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Tampa Bay area schools to close ahead of Hurricane Irma’s landfall

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Many area schools and colleges in the Tampa Bay area have announced plans to shut down ahead of Hurricane Irma’s Florida landfall this weekend.

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Diane Roberts: Rick Scott’s higher education summit was missing one thing — educators

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Gov. Rick Scott recently convened a higher education summit. Minus the educators. The Commissioner of Agriculture was there. The COO of defense contractor Northrup Grumman was there. The head of the state Dept. of Economic Opportunism was there. So was the state university system chancellor, the Senate president, assorted business types and three head football coaches. But no professors. No teachers. That’s like having a confab on space travel and inviting only NASA’s senior accountant, the cafeteria manager at Johnson…

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Carlos Beruff touring the state to rally support for U.S. Senate bid

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In the four weeks since Carlos Beruff launched his U.S. Senate campaign, he’s visited more than a dozen cities across the state, crossing off counties along the way. The Manatee County businessman plans to visit all 67 counties before the August primary. It’s a tactic the first-time candidate is hoping will help propel him to the front of a crowded Republican field and on to the general election. Beruff announced he was running for the U.S. Senate in February. The…

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Gov. Scott fires up approval pen for 20 new board appointments

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Gov. Rick Scott fired up his appointment pen on Thursday, announcing 20 names to a variety of state regulatory boards. All of the following appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate. Board of Pilot Commissioners Scott named Michael Jaccoma to the Board of Pilot Commissioners, which is responsible for licensing and regulating harbor pilots. Jaccoma, 57, of Davie, is a harbor pilot for the port of Miami. He succeeds John Fernandez for a term ending October 31, 2018.…

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