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Early voting begins for Hillsborough special elections

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Early voting started Friday and will continue through Oct. 7 for a pair of special elections in Hillsborough County, one that could determine Temple Terrace’s next mayor and another to decide the GOP nominee in HD 58.

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Tampa school fire ‘not suspicious,’ officials say

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There are no indications of foul play in the fire that burned down the Robert E. Lee Elementary School Tuesday night but the investigation continues, the Tampa fire marshal’s office says.

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Janet Cruz: Hillsborough school AC issues part of much bigger problem

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With a new school year kicking off this month, parents across Florida logically expected that the state is providing the proper environment necessary for children to achieve their greatest potential. That’s why I was outraged to read last week about students in Hillsborough County who are languishing in sweltering classrooms because the school district simply does not have the resources to fund the proper maintenance of air conditioners in schools.

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1 Florida Confederate memorial removed, another vandalized

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Crews on Monday were removing one Confederate statue in a Florida city and authorities said someone had splashed red paint around a Confederate memorial park in another city.

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Election dates set for Dan Raulerson’s House seat

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Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday set the dates for elections to fill Hillsborough County’s House District 58, recently vacated by GOP state Rep. Dan Raulerson, who stepped down for health reasons. Scott signed an executive order setting Oct. 10 for the primary election and Dec. 19 for the general election.

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5 kids sickened by ‘cloud of chlorine gas’ at Tampa pool

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A thunderstorm knocked out a pump at an indoor swimming pool in Florida, causing a “cloud of chlorine gas” that sent five children to a hospital. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue officials tell news outlets it happened Monday evening at Calypso Swim Center in Tampa. Fire rescue officials say the storm caused the breaker to shut off one of the two pumps, which caused the water in the pool to stop circulating. That led to a buildup of chlorine in one…

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Airbnb says county agreements should lead it to equal 2016 tax payments in first six months

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Vacation home-rental marketing giant Airbnb said Tuesday its expanding list of tax agreements and its growing business should lead it to equal last year’s total sales and tourist tax payments just in the first six months of 2017. The company announced that its five-month totals in sales and tourist taxes paid to the state and individual counties surpassed $18 million through June 1, so it expects to clear $20 million by July 1. Last year the company’s combined total for…

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