note: Tim Knowles stepping down from FL Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs

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Tim Knowles, a founding member of the Florida Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, is stepping down from the board of directors after two decades of service. The Alliance is a leading statewide group to help secure state funding for clubs working to create positive experiences for Florida children.

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Equality Florida revels in Rick Kriseman’s showing

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It may have been close, but for St. Petersburg’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, Tuesday’s mayoral primary proved a significant victory. And it gave the LGBTQ advocacy group Equality Florida a chance to boast.

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Justin Bean, Gina Driscoll finish one-two in St. Pete District 6 race; Recount likely

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An eight-person field has narrowed to Justin Bean and Gina Driscoll in the St. Petersburg City Council District 6 race. They will face off in 10 weeks to succeed term-limited Karl Nurse. Robert Blackmon came in an extremely close third, behind Driscoll by only four votes, setting off an automatic recount.

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

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With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round.

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AT&T helping Texas hurricane victims stay connected, waives wireless fees

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As Hurricane Harvey dumped feet of water on Houston last weekend, forcing thousands of people in southeast Texas to rooftops or higher ground, AT&T is helping those affected by the storm stay in contact. “Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by Hurricane Harvey and all of those who have friends and family there,” said AT&T representative Karen McAllister in a statement Monday. “Through at least Sept. 1, 2017, AT&T will issue credits to AT&T Wireless customers in impacted areas for…

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