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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.
Full house for Mayor’s Art Club
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
In one of his last acts as a city commissioner and Mayor, Adrian “A.J.” Jackson welcomed a near-overflowing audience at city hall following the work session, which began at 4:30 … read more.
CRA extends funding request deadline
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
BARTOW — Still in the first year, the Community Redevelopment Agency’s non-profit funding policy has gotten no requests for funding this year and despite the deadline passing, the board voted … read more.
Thrifty move for ‘Bargains & Blessings’
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
BARTOW — A short while ago, Libbie Combee, the executive director of Leland Family Ministries, which runs and operates Mosaics Community Cafe, 315 E. Main St., went past a vacant … read more.
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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 how much, and where they can spend it is proving … 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.

American hero and his dog highlight DAR’s meeting
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
BARTOW — The Daughters of the American Revolution group meets Friday, May 6, and the guest speaker will speak about Southeastern Guide Dogs. He’s not just a client of the organization but he is known as a Marine who survived … read more.

Boundary changes to affect 3 percent of voters
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
BARTOW — Change is in the wind for Polk County voters and possibly for some addresses, the Polk County Commission learned Friday at its Friday work session. Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards showed commissioners proposed precinct changes resulting from recreated … read more.

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Eyeing national race, Trump moves on fundraising, expansion
Thu  May 5 2016 02:08PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump is taking his first quick steps toward raising the massive amounts of money needed for a national presidential race, aiming to broaden his primary insurgency into a full-fledged general election campaign and unite the … read more.

Thousands pay homage to Holocaust victims in Auschwitz march
Thu  May 5 2016 02:08PM
OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — Thousands of people from around the world, many draped in Israeli flags, paid homage to the victims of the Holocaust on Thursday with a somber march from the barracks of Auschwitz to nearby Birkenau. Organizers of … read more.

FDA announces rules that could upend e-cigarette industry
Thu  May 5 2016 02:08PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government on Thursday announced sweeping new regulations for electronic cigarettes that could upend the multibillion-dollar industry and for the first time require e-cigarette makers to submit their products for a safety review. Before brands are … read more.

Mercury a black speck as it makes rare transit of sun Monday
Thu  May 5 2016 02:08PM
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Earthlings are in for a treat Monday as Mercury makes a relatively rare transit of the sun. The solar system’s smallest, innermost planet will resemble a black round dot as it passes in front of … read more.

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