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Cities across the country are trying to land Amazon's second headquarters, known as HQ2. In Birmingham, Ala., giant Amazon boxes were constructed and placed around the city as part of its "Bring A to B" campaign. [Ali Clark/Bring A to B Campaign]

HQ2 watch: As deadline looms for Amazon headquarters pitch, one metro bows out

If there's one national business saga to keep up on these days, it's the frenzy by metropolitan areas — including Tampa Bay — to make their best pitches to Amazon in the hope of being chosen as the new location for the giant online retailer's second massive headquarters. HQ2, as it is called, would create upwards o …

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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....

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Former mayor Rick Baker unleashes a negative ad questioning Mayor Rick Kriseman

New Baker ad labels Kriseman as incompetent

Rick Baker's campaign unveiled a new TV ad Thursday. Unlike some recent ads seeking to rebrand the former mayor, this one has Mayor Rick Kriseman squarely in its sights....

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Florida education news: Constitution changes, #HB7069, school security and more

NEW RULES: Once every 20 years, Florida convenes a commission to examine whether the state constitution needs amending. Education — Article IX — can play a pivotal role, and this time around the subject appears to be coming into focus for possible change. Members of the public already have submitted their proposals, and the commission has begun discussing where it wants to go next. Voters will get the final say, with approval harder to come by than before....

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