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In early March, before the Walmart Supercenter on Causeway Boulevard cut back its nighttime hours, employees created barriers out of shopping carts and plastic mesh to prevent overnight theft.LUIS SANTANA | Times

Brandon Walmart rolls back hours and calls to local law enforcement

BRANDON There was only one reason why Edelseiln Vargas would travel to his neighborhood Walmart Supercenter after 10 p.m. on a Wednesday. His 7-month-old son was out of diapers and Walmart is always open, he said. But the days of 24-hour shopping at the Brandon store on Causeway Boulevard ended last month, days bef …


Florida's Everglades National Park

Enviromental budget talks blow up as Senate declares exercise 'fool's errand'

Negotiations blew up Saturday over the Legislature's $3.6 billion environmental budget after the Florida House returned with a new offer that rescinded agreements forged the previous two days, forcing the entire budget silo to be bumped up to leadership to resolve....


One less candidate for St. Pete's District 6

A crowded field just got a little more space in one St. Petersburg City Council race....


The Florida Senate

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of April 23, 2017

The Florida Legislature is nearing end of session, and activity is fast and furious on bills and budgets. Meanwhile, districts deal with finances, special education, safe schools and more. Catch up on the week's highlights below....