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State Agriculture department sues Dade City zoo

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The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says it’s suing a Pasco County zoo “to shutdown (its) fundraising efforts.” The complaint is against Dade City’s Wild Things and three of its corporate officers, according to a press release sent Thursday.

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Former Bucs’ running back Warrick Dunn gives away another home

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Once again, Warrick Dunn has scored. Dunn, the former Bucs’ running back who has devoted much of his life to charity, presented his 155th home Thursday morning to Keyona Thompson, the mother of six children – three of them with medical or mental disabilities. The home, in St. Petersburg, is a six-bedroom, two bath with wheelchair accommodations is the latest from a non-profit charity from Dunn. The home is furnished by Aaron’s. “I can’t find the words to describe how I…

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CFO Jeff Atwater reminds consumers to plan before braving Black Friday crowds

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The days after Thanksgiving have become the top shopping weekend of the year for many retailers and the National Retail Federation expects more than 135 million Americans will shop retail deals over the holiday weekend. While Black Friday deals may be enticing, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and the Department of Financial Services say shoppers need to make a plan and a budget before braving the crowds. Most financial planners say shoppers should spend no more than 1.5 percent…

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Street solicitors largely obeying St. Petersburg ban

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St. Petersburg police found mostly empty intersections today when they started enforcing a new ban on solicitation on city streets. By mid-afternoon, officers issued four warnings about the ordinance, St. Petersburg police Lt. Cleven Wyatt said. The ban bars those soliciting money for charities, panhandlers and newspaper vendors who hawk Sunday editions at busy intersections. Officers were told to first give a warning to violators. A second violation would result in a citation and on the third, the officer has the option…

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