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Tampa Bay Times buys the Tampa Tribune
Tue  May 3 2016 04:35PM
ST. PETERSBURG — Florida’s largest newspaper, The Tampa Bay Times, said Tuesday it has purchased its main competitor, the Tampa Tribune, ending a decades-long newspaper rivalry. Times chairman and CEO … read more.
Charter system adopts investment policy
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
LAKE WALES — The Lake Wales Charter Schools Board of Trustees approved an investment policy during its meeting last week. Chief Financial Officer Brian Fisher said an advisory committee was … read more.
Citrus group still figuring out spending options
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
BARTOW — The Florida Citrus Commission will likely have more money to spend in the coming growing season than they thought just a few months ago, but figuring out exactly … read more.
New deal, new day at Lake Wales Airport
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
LAKE WALES — For the first time in more than two decades, the operation of the Lake Wales Municipal Airport isn’t in the hands of Betty Hill. The city and … read more.
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City hopes well proves to be good investment
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
LAKE WALES — Officials are hopeful that a deep well drilled on city property will enable Lake Wales to have a plentiful and cost-effective water source decades from now. City Commissioners gave the go-ahead last week to the Southwest Florida … read more.

Mullenax legacy: Listening and budget
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
BARTOW — After serving two terms on the Polk County School Board and 46 years in the school district, Dick Mullenax decided he will not run for re-election. He cited health reasons he is not seeking re-election to his District … read more.

Request leads to sidewalk improvements for shoppers
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
LAKE WALES — A citizen’s request to improve sidewalk accessibility for disabled persons needing to reach shopping destinations is leading to some action. City Commissioners were expected to consider a measure during its regularly scheduled meeting last night to spend … read more.

A career comes to a happy end
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
BARTOW — “Take off your shirt,” someone shouted at Pablo Martinez on Friday, April 29. But no, it wasn’t at a club and no, Martinez is not a Chippendale dancer, although according to several, the ladies love him. No, this … read more.

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Florida Supreme Court considers overturning death sentences
Fri  May 6 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s Supreme Court wrestled with whether an inmate sentenced to death under a system found to be unconstitutional should have his punishment reduced to life in prison, and the lives of nearly 400 other condemned prisoners … read more.

St. Pete delays simply ticketing pot possession violators
Thu  May 5 2016 09:28PM
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — St. Pete delays vote on ticketing pot possession violators The St. Petersburg City Council has a delayed a vote on decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana until a diversion program is created. The council voted 8-0 … read more.

Florida detective fired for sending explicit video to woman
Thu  May 5 2016 09:28PM
PLANTATION, Fla. (AP) — A Plantation police detective has been fired after an investigation found he took an explicit video of himself and sent it to a woman who had reported a crime he was investigating. Media outlets report that … read more.

Florida doctor convicted of 162 counts of health care fraud
Thu  May 5 2016 09:28PM
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a north Florida doctor of 162 counts of health care fraud. U.S. Attorney Christopher Canova said in a news release that 59-year-old Dr. Ona Colasante defrauded Medicare, Medicaid and Blue Cross … read more.

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