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Pinellas Park firm says a rival stole its business with Duke Energy

ST. PETERSBURG — A Pinellas Park company said its future is endangered and $1.2 million in annual sales lost because it did exactly what a big client told it to do. In this case, Duke …

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USAA settles class action lawsuit over insurance reimbursement for $39 million

USAA settled a Florida class action lawsuit for $39 million this week. Hall & Lampros LLP and Avolio & Hanlon PC brought suit following complaints that when customers received reimbursement checks …

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  1. As state budget talks wind down, which local projects are making the cut?

    News

    TALLAHASSEE —With the big ticket items in the state budget resolved or in the hands of the top leaders in the House and Senate, the rest of the Florida Legislature hunkered down into marathon negotiations over the weekend to dole out hundreds of millions of dollars for local projects back home.

    With time running out to negotiate next year's proposed $83 billion budget, the Florida Senate has included $1 millions for the 

Clearwater Marine Aquarium. But the Florida House hasn't included any money for the aquarium so far. [DOUG CLIFFORD | Tampa Bay Times]
  2. After outcry, lawmakers scrap plans to fully slash funding for 'Moonlight' alumni's school

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Lawmakers in Tallahassee are largely reversing course on plans to cut $650,000 in state grant funding to the Miami arts school whose alumni helped create the Oscar-winning film Moonlight and the Broadway hit "Hamilton."

    Andre Holland and Trevante Rhodes in Moonlight (2016). A24 Films.
  3. Tampa Bay weekends were made for the Cross-Bay Ferry; weekdays, not so much

    Transportation

    The Cross-Bay Ferry was an experiment for a region struggling with traffic, wedded to cars and separated by a big body of water.

    The Cross-Bay Ferry has been sailing between the downtowns of St. Petesburg and Tampa from November to April. The six-month trial ends Sunday, but officials are already working to bring it back for next season, and hope to one day make the service permanent. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  4. Florida House marijuana bill moves closer to Senate version

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — State lawmakers are inching closer to an agreement on medical marijuana after more than 70 percent of voters declared they wanted to allow patients with debilitating conditions to use the drug.

    House majority leader Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero
  5. Meet the descendant of a Confederate soldier who is blocking Florida's first slavery memorial

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A proposal to create the first slavery memorial in Florida unanimously passed the state House on Friday with roaring applause — but its prospects in the Senate are uncertain after one committee chairman stalled the legislation over a "philosophical objection" to the concept.

    Sen. Dennis Baxley, seen here in 2007. [Tampa Bay Times]
  6. Lawmakers set to defund Miami school that educated makers of 'Moonlight' and 'Hamilton'

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers are on the brink of cutting $650,000 in state grant funding to the Miami arts school whose alumni helped create the Oscar-winning film "Moonlight" and the Broadway hit "Hamilton."

    Andre Holland and Trevante Rhodes in Moonlight (2016). A24 Films.