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As Pasco County sinkhole widens, some are determined to stay put

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The Florida sinkhole that swallowed two homes last week isn’t getting any deeper, but it’s getting wider, officials said Wednesday — and one resident who’s back home after being evacuated is vowing to stay unless the hole consumes her house. “I’m apprehensive, a little nervous,” said Patty Camunas, 57, whose family lives near the sinkhole.

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Former St. Pete Council chair supports Justin Bean in District 6 race

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Former St. Petersburg City Council Chair Bill Dudley is endorsing Justin Bean for the District 6 seat. The former teacher, coach and two-term council member released a statement Friday calling Bean a “true civic leader.”

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State-run audit at Tampa International now underway

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For the Tampa Bay legislative delegation, it was one of the more combustible moments of the 2017 Legislative Session. We’re referring to when Republicans Jack Latvala and Dana Young pushed back forcefully against Tom Lee‘s insistence of an audit of Tampa International Airport’s $2.6 billion master plan. Actually, what they were really pushing back against was Lee’s provocative comment that “potential public corruption” was taking place at TIA. Airport CEO Joe Lopano confirmed Thursday that state audit is now underway.…

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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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