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Janet Long suggests bringing all the sewer systems in Pinellas under one umbrella

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In recent months, St. Petersburg has become the poster child for a crumbling sewer infrastructure that’s dumped millions of gallons of untreated and partially treated wastewater into Tampa Bay. But the problem of failing infrastructure is much bigger than St. Pete. It’s countywide. The county, Largo, Clearwater and Tarpon Springs — just to name four — also have had problems with sewer systems unable to handle recent heavy rains. It’s an urgent problem, Pinellas County Commissioner Janet Long said Monday. It’s one…

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Kathleen Peters calls for special meeting on infrastructure damage

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State Rep. Kathleen Peters has joined state Sen. Jack Latvala in a call for action after Hurricane Hermine. The Treasure Island Republican, in a statement released Friday, called for a special meeting of Pinellas County’s legislative delegation and local leaders “to discuss critical infrastructure concerns in light of recent storm surges.” Hermine, a Category 1 hurricane at landfall, knocked out electric service Thursday night to hundreds of thousands across North Florida, and caused significant damage along the state’s Gulf coast. Peters said she was specifically…

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Incumbent Myriam Irizarry squeaks out victory to remain on Pinellas County bench

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Myriam Irizarry appears to have won a narrow victory over former state Rep. Dwight Dudley to retain the judicial seat she won last year by appointment. Irizarry polled about 78,575 votes, or about 50.38 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. Dudley was about 0.76 percent behind with 77,382 votes. That’s far enough behind to avoid a recount. But there were still some provisional ballots out late Tuesday night, although it does not appear that there were enough to…

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It’s not the party … it’s the after party! A rundown of where Tampa Bay candidates will be on Election Night

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Votes have been cast. Now it comes to this — Primary Election day. For some, the campaign ends here. With others, the road now leads to November. Either way, candidates will be attending a range of events, where celebrations — or the drowning of sorrows — will take place Tuesday night. Here is a rundown of primary night watch parties and other celebrations throughout Tampa Bay: Congressman David Jolly, running for re-election to Florida’s 13th Congressional District, cast his vote…

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Pinellas officials say they are combatting mosquitoes, Zika

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Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday announced a new case of Zika in Pinellas, bringing the total cases in the county to 10. The nine cases that had already been identified as of Monday by the Department of Health were all travel-related. The 10th was not. It was locally transmitted, meaning that mosquitoes in the area are infected with the virus. Zika disease is caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito,…

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Locally-transmitted Zika comes to Pinellas

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Pinellas County has its first case of locally transmitted Zika. The Department of Health is investigating five new cases of locally acquired Zika, including one case in Pinellas County. The remaining four cases were found in Wynwood, the trendy Miami arts neighborhood where health officials first identified local cases of the mosquito-borne illness. According to the Governor’s Office, there are now 42 cases of locally transmitted Zika in Florida. While the investigation is ongoing, Gov. Rick Scott said in a…

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Tampa Bay ranks second in job gains

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By Michael Moline The Tampa Bay region posted strong numbers in the latest report by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, released Friday. The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area recorded 37,700 new jobs, a 3 percent increase compared to the same point last year. Only Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford posted stronger gains, at 4.1 percent. Of the 701,642 people in Hillsborough County’s labor force, 668,853 held jobs — for an unemployment rate of 4.7 percent. That compares to 5.3 percent at the same point in 2015. Pinellas County…

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