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Environmental activists rally, march to stop Sabal Trail pipeline

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A group of environmental activists gathered in Williams Park across from Duke Energy on Thursday to send a message: Stop the Sabal Trail pipeline. The protest was spearheaded by volunteers from Greenpeace St. Pete and the Sierra Club. The St. Petersburg rally was one of five across the state Thursday. Others were scheduled in Miami, Jacksonville, Tallahassee and Orlando. The 515-mile long pipeline starts in Alabama, crosses Georgia and will end in central Florida. It’s designed to bring natural gas…

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Brandon woman files class action against Wells Fargo for ‘phony’ accounts

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A Florida woman launched a class-action lawsuit against Wells Fargo Bank after employees created millions of fraudulent accounts nationwide. Brandon resident Nadine Stanton is suing on behalf of herself and others affected by the fraudulent accounts created by employees of the California-based banking giant. Stanton is a practice manager at United Vein Centers. Stanton is claiming to be one of thousands of victims of the bank’s “colossal scheme” where they broke the law in numerous ways including using private information…

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With help, a family comes in off the streets

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About six months ago, Wells Fargo gave up on a ramshackle house it had taken in a foreclosure action. Rather than try to rehab it or raze it, the bank donated it and $9,500, the estimated amount to flatten the building, to the Florida Dream Center. After a lot of volunteer sweat and effort, the house became a home Saturday when a homeless mother and her three sons moved in. But the family’s story doesn’t end there. The house was…

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Are missing excavators tearing down St. Pete Pier? Wells Fargo wants to know

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Massive excavators sit on the St. Pete Pier, mechanical arms destroying concrete and breaking ground with ease. The firm responsible for the demolition, Sonny Glasbrenner Inc. of Clearwater Beach won the contract to tear down the pier with a $3.16 million bid in 2015, but now finds itself in hot water over the whereabouts of two excavators. According to Wells Fargo, Glasbrenner borrowed more than $500,000 in April 2015 to purchase two giant hydraulic excavators — a 2015 Doosan DX300LC…

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Support for LGBT-protection bill grows among Legislature’s GOP members

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A measure that would prohibit employment, retail and other discrimination against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity has picked up a second Republican sponsor in the Florida Senate: Travis Hutson of St. Augustine. The group behind the the “Florida Competitive Workforce Act” (HB 45/SB 120) announced the move in a news release Friday. The prime sponsors are Democratic state Sen. Joe Abruzzo of Boynton Beach and Key Largo Republican Holly Raschein in the House. Hutson now joins Clearwater’s Jack Latvala in sponsoring the Senate…

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Three Florida cities receive perfect score for LGBT anti-discrimination policies

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Three Florida cities, including St. Petersburg and Orlando, earned perfect scores in enacting policies to protect gay, lesbian and transgendered citizens from discrimination. In a statement Tuesday, Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce recognized Orlando, St. Petersburg and Wilton Manors (in Broward County), for receiving 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation 2015 Municipal Equality Index (MEI). The municipalities were among 47 of 408 rated cities in the United States to achieve a perfect score. “We are proud of…

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10 Florida employers recognized as national Best Places to Work for LGBT employees

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Ten firms from the Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce Coalition received a perfect score this week on the annual Human Rights Campaign ranking of workplace equality. In an announcement Tuesday, the corporations scoring a 100 percent rating on the 2016 Corporate Equity Index include such Florida-based companies as Akerman LLP, AT&T, Florida Blue, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, Darden Restaurants, Marriott, Office Depot, Tech Data, The Walt Disney Co., and Wells Fargo. Each firm earned a spot on HRC’s list…

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