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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 …


Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala

Black lawmakers, Democrats irate after senator says slavery memorial would 'celebrate defeat'

House Democrats and members of the legislative black caucus are offended and irate after a conservative Senate committee chairman said Friday the reason he didn’t hear a bill to create the first slavery memorial in Florida was because he didn’t want to “celebrate defeat.”...


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....


Sen. Jack Latvala questions the need for a bill to limit school districts' ability to guarantee teachers on annual contract an added year if they earn a strong evaluation rating. He voted against it.

Senate committee stymies bill to limit job guarantees to highly-rated Florida teachers on annual contract

A bill to bar Florida school districts from guaranteeing teachers on annual contract an additional year of employment if they earn a strong evaluation unexpectedly stumbled Friday in its final committee before full Senate consideration....