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Rays owner says shared season with Montreal is best option

Jun. 25, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The principal owner of the Rays says it's unrealistic for his team to play full time in the Tampa Bay area, and a shared season with Montreal is the best option. "I don't see it happening in St. Petersburg and would be hard-pressed to see it working in Tampa from what I know,"...

Lightning sign 2019 first-round draft pick Nolan Foote

Jun. 25, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed 2019 first-round draft pick Nolan Foote to a three-year entry level contract. The Lightning took the 18-year old forward from Kelowna of the Western Hockey League 27th overall. He is the younger brother of the Lightning's 2017 first-round pick Cal...

85 arrested in monthslong human trafficking sting in Florida

Jun. 24, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say they have arrested 85 people in a monthslong human trafficking sting. "Operation Trade Secrets" began at the outset of the year, focusing on hotels, motels, spas, massage parlors, strip clubs, adult bookstores and other activities, Hillsborough County Sheriff...

O'Rourke proposes new 'war tax' to fund veteran health care

Jun. 24, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto (BET'-oh) O'Rourke is pledging to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and help create a federal health care fund to cover the costs of caring for those who serve in future wars by taxing those who don't. The former Texas congressman unveiled his...

Virgin Trains breaks ground on South Florida to Orlando leg

Jun. 24, 2019 8:41 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Officials are breaking ground on a new phase of a private train line that will connect South Florida to central Florida. A groundbreaking ceremony was being held Monday for the construction of "Phase 2" of the train line that will run from Miami to Orlando, and eventually to Tampa if...

Tampa Bay horse tours leave poop in water

Jun. 23, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — You can spot the horses from far away, little dots out in the water of Tampa Bay. Drive south on Interstate 275 toward Sarasota on a weekday morning or a pleasant Saturday and they're probably there, splashing around in a single file line off the North Skyway Bridge Park. Up close, it's...

Column: Baseball is doomed on Florida's Gulf Coast

Jun. 21, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

Baseball is doomed on Florida's Gulf Coast. Sure, they'll still have spring training, not to mention sparkling beaches and early bird specials. But the Tampa Bay Rays will become the Montreal Expos (Version 2.0) in the not-too-distance future. Or, if that doesn't pan out, there are potential backup plans in...

Officials to survey reform school campus where boys died

Jun. 21, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials have agreed to survey the grounds of a shuttered reform school campus where dozens of boys are believed to have died. State officials said Thursday they will survey the entire 1,200-acre (485-hectare) campus of the Dozier School For Boys in Marianna, Florida, for...

St. Pete mayor on Rays deal: 'This is getting a bit silly'

Jun. 21, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The mayor of St. Petersburg isn't into the "silly" business he thinks Major League Baseball and the Tampa Bay Rays are conducting. As a result, he says he will not introduce a proposed deal that would see the Rays split time in Montreal. "I have no intention of bringing this...

Deputies: Child drowns in pool at Florida home

Jun. 21, 2019 5:09 AM EDT

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they're investigating after a 2-year-old boy drowned in a pool at a Florida home. The Tampa Bay Times reports that the Devin Vatter was pronounced dead Monday evening shortly after arriving at a Pasco County hospital. Deputies say the boy's grandfather had been...