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Chase Bank opening 16 locations statewide, including Seminole branch

Chase is set to open a new branch in Seminole this year. The addition is part of an expansion of the megabank that will include 16 new full-service branches throughout Florida. "Florida is …

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McKibbon Hospitality unveils revamped corporate headquarters

McKibbon Hospitality, a hotel management and development company, finished expanding its Tampa headquarters Monday. The 10,000-square foot office in Avion Park's Westshore business district was co …

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  1. Dirty Dozen and Clean 15: Which fruits and vegetables are most likely to contain pesticides, and which aren't

    Cooking

    Sonya Lunder tells it like it is. She sniffs out the Dirty Dozen just as swiftly as she can pick out the Clean 15. As the lead author of the Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce and with a master's degree in public health with a focus on environmental health and toxicology, she eagle-eyes USDA monitoring and …

    Sonya Lunder is lead author of the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce.
  2. Goodwill Industries mired in national sales slump, Tampa Bay shortfall $1 million

    Business

    ST. PETERSBURG — It looks as if Goodwill Industries is not immune to the same economic woes affecting beleaguered retail giants like Macy's and Sears.

    Goodwill Industries -- Suncoast is experiencing a $1 million shortfall in retail sales at its 19 stores in Tampa Bay and west-central Florida, prompting the nonprofit to cut costs and freeze salaries. 
[WILLIAM R. LEVESQUE | Times]
  3. Florida House won't count computer coding as foreign language for high school students

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida House isn't supporting a controversial proposal to let high school students count computer coding as a foreign language course, likely stalling the concept for the second straight session.

  4. Fighting City Hall: Push for more state control angers cities and counties

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — You can fight City Hall. The state Legislature does it all the time.

    Cities and counties are fighting legislation this year that would dramatically limit their home rule powers. Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Wesley Chapel, left, says states have powers over local governments that are guaranteed in the Constitution. Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, is pushing legislation that would increase the homestead exemption on property taxes from $50,000 to $75,000. If passed, it would cost cities and counties in Florida about $700 million. ([

Steve Bousquet | Tampa Bay Times]
  5. Chase Bank opening 16 locations statewide, including Seminole branch

    Banking

    Chase is set to open a new branch in Seminole this year. The addition is part of an expansion of the megabank that will include 16 new full-service branches throughout Florida.

    Chase is opening three locations in Tampa Bay this year as part of its 16-location expansion in Florida. | Mark Lennihan, AP
  6. Outback Steakhouse out, giant Bloody Marys and local food in at Tropicana Field

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays and Centerplate trotted out the Trop's new menu items on Monday and the big shock-and-awe food was a liquid refreshment.

    Some of the new glasses for the new Green Bench Brewing Co. beer seen during an event showcasing food that will be available during the upcoming baseball season at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Monday, March 27, 2017. The Home Opener for the Tampa Bay Rays is Sunday, April 2. EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times