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After 3-year fight, Lyft, Uber now street legal at TPA

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Ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft have been a black market at Tampa International Airport since 2014. But now, they’re legit. The “transportation network companies,” along with competitor Wingz, came to a formal agreement this week with airport officials to legally pick up and drop off passengers there.

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Hillsborough to expand civil citation program for juveniles

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State Attorney Andrew Warren campaigned on a platform of reforming the criminal justice system in Hillsborough County. On Thursday, he delivered on that promise, announcing an expanded plan for law enforcement to issue civil citations to first-time offending juveniles who commit nonserious, delinquent acts.

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Bob Buckhorn calls for raising property taxes

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Saying it was “largely not of our making,” Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn made the case Thursday for raising the city’s millage rate for the first time in 29 years.

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Sean Shaw: Commissioners supporting Confederate monument not OK

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After the Hillsborough County Commission initially voted last month to keep the Confederate statue in front of the county courthouse annex, Hillsborough Democrats vowed to take revenge at the ballot box next year against all four Republicans who resisted the call to move the monument.

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Jack Latvala to hold roundtable on opioid crisis

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Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala will head to a college campus in Lake Worth next month for a roundtable discussion on the opioid epidemic. The Clearwater Republican Senator and possible gubernatorial candidate was invited to come to Palm Beach County by Senate colleague and Delray Beach Democrat Kevin Rader, as well as Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay. “Opioid abuse is a crisis facing our entire state,” Latvala said in a statement. “It’s costing lives and money. In fact, Florida…

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Bob Buckhorn ready to raise Tampa’s millage rate

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Tampa hasn’t raised its millage fee in nearly three decades, but that tax-free streak may end soon. Mayor Bob Buckhorn met this week with each member of the City Council in advance of presenting his budget proposal Thursday.

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Forget reports of computer hacks, elections supervisor assures Hillsborough commissioners

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Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer says there’s been a lot of fake news about the hacking of voting machines, so he wants to set the record straight.

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