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Tampa Bay Times buys the Tampa Tribune
Tue  May 3 2016 04:35PM
ST. PETERSBURG — Florida’s largest newspaper, The Tampa Bay Times, said Tuesday it has purchased its main competitor, the Tampa Tribune, ending a decades-long newspaper rivalry. Times chairman and CEO … read more.

Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
BARTOW — While it may not seem so unusual nowadays, at one time a woman behind the wheel of a big rig was a big deal. Even today, for many, … read more.
Citrus group still figuring out spending options
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
BARTOW — The Florida Citrus Commission will likely have more money to spend in the coming growing season than they thought just a few months ago, but figuring out exactly … read more.
Byrd takes job as permanent superintendent
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
BARTOW — Polk County’s new school superintendent is expected to “make it, fake it or break it” with her newly approved one-year-contract, said Polk School Board Chairman Kay Fields Tuesday, … read more.
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Open house seeks to entice the girls
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
BARTOW — It was a good turnout Saturday at the Bartow branch of Girls Inc., which held an open house from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The programs offered provide girls are designed to help them build life skills. It provided the opportunity … read more.

Mullenax legacy: Listening and budget
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
BARTOW — After serving two terms on the Polk County School Board and 46 years in the school district, Dick Mullenax decided he will not run for re-election. He cited health reasons he is not seeking re-election to his District … read more.

Boundary changes to affect 3 percent of voters
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
BARTOW — Change is in the wind for Polk County voters and possibly for some addresses, the Polk County Commission learned Friday at its Friday work session. Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards showed commissioners proposed precinct changes resulting from recreated … read more.

A career comes to a happy end
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
BARTOW — “Take off your shirt,” someone shouted at Pablo Martinez on Friday, April 29. But no, it wasn’t at a club and no, Martinez is not a Chippendale dancer, although according to several, the ladies love him. No, this … read more.

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Exit poll: GOP men fuel Trump’s victory in Indiana primary
Tue  May 3 2016 11:30PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump can thank male voters for his big victory in the Indiana Republican primary. The billionaire won the support of Republican men by a more than 20-point margin over Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who dropped out … read more.

Trump wins Indiana, Cruz drops out of GOP presidential race
Tue  May 3 2016 11:26PM
INDIANAPOLIS – Donald Trump stormed to victory in the Indiana primary Tuesday, chasing Ted Cruz from the presidential race and virtually locking down the Republican nomination despite the strong misgivings of many in the party who fear a November rout. … read more.

Trump virtually clinches Republican presidential nomination
Tue  May 3 2016 11:26PM
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — In a stunning triumph for a political outsider, Donald Trump all but clinched the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday with a resounding victory in Indiana that knocked rival Ted Cruz out of the race and cleared Trump’s path … read more.

Bernie Sanders wins Indiana, keeping his movement alive
Tue  May 3 2016 11:24PM
INDIANAPOLIS - Sen. Bernie Sanders remains on track to lose the Democratic nomination race, but he nonetheless managed to keep his agenda at the center of it with a victory in Indiana over front-runner Hillary Clinton. The lone state that … read more.

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