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Brenda Irizarry of Tampa, while agonizing over the status of family in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, is helping lead an effort to collect and send supplies to the island. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA  |   Times

Still worried about family, Tampa Bay Puerto Ricans ramp up relief effort

TAMPA — Brenda Irizarry is worried. By Thursday afternoon, more than 24 hours after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico and tore across the island, the Tampa woman had not heard from any relatives who live there. But she had seen images of the devastation the storm left in its wake. "I'm numb," Irizarry sa …


Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, and Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, in Tallahassee during a Senate committee meeting.

Another Bright Futures boost? Florida lawmakers propose higher ed expansions

Veto be darned.

Gov. Rick Scott may have nixed a huge higher education bill in June, but Florida lawmakers are already renewing their push to overhaul the state's higher education system in the coming legislative session, starting with the tuition bills of top students....


Mayor Rick Kriseman took to Twitter Saturday evening to wade into President Donald Trump's latest social media scuffle

Kriseman invites Steph Curry to St. Pete on Twitter

Mayor Rick Kriseman is no stranger to tweaking President Donald Trump on social media....


Sunshine in Hillsborough

The Hillsborough County School Board and its committes will gather this week in these meetings, which are open to the public under the state sunshine law...