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Hurricane demonstrated need to end newspapers’ monopoly on public notices

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Since the inception of local newspapers centuries ago, classified advertisements have been one of the industry’s primary financial engines. Then came the internet, and a website called Craigslist.

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Power is back on in Florida, but utilities still under fire

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After a massive restoration effort, most of Florida has power 10 days after Hurricane Irma knocked out electricity to nearly two-thirds of the state, mostly because of improvements made to the power grid since Hurricane Wilma 12 years ago. But that may do little to stem a growing backlash over the widespread outages that caused misery across the state and sparked sharp criticism from residents and elected officials. One top utility official apologized this week for how long it took…

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USF to seek state money as med school moves ahead

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The University of South Florida will ask lawmakers for an additional $21 million to complete funding for its downtown Tampa medical school and heart institute.

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St. Petersburg voters to decide on Vinoy ‘reimagination’

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In addition to the mayor’s race and three contests for City Council, St. Petersburg voters will also be presented with a handful of referendums this November. One decision voters must make is whether to approve a privately financed, one-story parking garage with eight tennis courts on top of the 7th Avenue NE side of the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel.

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Citrus industry looks for aid after Irma

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A long wait may be ahead for broad federal relief for Florida’s beleaguered citrus industry, “decimated” last week by a lethal hurricane that crossed the peninsula at the start of the growing season, state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Wednesday.

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Personnel note: Richard Reeves opens RLR Consulting

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Lobbyist Richard Reeves, a month after departing GrayRobinson, has set up his own shop, RLR Consulting. “I have a proven track record of working successfully with individuals and issues across the political spectrum, and I look forward to promoting good public policy before the legislative and executive branches,” Reeves said in a press release.

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Blake Dowling: Tech and the next threat

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For the next threat, both our state and nation are constantly sleeping with one eye open. The threat landscape consists of digital, cultural, and of course good old Mother Nature. At the top of the list: hurricanes, terrorism, human trafficking, and even the current opioid epidemic in Florida.

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