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  1. FSU's Dalvin Cook would love to reunite with Bucs' Jameis Winston


    TALLAHASSEE — Running back Dalvin Cook played only one season at Florida State with current Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston, but the idea of a reunion if Tampa Bay were to draft him with the No. 19 pick in next month's draft is, much like Cook, an exciting prospect.

    Dalvin Cook runs a drill for NFL scouts during Florida State's pro day, Tuesday, March 28, 2017 in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon) FLSC104
  2. Fla Dem chair says GOP will lose at least three Fla Senate seats in '18


    From the News Service of Florida:

  3. Veterans Rickie Weeks, Tommy Hunter make Rays roster; Peter Bourjos trade completed

    The Heater

    PORT CHARLOTTE — The first challenge for veterans Tommy Hunter and Rickie Weeks was showing the Rays after signing minor-league deals that they were worthy of earning spots on the opening day roster, and both got word in advance of Tuesday's contractual deadline that they had.

    Rickie Weeks has had an impressive camp while adjusting to a new position, first base.
  4. FPL's fracking investment bill passes committee despite objections

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A House committee overlooked opposition by residential and commercial utility customers Tuesday and approved a proposal sought by Florida Power & Light to allow the company to expand its rate base by charging customers for investments in natural gas fracking operations in other states.

  5. Hoodwinked! Lawmaker says prison privatization is scamming Florida

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Numbers don't lie and Florida's private prisons are not saving money as promised, according to an investigation by Rep. David Richardson, a retired forensic auditor.

    Rep. David Richardson, D- Miami Beach, has become a one-man wrecking crew in forcing the state to provide more oversight of its state prisons. [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]
  6. Jones: South Carolina's Frank Martin a coach anyone can root for


    Frank Martin's life changed late one night in 1992.

    South Carolina head coach Frank Martin reacts in the second half against Baylor during an East Regional semifinal game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Friday, March 24, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) MSG139
  7. U.S. 'probably had a role' in Mosul deaths, commander says


    WASHINGTON — The senior U.S. commander in Iraq said Tuesday that an American airstrike likely triggered the collapse of a building in Mosul that killed more than 100 civilians this month, but indicated that an investigation would also examine whether the attack set off a larger blast from explosives set by …

  8. Medical marijuana bill moves in Florida House, but draws critics for being too restrictive

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A powerful Florida House Republican said Tuesday he'll consider revising his plan for medical pot after drawing criticism from marijuana supporters.

    The medical marijuana legislation being shepherded by House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, includes bans on smoking, vaping edibles. Pictured is vials of medical marijuana oil. [Monica Herndon | Tampa Bay Times]
  9. Largo police: Pinellas school teacher arrested on child pornography charges


    LARGO — A sixth-grade social studies teacher was arrested Tuesday after police said they found child pornography on his computer.

    Robert James Plotkin, a 57-year-old teacher at Clearwater Intermediate, was arrested Tuesday on 10 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of tampering with physical evidence, according to Largo police. [Courtesy of Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  10. USF students shell out $70,000 to bring Oscar-winner Viola Davis to campus


    TAMPA -- Six minutes was all it took for University of South Florida staffers to realize they were going to need a bigger building.

    Viola Davis
  11. Meet the Freedom Caucus, the group that dared to say no to President Donald Trump

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — Still livid over the collapse of the Obamacare replacement, President Donald Trump jumped on Twitter and shook Washington out of bed Tuesday.

    Freedom Caucus member Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Gainesville., smiles after a TV interview on Capitol Hill in Washington last Thursday before the Republican health care bill was pulled. [J. Scott Applewhite | Associated Press]
  12. Three takeaways from Tuesday's 1-0 loss at Twins



    Chris Archer looks as ready as any of the Rays’ starters for his Opening Day start.
  13. Editorial: Too many voices, too little transportation money


    The Howard Frankland Bridge is a parking lot. Spending for mass transit in the Tampa Bay area ranks among the lowest in the nation. Commuting times have increased, as has the number of pedestrian deaths. Yet bay area legislators still seek little money from the state to significantly address regional transportation …

    Spending for mass transit in the Tampa Bay area ranks among the lowest in the nation. Yet bay area legislators still seek little money from the state to significantly address regional transportation problems.
  14. Parents want daily school recess. The Florida House won't give them that.

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida parents seeking more recess time for their children suffered a setback Tuesday, when state lawmakers significantly watered down a proposal that was supposed to require 20 minutes of daily recess for all public elementary students.

    Fifth grade students at John M. Sexton Elementary School, St. Petersburg, participate in field games during a 15 minute recess, each school day. The students also have Physical Education class three times a week at the school. In Miami-Dade County, elementary children are supposed to get it at least two to three days a week, with a few schools testing out the five-day model. [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]