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Ruta Jouniari becomes second Democrat to join HD 72 contest

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Sarasota businesswoman, philanthropist, and community activist Rita Jouniari announced her candidacy for the special election in the House District 72 seat, becoming the second Democrat to join the race. A Boston native, the 50-year-old Journiari has worked for much of her career in health care, beginning with Aetna U.S. Healthcare.

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Wilson Ramos slam powers Rays by Orioles

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Wilson Ramos hit his third career grand slam, Evan Longoria also went deep and the Tampa Bay Rays throttled Ubaldo Jimenez in an 8-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night. Alex Cobb earned his career-high 12th win for the Rays, who interrupted a 4-9 slide and kept alive their slim playoff hopes.

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Toll suspension cost $3 million a day

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More than $45 million in revenue is believed to have been lost when the state suspended highway toll collections to help speed evacuations and relief efforts for Hurricane Irma, Florida’s Turnpike system estimates.

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Elderly deaths: Call for generators in Florida nursing homes

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After 11 nursing home residents died in the sweltering heat of hurricane-induced power outages, Florida’s nursing home industry is now on a collision course with Gov. Rick Scott.

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Floridians line up for FEMA assistance

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More than 1 million Floridians homeowners and renters have registered for federal individual assistance following Hurricane Irma.

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Restoration of electricity almost complete

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Power was back as of midday Friday for all but 13,735 homes and businesses in Florida, primarily in four counties that were hit hardest by Hurricane Irma on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11, according to the state Division of Emergency Management.

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Omar Khan to shepherd Rick Kriseman campaign during final weeks

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To usher in the final weeks of the St. Petersburg mayoral race, incumbent Rick Kriseman is calling in a political heavy hitter — veteran Democratic consultant Omar Khan. Kahn is joining the Kriseman campaign as a senior adviser.

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