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Tina Morris, at her Riverview home with son August, said “there’s no possible way” Billy Morris, at top, would have left the boy alone on the island where he was found on Halloween. Her husband’s body was found the next day.CHRIS URSO | Times

Case closed, but family still wonders how toddler was left on Alafia River island

RIVERVIEW Tina Morris looked into her phone's camera and tried to soothe her frightened son. It was Halloween. Moments earlier, Morris had dialed her husband Billy's cell phone expecting him to answer and explain why he and 3-year-old August hadn't returned home from what was supposed to be a quick water-scooter ri …


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Philip Levine calls for statewide referendum on minimum wage after loss in court

From the Miami Herald's Joey Flechas:...


State ethics investigators are interviewing Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan regarding a complaint into a Go Hillsborough contract.

County Commissioners, Buckhorn interviewed in Go Hillsborough ethics probe

TAMPA — It seems a state ethics investigation into a Hillsborough County transportation contract is finally moving forward....


Sen. David Simmons discusses tax rates Wednesday during review of his proposed 2018 education budget.

Florida House, Senate education budgets differ by $538m, with split over taxes

Florida's education budget is becoming the focus of a confrontation over local property taxes and what constitutes a tax increase....